Tuesday, November 30, 2010

It's Charming this week at Softpencil!

This week we are showcasing one of Elizabeth's newest Christmas images: "A Charmed Christmas Tree". It features two adorable girls and a fairy.

 Stop by the rest of DT's blogs for more inspiration! Their links are in my sidebar.

Today is the final day to take advantage of the Softpencil digi sale at Elizabeth's Etsy Shop! All digis are 20% off! So hurry on over!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

It's Sketch Week at Pixie Dust Studio!

The challenge this week is a "Sketch + Thanks". I hope you find some inspiration from my card and enter this week's challenge. Link your card HERE. You could win a digi of your choice and a Winner's Badge for your blog! The Pixies have more inspiration for you, too. Their links are in my sidebar.

I chose the "November Pixie". Kathy is designing Pixies for every month of the year. The current Pixies are available in the Pixie Dust Studio now! Also there is a HUGE sale going on now!
 Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

It's Show and Tell this Week at S2G!

Because of the Thanksgiving Holiday, there will be no Twisted Thursday Challenge this week. Instead, each DT member has chosen a digital image to showcase. I chose "Kitty Thanks".

This digi and many more are available in the S2G Shop. Stop by and take a peek. There are also some clear acrylic stamps available for $1 each. Hurry, because when they're gone, they're gone! Stop by next Thursday when we'll have another TTChallenge for you!
Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone!
What am I thankful for? First of all, I have a husband who spoils me rotten! He loves to cook, and I enjoy cleaning, so we are a perfect combination! He indulges and supports my love of papercrafting. I have two beautiful daughters, a handsome SIL, Two gorgeous sons, and a beautiful DIL. I have an adorable grandson who is 4 years old, and the cutest granddaughter who is one month old. I have a great group of friends that I can laugh and cry with.  I LOVE sharing my designs and creations with you. I am thankful to be on three DTs. God has blessed me! Take some time to count your blessings and enjoy the holiday! Hugs

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Followers and Visitors! I am so thrilled when I get comments on my creations. They really make my day! Tomorrow is Thanksgiving! Hubby and I are working on decorating the house for Christmas today. I would like to share my Fall decorations with you before they disappear into the garage for another year! It's a rainy day here, and the lighting is not at its best. :(

Front hall

                                       Family Room

Back door of Family Room. The quilt was handmade by my favorite Aunt who was like a grandmother to me.

                            Close Up of Scarecrow by Door

One of two matching scarecrows that hang on bannisters on each side of the family room.

Island in center of Kitchen

Island Deco

 Kitchen Counter Deco

Center of Countertop

Close Up
Hubby and I both enjoy decorating for the seasons. Fall and Christmas are our favorites, and we have the most decorations for these times of year. Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek inside my world! I'll have postings for Pixie Dust and S2G tomorrow. Hope you'll stop by sometime during this holiday weekend! Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Black Friday shopping!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Introducing "Sweet Sailors" at Softpencil!

Happy Thanksgiving! A big Thank You to everyone who serves in the military! This week's digi is "Sweet Sailors".
 The little sailors are just toooo cute! Are you getting ready for Christmas? Elizabeth has a HUGE sale going on now in her Etsy Shop. All of her digital images are 20% off in November. Also you can purchase 50 digis for $40! What a bargain! Hurry because all of the Softpencil images are being redesigned. So if you have some favorites, get them now before they're gone!
Need inspiration? Our talented DT has much to share! Check out the links to their blogs in my sidebar! You'll be so glad you did!

Friday, November 19, 2010

It's "Toybox" Release Day at Pixie Dust Studio!

It's Release Day for the "Toybox Collection"! It's available NOW in the Pixie Dust Studio!
I have one final card in the collection to share. It's "Missy Claus", and she is just perfect for the holidays!
She was so much fun to color! I used flocking mixed with glitter for the trim on the hat and collar. I then added some Stickles and rhinestones for bling. See what the rest of the Pixies are showcasing today. Their links are in my sidebar. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

"Let's Go On Safari" at Pixie Dust Studio!

This week's theme at the Pixie Dust Studio is "Let's Go On Safari!". The challenge is to use animal prints, jungle colors, Safari animals, etc. on your project.

I  used the digis "True Love" and "Marry Me Bella"  from the "Twilight Collection" to make another page in my Twi Book. It's taking a while to complete because I work on it when "inspiration" hits! LOL
For more pages of my book click HERE, and scroll down the entire page. All of the pages are listed along with this post. Enjoy!

I drew the scroll myself and then saved it to my computer so I can use it again. The CS is DCWV  from "The Safari Chic" collection. 
Want to make a Twi book too? Kathy has many inspirational digis at the Pixie Dust Studio in her Twilight collection. Stop by and pick some up!
I hope you'll join us in this week's challenge! Link your project HERE for a chance to win a Pixie Dust digi and a Winner's badge for your blog. Need inspiration? The Pixies have lots to share. Their links are in my sidebar.

The "Toybox Collection" will be released on Friday, and it is adorable! The Pixies have peeks for you today and tomorrow. Today's peeks are in a separate post on this blog. Check it out!

More "Toybox" Peeks from the Pixie Dust Studio!

It's Day II of Sneak Peeks for the newest Pixie Dust collection, "Toybox"! I'm sharing two of my favorites today!
This is "Plushie the Pony". Isn't she adorable! I live in Horse Country but never owned a horse. I remember riding ponies at church picnics many years ago. Isn't every child's dream to own a horse? I think this one is just toooo cute!

Next is "Do-Little-Dolly". She is so sweet! She could be used on any card for a girl; young and old alike. Stop by tomorrow. It's Release Day for this collection! All digis will be available in the Pixie Dust Studio. You can see more peeks from the rest of the Pixies now. Their links are in my sidebar. I'll have another card to share tomorrow. Please stop by! Hugs

Its another Twisted Thursday at S2G!

Our Month of Thanks continues at S2G! The twist this week is to use " Fall Leaves" on your project! Easy Peasy!

I chose the digital image "Merci" for this week's card. "Merci" is French for "Thank you". I used autumn colors and added some leaves using one of my old Creative Memories punches. Leaf print DP is from The Paper Studio. This Thank you card is perfect for the season!
What will you make for this week's challenge? If you need inspiration, our creative and talented DT has much to offer! Their links are in my sidebar. Link your project HERE for your chance to win a digital image and a Winner's Badge for your blog. Need some digis? The S2G Shop is FILLED with many digis to fit your needs! Stop by, and take a look! There are still some clear acrylic stamps left for $1 each. But hurry, because they're going fast!
1. The Shabby Tea Room- Thanks, Thankful
2. Creative Card Crew- Give Thanks
3. Stamp Something- Something with Thanks

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Pixie Dust Sneak Peek for the "Toybox" Collection!

It's coming soon! I have a sneak peek today for the newest Pixie Dust Studio collection: "Toybox".

This is "Gamer-A-Saurus Rex". Isn't he cute? Kinda reminds me of my youngest son! LOL I love the eyes! Stop by the rest of the Pixies' blogs, and see which images they are showcasing. Their links are in my sidebar. I'll have more "peeks" for you tomorrow, so please stop by. I can't wait to share!
All "Toybox" digis will be available in the Pixie Dust Studio on November 19.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

"Merry Christmas" from Softpencil!

 I used the Softpencil image "Merry Christmas" for this week's project.

I made a Shaker ornament that can be hung on a tree or used as a wall decoration. I used glitter CS, Stickles, glitter, and plastic snowflake confetti. A sheet of clear acetate cut to fit, keeps all the glitter inside.The ribbon is organza accented with a snowflake made with a MS punch. Our talented DT have some amazing projects to share using this image.Check out their blogs! Their links are in my sidebar.
Elizabeth is redesigning the Softpencil Shop, and it will reopen in January. In the meantime, Elizabeth's Etsy Shop is open, and a HUGE sale is going on now. Everything is 20% off during the month of November. You can also purchase 50 digital images for $40! Hurry because all of the Softpencil images are being redesigned. So if you have some favorites, get them now before they're gone!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

"For the Boys" this Week at Pixie Dust Studio!

My four year old grandson LOVES fairy tales and stories! One of his
favorites is "The Gingerbread Man". I promised him that we will make
 a Gingerbread Man cake when he comes to visit, and we'll decorate
 it with candy. What fun! I made this card for him using "Sir Ginger"
 from the Goodies Collection.

The images were colored with Copics and accented with Stickles and rhinestones. I embossed CS and added a border using a MS punch. I hope you'll join us for this week's challenge and make a card or project suitable for a man or boy. You could win an adorable digi from Pixie Dust Studio and a Winner's Badge for your blog! Link your project HERE. Stop by the creative Pixies' blogs to see the images they are featuring for this week's challenge. Their links are in my sidebar.
Have you seen the current collection, "Festive Fun"? It's in the Studio now! You don't want to miss the next release, "Toy Box". It's adorable! The release date is November 19 with Sneak Peeks beginning on November 17.

It's Pumpkin Time at S2G!

It's November, a month of "Thanks"! Thank you to everyone who participated in our Blog Hop last week! I hope you enjoyed it and picked up some tips along the way! The twist this week is to use pumpkins on your card or project. I chose a set of digital images: "Giblets 2".

              All four images are pictured above.

I made a pumpkin shaped basket. I added artificial leaves and a glittery pumpkin to the upper right hand corner and filled the basket with more leaves and flowers.

To show the versatility of this set, I made a napkin ring.

These are the final images in Giblets 2. What can you create with this set?

I hope you'll join us for this week's challenge with a "Pumpkin" twist. Link your project HERE. You could win a S2G digi and a Winner's Badge for your blog! Need inspiration? Check out the blogs of the talented and creative DT. Their links are in my sidebar. Stop by the S2G Shop for digis that are perfect for the season.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

It's Calendar Time at Softpencil!

This year is ending, and it's time to start thinking about getting a calendar for next year. Featured this week is the newest calendar design from Softpencil. It's "Two Birds on a Kite". You'll find this design and many more in Elizabeth's Etsy Shop. There is also a huge sale going on there now: 20% off all images! Get 50 digi images for $40!  Hurry, because Elizabeth is redesigning the Softpencil Shop which will reopen in January.  Current designs will be replaced by brand new ones, so get them while they're still here! Stop by the blogs of our talented DT to get exciting inspiration for using this image. You'll be glad you did!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Welcome to the S2G "All About Thanks" Blog Hop!

                              The Blog Hop ends on Nov. 7 at 12:00 A.M. PST.
Welcome to the S2G "All About Thanks" Blog Hop! If you arrived here from the talented Ann's Blog, then you're in the right place. If not, start at the beginning at the S2G Challenge Blog. You can also return there if you happen to get "lost" along the hop.
 Four of the DT members have been chosen as a "Secret Prize" blog. By leaving comments on every DT member's blog, you increase your chances of winning.
Each DT member will tell you what she is thankful for and also share a papercrafting tip with you as our personal thank you to our hop participants and followers.
I am thankful for my family, especially my husband of 30 years. I have two beautiful daughters, and two handsome sons, a DSIL, a DDIL, a grandson, and a brand new granddaughter. I am so blessed to have a very supportive husband who loves me and cooks for me. 
I am also thankful that I have a blog with followers! It is so much fun to be able to work with S2G digital images that I love and share my creations with you!
Today I am showcasing the digi image "Our Years". It comes with four sentiments! It is perfect for anniversary celebrations. I made a card and a coordinating gift.

Here is the card.  
          Next I took a bottle of Sparkling Grape Juice and added a wrap-around label.

I found this tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers and made a hanging treat box that fits over the neck of the bottle. I used another one of the sentiments that comes with this digi.

There is room inside the box for some small treats, a gift card, etc. I placed some movie tickets inside mine. Just add a bow and you have a gift that is perfect for an anniversary celebration!
My Tip
For my tip, I'm going to tell you how I color my images. Most of the time I color them first with watercolor pencils and use a Copic blender to blend.  Next I color over that with a Copic Marker. (If I colored the image with an orange pencil, then I color over the image wih an orange Copic.) Then I shade the image with either a darker color Copic or watercolor pencil. If I shade with a watercolor pencil, I blend again with the Copic blender pen. You can also blend regular Prismacolor pencils with a Copic blender. If you want to blend regular colored pencils, be sure they are soft lead like Prismacolor.
 My favorite papercrafting "thing" is making containers and altering items. Where do I get my inspiration? Most of the time it is from one of my favorite stores, The Dollar Tree. I can always find something that screams,"Alter me!" or gives me an idea to make a container. Best of all...everything in the store is only $1.00!
Next stop on the Hop is the creative Chris! Be sure to leave a comment telling us what you are thankful for to be eligible for prizes. Please enter our challenge this week, too. The Twist is to use the word "Thanks" on your card. Link your creation HERE. Thanks so much for joining in our "All About Thanks" Blog Hop! I hope you enjoy your visit to our DT's blogs. Good luck in the drawings! Hugs!