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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge #106

It's TUESDAY and that means time for another wonderful sketch challenge over at Midnight Madness.
 
This weeks sketch...it's "YOUR PICK" Make it fancy, clean and simple, or somewhere in-between. Remember to click on the sneak peek button on the side bar of the Midnight Madness Blog for the following weeks sketch each Friday.


"YOUR CHOICE"


 Enter one style or both this week.

Just have fun and come play with us :)

The MMSC106 Weekly Bonus Sponsor is...
The MMSC106 Weekly Bonus winner will win a 

$10 Gift Voucher redeemable for any digi images in the "priscillastyles" Store

Stop by and check out all the new images!!

GC redeemable for digis only

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**The May Monthly sponsor is....
Total Grand prize package is well OVER $100 WORTH!!!
WOW!!!Thank you so much Boni 
for this months fabulous grand prize!!
See the prize HERE!
June Sponsor and May's Monthly winner 
will  be announced next week!
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Now here is MY creation for this week's challenge!  Here is 'my' version of the FANCY sketch ... what do you think??
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I just LOVE this new 'Victorian Hat' digi image from "priscillastyles" and couldn't wait to create with it!  Not sure if you can see it or not ... I have popped up the rose on the hat, added Crystal Effects and Deco Arts Glamour Dust for a little added dimension & sparkle.

Why not come join in the fun!  Priscilla ALWAYS has something up her sleeve and it usually has something to do with an AMAZING PRIZE or GIVE AWAY! 
Happy Crafting Everyone!
Darlene 
"priscillastyles" DT

Monday, May 30, 2011

SPRINGTIME BLOG CANDY OFFER!

BLOG CANDY OFFER 
NOW "CLOSED"
Winner announced Wednesday,
June 1st 

This post will remain at the top of my blog through May 30th (Memorial Day) ... please scroll down for current challenge postings.  Thanks!


Would you like to win this  
PIXIE CRAFTING SEWING MACHINE?

CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE DETAILS

Marvelous Monday at Shelly's Images


Here we are at the beginning of another week and that means it's time for another Marvelous Monday image featuring over at Shelly's Images.  As you can see above, today's featured image is 'Flower Girl' and this image can be purchased at a 'special price' for a limited time ... please be sure to pop over to the BLOG and STORE to purchase this image before the June wedding season begins.


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Recipe for this card is as follows:

Stamps used for homemade background & sentiment - Inkadinkado
Accessories:  Prismacolor markers, chalk, makeup applicator, purple Marvy metallic marker for edging, Prima flower, Stampendous diamond dot, Spellbinder scallop rectangle dies

Please take the time to pop back over to Shelly's Images tomorrow for Technique Tuesday ... you won't want to miss that!  There are some wonderful technique & helpful hints being shared!  And then again on Thursday for the Terrifically Thrilling Thursday Challenge where YOU could win a free image from Shelly!  But remember ... you have to PLAY to WIN!  Hope to see you there!!


Have a wonderful week!
Hugs to you all!
Darlene



Don't forget to check out my SPRINGTIME BLOG CANDY   today's the LAST DAY!!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Nicecrane Designs Creations

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Do you have big 'party' plans?  They say the weather is going to be cooperative here in NE Ohio ... we shall see!  We are having new carpet put in our upstairs next week so I think our weekend will be more of a 'work' weekend vs. 'party' time!!

Today I'd like to share a few creations I've made using one of  Ignacio's new designer paper packs (Voynich Manuscripts) as well as various images from his STORE.  








HERE'S SOME INTERESTING INFORMATION ABOUT VOYNICH MANUSCRIPT:

The Voynich Manuscript is considered to be 'The Most Mysterious Manuscript in the World'. To this day this medieval artifact resists all efforts at translation. It is either an ingenious hoax or an unbreakable cipher. The manuscript is named after its discoverer, the American antique book dealer and collector, Wilfrid M. Voynich, who discovered it in 1912, amongst a collection of ancient manuscripts
Based on the evidence of the calligraphy, the drawings, the vellum, and the pigments, Wilfrid Voynich estimated that the Manuscript was created in the late 13th century. The manuscript is small, seven by ten inches, but thick, nearly 235 pages. It is written in an unknown script of which there is no known other instance in the world. 



GET YOUR VOYNICH PAPERPACK HERE NOW


 
 
You can visit Ignacio here ...
 
Vist his blog:
Nicecrane Designs

His Store
Nicecrane Designs Store
  
 
Well, I'd better get started on my work ... time's a wasting!!  Have a wonderful day and if you have ANY QUESTIONS on these creations just leave a comment and I'll get back to you!

ENJOY!!
Darlene

Friday, May 27, 2011

Wags 'n Whiskers Challenge #55

Happy Friday!

Today at Wags 'n Whiskers, we are having fun with 'STITCHES'.  Now, just so you know ... I'm not that good with the old sewing machine so I have chosen to do FAUX STITCHING!

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This adorable image called CHILLIN' OUT .  You can purchase this image either individually or in the 'I Want It All Fun in the Sun Set'.  You can find this fun set and MORE HERE.



Recipe for this card:
Papers - DCWV seasons designer paper (water & sand), white & black cardstock
Additional stamps - See D's fun in the sun
Accessories - CM fine tip black marker for faux stitching, chalks & makeup applicators for background coloring on image, Prismacolor markers to color main image

I hope you were able to get in on our blog hop!  I can't wait to see who the lucky winners are!!  Okay then ... now it's YOUR turn to share your STITCH creations with us!  Have fun!

** UPDATE **
MY blog was one of the blogs picked to select a lucky winner from the comments received during last week's Blog Hop ...that lucky winner is ELIZABETH HART and you can click on her name to see more of her work.  Congratulation Elizabeth!!


Darlene
Wags 'n Whiskers DT

Thursday, May 26, 2011

CDAC Challenge Cards to share . . .


Hello Everyone!
Gosh ... I sure hope you all got through this last round of storms without incident!  Wasn't that lightening terrible!  YIKES!!  Stay safe my friends!
Today I'd like to share with you the cards I created for the current round of challenges over on CDAC.  What great fun!  I've added the link to the CDAC Main Page ... if you scroll down a bit you will see the challenges listed ... pop on over ... grab your freebie and play along!  I'll be watching for your creations!!

Here are my cards using a couple of the freebies offered in the Freebie Challenge . . .

 The digi image used on this card is by The Digi Street.  Andy is an amazing illustrator and has a lot of adorable images to offer!  Be sure to check him out!!  I thought this poor kitty was 'missing' something (like the bird that was supposed to be inside the birdhouse ... LOL) so that's the thought behind my sentiment.




Next is an adorable outhouse digi image from Dowdy Doodles.  Again, I have linked you directly to their store so you can check out all the fun digis available.  I didn't know what sentiment to put with this image ... then I saw this stamp in my collection and thought it would be FUN!!  What do you think??


For the Embellishment Challenge, Tlc Creations has offered this awesome 'Summertime' sentiment digi stamp.  I have paired it up with an old Stampin' Up image as well as Flip Flops from a See-D stamp set.  Prismacolor markers and chalk have been used to coloring my main image.




How about this 'funny birthday bunny' offered by Zlatoena Designs for the Holiday/Special Occasion Challenge.  Isn't he just the cutest thing!!  I have used various DCWV designer papers for this creation as well as faux stitching around the outside.  


Isn't this grape cluster digi from "priscillastyles" fabulous!  It paired so well with this BoBunny designer paper and it was so much fun to color!!  Priscilla sponsored the Color Challenge and our colors were Green & Purple ... perfect for her wonderful digi offered for this challenge.


Lastly is this fabulous Graduation Sentiment digi stamp offered by Sending Treasures for the Sketch Challenge.  Now mind you ... I haven't done a card with the 'sketch' yet ... but I did get the THREE graduation cards done that I needed!!  Yippee!

Please take a moment and visit these wonderful artists sites ... you might find that digi image you just can't do without!!!  And I'm sure you'll find inspiration along the way!!  THEN ... please come join us at CDAC ... it's a wonderful network of artists and designers ... you don't want to miss all the fun!!

Well, my crafting friends are here ... I'd better get to creating!  Catch you all later!  HUGS!!
Darlene

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Challenge Fun at The Sisterhood

Hello Everyone!  
 Today at The Sisterhood, we are having fun with RIBBONS, FLOWERS & BUTTONS.  Our sponsor today is 2 Cute Rubber Stamps and they have generously shared a few of their adorable images with the design team!  I have chosen to use the Mermaid & Friends image for my creation today!

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I just thought she was the cutest little mermaid and had fun coloring and creating with her.  You could win either 2 Rubber Stamps or 3 Digi Stamps from 2 Cute Rubber Stamps just for joining in the challenge ... so get your creations made and be sure to share them with us!  You have 2 weeks ... plenty of time to join the fun!!

To see more of these cute images and what the design team has created to inspire you with ... be sure to click on The Sisterhood Link and check it out!  The recipe for this card is as follows:

Papers:  White cs, Black cs, Paper Pizazz bubble design paper
Accessories:  Prismacolor markers, blue chalk, makeup applicator, Baby buttons, Joann's wedding flowers, Michaels organza ribbons, Bow Easy  

See you at The Sisterhood!  
Darlene

Summertime Fun . . .

. . . at Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge.  That's right ... we are celebrating the onset of SUMMERTIME and we hope you'll come join in the fun!
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As a young girl, my sister's and I spent countless hours swinging and see-sawing in the playground our father had created for us.  Our swings were made from the trees in our woods that my father cut down, stripped and connected together with 3 rope swings.  That swing had to be 15 feet high and you could swing W-A-Y out into the sky!  (I can't believe we didn't get hurt, now that I look back!) But that's life in the country and you played as hard as you worked!
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Today's challenge sponsor is Whiff of Joy. 
Please check the PPCC blog for all winner details.

Details for my creation are as follows:
Stamps:  Elisabeth Bell (Rope Swing) Sugar Nellies, Art Impressions (sentiment)
Papers: Paper Pizazz dp, white, black, pink & lavender card stock 
Ink:  Versafine black
Accessories:  Offray lavender grosgrain ribbon, Spellbinder classic & scallop oval dies, Martha Stewart lacy butterfly punch, Kaiser pearls, Bow Easy, Deco Art Glamour Dust, Fiskars scallop border punch

Thanks so much for your visit and comments.  I appreciate both!  Enjoy your day ... in whatever you do!

Hugs,
Darlene

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

It's All About BLACK & WHITE today!


Happy Tuesday Everyone!  
Well, it seems the storms are over ... at least for today!  And since I have established this entire week as CRAFTING WEEK ... I have a couple cards to share with you today.

"YOUR CHOICE"

My first card is for the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge #105.  I started out just doing the CAS sketch but ended up adding some bling so it would qualify for the FANCY sketch. 


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The recipe for this card:
Image - TJDesigns #0327 "Fashion" Collage Pack
Papers - Black cs, White cs, Anna Griffin designer paper
Accessories - Michael's B/W Plaid ribbon, Darice gems & brads, CM fine tip black marker, Signo White pen
Technique - Faux Stitching


Other Challenges:
Karen's Doodles - Make it Sparkle
Make It Monday #38 - Anything Goes
Woodware USA #28 - Anything Goes
Creative Inspiration Paint - Inspired by Bling
Emerald Faerie Garden - Anything Goes (3rd entry)
I Did It Creations - Anything Goes (2nd entry)
One Stitch At A Time - Bling It On
CES Challenge #37 - Embellish It (2nd entry)

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My second creation to share with you today is for the Crafty Secrets Challenge over on Splitcoast Stampers.  Marcy is our hostess today and she's ask us to use our Crafty Secrets / Heartwarming Vintage products along with BLACK & WHITE .

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The recipe for this card is:
Stamps - CS 'Bird Lovers' & 'Bird Notes'
Papers - Black & White cardstock, Glossy White cardstock
Ink - Indian Ink Black
Accessories - Bird: CS Creative Scraps CS09-DS Altered Fairies, Satin Bows from JoAnn's, plaid ribbon from Michael's, Cuttlebug Textile EF

If you have any Crafty Secrets products ... won't you come join the fun.  Every Monday, CLUES are given for the TUESDAY challenge.  Hope to see you there.

Well, that's it for today ... the sun is shining ... guess I'd better get SOMETHING done that resembles housework!  LOL!  Have a wonderful day!
Darlene

Monday, May 23, 2011

Marvelous Monday at Shelly's Images



It's Monday [again] ... and that means it's time for another FEATURED IMAGE over at Shelly's Images.  This week's Marvelous Monday is featuring'GOAL!!'.  Remember, for a limited time, you can get this image at a reduced price ... be sure to pop over and check it out!


Soccer is SO POPULAR in today's schools and I'm sure many of your children are involved in this sport!  For that reason, you really will want to pop over to the Shelly's Images Blog ... check out the DT inspiration and grab this image for yourself!    FYI . . .We never had soccer when I was in school (many moons ago) ... only football & basketball.  My how times have changed!!

Recipe for this creation:
Papers:  White cs, K&Co. designer paper
Accessories:  Spellbinder Labels 9 die, chalk, makeup applicator, Sports stickers from Me & My Big Ideas, Darice ribbon

Please remember to pop back over to Shelly's Images tomorrow for Technique Tuesday ... you won't want to miss that!  There are some wonderful technique & helpful hints being shared!  And then again on Thursday for the Terrifically Thrilling Thursday Challenge where YOU could win a free image from Shelly!  But remember ... you have to PLAY to WIN!  Hope to see you there!!


Have a wonderful week!
Hugs to you all!
Darlene



Don't forget to check out my SPRINGTIME BLOG CANDY going on through Memorial Day! 

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Joan's Gardens #19 - Summer Finale

This week at Joan's Gardens, Joan is combining her two challenges and asking us to make a Card with Matching Tag.  What a clever idea to finish out her challenges until Fall.


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 Hubby & I worked outside all morning (rains have held off so far) and got the decking pad releveled and some trimming done on some of the greenery around the deck.  So now that it's mid afternoon and the sun is too hot for me ... I decided to come down to my 'crafting cave' and play around a bit.

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I wasn't really sure where to begin on this project but I figured BIRTHDAY is always a safe bet for tags or cards.  Then I started looking through my 'new' stack of K& Company designer paper pads and this sheet with the aqua butterfly just popped out at me.

The fact that I had a scrap piece of aqua cardstock and a roll of aqua satin ribbon sitting close by ... clinched the deal for me!  

The Martha Stewart Lacy Butterfly punch worked perfectly for both pieces ... I just added a little glue & Deco Art Glamour Dust for that added 'sparkle'.

On the card I had extra room so I thought a butterfly centered Prima flower with aqua pronds (MS punch) would work ... and it did ... perfectly.  I really like how that looks (have to keep that idea in mind for the future).

If you've never been to Joan's Gardens ... by all means, you must stop over and see all the wonderful products she carries in her store as well as inspirational creations.  Joan has another workshop coming up the end of June and I'm thrilled to say I will be attending once again.  I ALWAYS learn such wonderful tricks and techniques at her workshops that the 5 hour drive is MORE than worth it!!  Besides we've become friends and I just LOVE spending time with her & her wonderful hubby Jon!

Other challenges I'd like to share these creations with are:
The Emerald Faerie Garden - Anything Goes
I Did It Creations - Anything Goes
Allsorts - Birthday
Ellephanatstic - Birthday Party
 Less Is More - Butterflies
 Little Claire's Designs - Sparkle
Shannon's Sentiments - Birthdays
Stamp Something - Beachy Colors
Shelly's Images - Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you've had as great a weekend as I have!  Didn't do anything SPECIAL ... just enjoyed the sunshine ... grilled out with the neighbors and thanked God for all his blessings!!!


Hugs to you all!
Darlene



Don't forget to check out my SPRINGTIME BLOG CANDY  going on through Memorial Day! Time is running out to enter . . .

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Playing with Peter Rabbit . . .

Happy Saturday Everyone! 

Do you have sunshine today??  We do here in N.E. Ohio and it is GLORIOUS!  Well you ask ... then why are you indoors on the computer?  Answer is ... we got a few things done outside this morning and now it's a bit too hot for my (and hubby's) fair skin so we are inside for a few hours ... then it's back outside for some more work & grillin' fun!

Ignacio, owner/artist of Nicecrane Designs asked me to make a couple of creations using his latest set of images called "Peter Rabbit & V. Albert DS",  I have used images DS3 & DS4.

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The recipe for this card is:
Sentiment Stamp - American Art
Papers - White cs, K&Co. designer paper
Ink - Versafine Black, Tim Holtz peeled paint distress ink
Accessories - Spellbinder classic circle dies, Prismacolor markers, sponge applicator, Martha Stewart prond punch, flower punches, gold satin ribbon, gold Pilot marker

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The recipe for this card is:
Papers - white, kraft, bright pink, and ocean blue cardstock
Accessories - Prismacolor markers, Martha Stewart fence border punch, American Crafts pomegranate satin ribbon, Prima flowers, Kaiser pearl, Cuttlebug Victorian embossing folder, fine tip black marker, metal ruler, pink ZIG marker

  You can find the entire Peter Rabbit SAVE PACK ... HERE.  You'll want to be sure to check out all the amazing images & products Ignacio has available in his store.  OH ... and be sure to check out his new FOLDED BOOKMARKS ... they are amazing!

 Other challenge for these creations are:
2 Sisters Challenge - Use a Digi
Crafty Emmas - Embellish It
Totally Gorjuss - Water, Anything Wet
Alphabet Challenge - C for Clean & Simple
Crafts 4 Eternity #20 - Flower, Ribbon & Bling
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes
Fairy Knoll - Flowers
Floweret - Spring & Green
Inspire Me Fridays - Anything Goes

I hope you've enjoyed these FUN creations and will take a moment to stop over and visit Ignacio!  I really think you'll be glad you did!

OKAY ... back to work!  Enjoy the weekend everyone!  Mmmmm I can smell those burgers on the grill already!  YUMmmmm!

Darlene
Member of Nicecrane Design DT

Friday, May 20, 2011

Wags 'n Whiskers BLOG HOP

 

PRINCESS RELEASE BLOG HOP TIME!!!
 
For the past couple of days, the team and I have been sharing 'sneak peeks' with you for our newest Digi Release.  Images will be available for purchase starting today ... Friday at 12pm GMT/7am EST.


Please be sure to leave a comment here on my blog posting to be eligible for the random blog comment drawing.  THREE lucky winners will be picked ... those winner's will receive the ENTIRE PRINCESS COLLECTION (6 digi's) ... WOW how awesome is that!!!

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Today's card was created using the image named 'A Deer Friend' from the Princess Collection.  Now onto the HOP ... please follow the list below, 

Jeanette - Ballerina Katie
Vicky (Guest) - Beary Sweet
Lacey - Dress Up Millie
Angelique - Millie's Little Prince
Debbie (Guest) - Sammie's Round-up
 Carolina - A Deer Friend
Diane - Ballerina Katie
Mariska - Beary Sweet
Heidi (Guest) - Dress Up Millie
Tammy Louise - Millie's Little Prince
Tracy - Sammie's Round-up
Darlene (YOU ARE HERE) - A Deer Friend
Chris (Guest) - Ballerina Katie
Nikki - Beary Sweet
Joy (Guest) - Dress Up Millie
Deb - Millie's Little Prince
Dawn - Sammie's Round-up


The blog hop will will close on Thursday 26th 5:01 am GMT/00:01 am EST. Winners will be announced on Friday 27th as part of our challenge post along with the Spread the Word Winner.

REMEMBER ... leave a comment at each stop ... YOU COULD WIN THE ENTIRE COLLECTION!!

Your next stop is CHRIS ...
RECIPE for my card:
Papers - Prima (Madeline), Pear Pizazz, Marina Mist, Pretty Pink
Accessories - Provo Craft Floral Border Die, JoAnn's satin bows, Prismacolor markers, chalks, makeup applicators, Martha Stewart Monarch butterfly punch, Art Deco Glamour Dust, Creative Memories corner rounder
 
Thanks so much for joining in our fun ... 
Hugs from Wags 'n Whiskers
Darlene

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Wags ... SNEAK PEEK - Day 2


It's SNEAK PEEK - DAY 2 at Wags 'n Whiskers!  We are getting geared up for tomorrow's big DIGI RELEASE and BLOG HOP ... you won't want to miss it!!

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Now I ask you . . . how cute is this little guy???   His name is Sammie and he is roundin' 'em up for a party!  Not only is this the cutest new set on the block ... but it's geared toward BOYS and GIRLS! 

Recipe for my card:
Papers - Brown & black cs, Daisy D's designer paper
Accessories - Prismacolor markers, Spellbinder lacy squares, Darice hemp, Martha Stewart fence border punch, stars are from my scrapbooking stash.


Remember, you can check out all the other sneak peeks being showcased by my design team mates for future inspiration.  Just CLICK HERE to see the full line up of Wags 'n Whiskers DT members or you can also find us in the sidebar of our BLOG.

Other Challenges for this creation:
Pile it On - Boys & Girls Come Out to Play
Scrappy Frog - Anything Goes
Bee Crafty - Birthday for Little Ones


Please stop back tomorrow for the new Princess Collection Release and Blog Hop.  It's going to be great fun!!

Have a good one!
Dar

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Something for the LADIES . . .

Good Afternoon Everyone!

I have two creations to share with you this afternoon and they are both based around 'the Ladies!'

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First is this lovely card I made for the challenge at Joan's Gardens.  Nothing like waiting until the last minute ... a new (and last for the summer) card challenge will be up tomorrow morning!  LOL    But that's okay ... I was inspired by the recipe and just had to create something.  
The recipe was:
  • Monochromatic
  • Embossed background
  • Flourish
  • Flower(s)
  • Butterflies
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Secondly is a card created for the Crafty Secrets Forum Challenge over on Splitcoast Stampers.  We were to FOCUS on our FOCUS IMAGE . . . of course while using Crafty Secrets / Heartwarming Vintage products for our projects/cards.  Here's what I came up with . . .


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I have used an image from the 'Homemade' booklet for my FOCUS IMAGE.   The all white background helped showcase this adorable image perfectly.  


I'm short on time today ... but if you would like any of the details on creating these two images ... PLEASE ... just give a shout and I'll give you all the info you need.


Thanks and have a great day!
Dar