Thursday, July 24, 2014

Mo's Challenge #234

Things With Wings!

Anja is our hostess for Mo's Challenge this time, and she's requested that we use an image with wings. Mo has so many wonderful fairies that this will be an easy one!

This little bee is adorable and so much fun to color! I used the 'Out of the Box' technique on this card. I just love the effect of having some of the image outside the frame. The ruffle was made with double ruffled gingham ribbon. I stuck a piece of tacky tape down the center of the back of the ribbon, then cut it down the middle to get this thin ruffle. Just remove the backing on the tape and adhere it along the back edge of the circle. I colored the little flowers with the same Copic marker I used on the flower he's holding.

Image: "Baby Fairy Bee" from Mo's Digital Pencil Too, Stamped sentiment from SU!

Tools: Copics, Spica pen, Cuttlebug with Nestibilities and Butterfly border, Nellie Snellen Embossing Leaf punch set, mounting tape, Tacky tape

Papers: SU! Groovy Guava, Neenah white, Digital gingham DP

Embellishments: Ruffled gingham ribbon, Flowers from WOC

Now it's your turn! Join us and enter your creation using one of Mo's adorable winged images for a chance to win a $5.00 gift certificate to Mo's shop!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Mo's Challenge #233

It's All About the Boys!

Our hostess for Mo's Challenge for the next two weeks is our talented Franz! She asked us all to make cards and projects for the birthdays of the boys in our lives. The DT has come up with some fabulous examples! Please check out their incredible work and leave them some love on their blogs.

My card uses one of the sweet little sailors from Mo's "Sailor Boys" set, which includes three boys along with some great accessories for all sorts of design possibilities!

Images: "Sailor Boys" from Mo's Digital Pencil Too, Anchors from High Hopes Stamps, Digital sentiment 

Tools: Copics, White gel pen, Fine black marker, Mounting tape

Papers: SU! Poppy, Bashful Blue, Neenah white, Digital DP

Embellishments: Grosgrain ribbon

Hope to see your work in Mo's Challenge for a chance to win a $5.00 gift certificate to her shop!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Mo's Challenge #232

It's All About the Girls!

For the next two weeks at Mo's Challenge Blogwe'd love to see cards and projects that are girly and feminine. We all know how easy that will be!

I've used this fun image from Mo's Digital Pencil Too called "Girly-Girl Candy"....very appropriate for this theme, I think! 
This card started with the digital watermelon and plaid papers from my scraps and, of course, this sweet  image. I then colored her with Copic markers and white gel pen to coordinate with the DP, chose SU! card stock that went well and colored these cute watermelon slices from Meljens Designs to finish it off along with  grosgrain ribbon and tiny pearl cabochons.
I may add a small stamped sentiment in the lower corner above the pearls.

Please join us and let us see your wonderful girly creations! You may even win a $5.00 gift certificate from Mo's Digital Pencil Too!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Mo's Challenge #231

Summer Flowers

That's the theme for Mo's Challenge for the next two weeks. It was chosen by my DT sister, Nela.

I don't think there's any flower that says "SUMMER" like daisies. I just love them!

This was made as a retirement/goodbye card as we have several people leaving school this year. Some are retiring and some are moving on to other positions in other schools. They will all be missed! Next year it will be my turn. I figure age seventy is a good age to call it quits, don't you?

Images:  "Shucks" from Mo's Digital Pencil Too, Computer-generated sentiment

Tools: Copic Markers, White opaque marker, MS Branch, Fence, and Grass punches, Glue dots

Papers: SU! Curry, Poppy, Pumpkin, Garden Green , and Celery, Neenah white, Cosmo Cricket DP

Embellishments: Grosgrain ribbon, Daisies from WOC

Let's see your 'Summer Flowers' in Mo's Challenge. It runs for the next two weeks, so you have plenty of time to create something wonderful and enter for a chance to win a $5.00 gift certificate to Mo's Digital Pencil Too!

Thanks for the visit! 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Mo's Challenge # 230

New Beginnings!

That's the theme for Mo's Challenge for the next two weeks! There are so many new beginnings in our jobs, retirement, graduations, babies, marriages...the list goes on! 

I'm often asked  for cards for baby showers, but this is the first time I've used an image that was so perfect for the occasion. Isn't this baby adorable? 
I paper-pieced the outside of the umbrella then mimicked the polka dots on the inside using a Copic blender marker. The image and sentiment tag are popped up with mounting tape.

Images: "Baby Shower" from Mo's Digital Pencil Too, Digital sentiment

Tools: Copics, White gel pen, Cuttlebug with Oval dies and Embossing folder, Mounting tape

Paper: SU! Bashful Blue, Pacific Point, Neenah white

Embellishments: Grosgrain ribbon, flowers from WOC

We'd love to have you join us in Mo's Challenge with your "New Beginnings" creation! The challenge runs for two weeks, and you might just win a $5.00 gift certificate to Mo's Digital Pencil Too!
Hope to see you there!

Here's a card I did recently using ADFD image. I'm entering it in their current challenge.

Our daughter is giving it to our granddaughter's instructor to thank her for all her efforts.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Mo's Challenge # 228

Clean and Simple

The theme of Mo's Challenge this week, chosen by our hostess, the talented Franz, is "Clean and Simple," so step away from those embellishments! Well, most of them anyway.  I find both extremes of card design difficult...a lot of stuff or too little always makes me nervous! I think this card is as close as I get to CAS.

  Some time ago I decided to sit down at my machine and do a bunch of sewn backgrounds using assorted scraps of leftover DP. I had so much fun, but this is the very last of the lot. Time to do it all over again!

I made the bow following Jak Heath's Double Bow tutorial. It helped that the ribbon was wired!

 Images: One of the five cute babies from "Diaper Crew" from Mo's Digital Pencil, 
Stamped sentiment from SU!

Tools: Copics, White gel pen, Mounting tape, Black ink pad, Sewing machine

Papers: SU! Olive, Caribbean, Pirouette, Assorted DP (most from Basic Grey)

Embellishments: Satin ribbon

Please join us in Mo's Challenge this week for a chance to win a $5.00 gift certificate to 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Paper-piecing with Digital Paper

People have asked how to use digital paper for piecing, so I thought I'd post a short 
written tutorial on the technique. 

I love using digital paper for paper-piecing because it can be re-sized....small for the image and
 larger for the background. Also, if you use a black and white print, you can print it in any color of the rainbow!
It's really fairly easy. I won't go into the details of the program I use, but I'll tell you the general steps.

First, print out your image on card stock in the desired size. Next, print your DP on a light weight computer paper, shrinking it to the right scale for your image and making sure the printed piece will be big enough to cover the area that will be pieced. Place it back in the printer and print your image again on top of the printed paper. All that's left to do is to color the image, carefully cut out the parts of the DP you'll be using (scissors or a very sharp craft blade will do), then glue them in place!
I sometimes use my Copics to shade the DP so that it gives the folds more depth. Just choose a color a bit darker than the DP.
I love this technique, and I think you'll be hooked, too, when you give it a try! If you have any problems, just ask, and I'll try to help.

(PS: I used Jak Heath's Double Bow tutorial to make the bow)


Tools: Copics, White gel pen, Cuttlebug with Nestibilities, and Marianne corner dies

Papers: SU! Poppy, Neenah and PTI white, Digital DP

Embellishments: Satin Ribbon, Tiny pearl cabochons, 'Love' charm, Bead

Have fun,