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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Barb: Back to school-bookmark

This Back School Bookmark was made for a very special teacher. I hope that she will enjoy it throughout the school year. ( I blocked our the teacher's last name for privacy)I used a template to cut and score the cardstock.  I then embellished with a digital stamp.
Recipe: DP and cardstock is from JoAnn Fabrics,Image is a free digital image from Elizabeth O. Dulemba, Punch is a Martha Stewart punch , I colored the image with prisma pencils and copic markers.
I am entering this bookmark into the following challenges:
Stamp Something: Back to School
Totally Papercrafts: Clean and simple
Incy Wincy: Back to School
Bee Crafty: Anything Goes
Crafty Emma's Challenges: Anything Goes
Stampin for the Weekend: Anything Goes
Stamp Challenges: Back To School
Paper Cuts: show something metal
Creative Card Crew: Back to School

I hope that you enjoy my project. Please feel free to follow our blog.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Barb: Handmade Flowers

This is my first card post as a Posse for Cowgirl Up Designs. The challenge this week is: handmade flowers.
The winners will receive

the Flower Ribbons plus 3 images from CJ and the Winners Badge to display on your blog.
The "Top 3" will each receive 2 images from CJ and the "Top 3" Winners badge to display on your blog. Crafty Ribbons is our Sponsor for the challenge win. . Their link is

This card highlights the new image:TipToe Fairy from the cowgirl up digital stamps. I used several layers in this card as well as on the fairy to add some dimension. The flowers were made using using ribbon, gathering it then adding a button.  I added some glitz with the gelly roll glitter pen (my favorite card making tool!)

Recipe: Digital image stamp: Cowgirl Up Digital Stamp
            Cardstock: DCWV from JoAnn Fabrics
            DP: K&Company
            Flowers: ribbon from michael's gathered then added a vintage button
            Embellishments: pearls: michael's, pink ribbon: michael's
            Martha Stewart luster glass microbeads (on the sunflower)
I hope that you enjoy my card creation. Please feel free to follow our blog. Don't forget to enter your card into our challenge. The ribbon is just adorable! What are you waiting for?

All of CJ's Images can be found at the store:

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Stamping Vacation:  No brads or eyelets
Allsorts Challenge: Garden inspiration
Bee Crafty #37: Anything Goes
Stampin for the Weekend: Anything Goes
Audsentiments: Anything Goes
Flutterby Wednesday: Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly: 3DP,2 Flowers, 1 ribbon
Isabella's Challenge: handmade flowers
Crafty Sentiments: summertime
Simon Says: Paper piecing
Digital Tuesday: Tropical image
Crafty Creations: Video Inspiration
Craft Your Passion:  handmade flowers
Crafts and Me:  Petals and Pearls
One Stitch at a Time: Girlie/color challenge
Stamp and Create: Flowers

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Barb: Celebrate-the simple things

I wanted to make an easel card but had forgotten how small an area there is to place and image and sentiment. So..I was puzzled. I also wanted to use some fall colors rather than the summer and spring colors I had been using for quite awhile. Anyhow...I finally put it together!
Recipe: DP and cardstock were from my stash.
            Stamp- I am sorry that I can't give credit to the artist. I purchased this at a craft fair.
            Punches: butterfly-Martha Steward
                          lace:  ek
             Glaze: CTMH
             Stamp pads: CTMH- black and bamboo
             Colored: Copic Markers, I also swished the image with Bamboo ink
 I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Dutch Dare Card Challenge: sketch
Crafty Sentiments: lace (lace punch)
Let's Ink It Up: Anything Goes + yellow
Character Cafe: Glaze (on the butterflies)

I hope you enjoy my card creation. Please feel free to follow our blog.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Barb: Life's a Beach

Summer is almost over...I am so sad. I love the warmth and freedom that summer brings, the non-structured days, the cook-outs, and especially being able to spend time with my family. Soon school will start and everyone will be busy again. I love this digital image, it is silly enough to make you giggle!

Recipe: Digital Stamp: Whimsy Stamps
            Brads: Tropical Get away Collection
            Ribbon: Dashes etc. from Michael's
            Jelly Roll glitter pen
            Cardstock and DP from my stash
            Green Ink: CTMH Citrus Green
I embossed and debossed the Cardstock/colored the image with prisma pencils then blended with mineral spirits. I also swiped the image on the edges.

I am entering this card into the following card challenges:

Totally Papercrafts: #30 Summer Fun
Just Us Girls Challenge: Hot pink/teal/lime green
YNS challenge: Bold, bright, Summery colors
Aud Sentiments: Anything Goes
Paper Cutz: Anything Goes
Lexi's Creations: embossing

I hope you enjoy my card. Please feel free to follow our blog.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Barb: HOW-DY

I just received some exciting news........I am a COWGIRL!!  I have been selected to be a member of  the design team (a posse) for: Cowgirl's Sunday Stamp'em Challenge.  This means that I will design and publish cards using cj Holifield's stamps. I will also share news from this digital stamp company on our blog. Be sure to check back often to view their wonderful stamps and how I have decided to use them.

Why not have a look at their store and be ready for the next challenge on Sunday?

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Barb: 39 & holding

A special person I know will soon have a 39th birthday. So...I thought this digi image was just perfect.

Recipe:  DP Pizazz, Michael's
             Image: free digital image
             Coloring: Copic Markers
             Inside: Rubons (happy birthday)

This card qualitifies for several challenges:
Paper Play: Bon Voyage (Good bye to another year!)
Papertake Weekly:  Sketch
Some Odd girl: Ribbon and rubons
Totally Papercrafts: Rainbow
Crafty Cardmaker: Birthday

I hope that you enjoy this bright birthday card! Please feel free to follow our blog.

Barb: Simply Beautiful

I love summer and all of its beauty. We have had hot and not so humid weather this week..just perfect. It makes me appreciate the beauty of the season and how lucky I am. I love the way this card turned out. I do best when following a sketch and that was what I started with.
Recipe: Sketch:  Dutch Dare
             DP:  Creative Keepsake, Scrappin Creations
             Image: CTMH
             Sentiment: Free digital
             Buttons: Vintage
             Ink: CTMH
I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Crafty Sentiment: Cloor challenge olive, light blue, tan
Dutch Dare: Sketch
Crafty Moments: Oldie But a Goodie
Sweet Stampin Challenge: favorite stamp/image
Craft Your Days Away: favorite things (The sentiment and this delicate stamp)

I hope that you enjoy my card. Please feel free to follow our blog.

Barb:Love My Teacher

This paper craft is a candy bar cover. Hopefully my granddaughter will feel comfortable to take it to her new kindergarten teacher on the first day of school. (Nothing is better that chocolate at the end of a day of teaching!)
Recipe: DP is from JoAnn Fabrics
            Image: if a free digital image
            Colored with prisma pencils, highlighted with jelly roll glitter pen
            Punch: ek
I have entered this into the following challenges:
Our Creative Corner: Back to School
A crafty Little Place: Color challenge: blue, pink, green
Wild Orchid Challenge #3: One for the girls
Crazy Challenge: You are in my heart
Stampin Royalty:  Back to school
The Pixie Cottage:  Anything but a card

I hope that you will enjoy my design and I hope that her teacher will enjoy the chocolate. Thanks for stopping at our blog. Please feel free to follow our blog.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Barb: Z fold card

While creating this card, I used a technique that was new to me. First, this card is a Z fold card. Not nearly as difficult as it sounds. This time I added chipboard. I stamped the butterfly on the white cardstock. Then I stamped part of it on a round chipboard. I added some glitter to the hearts on her wing, swiped the edges of the clipboard then positioned it on the butterfly. It adds some dimension. I hope that you can see this in the picture.
Recipe: DP and cardstock: JoAnn's
            Stamps: Basic Gray
            Punch: Fiskar
            Green ink: CTMH citrus leaf
I am so excited that this cards will work for three challenges:
Crafty Sentiments: Chipboard
Crafty Creations:  Winged things plus a z fold card
The pixie cottage: sketch plus a fancy fold. (I hope you can see the sketch. I turned it clockwise!)

Thanks for taking time to view this blog. I hope that you enjoy my card designs. Please feel free to follow our blog. Barbara

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Barb: Pretty in Pink

This card is definitely a "girlie" card!  It was designed with a sketch using bright papers.
Recipe:  DP: Michael's
Stamps: sentiment: Stampin up
             Sugarplums (Cherry Emma)
Accents: Jelly roll pen
Colored with Copic Markers

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Sweet Stampin Challenge Blog: Pretty in Pink
Pennys Challenges: Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly: Something-old-new-borrowed-blue
Wild Orchid Challenge: One for the girls
Get Sketchy: Sketch

I hope you enjoy this card design. Please feel free to follow our blog.

Barb: Summertime Fun

This card was so much fun to make. It was the first stamp that I colored with my new copic markers. 
Recipe: DP Senic Route
Stamp: Free Digital Image
            Sentiment:  CTMH\Colored with Copic Markers
            Accents: embossed cardstock, "Bling", ribbon

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Sunday Sketch and Stamps: Sketch
Just Scraps:  Anything Goes
Our Creative Corner:  embossing
Polly Craft Challenge Blog: photo inspiration
The Pink Elephant Challenge: "Summer Fun"
abc-challenge: August
Creative Inspirations: Recycled Elements (ribbon)
Tuesday Taggers: Sunshine
 I hope you enjoy my card design. Please feel free to follow our blog

Barb: Sunflower Moment

I love sunflowers! To me they express summer in all its glory. This was a fun card to design especially using the acetate.
Recipe: DP: JoAnn Fabrics
            Stamp:  Stampin Up ( I have had this stamp forever and never used it before!)
            Acetate Jar
            Colored with Prisma Pencils and then blended
            Accents: Jelly Roll Glitter pen, Martha Stewart glass microbeads, The butterflies are slightly raised to
            add some dimension.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Cowgirls Sunday Stampen Challenge: Sketch
Crazy Challenge: Back to Nature
Crafty Hos Challenge: Primary Colors
Creative Cottage Challenge: Use Acetate
Crafty Moments: Oldie But A goodie
Flutterby Wednesdays: Open Challenge

I hope that you enjoyed my card design. Please feel free to follow this blog.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Aunt Nancy's Birthday Card

We were invited to a surprise birthday party for our Aunt Nancy's 75th birthday.  She was so surprised!  It was a good time to be had by all.  She was equally surprised to receive a card handmade for her with love!

Supplies used:
Stamps by Sugarplums (Cherry Emma) & CTMH (Happy Birthday)
Patterned papers by Basic Grey
Card stock: blush & tulip by CTMH
CTMH ribbon
Spellbinders & Martha Steward boarder punch
CTMH Cocoa ink
Candy Dots by Pebbles inc.
Distressed with sandpaper

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Creative Card Crew: Cute & Girly
Fab& Funky: Spotty,dotty & stretchy stripe
YNS Challenges: birthdays

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Barb: More Blog Candy

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 www.The Crafty Den.

Barb: Blog Candy: Fi's Cards and Crafts

This wonderful candy could be yours! Just link to Fi"s Cards and Crafts for a chance to win. Aug 31st is the last day. Good Luck to all of us.

Barb: Anniversary/ Wedding

This card and be used for either an anniversary or a wedding since "celebrate love" is perfect for both occasions.
Recipe: DP(Making Memories) and Bling is from Michael's
             Image: Artful Legacy
             Sentiment: Raindrop Echo Designs, a free digital stamp
             Technique: This is quite a simple card. I did highlight some of the flowers and leaves with glitter to add dimension. I traced the heart sentiment with a jelly roll pen to add some shine. I "gathered" the ribbon using staples then added a little bling.
I am entering this card in the following challenge:

Crafty Creations: wedding/anniversary
Thanks for viewing my card design. Please feel free to follow our blog.

Barb: Black and White

If you are following my blog, you will see that I love bright colors but I also enjoy the challenge using just black and white. I feel that one can appreciate the image when it is stamped in black on a white cardstock. Of course I usually add some bling, ribbon and of course the jelly roll pen.
Recipe: DP is from Michael's
            Image: From a darling stamp store that I used to visit in Myrtle Beach, SC, Artful Legacy. The store is no longer there but they are expanding their on line store.  Just a note: Artful Legacy will be at the Hamburg, NY stamp convention. If you plan on attending, please check them out. They are a wonderful, sincere couple.
             Bring: Want 2 Scrap
             Techniques:  This is a simple card. the beauty being in the image.  I did highlight a few flowers with the jelly roll pen and swiped the card with black ink.
I am entering this card in the following challenge:
Tuesday Taggers: Black

I hope that you enjoy my card design. Please feel free to follow our blog.

Barb: Happy Birthday: bubbles

This birthday card was designed with a free digital stamp from Stretch N Bubbles. Each time that I enter their challenge and use their free digi, I will receive a new digi.  Can't beat that!! It is challenging and makes me think out of the box. 
Recipe:  Image: Stretch N Bubbles /Sentiment: free from Raindrop Echo
             DP:  I used 3 DP all from Michael's
             Ribbon: Also from Michael's
             Flower Stamps:  Scrappy Cat Clear stamps
             Coloring: Copic markers, Martha Stewart markers, Jelly roll glitter pen
             Techniques used:  Spellbinders Nestabilities used for the square scalloped images, these were also
             swiped and inked with Close to My Heart ink.

Challenges:  Stretch N Bubbles: Free digital image visit:
                   Stretch N '
                   YNS Challenges:  Birthdays
                   Crafty Sentiments: Sketch
                   Digital Tuesday:  2 digis from two different companies
                   Creative Inspirations:  Recipe: 5 flowers( 3 layered flower embellishments and many more    on the DP,) 3 DP, 1 ribbon
 I love flowers and bright colors. I hope you enjoy my creation. Please feel free to follow our blog.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Barb: Blog

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