Friday, September 28, 2012

Outlawz Greetings Challenge - Blue Bird

Stamp by:  Martha Stewart
Greeting: Unity Stamp Company
Just a quick post to show my DT card for the current Greetings challenge at The Outlawz. The Outlawz has 7 challenges each week: Sunday=CAS, Monday=Greetings, Tuesday=Color, Wednesday=Sketch, Thursdays=Twisted Thursday, Friday=Copic/Pro Marker Saturday=Paper Ala Mode. There is an 8th Challenge, the bi-monthly Creative Freebies Challenge (CFC)that gives players an opportunity to receive fabulous free digis!  Brenda, and I would love to see an entry from you in the Greetings Challenge!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012



Good morning!  If blogger treated me kindly, this posted on time.  If not, then I am the missing link in the Stamp-N-Doodle Blog Hop.   If you came here from Stamp-N-Doodle, then you are in the right place.  If not, go back and start the hop from Here.

Leave a comment here and you can win the image I used in my inspiration card!  You also have a chance to win prizes at the Stamp-N-Doodle Blog, so be sure to leave a comment there as well for a chance to win 2 free Stamp-N-Doodle images.  If you use a Stamp-N-Doodle image in your challenge project, you increase your chances of winning.  It is not necessary to use one of our images to win!

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness, I am also giving away this wonderful BCA image by Robert Jackson.  So here is your chance to win two great images.  You must leave a comment here and at Stamp-N-Doodle to be eligible for the Robert Jackson BCA image!  Your next stop is: Claire

 The Order of the Blog Hop will be:

Stamp 'n' Doodle Blog

Chana <----Your are here


Stamp 'n' Doodle Blog

 Our designers have wonderful Images to give away, so make sure you complete the hop and leave a comment on each blog.

If you post a comment here, enter a project and leave a comment at the following challenges: Stamp-N-Doodle",  Mema's Crafts", and Jackson's Digital Expressions - BCA Challenge ", you could win all the prizes mentioned on this page plus 4 additional digis of your choice: One image from Stamp-N-Doodle and 3 images from Robert Jackson.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012


This week at Jackson's Digital Expressions, we are recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness. Just last night a new research study was released which gives additional hope that we may be winning more and more battles against this devastating cancer. Please help us fight by entering a project at Jackson's Digital Expressions and Mema's Blog challenge. At Jackson's Digital Expressions $1.75 per entry is being contributed to Breast Cancer Research for every challenge entry. Mema's has pledged $10.00 per 40 entries in her monthly challenge. Two chances to make a difference by simply doing what you already love to do, Crafting. Below are some BCA images that you can purchase at Fine Arts By Robert Jackson, if you do not have BCA stamps or digis. Most Digi stores carry BCA images.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Breast Cancer Awareness

Hello, Cardies!  I need your help!  Tuesday, My Challenge Blog, Jackson's Digital Expressions will host its Breast Cancer Awareness Challenge.  My husband, daughter and I are pledging $.25 each for each project entered into our challenge.  Francine, one of my designers, has joined us in this pledge.  I do not want money from you, I just want you to help by entering a project into the challenge.  The more entries we receive, the larger the donation.

Thanks in advance for your support of this most worthy cause!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

From My Patch

I've decided that my Chanukah gifts are going to be altered notebooks.  The are fun to make and they are utilitarian.  This one is my challenge project this week at Stamp-n-Doodle.  I keep all the winners of the Jackson's Digital Express Challenges and The Sponsor Dates for all JDE sponsors in this little pad.  I don't know what I'm going to do when it runs out of pages.  It was a give away at Ikea and I have not been able to find it on the internet anywhere.  It has a thick, hard plastic cover on top of the usual glossy cover that you find on most notebooks of this type.  I was able to decorate both covers and when you close it the papers underneath show through.   Cool!

Thanks for stopping by!  The challenge this week at STAMP-N-DOODLE  is Anything Goes!  If you have a Lauren Curtis image, we would love to have you use it for our challenge.  If you don't, you can find Lauren's images in the Stamp-N-Doodle store!


Wednesday, September 19, 2012


Hello, Cardies!  This month challenge at the Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog is Stitching Faux or Real.  The challenge is being sponsored by Fresh Brewed Designs and I used one of their images for my first project.  Since The Stamping Boutique is our permanent sponsor, I try to split my projects and do one of theirs each month.

I really didn't know what I was going to do with this image, but then I started thinking about growing up and the sentiment "love with strings attached" just popped into my head. in the Fifties and even early sixties when all mothers wore aprons,  toddlers would either grab the hem of their mother's skirt or pull on her apron strings.  I guess since most mothers wear pants and the apron is a thing of the past, toddlers today have to do the leg wrap on their mothers.  In the fifties, leg wraps were reserved for fathers.

Hope you like it!


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Sunday Strolls: Miss Lady and Rajrupa

Hi, Cardies, I have two Images for you this week and some good/bad news!  The good news is that I have been promoted to Team Leader for the Greetings Challenge Team at The Outlawz.  The bad news is that this came about because my friend, Angela, stepped down from the team.  I will miss her.  The Outlawz was my very first design team, so I am just too excited about this new role!  Okay, now on to my DT Inspiration Projects for Jackson's Digital Expressions.

We Have a Color challenge this week: Holiday Blue, Raw Silk, Pink  of  course if you don't have these colors, you can just use the blue, tan/brown/cream, and pink that you have.  We're easy!

Sunday Stroll - Rajrupa
Tbe image in this first project was drawn by our friend, Priyanka, over at My Heart Pieces!
I really like this notebook.  My favorite element is my built in page marker! 

What I used for Rajrupa:
Cardstock: Neenah Classic Smooth -Natural White
Design Papers: Lost and Found
Die: Spellbinders' Label Twenty One
Embossing Folder:  Couture Creations - Royalty
Findings:  Fab Scraps
Puches: EK Success - Large Flower Punch
Misc: Cross Stitch Fabric, Ribbon, Brads, Copics

Sunday Stroll:  Miss Lady
This wonderful images was created by our Resident Artist, Robert Jackson

I am determined not to add to my Trash Stash, so I used the same papers to create both projects.
What it took:

Miss Lady
Cardstock:  Cards and Pockets: Bagdad Brown; Neenah Classic Smooth - Baronial Ivory
Design Papers:  Lost and Found
Die: Spellbinders
Lace: Prima
Flatback Pearls: Want2 Scrap
Markers:  Varoius Copics and Chalk
Distress Ink:  Ranger's Victorian Velvet

Monday, September 17, 2012


Image and Sentiment: Unity Stamp Company - Itty Bitty Stamps
Die Cuts: Spellbinders' Scalloped Circles
Spellbinders' Diamond Strips and Accents - Shapeabilities
Hi, Cardies!  If I'm lucky, this post is happening as scheduled.  This is Monday and that means Greetings Challenge at The Outlawz.  This week we are honoring National Apple Dumpling Day.  So the challenge is to create a project that incorporates the use of Apples, the Color of Apples, or use the word Apple in your sentiment!

Remember this is a Greetings Challenge, so you must use a sentiment on your project!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Welcome Back!!


Our sponsor this week is  FRESH BREWED DESIGNS


Hi, Cardies, just a quick post of my week 1 DT project for Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog.  Our challenge is a monthly challenge and we have two Design Teams who alternate weeks.  Currently Team B's week 1 projects are being show cased.  We would love to have you stop by and enter a project.

Create any project using some kind of stitching; hand, machine or faux.  There are no limits for the challenge, you can make anything you like and use any image.  The challenge will run until midnight on September 30, so you still have plenty of time to get your project in.

I will keep an eye open for your projects in the challenge!


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Tom Boy

I should have posted this card on Monday, but I have been fighting fatigue all week.  I barely make it through my work day and when I get home, I go straight to bed.  

This was my DT Inspiration card for The Outlawz Challenge honoring National Sewing Week.  My homage to sewing is the stitching across the top.  I need to get a new craft sewing machine.  The one I have is too lightweight.  I cannot freehand stitches, as you can see.  I will probably upload a different shot of this card when I get home.  I think there is too much light on this one and it washes out the colors.  I love Mayzy's images.   They are fun to color.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Wide Awake!

Hello, Cardies!  Well, the long summer break at Guylou's is over and the team is back in full force!  I was delighted that Guylou found my work interesting enough to ask me to continue my tenure with her team.  I am so happy to be able to continue on a team with so many talented artists.

Guylou spent her time away from "blogging" changing her residence, vacationing, and creating some really exciting new images, including the one used in my project.  I called this wide awake, because that is what my daughter would always say when she fell asleep studying.  I would say, "Stace, honey, you need to go to bed.  You were asleep."  She would always respond: "I was wide awake, Momma! I'll never get this done if you keep waking me up to tell me I'm asleep."  Today she is the Corporate Controller and Vice President of Finance and Accounting for the 2nd largest Asset Management Company in the US!  So, maybe sleep learning really works! (LOL).

Hop over to Guylous and check out what my teammates have created for this challenge.  Oh, yeah, the challenge.  The challenge is - "An ABC Primer".   Your design should include.  Apple Red, Bling, and Charms!  What a fun challenge!  I may have to steal it for Jackson's Digital Expressions.  Seriously!!!

Challenge Deadline:
You have until 10:00 pm on September 20th to link your project to the InLinkz at the end of this post. Please make sure your project matches the requirements before you link it.

How to participate:
You can enter only ONE project per challenge, but if you use a Guylou's Inimitability digistamp, your project will count for two entries. If you don't have one of her digistamps and your budget is tight; please check her online store where several freebies are available.

A winner will be selected randomly and will win:
1. A $10.00 gift certificate from Guylou's online store
2. and the winner will also be invited to be a Guest Designer on one of our challenges in the Fall.

48h Freebie:
Guylou is offering a freebie for 48 hours starting September 7th to September 9th. Please visit, add School Essentials to your cart and apply the code SCHOOL-FREEBIE at check out to get it free.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Grabbing Air!!!

Hello, Cardies!  Over at Stamp-N-Doodle, our challenge this week is to create a card using wet or dry embossing.  I chose dry and then almost covered it up trying to develop the skateboarding theme for my project.  Anymahoo, I had fun with this one.  We would love to see your projects, so if you just happen to have an embossed card, drop by and add it to our collection or make one just for us!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog DT Call

Design Team Call going on NOW!!!

The past months have flown by and we have been fortunate to have worked with some very talented ladies on the design team! However as we have bid farewell to several ladies, we would like to take this opportunity to start the search for some new Design Team Members!

What we require: 
Up to TWO (2) projects a month- these can be ANY type of inspiration project: cards, scrap book layouts, paper creations, altered art... whatever makes YOU happy!
A blog where you post and promote CCCB and all its happenings
Participation in CCCB events such as blog hops, digi days, etc.
You will be required to assist us in commenting on challenge entries.

What you will get: 
Exclusive access to our private DT group where we post free images, upcoming challenge themes, and all our super-secret plans!
You will receive a variety of images from our sponsors.
Your blog and artwork will be prominently displayed on our Challenge Blog AND at the The Crafter's Cafe Community
Free blog traffic! We provide links to your blog from our CCCB Challenge Blog, so you'll be plastered all over the internet! Hundreds of people will have the pleasure of seeing your newest creations!
You will receive a badge to display on your blog stating that you are a Crafter's Café Challenge Blog Design Team member.
You will make LOTS of new friends and build great relationships.

Now you may ask: What do I have to do to apply?

Please send us the following information to, please write CCCB DT Call! In the subject line and include the following information:
A paragraph about who you are and why you want to be a part of the CCCB team
3 of your favorite projects that will show us the type of work you will create for the Challenge blog
A link to your blog and galleries
A list of any design teams you are currently on.  If this is your first time trying for a DT, it's fine, we all have to start somewhere!
Your contact information including your complete name and Email address.
The call will be open until September 30th, 2012. New design team members will be notified by October 10th, 2012.
Disclaimer: Please only apply if you are a serious designer and can commit 6 months to CCCB. You do not necessarily need experience, but commitment and heart. We are very much a family at CCCB and are very committed and dedicated to our designers. If you think you're ready to be a designer, we want to hear from you!

Thank you!
Julia, Rhonda and the CCCB's Design Team

Legend and Capture Life

These two cards were  made a couple of weeks ago for Stamp-N-Doodle!  Since I won't be creating a project at Jackson's Digital Expressions for tomorrow's challenge, I thought I would publish Legend and Capture Life!


I had my own challenge trying to get my glitter evenly distributed on her skirt! (smh)  But since then I saw a tutorial with tips on how to do this more effectively so next time my sparkle with be beautifully balanced!  

Please check our our challenge at Jackson's Digital Expressions tomorrow.  If you like Altered Art and 3D projects,  we would love to see some of  your work!

Hope you like them!  Thanks for Stopping By!