Monday, December 19, 2011

Digi Makeover Challenge #16

This week we have a color challenge.

The colors are definitely Christmas colors, but I chose to not make a Christmas card for this challenge.

I used my second favorite image from PMS, Moody for Coffee. I used mostly the two shades of green. Then added in some red and a touch of silver with a gel pen and some silver adhesive pearls.

I hope you will have some time in between all of your Christmas celebrations to play along with our challenge. The only requirements are that you use a Digital Stamp and the colors shown above.  You can get all of the challenge details here.  Also, don't forget about the closeout sale of rubber stamps over at Paper Makeup Stamps. Word is that Katie is marking everything down to 60% off.

Monday, December 12, 2011

PMS Digi Makeover Challenge #15

Today we are doing my favorite technique...

I have had some challenges in the past with this technique using Digital Images. But I found a new way to do Paper Piecing with Digital Images, using Digital Paper. I used Serif's FREE Page Plus program to layer the Small Snowman from the Snow Happy Digital set over some Merry & Bright Digital Pattern Paper I bought from Jessica Sprague's website. When I open the paper I shrink it down to just fit under the areas I want the pattern to cover. I layer the snowman on top so when it prints, it looks like I stamped it. Pretty neat! I used pink patterns for the hat and scarf and I used a pale blue pattern for the snowman's body. I love the patterned body. I also printed a bunch more in different patterns to play around with in the next few days. I then printed the snowman in the same size on white card stock to layer everything onto so I can die cut it and put it on my card. Then I printed the same pattern I used for the hat and scarf in a slightly bigger size to use as a layer on my card. It all co-ordinates nicely and I can adjust the pattern size to fit my project.

Now pull out your favorite digital stamps and if you have some digital paper you can pull that out too. Make a project using a digital stamp and do some paper piecing. You can get the challenge details here.

Monday, December 05, 2011

PMS Digi Makeover Challenge 14

This week our challenge is to cut out our digital stamps to use on our projects.

I made a little package to hold a small gift or gift card. I used a Starbucks Via instant coffee package as my template.

The digital stamp is Pete the Penguin. He is just cute! I colored him and his mug and scarf to match my paper from My Minds Eye. I added some glitter to his belly.

Now print out some digis of our own and get cutting to join us for the challenge this week. You can get all the challenge details over at the Paper Makeup Digi Makeover Challenge Blog.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Digi Makeover Challenge #13

This week for the Paper Makeup Stamps Digi Makeover Challenge we have a sketch for you to use with your digital stamps.

This is a fun sketch and I found it easy to pull together this wintry card.

I used the NEW Hayden Fairy Digital Stamp. So beautiful and elegant with her whisper of fun snowflakes. The sentiment is also included with this Digital Stamp.

Now grab your favorite Digital Stamps and play along for a chance to win some FREE Digital Stamps. Get all the details of the challenge here.

Also check out the closeout sale of rubber stamps from Paper Makeup Stamps. Details are on the main page of the store site.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Sweet N Sassy Stamps VSN

Are you stuffed with turkey and all shopped out? I don't eat turkey, but enjoyed all the yummy sides we had with our Thanksgiving dinner. Then my mom and I shopped till we dropped yesterday. I found some great crafty deals, and bought some presents for Christmas.

Now it is time to work on my Christmas cards and packaging. I bet you need to get some cards made too. So here is your chance to get some more cards made, or get started. Sweet N Sassy Stamps is having a Virtual Stamp Night (VSN) over at the SNSS Connection. There are so many fun challenges, and some prizes up for grabs. The fun started last night and continues today. You have a week to complete and upload your submissions. I am hosting a fun challenge to make a gift card holder. We usually need a few of these to give at Christmas.

I made this festive holder using stamps from Snowflake Silhouettes and Holly Jolly Christmas. And here is the inside of the card with a special insert to hold a gift card.

I also used digital paper from Echo Park Everybody Loves Christmas pack found at Jessica Sprague's website. I love having these in digital format, so I can print as many as I want and at whatever size I want.

Please take some time to stop by Sweet N Sassy's Connection today and play along with some of the challenges. We would love to have you visit.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Wrapped in Red, Green and White

I made thee card I am sharing today for a couple of challenges.
I used the colors Red, Green, and White for JUGS Color Challenge.
I included a sentiment and followed the Gift Wrapped theme for the Outlawz Greeting Challenge.

I love the Color Kids images from Paper Makeup Stamps. They are just so cute. Isn't this little girl wrapping presents so adorable. The name of the stamp is Gift Wrapped. I used the digital version, but you can also purchase her as a rubber stamp. It is hard to tell in the photo, but I used a Sakura glitter pen on the barrettes, shoes and tie on her shirt and the heart in the sentiment.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Digi Makeover Challenge #12

This week we have a color challenge for the Paper Makeup Stamps Digi Makeover Challenge. The color combination is not one I would have come up with on my own, but I do like how my card turned out. They were fun soft colors to play with.

I used the NEW Color Kids Digital Stamp, Gift Wrapped, that is part of a Christmas release. I used the colors to make this a birthday card for a young girl. I used Card Patterns Sketch #142 from this week. It was perfect for the colors and image I chose to use. :-)

Now go grab a digital stamp of your choice and use the colors you have in your stash that match  the sample above and get creating. One lucky person can win some FREE Digi Images. You can read all of the details about the challenge over at the PMS Digi Makeover Challenge Blog.
Stamps: Color Kids Gift Wrapped
Paper: Barely Banana, Cameo Coral, Almost Amethyst, and Pale Plum card stock
Ink: laser printer, Copic markers
Other: Birthday embossing folder, purple ribbon, baker's twine and buttons

Friday, November 18, 2011

CSS Inspiration Hop

Welcome to another CSS Alumni Blog Hop. This time we are using an inspiration piece.

What a festive advent calender. You should have come from Melissa's blog. If not, you will want to start at the beginning of the hop over at

I made two cards for the hop. I was inspired by the colors and to make Christmas cards.

Now head over to Miesje's blog to see how she was inspired by the advent calender photo.

Make sure to leave a comment as you hop along because on Tuesday morning (November 22), we will randomly choose one of the comments from all the blogs who will get a stamp set of their choice valued up to $24.95!

I used paper from the DCWV The Christmas Mat Stack. Aren't they festive and fun?
All stamps are from the following Gina K Designs stamps:
Mugs & Kisses
Fanciful Tags

Monday, November 14, 2011

Digi Makeover Challenge #11

Today, for the PMS Digi Makeover Challenge, we are showing you another fun way to use those digital images.

You can design your own background paper to coordinate with your main image. Isn't that cool?

I used the snowflake from the NEW Color It Winter Tags set. I made all different sized snowflakes and put them all over a letter size sheet of paper using Serifs Publisher program (you can get their basic version for free). I also changed the color of the snowflakes to chocolate brown and printed them on pink card stock. Then I cut the printed sheet into 4 pieces. I took on of the pieces and ran it through my plaid embossing folder to give it some texture. Then for the main image I used the absolutely adorable NEW Pete the Penguin. I cut him out with a square Spellbinder's die. Then I printed another image after first cropping his body. I wanted to get the scarf so I could paper piece it to him. I love how the scarf hangs outside the square. After looking at this card, I guess I turned Pete into Petunia. LOL! Since he is wearing pink.

Now go boot up your computer and use some of your favorite digital images to create some fun background paper. I can't wait to see what you come up with. You can all the details of this challenge over at the PMS Digi Makover Blog.

Monday, November 07, 2011

Release Day and Digi Makeover Challenge #10

Today is Release Day for Paper Makeup Stamps. Katie has some wonderful new Rubber Stamps which are also available as Digital Stamps to release tonight. And they are perfect to use for all of your Christmas and Winter gifts. Since it is Monday, we are combining the Release Hop with the weekly Digi Makeover Challenge. The challenge for this week is "Don't Be A Square". I made a round card using some fun new paper I found by My Mind's Eye and isn't that new Fairy image just the cutest? And the fun thing about Digital Images is that you can make them any size you want. I made the fairy bigger to fit this 6 inch circle card. You will want to play along with our challenge this week. One lucky participant will win the entire release in digital format. You can read about all the details at the PMS blog.

I hope you enjoyed the project I shared with you today. Please take some time to check out all of the other release day projects. You won't be disappointed. If you are following the hop in order you can now click on over to Velta's blog.

1. Paper Makeup Stamps Company Blog
2. Lisa Kind
3. Ginger Schwerin
4. Randee Elsing
5. Jenn Cochran
6. Tangii Crain
7. Michelle Van Patten
8. Andrea Vernagus
9. Lisa McKinney
10. Janette Garcia
11. Kristie Wilson
12. Katie Cotton
13. Anita Hovey
14. Tina Hale
15. Jackie Rakoski
16. Dawn Mercedes
17. Jami Bova
18. Anne Temple
19. Britt Bass
20. Danni Bindel
21. Ivette Aviles
22. Jenn Schull
23. Melissa Shultz <--you are here
24. Velta Wesson

Monday, October 31, 2011

PMS Digi Makeover Challenge #9

This week we have a fun sketch for you to try with your favorite Digi Image. Please join us by creating something with this sketch and adding a link over at the PMS Digi Makeover Challenge blog post for this week. You could win some FREE digi images from PMS.

Here is the card I made with the sketch.

I used the Moody for Fall image. I also pulled out some new K&Co. DP I bought recently from Michael's. I love the little matte stacks. perfect for creating cards.

Friday, October 28, 2011

CSS Alumni Sketch Challenge

We have a fun sketch to share with you for this StampTV CSS Blog Hop. You can make some fun simple cards with this one. You should have come from Miesje's blog. Wasn't that a fabulous card? If you did not find your way here from her blog, then you will want to start at the beginning over at StampTV. And make sure you leave comments on all the blog posts for a chance to win some FREE stamps.

I made two Christmas cards using some older sets. Here is the sketch.

And here are the cards I made with the sketch.

Now head over to Melissa's blog to see what she did with the sketch she designed for us to use.

Make sure to leave a comment as you hop along because on Tuesday morning (November 1), we will randomly choose one of the comments from all the blogs who will get a stamp set of their choice valued up to $24.95!

Stamps: Very Merry Christmas & Versatile Verses

Monday, October 17, 2011

PMS Digi Makeover Challenge #7

For the challenge this week, we are using the Spotlight Technique. Stamp or in this case print your image in one color and then print a portion of that same image again and add color.

For my card I used the cute Aurora Fairy with the doll and added the spotlight around her doll.

My card is a split panel card. I scored it so each side folds into meet each other. I love this card fold and don't do it enough.

No go print your favorite digi image and try out this fun technique. Make sure to share it over at the PMS Digi Makeover Blog for your chance to win some FREE Digital Images.

Friday, October 14, 2011

CSS Card Drive For Kids

For this CSS Blog Hop we are sending cards to some amazing children and have a chance to win some stamp goodies. So you will want to pull out your supplies and play along.

We are sending uplifting cards to one or more of the following children:
Madison - Age 2
Logan - Age 2 (turning 3 on October 17th)
Tanner - Age 2 (turning 3 on December 25th)
Rebekah - Age 9 
To get you inspired, some of the CSS Alumni are sharing the cards they have made to send to the children. Here is the card I made for Rebekah.

You should have come from Melissa's blog. If not, please make sure you start from the beginning to the entire blog hop.

If you would like to play along and send cards to one or more of these children, please do the following:
Create age specific uplifting cards (NO Get Well or Sorry cards).
Write a message to the child and/or family and sign the card, including where you are from.
On the envelope write the name of the child and don't seal the envelope since the parents may want to read the cards first.
Mail the cards by October 31st to
Giovana Smith
Card Drive for Kids
181 Perry Way
Yakima, WA 98901
Include with the cards a piece of paper with your name, address, email address and blog (if you have one).
Here is a picture of the prize package

Including goodies from the following companies
Heartfelt Creations: 8 stamping sets + 1 Coordinated Die Set. Value: $150.00!
Gina K. Designs: 2 StampTV Kits: Value: $70.00 (Gina will send the prize direct to the winner!)
Unity Stamps: 10 Itty Bitty Stamps. Value: $70.00
SP & Company: 3 Stamp Set. Value: $40.00
Lawn Fawn Stamps: 2 Stamp Set: Value: $30.00
Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps: 1 Stamp Set. Value: $11.00
Spellbinders: 2 die sets!! (Not included in the picture)
Tombow: 6 packs of markers and several packs of adhesives (Not included in the picture)
Now head over to Miesje's blog to see what she has to share. And then start stamping some fun cards to send to these amazing children and make their day brighter.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Digi Makeover Challenge #6 - ABC

This week our Digi Makeover Challenge for Paper Makeup Stamps is to make Anything But a Card.

I pulled out an old template to make this cute little box.

I used the leaf stamp from the new Color It Autumn Digi Set and the Sentiment is from the new Thankful Essentials Digital Set. I made the leaf much bigger than the original size and added the sentiment. I colored the leaf with some orange, red and brown Copic markers and then cut it out with a square Spellbinders die. I used a stipple brush with some Distress Inks to grunge the edges a bit. I used some Kraft card stock from Michael's for the box base. The striped pattern paper is from a mat pad made by K&Co. I found all the fun ribbons I used at Hobby Lobby. The button and twill were in my stash and I thought they finished it off nicely.

Now grab your favorite digital image and play along. If you need to find a template to use for some fun packaging, you can visit the Mirkwood Designs site for a large library of free templates.

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Autumn Thank You

I made this card for The Outlawz Greeting Challenge and for Deconstructing Sketch #22 for this week.

Stamps: Thankful Essentials, Color it Autumn Digital Stamps {Paper Makeup Stamps}
Ink: Laser Printer, Copic markers, Distress Inks
Paper: Pumpkin and Autumn Words paper from Hobby Lobby, Tangerine Tango, Close to Cocoa {Stampin Up}, X-Press It White Card Stock
Other: Pumpkin Ribbon, Loopy trim, embossing folders, brown half pearls, Spellbinders dies

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Unscripted Sketch #126

Anyone who knows me, knows how much I adore snow. I pulled out a cute image I printed a while back with a cute Pure Innocence girl with a snowman. I used the Unscripted Sketch for this week.

I used the Rock and Roll Technique on the letters to get a darker edge. You ink up your sold image stamp with a lighter shade and then roll the edges of the same stamp in a darker shade of the same color. It looks very cool.

Stamps: Pure Innocence Digi Image {purchased from the artist's site}, Retro Alpha Lower {Stampin' Up, Retired}
Paper: Regal Rose, Wild Wasabi and Soft Sky {Stampin Up}, Snowflake DP {Unknown}
Ink: Laser Printer, Copic markers, Memento Pear Tart and Bamboo Leaves
Other: Pink Lace {Hobby Lobby}, Baker's Twine, Snowflakes Embossing Folder {Sizzix}, Grand Circle Die {Spellbinders}

Monday, October 03, 2011

PMS Digi Makeover Challenge #5

This week we have a color challenge for you. This one was tough for me. That made it a great challenge.

I used the Digital Image, Moody for Reading. For the colors I used Elegant Eggplant, Soft Sky and some Kraft card stock. You can use whatever colors you have that match the closest to the image above.

Now pull out your favorite Digital Image and play along with us this week. You could win some FREE Digital Images from Paper Makeup Stamps. Check out the details here.

Stamps: Moody for Reading Digi Image {PMS}
Ink: Laser Printer, Copic Markers, Distress Inks
Paper: Soft Sky & Elegant Eggplant {Stampin Up}, Kraft {Gina K}, White {X-Press It}
Other: Striped Ribbon, Edge Punch from

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Feelin' Groovy

I found another company with adorable digital images. The Paper Shelter has the cutest images. I added a few to my shopping cart yesterday. I made this groovy card using sketch #4 from Freshly Made Sketches. I hope it is "clean" enough for the challenge.

Stamps: Hippie Girl Digital Image {The Paper Shelter}, sentiment from Groovy Girl {MFT}
Paper: Always Artichoke & Sahara Sand {Stampin Up}, Life of the Party 6x6 pad {Basic Grey}
Ink: Vivid Chocolate, Copic Markers, Laser Printer
Other: ribbon & lace, peace sign charm

Saturday, October 01, 2011

World Card Making Day - TGF Challenge

Do you ever sit down to stamp and end up spending more time organizing your area than you do stamping? I had that kind of day today. Nonetheless, I was able to get a few cards done. Here is a card I made for The Greeting Farm's World Card Making Day Challenge. The challenge is to CASE one of the Design Team's cards. I decided to CASE the card made by Lisa found in this blog post.

I CASED the layout.

Stamps: Rain Snow Shine {TGF}, Christmas Tags {Sweet & Sassy Stamps}
Paper: white card stock base, X-Press It White for stamped Anya, pattern paper {K&Co}
Ink: Distress Inks, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers, black glaze pen
Other: paper doily, ribbon, buttons, baker's twine, mini brads, snowflakes embossing folder

Friday, September 30, 2011

PMS Freebie Friday - Dessert

Did you know that every Friday Paper Makeup Stamps gives a FREE Digi Word Art image to anyone who visits the blog? Who doesn't like FREE? :o)  I finally had a chance to get a card done ahead of time for the Freebie Friday post and what a fun quote we have this week.

I used the FREE quote plus the taller pumpkin from the new Color it Autumn Digi set. I opened the word art in my publisher program and sized it to what I needed for my card. Then I inserted white box with no outline to cover the 'u' in the word 'but'. Then I opened the pumpkin image in the same document and resized it to fit over the 'u'. I printed it on some pattern paper I had in my stash and colored it with some orange Copic markers.

I used some fun Thanksgiving word paper I picked up at Hobby Lobby. And I love the pumpkin ribbon, also found at Hobby Lobby.

Now go grab your FREE digi word art and show me what you create with it.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Ready for Coffee and Winter...

I am always ready for coffee and after the hot muggy weather we've been having, I am soooo ready for winter. So here are a couple of cards with my favorite things.

I just adore Rhubarb with her little cup of java goodness. I used some colors I don't normally use for this one. I like the teal and bright golden yellow together on her mug. I colored her with W1, W3 & W5.
Supplies: Rhubarb's Coffee digi stamp {Sweet N Sassy}, Hello Friend from Summer Harvest {Gina K}, Cosmo Cricket paper, red & yellow card stock, & baker's twine

My favorite thing about winter...Sweaters! I love wear soft cozy sweaters. I actually was making this for one of the Gina K release challenges the other week and then realized after it was done that I did not follow the instructions correctly. You were only supposed to use one stamp set and I used two. Oh well, I still love how it turned out.
Supplies: Holiday Greetings & Warm and Wonderful {Gina K}, K&Company paper, chocolate card stock, snowflake charm, cotton twine, ribbon

If you haven't already, make sure you check out the PMS Digi Makeover Challenge for this week. If you participate you could win some free digital images from Paper Makeup Stamps.

Monday, September 26, 2011

PMS Dig Makeover Challenge #4

This week our challenge for the Paper Makeup Digital Makeover is to resize your digital image. I would have to say this is the top reason I love digital images. Being able to resize them, makes them so flexible. I made two similar cards to show you some of the cool things you can do with resizing. The cards are simple so you can see the technique better.

For my first card I resized the cute little high five girl from the Color Kids collection to make her bigger. Then I took the word art "way 2 go" and shrunk it down to fit in the painting with her hand prints. I rotated it to make it face her.

For my second card I made the cute high five girl from the Color Kids collection the same size as above. Then I took the fairy silhouette, Sprout, and shrunk it down to fit on her shirt.

Now it is your turn to try this fun challenge. Go find one or more of your favorite digital images and play along with us. You have a chance to win some FREE digital images. Get all the details here.

Card size for both cards is 5" x 6 1/4".

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Moody Rock Star

My favorite images from Paper Makeup Stamps are the Moody images. So many fun themes and a joy to color. I had this fun Moody for Rock image already printed and sitting on my counter ready to be colored. I am entering this card in two challenges. The sketch is from Jen's Deconstructing Sketch blog. Love the sketch and can see me using it often. I am also submitting this for the iCopic challenge this week. I've used several colors to color Moody that I don't usually use. The bright yellow-orange and dark olive green are colors I tend to avoid, unless it is for a small accent. I also don't think I ever did this color combo. But I sure do like it.

I pulled out some old supplies for this card. Wide twill ribbon from SU, metallic floss from DMC, and Paisley Spellbinder die. The pattern paper is Cosmo Cricket Digital paper. Love that! I actually framed the pattern paper inside the open olive square. and then layered it onto some bright yellow card stock. Even dusted off my sewing machine to add some fun stitching. It is hard to tell in the picture, but I used a Sakura Stardust pen on the turquoise areas of the Moody image.

Stamps: Moody for Rock Digital {PMS}, Rock Star sentiment {GinaK}
Paper: Kiwi Kiss, Summer Sun & Tangerine Tango {SU}, Digital Pattern Paper {Cosmo Cricket}
Ink: laser printer, Copic markers, Distress ink for sponging, & Vivid Olive green ink pad
Other: sewing machine and thread, metallic floss {DMC}, wide twill ribbon {SU}, peace sign button, paisley Spellbinders die, & Sakura stardust pen

Monday, September 19, 2011

Digi Makeover Challenge #3

Happy Monday! Welcome to another Paper Makeup Stamps Digi Makeover Challenge. Here is the challenge if you choose to accept it.
Pull out some fabric, any old piece of fabric or fabric embellishment and join us. You have a chance of winning some free digi images from Paper Makeup Stamps if you do. You can read about it and submit your entry here.

I decided to make a flower out of fabric to put on my fun Coloring Book.
Here is a closeup of the flower

And here is the coloring book front.

I took all of the digital PMS Fairies I have so far and made a coloring book. The size of the book is 5 1/2" x 8 1/2". That is half the size of a regular sheet of card stock. I used the free program I mentioned last week called Page Plus Starter Edition. I resized each fairy to fit on each side of a letter size sheet of landscape paper and printed them out onto some good white card stock. I used my Bind-It-All to make the book. This would make a perfect present for a young girl.

Here are some photos of the pages I created.

You could use any digi images you have and Paper Makeup Stamps has a lot of them. I can't wait until more Color Kids are released. They would make a perfect "coloring" book. Don't you think? :o) Also the monster images would be fun to make a coloring book as well.

Digi Stamps: Lots of Fairies all found here
Paper: black card stock and some older Basic Grey pattern paper
Ink: laser printer & Copic markers
Other: ribbon, lace, fabric to make the flower, big bling center for the flower {Recollections}, Bind-It-All {Zutter}

Monday, September 12, 2011

PMS Digi Makeover Challenge #2

Welcome to another Paper Makeup Stamps Digi Makeover Challenge. This week we are working with a sketch.

I decided to use some fun digi papers from Cosmo Cricket and the new Color Kid Star Student Digi Image from PMS.

My card size is 5 1/4" x 6 1/2". I love that you can resize the digi images and I made bigger to fill this larger size card.

Make sure you visit all of the blogs for the design team to see what fabulous Digi Creation they have to share with you this week. The links to their blogs are located on the right hand side of my blog. Then grab your supplies and a digi image to play along. You can link up your submission over at the PMS blog for a chance to win some FREE digi images.

Stamps: Color Kids Star Student (girl & Sentiment)
Paper: Cosmo Cricket Girl Friday Digital Papers, Old Olive, Soft Sky & Taken with Teal Card Stock (SU)
Ink: Laser Printer, Copic Markers
Other: Jumbo Blue Ric Rac (Hobby Lobby), Daisy Trim (unknown), Yellow Lace (Recollections), Pink Felt Star (unknown), Half Pearls (Recollections)