Thursday, April 29, 2010

S2G TT: Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day! S2G is celebrating motherhood!
I made this cute combo for my youngest DD, who is expecting her second child this Fall.
I thought this digi, "Mother Knows Best" was just perfect for my daughter's card. It comes with three sentiments.
I chose another digi set for the baby buggy, appropriately named "Buggy".
I colored the buggy digi with watercolor pencils and Copics. It was then placed on Nestie circles and glued to the back of the baby carriage.
 A baby rattler also comes with the Buggy digi.
 I placed this digi on the front of the buggy.
I glued a grosgrain ribbon to the carriage hood, and to a strip of paper that I used for the handle.
Fiskars punches were used for the borders and flowers. The centers are "Got Flowers?" and buttons threaded with ribbons. The template for the buggy is "Bouncing Baby Buggy", designed by Lauren Meader for My Time Made Easy.  
Now you might be wondering what is going inside of the buggy!
Aren't these bibs adorable? I just love the sentiments...especially, "What happens at grandma's stays at grandma's. LOL I have some extra room in the buggy, so I'll add some chocolates for DD!
Check out the projects the rest of our creative DT have made for Mother's Day. They will inspire you! Their links are in my sidebar. Then enter your project at the S2G Challenge Blog. The twist is easy! Just use the word "Mother" on your project! Two winners will be randomly chosen to win two digis each and a Winner's badge to display on their blogs.
Need some Mother's Day digis? The Girls have a wide selection at the S2G Shop! Check it out!

It's a Magical Softpencil Thursday!

Now you see "Michu the Great" waving his magic wand over the Bunny in the hat!
...And the Bunny magically disappears! Where did he go, and can Michu make him reappear?
Of course he can! He IS "Michu the Great"!  Another wave of the magic wand, and the Bunny and the hat are both coming into view now!
This week's Softpencil image is "Michu is a Magician". I added the table. I drew it myself.
It took me a while to figure out how to make the rabbit appear and disappear. I cut a strip 1/2 inch wide of Papertrey Clear CS and glued the Bunny and hat in the middle. I cut two slits in the card and threaded the Clear CS through. Then I glued ribbon pull tabs to each end.The wand was colored with gold Smooch. I cut a star, colored it with Smooch, and glued it to the end of the wand.
I wish Michu would pay a visit to my house! I'm in the process of moving my Scraproom from one room to another. Hubby even bought some shelves for the walls. I'd like to ask Michu to wave his magic wand and put everything in place!
Check out the MAGIC the rest of the DT has worked this week with "Michu is a Magician"! Their links are in my sidebar. Elizabeth has planned some exciting events for Softpencil fans in the next few weeks! The first one is this Sunday. Mark your calendar and join us!
  • May 2nd - Live Chat at our Softpencil PCP group at 2pm EST
  • May 6th - Softpencil Anniversary Blog Hop!
  • May 28th - Softpencil's FANS blog Hop! 
Would you like to participate in Softpencil's FANS Blog Hop on May 28? If you would, contact Elizabeth HERE. Check out her Shop too! You will find some adorable digis at very reasonable prices!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

S2G Twisted Thursday: Welcome Spring!

It's Twisted Thursday! The challenge this week is to make a "Spring" card, and the Twist is "Flowers". There so many Spring images in the S2G Shop to choose from, and each of the DT members got to pick which ones to work with this week. I have two projects to share with you today.

The first is a card I call "Spring Has Sprung". I chose the S2G digis "Pansy" and "Bugs". I remember using this same quote on bulletin boards during my teaching career. My BFF, Georgia, who is also a former teacher, once said that cards were like mini-bulletin boards. So I guess teaching prepared us for cardmaking! LOL! I embossed pink CS that was placed behind the pansy. Pop dots were placed under the cute little bugs to add dimension.
CS is Bazzill. DP is DCWV "Flower Shower" from The Spring Stack. Punch is MS, and ribbon is Hobby Lobby.

I used the same "Pansy" digi to make this plate. The image was colored with Vitrea Transparent Markers that I purchased at Michael's. This plate is dishwasher safe! I actually found it in the Bridal Section at Hobby Lobby. It's a dessert plate! I'll post a tutorial later this week and give you all the deets on how to make your own.
I hope you'll join us this week as we celebrate "Spring with Flowers". Post a direct link to your card on the S2G Challenge Blog. You could win your choice of two digis and a Winner's Badge for your blog! Speaking of winners....All of the March TT Winners and the April in Paris Blog Hop Winners are now posted on the Winners' Page. Check out the S2G Shop! Have you picked out any of the new "April in Paris" digis? I still have some on my "gotta have" list! Take a look at the DT's Blogs! Each of these talented ladies has chosen a Spring image for your viewing pleasure and inspiration. Their links are in my sidebar.  
My card fits these challenges:
1. My Time to Craft- Quick Quotes
2. Digital Tuesday- April Flowers
3. Kaboodle Doodles- Embossing
4. Pile It On- Spring
5. Saturday Challenge- A Day Out (Outside)
6. Handful of Stamps- Two DPs 
7. Magical Crafts Fortnightly Challenges- Something for the Girls                                                               

It's Softpencil Thursday, Friends!

The Softpencil Challenge this week is to make a "Friendship" card using the image "Good Friends".
I LOVE this sweet little image! It was so much fun to color! I was inspired by the colors in my recently purchased "Flower Shower" DP from DCWV's new Spring Stack. The stitching is faux. Doesn't it look real? The yellow flowers were dry embossed, then buttons tied with ribbons were added.

                           Stickles were added for Bling.
Stop by the DT's blogs and see what they've created with this image. I know you'll be inspired! Their links are in my sidebar. 

                       EXCITING NEWS!
Are you a Softpencil Fan? Do you have a Blog? Elizabeth is inviting YOU to participate in a Customer Blog Hop on May 28! Let Elizabeth know if you would like to participate. Leave a message for her HERE.

There will also be a DT Blog Hop on May 6 celebrating Softpencil's First Birthday!  Whoo Hoo! Softpencil is one year old! Each DT Member has chosen her favorite image to showcase at the Birthday Blog Hop! Leave a comment on each DT Member's blog during the Hop and you could win the image she chose. Each DT Member will randomly choose a winner for her favorite image! I've already chosen mine, but you'll have to wait until the Hop to see which one it is! 

On May 2 there will be a Live Chat at Paper Craft Planet! Time to be announced later. I hope you'll join us. If you're not a member, join now! Scroll over the Hot Pink Badge at the bottom right of my blog.

Be sure and mark your calendar for these exciting events! 

                          NEW IMAGES! 
Have you stopped by the Softpencil Shop lately? Elizabeth has some brand new Spring and Mother's Day images! Michu's Mom is now a digi too, and she is gorgeous! 

My card fits these challenges:
1. Pile It On-Spring (DCWV Spring Stack DP)
2. Allsorts- In Stitches
3. Digital Tuesday- April Flowers
4. Saturday Challenge- A Day Out (Outside)
5. KL Stampin' and Scrappin'- Bling (Stickles)

Monday, April 19, 2010

The S2G April in Paris Blog Hop Winners Are....

announced HERE! Congratulations to the Winners and thanks to everyone who participated!

Twisted Thursday Winners for March are also posted! Congratulations to you!

It's not too late to join in this week's TT. Make a card or project, and show us how you are inspired by this scene in Paris. Then post it on the S2G Challenge Blog. You could win a free digi and a winner's badge for your blog! If you need some French digis check out the  S2G Shop. All of the April in Paris digis are posted, and they are Fabulous!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Softpencil's "Come to My Apple Home!"

I call this card "There's No Place Like Home". It's another one of Elizabeth's amazingly cute designs! I stitched around the CS and paper pieced the Apple Home. Punches are MS and Creative Memories. I hope you'll join us at Paper Craft Planet. We have discussions, challenges, tutorials and FREEBIES posted there.

I just love Softpencil digis! They are all so cute! Check out the Softpencil Shop and see what's new! Elizabeth is currently working on  drawing a Mom for Michu! You know it will be sooo cute! At the Softpencil Blog you can see what's new and which challenges Elizabeth is sponsoring. Take a look at the Softpencil DT's and Guest DT's blogs and be inspired! They are all so talented!
This card also fits:
1. Papertake Weekly- Anything Cute over
2. Doodle Palace- Funny Animals over
3. Digital Tuesday- Paper Piece with Digitals over
4. Your Next Stamp- Stitching
5. Stampavie and More- Butterflies
6. Penny's Paper Crafty- Anything Goes
7. Little Red Wagon- Dry Embossing
8. Stamp Something- Stitch Something over
9. Sew Many Challenges- Stitching over

S2G TT April in Paris Continues!

Bonjour mes amis ! Bienvenue à la deuxième semaine d'avril à Paris!
Ahhh... Paris in the Springtime! Sounds wonderful!
From The Girls:
'Chanel is ready to strut her stuff! This week we're giving you a snapshot of a scene that takes us back to one of our favorite little villages in France. Don't you love the sweet yellow bicycle with the Menu board on it? We'd love you to take a look at our 'oh so french' picture and let it guide you for this weeks... Shirleys2Girls Twisted Thursday !Whether it is the color palette, the sunflowers,or anything else in the photo...JUST GO FOR IT!"

Let's take a look at "La Salon". I tried for a "French" look. My "Guys" thought it looked French, so I am happy! I chose pink and black from the photo. .....Look really hard and you'll see those colors!  ;)
Isn't this room gorgeous? I "papered the wall three times before I was satisfied with the just the "right" look! It certainly was easier than papering my own livingroom! LOL  As soon as I saw this digi, I knew that I wanted to use pink, black, and white. I went looking for inspirational paper, and I had some "Formal Affair" from Scrapworks in my stash. Then I found some "Black and Pink Zebra" at Hobby Lobby. CS is Papertrey Ink. I needed some black flowers, so I colored them with a Bic pen. Pink pearls were added to the centers. I didn't have any black ribbon with pink dots, so I colored the white dots pink. I made a "Cameo pin" featuring Chanel using Nesties and a Dry Embossing folder.
I coudn't stop with just a card! I love the stripes on the chair, and I love the zebra paper! People often ask me where I get my inspiration. Most people will say, "From nature, or pictures in magazines." Not me! I get inspired just walking through a Dollar Store! I found this really unique hexagon box while looking for inspiration. It just cried out, "Alter me!" So I did! I added some of the same embellishments to the box that I used on the card. I also had to add "Chanel" S2G newest little dog who is a "French" poodle. Chanel comes with one of the digis I used last week, "Grand Tresors".
Here is a close up of the flower that I made for the top of the box. I layered and folded Nesties, and distress inked around the edges with black ink to add dimension. I fringed a circle and held it all together with a rhinestone brad.
Next I made a tag also using Chanel and some of the same embellishments as the card. Travel around to the rest of the DT's blogs. They have some fabulous French Inspiration to share with you! Their links are in my sidebar. Be inspired and share YOUR French inspiration at the S2G Challenge Blog. We'll be watching for your entry! There will two winners chosen by Random Org who will each receive a Free digi and a Winner's Icon for their blogs. All of the S2G French Digis are available in the S2G Shop now.  Hop on over! They are FABULOUS! 
How would you like a FREE FRENCH DIGI? Join SNR! We need one more member to reach 300, and the Girls will post a Freebie for us! Click on the turquoise button at the bottom right of my blog and join now.
My card also fits:
1. Allsorts- Petals and Pearls over
2. Lexi's Creations-Any Altered Object over
3. Crafty Angels- My Favorite Things (boxes) over
4. My Time to Craft- Pretty Pearls over
5. Digital Tuesday- Paper Piece with Digitals over
6. Penny's Paper Crafty - Anything Goes
7. Little Red Wagon- Dry Embossing (Poodle tag and Medallion on card)
8. Creative Belli- Die Cut Shapes
9. Simon Says- (French) Movies and Dry Embossing