Sunday, April 27, 2014

April 28, 2014 Besties Design Team Challenge - Anything But A Card

Hi my friends.  I hope you all had a lovely week-end.  I know I did, in fact I had a blast.  Myself and three other gal pals went to a crafting Expo and took some classes and stayed over and we certainly had a great time together.  We stayed up way to late talking and laughing that's for sure.  

Well our challenge this time is "Anything But A Card".  Hmmmmm that definitely had me thinking what on earth am I gonna do for this challenge.  Thankfully, I guess (cause I spent way too much money LOL), I went to AC Moore for a couple of things and walked by a bin and saw something, and it hit me, yeppers I am going to use this for my challenge.  So I purchased it and then put my thinking cap on and here is what I came up with.  I hope you all like it. 

As you can see, I chose a chalk board and decided to go with a "girlie" look.  :-)  I had Sherri Baldy in mine when I created this, as she loves pink and lace and of course she is the designer of these precious images, and she is our "Bestie"  The image I used was I Say A Little Prayer and you can find her in Sherri's Etsy Shop HERE.

Here is a close up of the image.  

I used my current favorite medium to color with.  I have been using my Faber Castell Polychromos and I am in love with them.  Love the way they blend so easily and with 120 colors a gal can't go wrong.  :-)  I also used my brand new dies from Joy Crafts.  From the very first day I saw this die, I knew it had to come home and live with me.  So I went on a search and found a place in the US that I could order.  The die is really a heart border, but I cut them apart and used randomly.  My flowers are mostly Wild Orchid.  Lace and ribbon flowers were from my stash.  

So I hope you like my interpretation of the challenge and that you will decide to join us.  So grab your favorite Bestie image and come join us on our Besties Challenge Blog HERE

Thank you for stopping by and I sure hope you come again.
Happy Stamping and God Bless,

Sunday, April 20, 2014

April 20, 2014 - Aussie DT Challenge Using Folds

Hello my friends.  Today our Aussie DT challenge is using folds.

 So I got the old thinking cap on and wanted to do something a little different that some of the folds I've been using, so I am revisiting a technique using folds that I'm sure we all have used many times in our card making.  Its been a long time since I have done a Joy Fold card, so that is what I decided to do. .   I also wanted a larger card than you usually see with a Joy Fold, so I just started guestimating (ok I know that is not a real word LOL) and I was pleased with the final size.  During my thinking and looking at different tutorials, I stumbled upon one that I wish I had seen prior to making this card, 'cause I certainly did the base of it the hard way.  LOL  So the easy way is....figure the finished size card you want  and double the length.  Then fold the CS in half and then cut one of the folds in half.  Saves you trying to figure out where to score and fold.   

I don't know why, but when I chose the image I wanted to color, I immediately though of blues and aquas.  Wasn't sure how it was going to turn out, but overall I think I am pleased.  :-)

The flower at the bottom left is a dual reason for being there.  One because I love flowers and usually have them on all my cards, but the other is keeping the blue fold that the image is mounted on closed.  You will see what I mean in my next picture which shows the entire card opened.  :-)    I loved this image the first time I saw her, my first thought was how sweet and love that little bunny she is holding, so a little bunny love.:-)
If you would like to add this sweet image to your collection you can find her at Sherri Baldy's Etsy  HERE  

A really good friend of mine, Suzanne J. Dean, is a great enabler and  a few months ago and was telling me all about these really neat pencils by Faber Castell called Polychromos.  Well yeppers I had to have them and this image was the first image I colored with them.  And can I tell you all that I am in love with them.  I love they way they color and the ease of coloring too.  I used a hotpress watercolor paper from Amazon.  It was a little pricey, but love the way it worked with the pencils.  I also used a blending stump to soften the colors together.  I will list the colors used when I list the supplies below. Oh and by the way, I am also a very good enabler to all my friends. too.  LOL  

Here is the inside of my card: 

I wanted to use the sentiment, Some Bunny Loves You and I didn't have a stamp or a digi, so I typed it in Word and printed on some cardstock and used a Spellbinders die to cut it out. 

Supplies Used:
Sky Blue
Hello Blue 
Dark Phthalo
Grey II
Light Magento
Light Flesh
Medium Flesh
Naples Yellow
Light Chrome Yellow
Burnt Sienna 
Dies:  Cheery Lynn, Spellbinders & Joy Crafts
Flowers:  Wild Orchid and Prima
Aqua Emblishments - Some in my stash
Card Stock - Stamping up
Designer papers - some in my stash

So I hope that you like my card and you will leave a comment below. I always appreciate hearing your thoughts about my work.  :-)  

I will end todays post with I hope everyone had a very blessed and happy Easter.  May God bless and keep you all.

Many hugs and Happy Stamping.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

April 6, 2014 - Aussie DT Challenge and Blog Hop

Hi everyone and welcome to my blog.  Are you ready for something exciting???/  Well we are celebrating our one year anniversary on the My Besties Aussie Challenge Blog and we are inviting you to celebrate with us.  We are having a Blog Hop with some awesome "candy" for the winners who go "blog hopping" with us.  Now come on, you know you like candy and you know you want to win, so come on and visit all the blogs and you may get some awesome prizes.

Our challenge this time was using Brown and Yellows.  This was definitely out of my comfort zone because I rarely use yellows and browns together even though I think they look really good together.  My color family tends to lend itself to the purples, pinks, soft greens, etc.  But I had great fun creating this card for the challenge and hope that you all like it.  Since I love to shop, this image was perfect for me.  :-)

Supplies Used:
Distressed Ink Markers
Miscl Papers on hand
Wild Orchid Flowers
Memory Box and Spellbinders Dies
Martha Steward Border Punch

OK now for the fun.
Blog Hop Rules
Make sure you follow these instructions to be in the running to win our delicious Candy!!
1. Firstly make sure you are a follower of the Aussie Besties Blog - and leave a comment.
2.  Visit each Blog on the Hop List.
3.  Leave a comment on each Blog
4.  We would also love for you to become a follower of each Blog.
5.  Return to the Aussie Besties Blog and Answer the following question - How many Bestie DT members have you visited on the Hop?
6. Have fun.
7.  Good Luck

Blog Candy is for an Aussie Winner and the $25 Gift Certificate is for an International Winner.  Good Luck!!
We are all excited for you to be a great part of our celebration.  Come on, blog hop with us and lets make our first year anniversary a tremendous success!!!!
Thank you for stopping by and your next stop is:  
Geesje Boutkan - to go to her blog, Click HERE 
Thank you again for stopping by and I hope that you have enjoyed visiting blog and that you are having fun with our first ever Blog Hop.
Many hugs and happy stamping,

Friday, April 4, 2014

April 4 - Blog Hop Coming Up Soon

Hey my friends.  Just wanted to check in quickly to post that the Besties Aussie DT  is  getting ready for a Blog Hop and you know that you want to do this, 'cause you have a chance to win some awesome goodies from Sherri Baldy's Besties.  

So write down the date of April 6th on your calendar and be sure and come back and read here to get all the scoop on what you have to do.  The  link to the Aussie DT Blog is below the picture and you can go now and see our last challenge of using ribbons.  Coming up is our challenge using Yellow and Brown.  

Here are some pictures of the blog candy that you can win.  

Remember the blog hop starts on April 6 and here is the link for you to check it out.