Tuesday, January 22, 2013


I'm so excited to announce that I am now a member of the ABC Christmas Challenge Design Team!  This team will definitely keep me on track with finishing my Christmas cards on time! I'd also like to congratulate the additional new members - Fiona, Chris, Emma and Angela.

My first challenge as a member of the design team is:

B for Bows or Boys.

You can choose Bows or Boys or Both as long as it is Christmas themed!

For my card, I chose both boy and boys!  I used Sock Monkey November/Winter digi by Bugaboo and colored him up with my Copics, added some glitter and glossy accents.  The paper is from the Powder Mountain collection by Bo Bunny, the ribbon and rhinestones are from my stash and the tag sentiment stamp is from LOTV.

Our first sponsor for this challenge is Bugaboo Stamps and the winner will receive 7 digis of their choice!

Our second sponsor is The Ribbon Reel

52 Christmas Card Throwdown - Recipe Challenge
Sweet Stampin' Christmas - Cold & Frosty

Monday, January 21, 2013

Born to be Wild

It's time for Cards for Men Challenge #2 - Transport. You will have until February 3rd to link your creation for a chance to win 4 digi images from our sponsor Meljens Designs!

 When I saw the Flaming Monster Truck digi by Meljens I knew I had to have it!  Having a two boys in the house I knew this digi will come in handy!  I colored the image with my Copics and added Glossy Accents to the window, headlight, flames and wheel nuts.  I wish I had some orange glitter for the flames!

When I cut the image out, I had to cut the flag off from the back of the truck.  I used a pin from the sewing kit to get the flag back flying high, think it worked quite well!  The sentiment is by Create with TLC.

I decided to make two cards 'cause I recently purchased the Hello Spaceboy mini paper pad by Prima Marketing and the papers were just screaming to be used. For the embellies, the cogs were made with a punch from Stampin Up, the plastic blue star and orange splotch are by Paper Crush, the round badges are by Making Memories and the rest is from my stash.

To give the truck some rock n' roll motion, I used a spring on the back - I wish you could see it in action, it's soooo cool!  Before you get started, here's a little blurb on our sponsor, Meljens.  Make sure you check them out!

Meljen's Designs (http://meljensdesigns.com) is a digital stamp company owned and illustrated by Melissa Jenkins. She illustrates whimsical, fun digital images inspired by her kids and family. The Meljen's Designs store officially launched on April 1 and it is steadily growing. The new store offers instant downloads, organized categories, and a search feature. We have new releases along with a new challenge every Thursday, freebies every Mondays and a monthly Guest Designer at the Meljen's Designs Blog (http://meljensdesignsdt.blogspot.com/). Please visit the store to find more of Melissa's wonderful images!

The Corrosive Challenge - Put  a pin in it
Here Come the Boys - Bingo (Blue, Buttons, Punch)
Send a Smile 4 Kids - Anything Goes

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Time Heals

I was asked to make a sympathy card and the first thing that came to mind was "time".  This was an opportunity for me to use my new/old embossing forder "Workshop" by Couture Creations.  I've had the folder for months but have never used it ... like so many things in my stash, including the watch part embellies!


Paper Minutes - Time
Craft your Passion - Shabby Chic
The Crafty Bloggers Network - Flowers
The Pretty Little Ribbon - Flowers and Ribbon
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Embrace the Old
The Crazy Challenge - Without Design Paper
Totally Gorjuss - Anything Goes with Ribbon
Lady Anne's Challenges - Sentimental Friday - Anything Goes

Monday, January 7, 2013

Men at Work Challenge

I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday season and I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year!

Cards for Men is back in action after our holiday break so welcome to our first challenge of 2013! Our theme is "Men at Work" and will run until January 20th.

 I pulled out my rubber stamps and decided to use Plumber by Hambo Stamps.  I embossed the grey/silver paper with Rivets embossing folder by Tim Holtz.  The polka dot paper is from the Olive Paper Pad collection by BasicGrey.  I finished it up with a wrench brad and copper screw brads from my stash.
Our sponsor for this challenge is independent Stampin Up! Demonstrator, Carole Bryson Wood.  She will send the winner 2 Full Size Stampin Up Ink Pads (winner can choose from Subtles, Brights or Regals!)

I am an Independent Stampin Up! Demonstrator in Lancashire & surrounding areas. I teach large and small scrapbooking and craft classes. I can arrange parties in your home for crafting and non-crafting friends to suit your requirements, and where everyone is guaranteed to have a great time !  I also run a crop in the Rochdale area. Please contact me for more details at carole.bryson@gmail.com xx


Tammy's Scrapin Corner - Manly Cards
 Use your Stuff - The Circle Game