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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Barbara: The Crafty Pad Challenge

Our next Challenge at The Crafty Pad is Anything Goes. This challenge will run from December 19th until December 28th. This week all the DT members used the lovely Snow globe Image available HERE at the crafty pad stamp designs blogspot.  I chose to design an ornament using this adorable image.

This really was a simple project. After coloring the digital image, I sprinkled it with glitter to highlight the snow. I used a gold doily behind the image. I then scored the DP on the Score Pad and folded it like a fan. I used two strips of paper 1"x12", joined together after folding, then glued to a circle. I inserted a hanger with a needle in the green DP.

Image: The Crafty Pad
Coloring: Copic markers
Glitter: Martha Stewart
DP & Gold Doily: Michael's

Our sponsor this week is Lou Creative Craft World.
The winner will receive a lovely Gorjuss gift packs:decoupage packs and topper pack

I hope that you will be inspired to make an ornament for a special person. It is an easy peasy last minute gift:). Please feel free to comment and/or follow this blog.

This will be our last challenge until Sunday; January 9, 2011.
I will all of you a very Merry Christmas and may you be blessed with much happiness in the new year.

I am entering this ornament into the following challenges:
dutch dare-card challenges: winter
top tip tuesday: Christmas Inspired
creative inspirationschallenge:Anything Goes Christmas
creative card crew: Anything Goes
fresh brewed designs: Merry Christmas
sugar sweet paper treats: Anything Goes

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Barbara: The Crafty Pad Challenge

First we want to thank all the friends that participated in our
100th challenge blog at TheCraftyPad. I hope it was as much fun for all of you as it was for us. I am sure that the winners will enjoy their prizes. Remember that you are all winners because you now have another special card to give to someone. I know that my friends expect and appreciate the cards that I make and send. Now on to our next challenge...
This week the challenge is embossing: This can be dry or wet embossing. This is my project, an ornament:

Recipe: Image: Robyns Fetish
             DP: I used cs and dp from my stash in the paper piecing
             Embossing: Martha Stewart crystal clear embossing powder
             Snowflake background: The Dollar Tree
Our sponsor this week is the fabulous Robyns Fetish.
Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps And More, a division of I Did It Creations, was created and is owned by Robyn Weinrib. Robyn offers a wonderful variety of digital stamps and digital papers, designed to meet the needs of all digital paper crafting addicts for every occasion.

The Prize this week is: Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps And More is happy to offer the winner of this challenge 5 digital stamps or digital paper sets of their choice.
Because it is near Christmas, we have a Special Pack of Promarkers Sponsored by Letraset to giveaway too !!!-- It is a Hobby &Stamp; Craft Set which has 10 Promarkers and 1 Black Fine Liner- this will be sent out in time for Christmas. So someone will have an Crafty Treat. :


It is not a requirement that you use a Crafty Pad image -anyone who does their name will go into a draw and the winner will receive a free digi image (Must be 5 or more entries)

I hope you enjoyed my post and ornament and that you will be encouraged to submit your card or project. Please feel free to post a comment and/or follow this blog.

Barbara:The Crafty Pad 100th Challenge

I am proud to announce the winner of the 100th Crafty Pad Challege Blog:   Diane Davies 

I have sent you an E Mail, Diane so that you can receive your free digital image. Please contact me if you did not receive it.

We want to thank everyone who participated last week :) We hope that you will continue to join us for our weekly prizes.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Barbara: The Creative Cowgirls

Thank you for joining The Creative Cowgirls for their second challenge. We were pleased that so many crafters joined us for our first challenge. This week we are sponsored by: tellens place
The challenge this week is Anything Goes!

I designed this card using one of the images from Tellens Place. Since the girl is listening to music, I thought the music notes with the imposed Happy Birthday was appropriate. Of course I had to add just a little "Bling." It is difficult to see in the picture but her blouse was paper pieced. However, the DP was too light so I colored over it. You can still see some of the print which makes it interesting. I am trying to learn to shade my images.  By looking at all the wonderful cards on line, I have learned so much :) The inside verse says, "You'll always be young at heart."

Image: Tellens Place, Music notes: free digital image
Sentiment: Jo Ann Fabric's vellum phrases
DP: Around the block
Bling: Recollections Embossed Stickers
         Gelly Roll Pen
Colored: Copic Markers
Punch: EZ

The winner of this Second Challenge at creative cowgirls challenge will receive:
I hope you enjoyed viewing my card design. Please feel free to leave a message and/or follow this blog.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
catch the bug blog Anything Goes
party time tuesdays: Anything Goes: Birthday

Barbara: The Crafty Pad..100th Challenge!!!

5th Dec right through till it ends on Saturday Dec 11th 8pm

The moment if finally here...This is the 100th challenge for The Crafty Pad . We have so much planned for this special event so..please keep reading.

We're  having a Blog Hop!  This is how the fun begins...

1. Follow The Crafty Pad blog and enter the current  card challenge. (Challenge follows)

2. Guess how many items are in the this photo then leave a message on this blog.
3.Check out the photos on each Design Team Member's blog and leave them a message too.

How many small buttons are in this photo?
3. Display this celebration badge on your blog.

4. Only one entry per person please

  • If you guess the correct amount, you will get a Free Digi image from The Crafty Pad Stamp Designs.  (there will also be a prize for the closest runner up)
  • We encourage you to visit each Design Team Member's blog and guess the correct amount in each of their photos. You have a change to win at each site.
  • I will post the name of the winner and runner up on Thursday Dec 16th so check back to see if you have won!
  • If you win you will get a Free Digi image from The Crafty Pad Stamp Designs
  • From all the mini challenge winners, one winner will be chosen, at random 
This winner will receive:

1 pk5 Promarkers sponsored by Letraset and
6 polymer stamps from The Crafty Pad Stamp Designs Holly Mouse with Bauble, Milo Mouse - Congratulations, Platform Shoe, Molly Cat with Birdhouse, Anna over the Rainbow and Snoozin' Albert.
And also £10.00 voucher from Joanna Sheen

There will be a runner up who will receive :3 Crafty Pad Stamp Designs polymer stamps: Christmas Ted Baubles with Text stamp, Ladies Fancy Boots and Ladies Bonnet.

Now for the current card challenge:
Our theme this week is ANYTHING GOES!!!  
This is an easel card, a very easy design to make. I used one of Debbie's images from: The Crafty Pad.  I just love anything Snowman!! The first picture is a close up of the cover of the card. You can see the embellishments that I used and my attempt at shading plus nothing is complete without a little "bling!" I love the verse that I found...really compliments the image. I think this sentiment is from: create with tlc

Image: The Crafty Pad
Bling: Recollections foil stickers
         Gelly Roll Pen
         Viva Glitter liner
Snowflakes & sheer ribbon: The Dollar Tree
Coloring: Copic Marckers

Then for your added pleasure: There is a special 100 Challenge Sale going on:

There is a  30% discount on all stamp orders and 10% on all digi images for the week the challenge is running - so the sale would begin 12 noon on the Sunday to 8pm on the Saturday when the challenge closes.
##All orders for this week only would  be emailed to Debbie, at The Crafty Pad - don't use Paypal - she can email you the correct total for you to pay via paypal.

Just a quick review of blog hop procedure:

All entrants will be required to :-
Enter my challenge: Guess the correct amount of buttons
Follow our challenge blog & enter the current card challenge
Display the celebration badge on uour blogs

I hope that will enjoy our Blog hop. We are excited about having your visit our websites and viewing all your designs. While you are guessing the correct amount of buttons, please feel free to follow this blog and/or leave a comment. Have fun!!!

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
sew many challenges: snowflakes
crafts and me challenges: snowflakes
bizzy becs store: Christmas
one stitch at a time challenge: old stash; cardstock, new stash;digital stamp,DP, snowflakes

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Barbara: Snowflakes

This is the 99th challenge at  The Crafty Pad  this week...and the challenge  is  Snowflakes....

The weather outside is ...not quite frightful but it is snowing. Right in time for the holiday season. This image is from Debbie at The Crafty Pad  I just love it. Snowmen are so much fun to make and decorate with. I am trying to shade creatively and not sure if this turned out quite like I imagined it. I do love the sponging on the edges and the layering. This sparkly  DP was just perfect for this image. I had to add just a little bling on the outside of the card. Since this is a 5"x7" card, I felt that I needed to decorate the inside of this card also. I added some designer paper, a sentiment, and a few vellum snowflakes.

Image: The Crafty Pad
DP: A stack Pad from JoAnn's
Punch: EK
Embossing: on navy blue paper under image. using The Score Pad
Liquid Applique was used under the snowmen.

Our sponsor this week is Crafty Sentiments:

The prize will be  this set of 5 Christmas digi  design papers:

I am glad that you stopped to visit our blog. I hope you enjoyed this card and will consider submitting a SNOWFLAKE card for our challenge. Please feel free to comment and/or follow this blog.

Next week will be our 100th challenge. Wait until you see what we have planned for this special event!!!

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
incy wincy designs: Blue and White
digital tuesday challenge: let it snow + digi
crafts and me challenges: Dreaming of a White Christmas
crafty creations challenges: Christmas is coming
fab n funky challenges: Going with the Flow (Anything Goes)
the pixie cottage: Let it Snow
fussy and fancy challenge: Christmas with no red or green
paper cutz challenge Anything Goes


Monday, November 22, 2010

Barbara: The Creative Cowgirls Challenge Blog

I hope that you will take a moment to visit our new Challenge Blog: The Creative Cowgirl's Challenge Blog.
You will be amazed at the new digital stamps and the talented posse member's cards and projects. This challenge blog will offer a new challenge every other week. That means that you will have two weeks to create your design!! The next challenge will be on December 5th. I will let you in on a secret....there is something special planned for the near future....keep checking :)

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Barbara: New Challenge Blog

If you are wondering where the Cowgirl Up Sunday Challenge is, I am sorry to tell you that it has been canceled due to personal reasons. However; Never Fear the Cowgirls are still here!!! Our new challenge blog is called THE CREATIVE COWGIRLS and you will notice that many of the original posse members have joined this design team. With that said:

THE CREATIVE COWGIRLS have their first challenge ready for you to join in. It is an easy one: Anything Goes.

My card features the images from Bombshell Stamps. I chose to use the cowboy and cactus images. I love the western feel of this card. The Designer Paper was just perfect for this project.

Image: Bombshell Stamps
DP: Sandy Lion Paper
Embossing: Cuttlebug folder
Coloring: Copic Markers
Gold trim: Kryon gold leafing pen

The sponsor for this challenge is BOMSHELL STAMPS.
The winner of this first challenge will receive this "All My Heart" Stamp Set.
The top three winners will receive  an image from Delicious Doodles.
We are anxious for you to join our NEW Challenge Blog. Click HERE to check us out! 

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
critter challenge blog: texture
lots to do challenges. favorite technique (dry embossing)
crafty creations challenges: beautiful insides

Barbara: Rodney and Robin - Merry Christmas

Today I am featuring Rodney Reindeer and his friend Robin. Aren't they adorable? The challenge at The Crafty Pad this week is to use the colors red and green. I chose to use a Stair Step card. This really is an easy card to make and will fit in a standard size envelope. The directions for this card is HERE

Image and sentiment: The Crafty Pad
DP:  The Glitter Stack-JoAnn Fabric's
Punch: Martha Stewart
Ribbon: Michael's
Swirly Stickers: Jolee's stickers

Our sponsor this week is the wonderful  JOANNA SHEEN
The prize is £10.00 voucher to spend in Joanna's fabby shop -it has everything us crafters could ever want. (Great service too. :)
It is not a requirement that you use a Crafty Pad image -
anyone who does their name will go into a seperate draw and the winner
will receive a free digi image (Must be 5 or more entries)

I hope that after viewing my card, you will feel challenged to make a stair step card too. You will love the way it turns out :)
Thanks for visiting our blog. Please feel free to leave a message and/or follow this blog.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
simon says stamps challenge: sparkle ( the spirals on this card)
daring card makers.: Show my style YEAH!!
digi doodle shops: Anything Goes
paper romance challenges: My favorite things: stair step cards!
belli challenge:  Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue
                         DP                   Digi stamp         craft punch               bluebird

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Barbara: Let's See Some Christmas Sparkle

The 14th November,Challenge at The Crafty Pad  is -" Lets See Some Christmas Sparkle."

Our challenge this week is to add lots of glitter.Isn't this just the cutest image?  I hope that the pictures reflect the glitter on my design. This is the first time I tried a Tri Shutter Card. I always thought that this card would be very difficutl but it really isn't. HERE is a link if you would like to make one.

Image: The Crafty Pad "Holly & Harvey with Mistletoe"
Cardstock and DP: Jo Ann Fabric's
Bling: Distress Stickles, Crystal Snow, Doodlebug sugar coating
Coloring: Copic Markers
Distressing: CTMH ink: New England Ivy
Sentiment: Computer Generated.

Our sponsor, this week, is Lou, Creative Craft World

The prize will be an MME I believe gift pack 9 including 12x12 paper pack, bazzill match pack, ribbons and brads.

I hope you enjoy my card design. Please feel free to leave a comment and/or follow this blog.

 I am entering this card into the following challenges:
2 sisters challenge blog: Christmas
crazy 4 challenges:   Christmas
ellephantastic challenges:  Christmas
digi stamps 4 joy:  Christmas inspired
scrapbook sisters:  Christmas colors
stamp and create blog:  Tis the season
top tip tuesday: use image
I did it creations challenge blog: traditional Christmas
one stitch at a time challenge: favorite colors..Christmas colors, of course!!
christmas card challenges: shaped cards (Tri Shutter Card)
the paper players: color challenge: cherry cobbler, artichoke, a neutral color
cards for men:include animals on the card
delightful sketches: Glitter it up!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Barbara: Blog Candy

If you like stamps and blog candy, you will love this:

All you have to do is visit Angel Woods Crafts Blog HERE, become a follower, and leave a comment. How cool is that? Hurry, offer ends on November 30th. You could even tell Angel that I sent you :)

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Barbara: Holly with Bauble

I am so proud to be on the design team for The Crafty Pad This is my first post for this blog.
This week's challenge is to use a circle and two ribbons.
 Isn't this image adorable? It is called Holly with Bauble. I knew I wanted to make a tent window card even though I have only made one before. The directions that I used can be found  HERE. I love Paper piecing and used this technique on the bauble as well as Holly's scarf and hat. I took several pictures so that you can see a side view and a close-up of Holly. It really is a simple card to make and looks so elegant!

Dp and Cardstock: Michael's
Coloring: Copic Markers
Bling: Gelly Roll pens, Viva pen
Ribbon: ACMoore
Our Sponsor for this week  is Crafty Ribbons and Letraset. The winner will receive these gorgeous Funky Christmas Ribbons.

with 1 pack of 5 Winter themed Promarkers

I hope that you enjoyed seeing my project and perhaps you will try to make one yourself :)  Please feel free to follow this blog and/or leave a comment. I love to hear from visitors.

I am entering this project into the following challenges:
paper play challenges: circles
a spoonfull of sugar challenge: relish to embellish
crazy 4 challenges: a square card
incy wincy designs: anything goes
fairytale-challenge blog: 1st challenge: everything goes
the stampman challenges.: anything goes-Christmas
crafty ann's challenge blog.: Christmas with non-traditional colors
top tip tuesday: Christmas Inspired
the secret crafter saturday challenge: red and gold
for fun challenges: Use something metal (ornament holder)
robynsfetish challenge blog Holiday color mix up challenge ( I used Valentine's Day colors- red and pink)

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Barb: Happy Turkey Day...New Image Release

This is a special time---a new image release over at
CJ has been working hard to create some new beautiful images. You will definitely want to check them out
For this challenge we want you to use Bling, Bling, Bling
Our sponsor this week is Delicious Doodles

This week the "WINNER" will receive:
"3 IMAGES OF CHOICE" From Delicious Doodles! Along with the "WINNERS BADGE" to place on their blog!
The "TOP 3 WINNER'S" will each receive "ONE IMAGE OF CHOICE" from CJ and COWGIRL UP IMAGES!

When I received CJ's new image, I knew just what I wanted to create with it. This card is called a
"Spring Card." (The directions for making it can be found below in the RECIPE.) We were to add lots of bling to our project. I started with this fancy DP and paper pieced some of the feathers.  The other feathers were the reverse side of this paper.I added the foil leaf stickers and used glitter for the sentiment as well as the waddle. I outlined the feathers with a black Gelly Roll pen.The coloring was done with prisma pencils blended with odorless mineral spirits. I trimmed some of the card with a gold leafing pen. I can picture this at each place setting on a Thanksgiving table!! (Guess I better get crafting!)
Stickers: Nicole
Glitter:  Doodlebug sugar coating
Gold leafing: Krylon
Colored with Prisma Pencils
Highlighted with black Gelly Roll Pen
Card Design: 
Spring Card

I hope that you enjoy my card and will try to make one or more for your Thanksgiving decorations or to send to a special friend or relative! Please feel free to leave a comment and/or follow our blog.
I am entering this card into the following challenges:
crafty creations challenges:  Autumn
abc-challenge: G is for glitter
paper take weekly:  Sparkly & Bright
craft your passion challenges: Add glitter and sparkle
totallypapercrafts: Bling it on
inktegrity design team blogspot: Anything Goes
stamping vacation:  Occasion oasis: Thanksgiving Nov 23rd
flourishes-timeless-tuesday-challenge: Anything goes but buttons and bows 
just inspirational: shaped cards
moving along with the times: A card for a child
Lexi's creations:  Anything Goes
Wee Memories:  Free for All
the paper players:  Anything Goes
one stop craft challenge:  Anything Goes plus a blog hop

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Barbara: Halloween Treats

I wanted to make a little"Halloween Treat" for some special friends. I was browsing in the Dollar Tree and happened to see these little clear plastic treat boxes in the baby shower section. I removed the pink ribbon and the creative juices began to flow!!  I stamped the images with white chalk ink and colored them with Prisma Pencils...easy peasy!!! You can almost see the little tag on two of them that says "Happy Halloween." on the other box, the purple ribbon says "Happy Halloween."  I filled them with some little chocolate treats and wrapped the box with decorative ribbon. I hope they will enjoy a little Halloween cheer.

Stamp: Witch: Your next Stamp
            Frank: Michael's

Hope you enjoy my attempt at staging these pictures LOL!!  Thanks for visiting this blog. Please feel free to follow and/or comment.  Have a safe and fun HALLOWEEN.

I am entering this project into the following challenges:
Simple Doodles: Shape Challenge
Prairie Fairy Designs:  Candy Cover
Dutch Dare-card challenges: Halloween
Stampin for the Weekend: Halloween/fall
Ooh-la-la-creations Challenges: Scary Stuff
Pennys Challenges: So Long as it Flies
Tuesday Throwdown: Anything Goes

Barbara Cowgirl Sunday Stampen Challenge BLOG HOP

HALLOWEEN is the theme for this week at Cowgirl Sunday Stampen Challenges.  I used one of CJ's cute images for this card.

 Recipe: Easel Card
Image: CJ's
DP: Target
Cardstock, Boo Sticker, ribbon, and G stamp: Michael's
Craft Punch: Martha Stewart
Coloring: Copic Markers and Prisma Pencils
This week's sponsors for the challenge are : Crafty Ribbons and Whiff of Joy
The winner, of this week's challenge will recieve this bundle of ribbon and more, plus 2 images from CJ and a winners badge! Here is a picture of the ribbons from. Crafty Ribbons

The top 3winners will each receive one image form CJ and a winners badge.
All challengers must hop along the Posse Name list and comment on each blog to win. We will be checking:)
To win the candy,you must leave a comment on the CHALLENGE BLOG stating which Posse card or project you liked best and why.
Special drawing ~ Challengers that use any one of CJs images will be entered in a special drawing for a grab bag of goodies and images.

Challengers are encouraged to use Halloween Images for this hop, however we realize that not everyone celebrates Halloween so as long as you enter with one of CJs images your name will be put in for this special drawing.

Posse Design Team:

THEN BACK TO THE Challenge Blog
Don't forget to leave a comment on each Posse's Blog and to return to the Challenge Blog.  Then please vote for the entry you feel is the best. Good Luck!!!

Have fun and enjoy all the posse designs!!!

Thank your for visiting this blog, please feel free to follow us :)

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Stamp Challenges: October Digi Day
Drunken Stampers: Halloween