Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Egg Roll!

I'm on a roll today! This is my second post! This is one of my favorite sketches! But I can't remember where I found it. I used one of Shirley's 2 Girls digis. This one was actually a freebie from our last Digi Day at SNR. I blinged it up with some rhinestones and Stickles. There's still time to enter the S2G Twisted Thursday Challenge. The twist is to use buttons.
It fits these challenges:
1. S2G- Buttons
2. Pile It On- Animal-Riffic
3. Paper Garden- Embossing
6. By the Cute and Girly- Spring is in the Air

First Easter

This card was made using one of Shirley's 2 Girls Easter digis. If you have never used digis, why not give them a try? S2G has a tutorial HERE that will answer all of your questions. They can be resized, are easily stored on your computer, and they don't have to be cleaned after using!
My card fits these challenges:
2. Lexi's Creations- Easter
3. By the Cute and Girly- Spring is in the Air
4. Allsorts- Recycle (plastic safety pin)
5. Pile It On- Animal-Riffic

Thursday, March 25, 2010

S2G Twisted Thursday with Buttons!

Welcome to this week's Twisted Thursday! The twist is to use buttons! How easy is that?
Digi Phobia? Never fear! The cure is HERE!
I chose one of the S2G Easter  digi images for this card. The image was colored with Copics and accented with Stickles. I popped the image up with pop dots. Got Flowers? were layered and buttons tied with ribbon were glued on top. CS is Bazzill, and DP is DCWV and The Paper Studio. Punch is MS, and ribbon is Hobby Lobby. I hope you'll join us for this weeks challenge. Enter your card HERE using Mr. Linky. Two winners will each receive two digis and a winner's badge for their blogs1 The Girls have many digis "with attitude" in their shop. Check them out! I know you'll see some you'll love! Check out the cards the DT has made. You're sure to be inspired!
My card fits these challenges:
1. S2G- Buttons
2. Pile It On- Furry Friends
3. Totally Gorjuss- Ribbon
4. Secret Crafter Saturday- Spring Has Sprung
5. By the Cute and Girly- Spring is in the Air
6. Crafty Calendar Challenge- Flower Power
7. ABC Challenge - Quotations
8. Digital Tuesday- Happy Spring
9. Ooh La La- A Button. a Bow, and Some Bling
10. Paper Garden- Spring or Easter Colors
11. Allsorts- Spring is in the Air

Softpencil Presents: Flowers for You!

Featured this week is "Flowers for You," a Softpencil digi that is just perfect for Easter! The DT's challenge this week was to use flowers. The little Bunny is holding an armful of flowers which could be colored, but I chose to cover them with "Got Flowers?" Then I added pearls to the centers of each. To carry out the flower theme, I used flowered DP from DCWV. Accent CS was embossed using Swirls and Dotted Swiss folders. I added a MS punched border and Hobby Lobby ribbons, of course! ;)
Zap yourself over to the Softpencil Shop, and take a look at the new Easter digis Elizabeth just released this week! You'll fall in LOVE! Elizabeth is sponsoring a challenge over at Kaboodle Doodles this week. The prize is a $10 voucher to spend at Softpencil. The deets are HERE. For some Easter inspiration, check out the amazing creations of the DT and Guest DT. Their links are in my sidebar. 
Don't forget to vote for Butterfairy! She's one of Elizabeth's adorable digis! It's easy to vote. Just click on a star! The link is HERE
Challenges:
1. Pile It On- Furry Friends
2. All Sorts- Spring is in the Air
3. Lexi's Creations- Easter
4. Totally Gorjuss- Ribbon
5. Secret Crafter Saturday- Spring Has Sprung
6. Crafty Calendar Challenge- Flower Power
7. By the Cute and Girly- Spring is in the Air
8. Paper Garden- Spring or Easter
9. Ooh La La- A Bow and Some Bling
10. Digital Tuesday- Happy Spring
11. Gingersnap Creations- Growth 
12. Crafty Creations- Babies

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Digi Phobia???

NOOOOoooooooooo!
Never Fear! Help is here! Shirley's 2 Girls have a NEW page devoted to information about DIGITAL STAMPS! The link is HERE! I was somewhat "scared" of digis at first, but now I use them almost exclusively. They can be resized to use on any project. Storage is easy peasy! I have a folder for each company's digis on my computer. No more searching in drawers for the image I need, or trying to remember which company made the image... And.... I don't have to clean an image after I use it! So, if you have been wondering how to use a digi, now is the time to conquor your fears! Zap on over to S2G and have a look at their tutorial. Then zap over to the S2G Shop and pick out some "Digis with Attitude" to try out your new skill! What are you waiting for?

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Tutorial: How to Paper Piece

This is Lilly, one of Elizabeth's new Softpencil digi images. Elizabeth asked me to do a tutorial on how to paper piece, so here it is! Choose an image to paper piece. I chose Lilly and ran her off in 3x5, shrink to fit size. When paper piecing, you don't want an image that is too small or has too many small details.
Make three copies. One should be on white CS, and the other two on coordinating papers.
First, color Lilly's skin and hair.
I wanted Lilly's hairbow, ruffles, and shoes to be solid pink. I cut out the shoes and hairbow. The ruffles are tiny, so I cut out the entire dress. I cut off the top of the flower. I'll show that part later.
Glue the cut pieces to the dress, shoes, and hair bow. Apply the glue to the paper. It's easier that way when working with small pieces. Also a glue pen works best.
This is what Lilly looks like after the pink paper has been applied.
Next cut out the dress without any ruffles attached, and the center of the bow. Using the glue pen, attach the patterned paper.

Trace the flower on to a small piece of paper, and cut out. Then glue it in place. I chose a piece that was patterned and placed it so the pattern formed the center of the flower.
I used a Copic marker to color the stem of the flower.
 
I also used a Copic to shade the hair bow.
Then I trimmed around the figure, leaving a small border. I added pop dots and placed Lilly on an embossed Nesties circle, framed by a scalloped circle, and placed her on the card.
So there you have it! I hope you'll give paper piecing a try!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

It's a Pastel Colors Twisted Thursday!

My husband likes this card even though it has a GASP organza ribbon on it! Organza ribbon is my favorite but not so much his. The cute little rabbit is a digi stamp from S2G, and it comes with two sentiments. The rabbit was colored with Copics and placed on an embossed (Provo Craft Swirls Folder) oval Nestie. Borders were cut using the Lacy Hearts MS Punch. DP is DCWV. I cut the flowers out of the paper, traced them on to Bazzill CS, cut them out, and inked around the edges with Copics. I threaded satin ribbon through the button holes and then attached them to the flowers. Need some inspiration? Check out the very talented DT's blogs. Their links are in my sidebar. We each got to choose the image we wanted for this challenge, so you are in for a treat! With Easter right around the corner, I hope you'll enter this week's challenge. You could win TWO Digis of your choice and a Winner's Badge for your blog! Whoo Hoo!
Visit Mr. Linky and enter your card HERE.

Softpencil Thursday Featuring a Mandala!

The gorgeous Mandala on my card is "Labyrinth of Love", and was designed by Elizabeth's very talented sister, Natalia. This design was so much fun to color! The design was printed on cream colored CS, colored with Copics, and highlighted with pink Smooch. I added pearls by Mark Richards and  flowers from "Got Flowers?". Buttons are from Buttons Galore and More. The lace was purchased at a Flea Market more years ago than I care to share! LOL I threaded the buttons with embroidery floss from my stash. A Nesties from the Polka Dot Frame set was used to cut the flowers. A MS punch was used for the border along with an organza ribbon from Hobby Lobby.
This Mandala and many more, along with the cutest digi stamps you have ever seen are available in the Softpencil Shop at very reasonable prices. Elizabeth will also be sponsoring several challenges this month, so take a look at the Softpencil Blog and see what's new!  Need some inspiration? The DT has been busy working on their projects. Take a look at their beautiful creations! Their links are in my sidebar. Oh, and don't forget to vote for Elizabeth's cute little Butterfairy HERE. It's easy! All you have to do is click on a star.
My card fits these challenges:
1. Pile It On- Pastels
2. Crafty Angels- Hearts and Lace
3. My Time to Craft- Lovely Lace
4. Crafty Calendar- Flower Power
5. Cute Daisy May- Anything Goes
6. Secret Crafter Saturday- Anything Goes
7. Ooh La La-Anything Goes
8. Paper Cutz- Anything Goes
9.Totally Gorjuss- Sweet
10. The Pink Elephant- Anything Spring
11. Little Red Wagon- Copics
12. Pixie Dust Studio- The Power of Three

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

On an Egg Roll!

I'd like to be on an egg roll! It's tax time in the US, and it's giving me a headache, literally! Too many forms to check and recheck! Well, that's enough whining for now...on to my card.
I used the image from Shirley's 2 Girls recent Free Digi Day. I used DCWV DP and cut the butterflies out, mounted them on Bazzill CS, added glittered pearls, and then attached them to the card with pop dots. I layered two embossed Nestie Dahlia shapes, and added a two tone lacy border using a MS punch. Stickles and a dotted ribbon complete the card.
S2G's next SNR Free Digi Day is scheduled for April 10, 8;00-10:00 P.M. EST. I hope you'll join us then!
My card fits these challenges:
1. C.R.A.F.T Challenge  - Citrus (color challenge)
2. Creative Card Crew- Going Dotty
3. Cute Card Thursday- Celebrations
4. My Time to Craft- Lovely Lace
5. The Pink Elephant- Anything Spring
7. Cute Daisy May- Anything Goes
8. Secret Crafter Saturday- Anything Goes
9. Ooh La La- Anything Goes
10. Paper Cutz- Anything Goes
11. Totally Gorjuss- Sweet
12. Rosie D's- Think Spring
13. Pile It On- Pastels

Saturday, March 13, 2010

It's S2G FREE Digi Day at SNR!


Stop by the S2G Forum at SNR today to receive your free  Easter digi, and join in our on-line chat! The  Girls have planned a game to play during the chat and you could win $6 worth of digi stamps!The fun starts at 5:00 P.M. PST (8:00 P.M. EST) and lasts two hours. I'll be there, and so will "The Girls" (Deidre and Kristine) along with some of the other DT members.  I have two cards to show during the chat using today's free digi. I hope you'll join us!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Softpencil Fans: Vote for Butterfairy!

Calling all Softpencil Fans! If you are a fan of Butterfairy, she needs your vote! Vote for her HERE. It's easy! All you have to do is click on one of the stars, and your vote is recorded. Thanks so much!
(Elizabeth Pujalka is the owner of Softpencil Designs, and creator of the adorable scene pictured above.)

Thursday, March 11, 2010

It's a Very Special S2G Twisted Thursday!

This week "The Girls" are celebrating having the most players EVER in a TT Challenge...60! So they have a surprise for you! It has something to do with my card this week! (Wink!)
The image is "The Cheshire Cat" from the new "Alice in Wonderland" release. Do you like him? I paper pieced him, and shaded him with Copics. I popped him up with popdots and placed him on top of Nesties embossed circles. I distressed the embossing with a pink stamp pad. Then I cut the flower from the Dahlia Nestie set, curled the edges with tweezers, and added a button and rhinestone to the center. I made a bow using my favorite organza ribbon and placed the flower on top. Then I added accents with Stickles.
CS is Bazzill, DP is DCWV and Bo Bunny, and ribbon is Hobby Lobby.
Now for the Surprise! Is it this week's sketch?
No, because the sketch is optional! You can  choose to use it or not. Are you ready? Because the surprise is....
you get your very own Cheshire Cat for this week's challenge!
Double Click "The Cheshire Cat" above and it will appear larger on the next screen. Then "right" click, and "save picture as" to the folder of your choice.
 The "Twist" this week is "Stripes". The Cheshire Cat already has stripes, so you are good to go! Post your fab work on the S2G Challenge Blog using Mr. Linky. If you upload to a gallery please use the keywords or tags S2GSC46, S2G and Shirleys2girls. You'll have until Wednesday, March 17th to play along with us.
TWO lucky winners will each receive a free digi from the S2G Shop. You will also get a FAB icon to display proudly on your blog telling the world you are a Twisted Thursday winner! So help us break our record and enter this week's challenge! If you need some inspiration, check out the amazing cards our DT has created. Their links are in my sidebar.
Alice and the rest of the gang are in the S2G Shop now! There are also some limited edition kits for sale at great prices! All clear stamps are half off.

It's Softpencil Thursday!

Hello everyone in Blogland! This week the Softpencil DT is spotlighting "Michu, His Friend, and a Paper Boat". The technique is "embossing". I used Marvy Wet Looks Embossing Markers on the polka dots, ribbon centers, part of the boat, and Michu's ears and tail. Then I tossed on some Stamp 'n Stuff embossing powder, shook off the excess, and zapped it with my heat gun until it melted. I used Provo Craft embossing folders and my Cuttlebug on the DP. The CS I used for the waves was already embossed and glittered when purchased. It is from K and Company. Purple and blue CS is  from Bazzil. Flowers are "Got Flowers?", and rhinestones are Studio 18.
Here is a closeup view of the embossing.
How would YOU like to be a Softpencil Guest Designer for the first two weeks in April? All of the details are in this post on my blog HERE. I hope you'll enter your creation. Check out the cards the very talented team members created this week. Their links are in my sidebar.
1. Cupcake Craft- Flowers

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Day 7: Alice in Wonderland Release!

Today is the last day of S2G Releases and the digi is....

"The Queen of Hearts"!
Isn't she regal! Deanne and Debbie are showcasing their cards today. Zap yourself over to their blogs! You'll be "royally" pleased! Need your own "Queen"? She and her subjects are available for purchase now in the S2G Shop!
Tomorrow, there will be a new Twisted Thursday Challenge! You don't want to miss it! "The Girls" will even give you a FREE DIGI to use in the Challenge! Be sure to check the Challenge Blog tomorrow for deets!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

It's a Softpencil Party!

And YOU are invited!
Are you ready to party? I hope you are because we are having a very GREEN party in celebration of St. Patrick's Day on our PCP group, and we want you to join us!!!

To start the party, we would like you to create a card or project with something totally GREEN!

Your project MUST include Michu and Ratiny, and it must be GREEN! And please link your post HERE by Monday 15th March, 2010 at 11:59pm EST.

Then you will vote for the winner, and the poll will be open until St Patrick's Day (Wednesday) 17th March, 2010 11:59pm EST.

The winner will become our Softpencil guest designer for the first 2 weeks of April!!!

What are you waiting for? Go make your card! And if you need digi-stamps of Michu and Ratiny celebrating St. Patrick´s Day get them here and here or use the images of Michu and Ratiny that you already have ;)

Happy digi-stamping and  Happy St. Patrick´s Day!!!

S2G Kits!


Shirley's 2 Girls have some exclusive Kits! Each comes with a clear stamp, paper, buttons, and ribbon!
You get the basics, just add your magic! Pictured above are: Spring Fever, Fun Cat, Jumping Bunny, and St. Patrick's Day. These kits are limited editions, so hurry on over to the S2G Shop HERE.