Saturday, October 3, 2009

Our Very First Saturday Spotlight With Hidden Potential Challenge - Halloween-NOT!

How exciting it is to be part of a brand new Design Team of extremely talented and fun stamping and to present some avenues to challenge you to find your hidden potential as a stamper and crafter! Vicki from Saturday Spotlight With Hidden Potential's Challenge Blog, thanks so much for having faith and belief in me as a card artist in that I can help inspire people to dig deep and find something in them they didn't realize was there and to my other Spotlight Divas, I'm having so much fun with all of you! I'm just thrilled and cant' wait to get get started so let's go!

Our first challenge for you is to create a Halloween-NOT card. Yep, that's right, we'd love to you create a Halloween card and not use something scary or obvious on it. The image I chose is one half of a stamp that had the cutest little wizard on it. If you know anything about me, you'll realize how had it was for me to take my little wizard off of Scarecrow & Little Wizard from Belles and Whistles. Here this cutie is:

Nothing says fall to me like a cutie scarecrow out in a garden.  My mom always had a garden and had a scarecrow in it.  She would dress him up and from the road, you would swear that there was a grown man sitting out in her garden!  What made me dig a little deep was thinking about what I could do to make this crow chaser a bit different and I thought about using raffia where some of the hay would be.  So he has a bit of raffia at the bottom of his pants and coming out of his side.  I love how it looks on him!

Now I want you to go take a peek at what our blog looks like!  And while you're doing a bit of travelling, make sure you stop by all of my Diva gal pals and see what they've unearthed for their hidden potential this week.  So what's going to be your hidden potential this week?  I'd love to see and hear all about it!

Card Ingredients:

Scarecrow & Little Wizard by Belles N' Whistles, Indian Summer Paper Stack from DCWV, Rhinestones, Raffia, Stickles, Petaloo Daisies, Scrapper's Floss, button, copics, nestabilities, Spiderweb cuttlebug folder, MS edger

Friday, October 2, 2009

Falling Leaves

We have another Try It Out Tuesday going on only it's on a Friday! Thank God for Fridays! Suzanne, our ever talented Design Team Leader over at Susana's Custom Art and Card Design, challenged us to create a Fall or Halloween project using one of the stamps from our new release.

One of my favorite seasons is fall and one of my favorite illustrators is Elisabeth Bell. My favorite holiday is Christmas so when I say this adorable ornament from the Special Edition Ornament Collection for Susana's Custom Art and Card Design designed by Elisabeth, all sorts of ideas popped into my mind. The first was that I just adored this collection. The second was how versitile they can be. I wanted to show you one idea I had for Two Turtle Doves.

I was out walking the dogs and an idea came to mind. I could see this little darling sitting with leaves falling around her! I love the Indian Summer paper pack from BasicGrey and decided to use it along with Two Turtle Doves and a few leaf stamps I had from a Debbie Mumm Harvest stamp set. I colored her with copics and cut her out.and popped her up on a circle done with my nestabilities. I added some Glossy Accents to the leaves and the ribbon in her hair and some stickles to her skirt. The flower is from Petaloo and I placed a button in the middle of the ribbon and some rhinestones on the corners. My cuttlebug provided the texture for the card and I drew the leaf free hand. I just love the deep pinks and soft brown in this card.

Here she is close up and you can see the Glossy Accents on the leaves. I think she came out pretty good!

Make sure to go over to Follow Your Heart and check out my designing buddies creations. They all will have something special for you to see!

Card Ingredients:

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Warm Apple Pie

I've wanted to play along with the Tuesday Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge. So when I colored up Warm Apple Pie from Belles N' Whistles, I thought this sketch would be perfect for this sweet little baker! I just adore the new Belles N' Whistles release illustrated by Elisabeth Bell. They're just so much fun! Here's the sketch for this week:

And this is my take on it:

My daughter, Tiffany, loves to make apple pie. All of my girls love to cook and bake and they got that from their father, not me! I'll do all the clean up you can throw at me, but to do the cooking, well, it's not my talent.

This little baker is colored with Prismacolor pencils and OMS and I highlighted her dress with Stickles and her ribbon and shoes with Glossy Accents. I love this gorgeous paper from My Mind's Eye and thought the colors were perfect for her. Don't you love the little toile on her dress? I added a few pearls in the corners and thought they were perfect for her.

And how can you resist this sweet little face? Elisabeth illustrates the sweetest little babies! Just adore all of her work! Thanks, Elisabeth, for giving us images that give us so much joy. It's such a pleasure to work this these cuties!

Make sure to stop over at the store blog and see what's going on over there. It changes from day to day so you never know what you might see. Don't miss a thing!

Card Ingredients:

Warm Apple Pie by Belles N' Whistles, Prismacolor Pencils, OMS, Stickles, Glossy Accents, My Mind's Eye paper, ribbon, hatpin

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Three French Hens

I absolutely love Christmas! I love decorating, shopping, getting into the mood and enjoy every single minute of the holidays. These sweet ornaments from the Special Edition Ornament Collection from Elisabeth Bell for Susana's Custom Art and Card Design are just so delightful and fun to work with! I think everyone should have them! They're now available so go get your Special Collection before they're all gone!

3 French Hens from the Special Edition Ornament Collection from Elisabeth Bell for Susana's Custom Art and Card Design just called to me! This sweet face so reminds me of the girls when they were young and they would get all dressed up for the Christmas festivities. There's nothing as sweet as a little girl in her Christmas best!

She's colored with distressed inks and I made her using a tutorial I found here for this recessed window card. This Bo Bunny paper was great to work with because the colors were so soft. Her hair ribbons and the band at the bottom of her dress is touched with some luscious Smooch and I added some Stickles and Glossy Accents to her dress and to the holly branches and berries and touched up the bottom with a bit of this gorgeous Polar White Flower Soft. I absolutely love this! I'll get to have the effect of snow and not have to shovel it this year!

Here is a side view of the card. I am having a great time finishing off the inside of my cards lately. I'm not quite ready to show the entire thing, but give me a couple of days and I'll be all set!

I hope you enjoy my first glimpse of the holidays! Can't wait for them to get here!

Card Ingredients:

3 French Hens from the Special Edition Ornament Collection by Elisabeth Bell for Susana's Custom Art and Card Design, Polar White Flower Soft, Smooch, Bo Bunny Paper, Stickles, Glossy Accents, distressed inks, ribbon, holly branches,

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

"It's Friday Night..." New Release from Susana's Custom Art and Card Design!!!!

I am so stinkin excited to share one of the new images from the new Victoria Case Everyday Gals for Susana's Custom Art and Card Design with you! These sassy, grown up every lady babes are part of the new double release Susana is doing that also includes some goregous Special Release for the Holidays from Elisabeth Bell. These will be available for order on today, September 29th, at 9 am (EST) or 6 am (PST)!! All my Design Team Gal Pals have projects up on their blogs so make sure to go to their links that are at the bottom of my message and see what kind of action they have going on!

"I just got paid... It's Friday Night..." I can't tell you how many times I danced to this song years and years ago! It seems I've always had some kind of cash coming in on Fridays and there's nothing like getting all dressed up and going out and relaxing with your gal pals. When I took one look at this sassy Miss Chardonnay, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with her! And this is one of the new Susanaments that's available with this set. Aren't they great? Just wait till you see them all!

She's colored with Prismacolor pencils and OMS and I covered her dress with stickles to give it that flassy look to it. I wanted her to be flashy and classy so I added some gorgeous Petaloo Dazzlers in gold and put some bronze Rhinestones in the corner. The DCWV paper is actually from their Once Upon a Time stack and I thought the rich colors were perfect for this beauty. I added a touch of Glossy Accents to her wine glass, stool and eyes and used an Atyou Spica Glitter pen on the chrome on the stool. The sketch is from last weeks Sketch Saturday and I love the different layers they had. Yep, about the only thing I love as much as Stickles is layers on a card! The ribbon is from my stash and I love how she came out!

I love this side view because it shows a little bit of the inside of the card. I've been inspired to create and decorate the inside of my cards and this shows just a bit of the corner.

So make sure that you stop by all my fabulous Design Team buddies and see their fabulous creations! I as excited to see them as you are! Here are their links:


So go out and get ready for not only the end of the work week, but start getting geared up for the holidays!

Card Ingredients:

Miss Chardonnay by Victoria Case Everyday Gals for Susana's Custom Art and Card Design, Susanaments by Susana's Custom Art and Card Design, Stickles, Once Upon A Time paper by DCWV, Petaloo Dazzlers, Atyou Spica Glitter Pen,

Sunday, September 27, 2009

A little bit of sweetness and some very sweet Blog Candy from Susana's Custom Art and Card Design

Head on over to Susana's store blog, Follow Your Heart, and check out the amazing blog candy!!! There is also a sneak peek of a few of the new release designs up! You have a chance to win both awesome mini releases from Elisabeth Bell for SCACD and Victoria Case for SCACD!!!
You can enter until September 28th at 11 pm (EST)!! The winner will be announced at midnight (EST) on the 28th so you can purchase the new mini collections at 6 am (PST) on the 29th!
Hurry! Go enter!! There's a question to answer but it's easy!!

Not a lot intimidates me, but after seeing some of the gorgeous cards made with Hanglar stamps, I was afraid to color some of these images up! Silly, I know, but this weekend I got over myself and took the plunge! While I worked on a lot of new and exciting things to show you this upcoming week, I thought I'd put together this sweet little flower bee as I like to think of her as.

I colored her with copics and added some stickles and distressed the edges with some of my distressed inks. Isn't her faces just the sweetest thing?

You know how much I love my stickles and I just wanted to show off how sweet this little one is. I wanted her to have a soft look and used some Gypsy paper by BasicGrey. I hope you enjoy her!

So make sure to stop by Susana's Custom Art and Card Design's store blog and sign up for that yummy blog candy she's got going on! I just can't wait to share my part of the release with you! I'm so, so excited about what I get to do for you!

Card Ingredients:

by Hanglar Stamps, Gypsy paper by BasicGrey, Stickles, Distressed Inks, Kaisercraft Pearls, ribbon, MS fancy lattice punch.