Monday, July 22, 2013

Christmas in July

Christmas in July at Cards for Men ... hard to believe Christmas is 6 months away! 

Our sponsor for this challenge is Meljens Designs and the winner will receive 4 digis of their choice!

Say hi to Gruffy Little Gnome by Meljen's Designs. I colored this grumpy little guy with my Copic markers and used distressed ink pad to color the wooden snowflakes.  I haven't used banners in a while so I pulled them out and love how they look with the grey and white bakers twine.  The sentiment is from Paper Smooches.

Make sure to check out the fab creations from the Cards for Men design team then start your Christmas in July!

Meljen's Designs ( 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 ( Please visit the store to find more of Melissa's wonderful images!

Christmas Card Challenges - Snowflakes
Clearly iStamp - Christmas in July
Paper Crafting Journey - Christmas in July

Friday, July 19, 2013

Animals Challenge!

It's Animal time at Digi Haven!  That's right, we want you to bring out your inner animal, show us what you got!  You can use any type of animal as long as you use at least one! 

Our Sponsor for this challenge is MyGrafico and they are giving away one digital stamp set to the winner!  Make sure to check them out, they have an amazing collection of digital images and you may even find a freebie or two!

This cute porcupine digi is from the Woodland Animal Collection by MyGrafico and the sentiment is computer generated.  I did some embossing then layered it with papers from the Blissful collection by Authentique ... added some twine and buttons and there you go!

Now it's your turn, make sure to head on over to Digi Haven to check out the fab creations for the design team!

My Grafico - It's not just for Digital Images, they have a whole sidebar full of wonderful things to enjoy. Grab a cup of coffee and a snack because you will find yourself spending some quality time at My Grafico.

CAS - Color Challenge
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Buttons & Bows
Kaboodle Doodles - Embossing

Sunday, July 14, 2013

I ♥ My Pet Challenge

It's challenge time at Creatalicious and this month our theme is "My Pet". 

This challenge is sponsored by Cedar Chest Designs and the winner will receive a $10 Gift Certificate to anything from their online store!

This digi is Fat Birdie by Cedar Chest Designs.  I kinda stretched it a bit on the colors but I wanted something vibrant.  I added some glossy accents to her eyelids, beak and nails and sprayed some pewter mist over the image.  Since she is a bird, I thought some feathers were in order.  The feathers alone just didn't look right so I added a few flowers...just what was needed. 

Make sure you head over to Creatalicious to check out the fab creations from our talented design team!

 Digital Supplies for the Craft World
Cedar Chest Designs offers quality products, bulk discounts, instant downloads
and teacher benefits on digital stamps, digital scrpabooking images and a
variety of other digital craft supplies from over a dozen unique artists.


Tok Bobok - Animal Friends
Robyn's Fetish - Things with Wings
Allsorts Challenge - Fur or Feathers
Card Crafter's Circle - Lilac & Lavender
Totally Paper Crafts - All of a Flutter

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

No Embellies Challenge

Yikes, no embellies?!  You read correctly all right ... at ABC Christmas Challenge we want to see your Christmas creation minus any and all embellies!

Our sponsor for this challenge is StampFairy and they have graciously donated a $10 gift certificate to the winner of this challenge!

I used Santa Chimney by StampFairy for this challenge. I colored him with my copic markers then carefully cut him out.  The sentiment is computer generated and the banners were cut with Die-namics Fishtail Flags by My Favorite Place and the papers are from the Mistletoe Collection by Bo Bunny and Dots & Stripes by Echo Park.

I can't help it, the sentiment cracks me up!  I had fun putting this card together and it took no time at all ... I think I'll be making more of these!

Stamp Fairy officially launched on November 5th 2010.  Gerda Burghardt, artist and owner, creates cute and whimsical digital images for the young and old, inspired by her life, love and 4 cute cats.  You will find adorable teddies bears, young boys and girls, fuzzy little bunnies and whimsical critters.  

Please visit the store and browse Stamp Fairy’s wonderful images.  We hope Stamp Fairy’s images inspire YOUR creativity.


Merry Monday - Anything Goes
Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge - Use Something New (the digi stamp is brand new!)
CAS - Christmas in July
Crafting When We Can - Christmas in July
The Paper Players - Christmas in July
Simply Create Too - Christmas in July
Crazyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes

Summer's Here at The Crafting Cafe!

It's time for our July challenge at The Crafting Cafe!  Our theme this month is  "Summer's Here!"  I don't know about you but from where I'm from, summer is definitely welcome with open arms!

This digi is Summer Sun Ellen by our sponsor LEJ Designs.  I colored her with my copic markers and decided since she had such a nice tan that a red suit would look quite nice against this paper!  I  added some craft canvas from and found some chipboard cutouts in my stash. The paper is Beach House from the Summer Soiree Collection by Fancy Pants Designs.

Make sure to stop in at The Crafting Cafe for some inspiration from our talented Design Team!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Bingo Challenge at Cards for Men

It's a Bingo Challenge at Cards for Men!  Our sponsor for this challenge is Carole Bryson, an Independent Stampin' Up! demonstrator.

This here is Bob from Fresh Brewed Designs.  The first time I saw him I knew he was going to become part of my digi collection.  I colored him up with my copic markers, as you can see by his tan, he doesn't get out much!  It's been a while but I hauled out my sewing machine and did a bit of stitching then tried out some washi tape for the border.  This was my first time using the tape and I'm not sure why I waited so long, it's sooo cool to use!  The papaers are by Cosmo Cricket.

As this is a Bingo Challenge, I used the middle row:  metal (brads), digital image (Bob) and tag.

Die cut




Stamped image
digital images




Scrappers floss

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Brown Sugar Challenge - At the Beach
Total Paper Crafts - For the Boys
CCEE Stampers - Summertime is Beach Time
Deconstructed Sketch

Friday, July 5, 2013

Red, White and Blue at Digi Haven

It's time for our Red, White and Blue challenge at Digi Haven!  You will have until July 19th to show us your creations!

This image is Grad Girl by Saturated Canary. I colored her up with my copic markers and added some glossy accents to her lips.  I really didn't know what kind of design I was going to do and just started cutting...I love when things just come together.  I added some ribbon and flowers then found this key embellie that I thought would work perfectly.  The paper is from the Simple Stores collection by 24/Seven.  I'm not sure where the sentiment originated from, I found it on Pinterest.

The Digi Haven Design Team has some incredible designs just waiting for you to check them out!  Have fun!

Shopping Our Stash - Red, White & Blue
Craft your Passion - Red, White & Blue
Created with Love - For the Girls!
Get Inky! - Red, White & Blue
The Pink Elephant - Red, White & Blue
Stamp with Fun - Celebrate

Monday, July 1, 2013

It's all about Santa Challenge

I'm excited to announce that I am a new member of the Christmas Cards All Year 'Round Design Team! 

The theme for this month's challenge is "It's all about Santa".   That means we want to see anything that is associated with Santa like sleighs, elves, reindeer, etc.

For my card I used this adorable stamp that I've had in my collection for over a year and have never used.  I love the expression on her face and the sentiment that goes along with it!   The image is Amanda saw Santa Clause and sentiment stamps are from Eat Cake Graphics.   The paper is from the Merry & Bright collection by Carta Bella.

For some inspiration, make sure you pop on over to see the wonderful talent from the Christmas Cards All Year 'Round Design Team!

Card Mania - Christmas in July
Make my Monday - Christmas in July
Merry Monday - Anything Goes Christmas
Stamp and Create - Christmas in July