Thursday, December 29, 2011

Anything Goes at Aud Sentiments & DT Call

Haven't played with us yet?! Well now is the time as we are into week two of our "Anything Goes" Challenge at Aud Sentiments.
Our sponsor for this challenge is Sassy Cheryl's.
We are also very lucky to have another sentiment from Create with TLC. Remember if you use this sentiment for the challenge be sure to enter your name with Mr. Linky twice for the drawing! Just right click the image to save it.
We are doing an "Anything Goes" challenge because it's time for another DT call! If you are interested in joining our team all you have to do is put DT next to your name.
  • Here are the details about being on the team...
  • Make a card/project every other week
  • Comment on the entries (we have a system so you are not required to comment on all of them)
  • Vote on the winners
  • Be active in our Yahoo group ... that's it!
Now on to my submission... I used Frustrated Mom by Sassy Cheryl. I love this image because it looks like me on a daily basis!!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Stamptacular Challenge - Photo Inspiration

First off, I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! I hope Santa was good to each and every one of you!

To start Christmas Day off with a 'cracker', Stamptacular is hosting a Photo Inspiration Challenge. We would like you to create a WINTER THEME project based on one of these two photos.

You will have from now until midnight (EST) December 31st, 2011 to complete this challenge and post a DIRECT LINK to your submission into our InLinkz in order to be entered into the drawing for this week's fabulous prize donated by:

BUNNY ZOES CRAFT
PRIZE:

For my submission, I used Bauble Spiral Christmas Tree by Fairy Dust Crafts. The sentiment is Merry, Merry, Merry Round Sentiment by Pink Gem Designs. I added some bling with rhineshones as the baubles and used Stickles to outline the spirals.

The Merry Christmas sentiment is by Stamping Bella. Now it's your turn! If you still need some inspiration, check out the Design Team creations!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Blog Hop Candy Winner

Thanks to all of you who participated in the Cards for Men Blog Hop! For those of you who left a comment were entered into a random draw for a £10 gift voucher from One Stop Card Crafts.

The lucky winner is ... drum roll please ... #23 LeAnne - CONGRATS! LeAnne, please email Donna at cardsformen@donnasden.co.uk to claim your prize!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Fave Christmas Movie Challange at Dude Time Doodles

What's your favorite Christmas movie? At Dude Time Doodles, we wanna know! We want to see your creations based on that movie and you'll have until December 27th to link up!

For my submission, I chose Kris Jingle to portray Clark Griswold in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. I decided to make a gift card holder and boy was it easy and fun!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Stamptacular - I'm Dreaming of a Pink Christmas

For this weeks challenge we want to see non-traditional Christmas colors with shades of PINK everywhere! You are allowed to use other colors, as long as they’re not the traditional green and red and PINK is the majority!

You will have from now until midnight (EST) December 24th, 2011 to complete this challenge and post a DIRECT LINK to your submission into our InLinkz in order to be entered into the drawing for this week's fabulous prize donated by:

PRIZE: 1ST PLACE wins 3 digis

2nd PLACE wins 2 digis

3rd PLACE wins 1 digi

Meet the Party Animals ... this image is Reindeer by Kenny K and they "just wanna have fun"

I think I saw these fellas on my lawn the other night but I can't be 100% sure, the shirt is throwing me off!

To get your Pink Mojo going, head on over to Stamptacular and check out the Pink-tastic creations from the Design Team.

Supplies: Copic markers, liquid applique, glossy accents, stickles, spica pens, ribbon & bakers twine, button,

Challenges:

Christmas Card Challenges - Non-traditional Colors

Dream Valley Challenges - Christmas

Gingerloft Challenge - Winter and Christmas

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Winter Holiday Sentiment Challenge

Haven't played with us yet?! Well now is the time as we are into week two of our Winter Holiday Sentiment Challenge at Aud Sentiments.
Our sponsor for this challenge is Prairie Fairy. They are giving the winner a $15 Certificate to their store. Very holiday-ific!
We are also very lucky to have another sentiment from Create with TLC. Paulette has a special prize for one lucky randomly chosen winner.
If you enter the challenge and use this sentiment please add your name to Mr.Linky twice.

For my selection I chose Gilly's Caroling. She's so adorable!

Supplies: Copic Markers, Stickles, Glossy Accents, Felt Snowflakes, Lacy Circle Spellbinders, Flourish Die Cut.

Challenges:
Crafty Sentiments - Purple & Green
The Stamping Boutique - No traditional Christmas Colors
Cards & Things - Color Challenge
Crafty Boots - Christmas
Lollipop Crafts - Happy Holidays
Tuesday Throwdown - For Someone Special

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Holiday Spirit with Dude Time Doodles

What! December already, last time I checked it was July ... well, I guess there's no denying it, the Holiday season is upon us. To celebrate the Holiday season, Dude Time Doodles wants to see your Holiday Spirit creations.

This challenge is sponsored by Glitterbabe. Stef is graciously offering two free images to the winner AND if the winner uses a Glitterbabe image, you'll win three free images!

For my submission, I used one of my fave Dude Time Doodles dudes, Santi Beaches.

Holiday spirit can mean so many things and with Santi, "spirits" are his thing! Now it's your turn to get into the holiday spirit ... ready, set, go to Dude Time Doodles and enter your creation!

Supplies: Copic markers, paper from Close to my Heart, glossy accents, SU glitter, cocktail charm by The Charm Barn, ribbon & baker's twine

Challenges:

Creative Card Crew - Tis the Season

Tuesday Throwdown - Celebrate the Season

Christmas Crafting - Santa Claus is coming to town

Come and Get it Challenges - Anything Christmas

Here come the Boys - For the man/men in your life

Monday, December 5, 2011

Cards for Men Pairs Challenge and Blog Hop

Cards for Men is two years old and we're celebrating! We have organized a bloghop running as well as our usual challenge. The theme for our challenge is the number '2'. Interpret it how you will, two cards, two images, pairs, twinsets (card & gift), etc. We'll draw a random winner and top 3 as usual. You can get all the details and lots more ideas from the Design Team over at the main site.

Here's what I made:

The image is Christmas Undies by Whimsie Doodles. I colored the image with Copic markers and the papers are from the White Christmas collection by We R Memory Keepers.

If you arrived here from Mandy then you're on the right track. If not, hop over to Cards for Men to start at the beginning.

At each stop there'll be a word to collect and a candy draw. I've got a £10 gift voucher from One Stop Card Shop.

At One Stop Card Crafts we have a big range of ever changing discount card making and cardmaking craft supplies.We are always adding to our range of craft supplies which are ideal for making handmade greeting cards, do-it-yourself invitations scrapbook pages, altered items and much more.

Our card making craft supplies include free UK postage* and our popular discount scheme and quick service means our customers keep coming back for more.Our prices are very competitive and this makes us an ideal place to buy your cardmaking supplies online.

To be in with a chance of winning this you just need to leave a comment at the end of this post. A random winner will be drawn on December 19, 2011.

Each stop will have a word which you should collect to make a festive phrase. My word is 'best'. At the end of the blog hop you should have 9 words, work out the phrase and leave it in the comments back at Cards for Men. The blog hop will run until midnight on December 18, 2011 and a winner will be chosen on December 19, 2011.

Since I'm your last stop head back over to Cards for Men to enter your answer.Good luck!

Challenges:

Lexi's Creations - One for the Lads

Here Come the Boys - For the man in your life

The Paper Players - Non-Holiday stamps or colors

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Color Challenge at Stamptacular!

For this weeks challenge you will create a CHRISTMAS card or a project using ONLY the colors listed above! Feel free to use ANY SHADE of the above colors (BLUE, BLACK or BROWN, and TAN) Also, you are allowed to use white cardstock but please keep it to a minimum!

You will have from now until midnight (EST) December 10rd, 2011 to complete this challenge and post a DIRECT LINK to your submission into our InLinkz in order to be entered into the drawing for this week's fabulous prizes donated by:

PRIZE: $20 Gift Certificate; winner must pay shipping!

and
PRIZE: Winner’s Choice of 2 Digis

Before you get started, check out the fab creations the Stamptacular Sunday Design Team has for you!

Supplies: Digi: Inner Elf & Inner Elf Diva by Whimsie Doodles, Paper: Bo Bunny, brown & blue ribbon, silver bells, bakers twine, Stickles.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Any Winter Holiday Sentiment Challenge

There's only one week left on our "Any Winter Holiday Sentiment" challenge over at Aud Sentiments.

This challenge is sponsored by Polka Doodles and Nikky is giving the lucky winner the Magical Winter CD Set!
But wait, there's another incentive! Paulette from Create with TLC will be designing beautiful sentiments to use on our challenges. If you use the sentiment on your entry, you will have 2 chances to win a prize from Paulette. Make sure you add your name twice with Mr. Linky.

Don't worry if you decide not to use the sentiment, you will still get one entry in the challenge with a chance to win the fab CD from Polka Doodles.

Here is Paulette's first creation for Aud Sentiments:
I love this sentiment so I decided to showcase it with one of my fave color combos, turquoise and brown. The Brown on Brown Glitter Snowflake paper is from The Robin's Nest and the snowflake brad, ribbon and pearls are from my stash.

Now it's your turn! Make sure you stop by Aud Sentiments to check out the amazing creations by our Design Team! Happy Crafting!

Supplies: Glitter snowflake cardstock from The Robin's Nest, metal snowflake brad, pearls, ribbon, Wonky Rectangle Spellbinder Nestabilities, Tim Holtz Distressed Ink

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

When you look this good!

Oh yeah, it's time to celebrate another creative spurt from our Designers! Dude Time Doodles is sponsoring a Blog Hop to introduce you to the new images they have created - woop woop!

If you’ve arrived here from Anne, you’re on the right track. Although, there really is no wrong route, just keep hopping until you’ve seen all the wonderful creations from the FAB Dudette Design Team. Make sure you leave some love cause one of us is the MYSTERY HOSTESS! That’s right, one lucky person will win one of the new images just for commenting! Make sure you leave some extra love for our newest Dudette, CG!

I love working with Fanny and I love the color pink! Fanny's streaking (not literally of course, hey wait a minute ... Marlene ... just an idea!) down the slopes lookin' mighty fine with her scarf blowing in the breeze (good thing she is dressed, I think more things would be blowing in the breeze!).

It was at a customer appreciation night at our local craft store (Creative Accents) and I couldn't resist picking up the papers and felt snowflakes. I also used their sketch as my layout for this card.

Now it's off to Dawn and remember, leave her some much deserved love for her creation!

Supplies: Digi: Fanny Ski Bum by Dude Time Doodles, Copic markers, paper by PinkPaislee, Snow Day Collection - Hot Cocoa and Cozy Sweater , felt snowflakes, pink gems, snowflake charms, EK Success border punch, white Fun Flock, Stickles, Platinum Liquid Pearl.

Challenges:

Creative Accents - Sketch

4 Crafty Chicks - Snowflakes

Charisma Cardz - Snowflakes

Craft Your Passion - Tis the Season

Scrappy Frogs - Use Kraft Cardstock

Here is our Blog Hop List, just in case you get lost along the way!

CG

Linda

Anne

Michelle - **That's Me!**

Dawn

Ruth

Cleota

Kevin

Tammy

Ginny

Dude Time Doodles

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Anything Christmas - Stamptacular Sunday Challenge

This week's challenge at Stamptacular Sunday Challenge is...
“ANYTHING Christmas!”
Create ANYTHING you’d like with a Christmas theme on it! Let’s see what kind of NEW, DIFFERENT and EXCITING projects you come up with!
You will have from now until midnight (EST) December 3rd, 2011 to complete this challenge and post a DIRECT LINK to your submission into our InLinkz in order to be entered into the drawing for this week's fabulous prize donated by:
PRIZE: Winner’s Choice of 4 Digis
and
PRIZE:

I purchased these glass blocks years ago and every Christmas I promise myself I will make place setting cards. Well, this is my first year!

The cards looked so lonely that I had to make napkin rings to go along with them. I know I'll have to make more once I know how full of a house we'll have for Christmas dinner ... I may have to buy more holders too!

Supplies: Christmas Doodles Collection by Digi Stamp Boutique, liquid applique, Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Copic markers, variety of Christmas paper.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Fancy Folds Challenge

It's Challenge time over at Cards for Men and we want to see your Fancy Folds! This challenge is sponsored by Whimsie Doodles!
Whimsie Doodles has generously donated a $10 gift certificate to the winner PLUS you can receive 10% off you next order by entering the discount code CFM10. This special offer expires 30 days from today.

I had fun creating this card - the Gate Fold is one of my faves! With a house of boys, gaming in our house is huge so of course I love this Epic Birthday image by Whimsie Doodles.

I kept the embellies simple with a funky butterfly clip, metal swirly thingy, white iRock gems and glossed the buttons up with Glossy Accents.

I had to try out my new Spellbinder Nestabilities and have to say they are perfect for male cards, so needless to say, I'll be using them quite a bit!

Supplies: Copic markers, butterfly clip, metal swirl, ribbon, iRock gems, Spellbinder Nestabilities, paper from the Generation Tech stack by DCWV

Challenges:

Cupcake Craft Challenges - Teenage Boy

Lollipop Crafts - Anything Goes

Tuesday Throwdown - Lots of Circles

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Aud Sentiments - Thank you or Thanksgiving Challenge

You only have one more week to enter Aud Sentiments "Thank you or Thanksgiving" Challenge. For added inspiration, Team B is showcasing their creations this week so make sure you check them out!

Our sponsor for this challenge is Wee Stamps. They are giving the winner 3 digi images of their choice!

This beautiful image is "Silver Fairy". When I was young, my fave colors were lilac and green so when I started working with this image, it brought me back to the lilac wallpaper in my bedroom with purple and green flowers.

I'm not used to creating fancy, girly cards so I may have gone a bit overboard with the bling ... I really wasn't sure what else to do (yikes!!). I've been around boys too long!

Now it's your turn. Make sure you check out the amazing projects our Design Team has created for your inspiration. Happy Crafting!

Challenges:

Sentimental Sundays - Thanksgiving/Thank You

Stamp, Scrap & Doodle Saturdays - Thank You

Card Makin Mama's - Thanks

Dude Time Doodles - Thanksgiving Challenge

It's inspiration challenge time over at Dude Time Doodles and this month our inspiration is "Gobble till you Wobble".

All you have to do is use the photo inspiration above to create a masculine themed card - you are not required to use BDD images although it would make us really happy if you did! Be sure to link your creation using Mr. Linky over at Dude Time Doodles.

Our sponsor for this challenge is Graphicat Designs - Cheri is one of my hometown girls! She is an incredible artist, please make sure you check her out! Cheri has generously donated Sushi Set:

I could't resist using Poor Tom Tom Turkey... he's not having a good month! From the expression on his face I think he wishes Thanksgiving has passed!

Supplies: Copic markers, iRock gems, chipboard cleaver, papers are fron Bo Bunny Forever Fall Collection.

Now get your creative cap on and head over to Dude Time Doodles for some extra inspiration from our Dude & Dudette Design Team!

Challenges:

The Corrosive Challenge - Give Thanks

My Sheri Crafts - Be Thankful

Card Makin Mama's - Thanks

Pattie's Creations - Birthday or Thanksgiving

Sunday, November 13, 2011

PUNCH IT Challenge

This week's challenge at Stamptacular Sunday Challenge is…

“PUNCH It!”
This weeks challenge we want you to create a card or project that uses at least one punch. To help make it even easier, you are also free to use any sort of die or cutting machine, such as a Cuttlebug, Nestabilities or a Cricut.

You will have from now until midnight (EST) November 19h, 2011 to complete this challenge and post a DIRECT LINK to your submission into our InLinkz in order to be entered into the drawing for this week's fabulous prize donated by:

PRIZE: Winner’s Choice of 4 Digis
and
PRIZE: Winner’s Choice of 4 Digis

For this challenge I pulled out my Cricut and my George & Basics Shape cartridge to cut out this tag and the circles.

I used Tim Holtz Distressed Inks on the surface of the tag then cut out the Sweet Little Donkey image by Meljen's and attached it to the circle layers. To finish the tag off, I added some string to the bottom as well as tied it to the top of the tag and frayed the edges.

There are some amazing projects by our Design Team, make sure you check them out by clicking here.

Supplies: Frayed Burlap and Barn Door Distress Inks, Copic markers, glossy accents, George & Basic Shape Cricut cartiridge, string, Happy Birthday rubber stamp

Challenges:

Cas-ual Fridays - Tag

Pattie's Creations - Birthdays or Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

GUEST DESIGNER / FREEBIE

It's freebie time at Dude Time Doodles !

Not only do you get to download "Duck Snowball Warrior" for FREE you will also have a chance to become our Guest Designer for a month.

All you have to do is create a card or project using "Duck Snowball Warrior", then skip on over to Dude Time Doodles for all the details on how to enter. While you're there, check out the Dude/Dudette Design Team for their creations.

I love this image! This is the first time I used Liquid Pearl and Fun Flock and I love it! I used the Liquid Pearl on the snowballs and Fun Flock on the snow pile. The sketch I used is from Get Hippity with Ippity.

Supplies: Copic Markers, Fun Flock (Cotton Ball White), Platinum Liquid Pearl, Stickles, White iRock Gems, Snowflake Brads

Challenges:

Jellypark Challenge - Non-traditional Christmas Colors
Mami Doodles - Christmas
ABC Christmas Challenge - Winter Sports (hee hee, do snowball fights count?)
Bah Humbug - Snowmen

Monday, November 7, 2011

Cards for Men

I'm thrilled to announce that I am now a member of the Cards for Men Design Team! They have a great new challenge starting today "It's Nearly Christmas" sponsored by Karen's Doodles.

I had a hard time picking an image as they are all so cute, so I decided to make a couple of cards. My first card is with Christmas Tree Guy.

Such a jolly little tree he is! I wanted to use papers that were bright and jolly and I think the "Believe" paper pack by Close to my Heart works perfectly. I colored the image with my Copics and of course, added Glossy Accents to his nose, eyes, gloves and boots. I glittered up his hat and applied Liquid Applique to the rim of his hat and added more bling to his "body" and boots. I thought the red and white Baker's Twine added the touch the card needed.

My second card features Bigsby Swinging Lights. I also colored this image with my Copics and added dimension with Glossy Accents and Liquid Applique. I added some red and green rhinestones, as well as brads and ribbon.

Make sure you check out the other Design Team Members creations for some "Nearly Christmas" inspiration!

Challenges:

Bigsby

Fetch a Sketch

Christmas Stampin' All Year Long - Fave Sketch (Fetch a Sketch)

Card Cupids- Bling

Christmas Tree Guy

Winter Wonderland - Make your card sparkle

Crimbo Crackers - Anything Goes

The Cheerful Stamp Pad - Trees

Stamping Scrapping Challenge - Christmas/Happy Holidays

Gingerloft Challenge - Bingo (Embossing {embossed edges on green paper}, Decorative Papers, Baker's Twine)

Sunday, November 6, 2011

SSC - Sketch

Get ready for this weeks Sketch Challenge at Stamptacular Sunday Challenge!

You may flip it, flop it, twist it or turn it any way you wish. BUT…please be sure we can see the original sketch in your final masterpiece!

You will have from now until midnight (EST) November 5th, 2011 to complete this challenge and post a DIRECT LINK to your submission into our InLinkz in order to be entered into the drawing for this week's fabulous prizes donated by:

$20 Gift Certificate (winner pays shipping)

For my card this week, I used Christian by Simply Betty and the papers are from Close to my Heart.

I colored Christian with my copics then used Tim Holtz Frayed Burlap Distressing Ink around the image edges, as well as on the chipboard shapes and the crinkle stuff (what do you call that stuff anyways?!).

Now it's your turn, I can hardly wait to see your creations! Make sure you check out the amazing creations from the rest of the Design Team!

Challenges:

Stamps R Us - Masculine Theme

Lexi's Creations - Charming

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

"Pick a Day" Challenge

It's time for another Wednesday challenge at Dude Time Doodles. This time, we are asking you to create a project based on one of these special November Days:

  • World Hello Day - November 21st
  • Thanksgiving - November 24th
  • Stay @ Home Because You're Well Day

My pick was Thanksgiving, how could I not when Fanny Thanks is up for grabs! Since I colored her with a fairly bright orange, I chose some subtle papers to tone it down....but with a comment like "Turkey Farts", how can one tone it down?!

Now it's your turn to have some fun! Pick a "Day" and get on with it BUT not before you check out the other FAB creations from the Design Team!