Friday, November 30, 2012

DT Call--Inkspirational Challenge!

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UPDATE AS OF NOVEMBER 1, 2012: The lovely Ellen Parker has agreed to by my right hand gal in this venture and will be helping me choose the DT.  If you'd like to, please visit her fabulous blog and leave some love!  Happy stamping, friends!

Hi!  As many of you know, I am a little insane.  I LOVE being busy and I LOVE crafting.  I am on a number of DTs and I also own a challenge and co-own another challenge...yeah.  I LOVE it!!!  Well, I'm now COMPLETELY insane!

Anyway, the challenge is called Inkspirational.  Do you get it?  You know, we use ink to create...and it'll be a challenge of weekly inspirations  of different types...get it?  I thought it was clever.  Please don't tell me I was wrong.  I will cry. ;) Week one will be a color challenge, week two a photo inspiration, week three a CASE challenge, week four a sketch challenge, and all week fives will be anything inkspirational goes!  Sound fun?!  I hope so!!!

So, the whole thing boils down to this--I need a DT!  I am looking for 5(ish) fabulous ladies (or gents!) looking to join my team and commit to a year long stint!  Are YOU interested?!  I sure hope so!  Keep reading...I'll tell you how to "try out"!

In order to be considered for the Inkspirational DT you must:

1. Make ONE card or project for each of the four challenge presented below.
2. Link your creations to this post under the correct challenge linky by November 30, 2012.
3. Have an email for contacting you available on your blog.  OR, email me at and let me know you're interested and DO have an email.
4. Be willing and able to make 4-5 cards each month and have them done in advance so that post can be scheduled ahead of time.
5. Be willing to host one month at the end of 2013 and be in charge of choosing the challenges, getting the information to me one month in advance, and write posts for each of your challenges.
6. Be reliable, dependable, etc., or be willing to let me know ASAP if something comes up and you cannot participate in a challenge or set of challenges (that is TOTALLY fine).
7. Be excited about crafting, passionate about what you do, and be able to get along with other.

There you have it!  Now, let's get to the four challenges!  Please follow the following challenges as closely as possible and have fun!  Make sure you enter ALL FOUR of the challenges--they don't have to be all at the same time!  Feel free to take the full 2 months to create!  Please only link one creation for each challenge or else I will have to disqualify you.  Good luck and happy stampink! ;)

Digi Haven: Anything Goes!

Well, it's our last Anything Goes at Digi Haven for this year!  We're looking forward to seeing all your amazing digi freebies this month!

Here's what I made~
(digi HERE)


I water colored my image and then added it to the card.  Sorry to not be very technical, but that's literally what I did, lol!  This little gal reminds me of my niece and I just adore this freebie!!! :)  Finding freebies for Digi Haven challenges is always fun--and you can collect them all! ;)

We've got a DT call on at the moment as well.  You can find details HERE!  We'd love to have you come and join us! :) 

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek at my card!  I hope you come and join us this month at Digi Haven!  Happy {digi} stamping! :)

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Digi Haven: Christmas

Get out your fabulous FREE Christmas digis--we want to see 'em this time around at Digi Haven!  The DT have really pulled out the stops for this one so don't forget to stop by each DT member and grab the free digi they've used!

Here's my card~
(freebie HERE)


Sentiment on the inside of the card
Thanks for stopping by!  PLEASE come and play along--we love seeing all your amazing creations!  Don't forget to use a FREEBIE and to link to it so you can be considered for prizes and honors!  Merry {digi} stamping! :)

Monday, November 26, 2012

Crafty Cardmakers: Photo Inspiration

Hi, friends!  I know that I said that I had to step down from a number of my DTs, but some of the gals graciously said I could play along part time and so I'm trying to do my best at doing so!  This week at Crafty Cardmakers, we've got a fabulous photo for your inspiration!

Here it is~

And here are our fabulous sponsors~



$15 Gift Certificate to the Crop Stop Store

My card~


Look at all the shine!
For these fabulous challenges~

Thanks for stopping by and do come and play along this time around!  Don't forget to take a peek at what the other DT members have created!  Happy stamping! :)

Make My Monday: Autumn: Buttons & Ribbon

Well, it's been a wonderful November at Make My Monday!  I hope all my US peeps had an amazing Thanksgiving weekend!  We've seen some seriously gorgeous projects this month--thanks to everyone who has participated each week!  This is our last week for our autumn theme, and we'd like to see some ribbon and buttons on your projects as well!

Here's my card~


For these fabulous challenges~

I decided to go CAS for this one.  Plus, I got to use a stamp set that I purchased last month at a local craft garage sale!!!  If you want to see my steals from that shopping trip, click HERE.  There is some{ish} gloating...just warning you! ;)

This card is pretty self explanatory.  Paper pieced pumpkin.  Button flower with rhinestone centers.  An amazing bow (if I do say so myself) that didn't give me as much grief as bows normally do.  Some dry embossed lines.  And a sentiment.  Voila!!!

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek--you rock!  Please join in this last week of fun autumnal challenges and don't forget to say hi to the other amazing DT gals, too!  Happy stamping! :)

Saturday, November 24, 2012

52CCT: November Embellishment Challenge

Welcome to another week of holiday card challenges!  I've got a really fun embellishment for you this week at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown...can't wait to see how you use these!

Here is the challenge~

My card~


Inside of card
Please come and play along--I love seeing your creations!  Don't forget to take a peek at the other creations made by the fabulous DT as well!  Merry Stamping! :)

Friday, November 23, 2012

ABC Challenges GDT Post

Well, I was asked by the lovely Patty over at ABC Challenges to be a guest DT this week because my card was chosen as their winner a few weeks ago!  Thanks gals!  I'm so honored and happy to participate with you this week! :)

Here's the color challenge for you~

My card~


I used a brand new Kaiser Kraft border stamp and inked it with Chocolate Chip.  I stamped it onto vanilla cardstock and then colored in the image with Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive inks.  I decided to stamp the larger butterflies twice and then pop them up for some dimension and texture.  Then I added glitter because glitter always makes things better!  I added it to the rest of my card, placed the sentiment and added a couple of Maya Road pins.  There you have it!

Please come and play along this week with us!  We'd love to see what YOU create!  Don't forget to visit the other DT gals and tell them how much you like their projects as well!  Thanks for stopping by!  Happy stamping, friends!!! :)

Monday, November 19, 2012

Make My Monday: Autumn: Vellum

Welcome to another fun and fabulous autumnal challenge at Make My Monday!  This week we want you to use vellum somehow for your autumn themed projects.  Hard?  I don't think so--you've got some amazing DT inspiration on the challenge blog!!!

Here's my card~


I love to use vellum to soften bold colors and that is how I chose to use it on this card.  I stamped a panel of bold leaves and subtle brocade elements onto some natural paper and then overlaid it with the vellum.  I decided it needed a little something extra, hence the single brocade element and rhinestones on the front.  I also decorated the inside!!!  Proud of me, Ruth?! ;)

Thanks for stopping by!  Take a leap and join in this challenge--even if it is really challenging for you!  I promise you won't regret it!  Happy stamping! :)

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Red, White, and Blue

But not on the same card!  I've got 2 cards to share with you in this post.  One is red and white, the other is blue and white.  I was gonna have only one, but I got the most amazing stamp set in a stash swap today and I wanted to use it right away!  Granted I've only used one little image from it, but I'm sure you'll see more of it soon! ;)

Here's the card using my new stamp~


For these fabulous challenges~

So, I used some patterned paper that I've had for a few years--I knew it would go with my new stamps as soon as I rediscovered it!  It's by Dear Lizzy + American Crafts and it's so fun!  Sentiment by SU!, liquid pearls by Ranger, pears by Hero Arts, flower stamp by Martha Stewart.  Other papers by SU!.

Second card~


For these fabulous challenges~

(Cool colors only.)

This one uses my new snowflake punches by Martha Stewart, glitter paper by Recollections, rhinestones by Studio 110, stamps and punches by Stampin' Up!, and the rest of the cardstock is SU! as well.

Thanks for stopping by to take a peek at my creations!!!  I LOVE having you here and hope you've been inspired to create something today!  Join in these fabulous challenges--and happy stamping! :)