Friday, July 30, 2010

Polkadoodles - Male or Female Card

Welcome to another Polkadoodles weekly challenge!
This week our own talented Nikky Hall is hosting our challenge and it is to
make a generic card which can be used for BOTH male AND female.
The sky's the limit on this one so I decided to make a cute little birdie card and I found everything I needed on the All Around and Everywhere CD.  Nikky has the cutest images, backgrounds and sentiments on her CD's and I must admit, I am still exploring all of them and finding new things every day!
Click here to check out what the other talented ladies on the
design team have created to inspire you this week!

We have a MEGA competition for you and even MEGA-er-er prizes!!Make sure you click here to get all the details for this incredible contest!

For the past few months Nikky has been working very closely with Letraset who are the clever people behind the fabulously lush Promarker brand and have been doing some product testing etc for them. Now, this month, hot off the press, Letraset are relaunching their fabulous AQUAMARKER brand which are basically WATERCOLOURING marker pens unlike any other!
The contest will be going on until Sunday, August 29th so you have plenty of time to play along and if you win you could have yourself a whole new set of markers!  There will be runner up prizes as well!
This is a separate contest from our weekly challenges so make sure you check out all the info on the Polkadoodles blog and in my sidebar!  Nikky will also be having tutorials on how to get the most out of your markers so check in each week to learn something new!

That's all from here today!
Enjoy your day!  I already am!
{hugs} Lisa

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Isabella Sketchbook - "Chill Out" - Week #18

It's a beautiful Wednesday morning and that means another weekly challenge at Isabella's Sketchbook!
This week the challenge is to "Chill Out".   The summer is really heating up so lets cool down by using the cool colors of green and blue on your card this week.  I chose the beautiful Basket of Twigs this week for my card.  I think the basket came out lovely in the cool greens and blues. 
You can visit Isabella's digi boutique and browse through the wonderful images, then pick one and join in our weekly challenge.  There is even a freebie image to try before you buy! 
You could win 2 free digi images and the "I Won" badge if your card wins!
Don't forget to click here to check out what the other design team members have created for your inspiration!
Have a wonderful Summer day everyone!  I already am!
{hugs} Lisa


Polkadoodles Challenge Blog is holding a contest and the prize is a whole set of Letraset Aqua Markers!
These markers are so wonderful to work with for watercoloring or any of your coloring needs! 
The contest is going on until Sunday August 29th so you have plenty of time to enter!
Click here to read all of the details for the contest.
If you like to color than this contest is for you.  There will be tutorials posted each week to instruct on the use of the Letraset markers taught by Nikky Hall from Polkadoodles.  She is very talented and you will learn a lot about using these great markers from her!
Good luck everyone and get coloring!
{hugs} Lisa

City Crafter Challenge Blog - Garden Mail - Take 3

OK, well then, apparently I can keep my eyes open for one more post!  Here is the third and final card for the "Garden Mail" challenge over at City Crafter Challenge Blog
I like this card because I stamped my leaf image from PTI several times onto white paper and shaded each leaf in with purple chalk for a unique background image and then filled in with the Garden Fresh sentiment. 
I also love the cluster of purple roses hanging upside down onto the parcel tag.  They look like they were hung out to dry and preserve.  I tied them up with some yummy shabby vintage seam binding from one of my favorite etsy shops, Deb's Simple Treasures.
Ok I think I finally have this challenge out of my system............maybe...........
Oh well, that's all for now.
Have a great night everyone!  I already am!
{hugs} Lisa

City Crafter Challenge Blog - Garden Mail - Take 2!

Well I mentioned that I was really inspired by the photo over at City Crafter Challenge Blog this week and I wasn't kidding!  I went on to make another card for the challenge and there is actually one more card waiting in the wings to be posted.  There is just something about this photo from A Creative Mint that I really like!  I'm not sure if it is the colors or the collage look or the layout but I really like everything about it:
Well, whatever it is, my second card features the color palette from the photo and a Hero Arts flower stamp that has been sitting on my wall begging to be used for some time now.  I stamped it onto a handmade parcel tag and embellished with some leaves and ribbon.  Definitely "Garden Mail" material! 
I think it is my favorite out of the 3 that I made.
I hope you like it!
If I can keep my eyes open, I'll post card number 3.
See YA!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Garden Mail at CCCB

It's week #15 at City Crafter Challenge Blog and I am in love with this week's challenge!
The inspirational photo is from one of my favorite blogs called
Leslie is the owner of A Creative Mint and she has some of the most BEAUTIFUL color coordinated photography on her blog!  If you need some inspiration for gorgeous color combinations,
that is the place to go!
This week the challenge at CCCB is called Garden Mail and the inspirational photo from A Creative Mint looks like this:
I just love all of the purple and green in this photo against that white background with touches of kraft color thrown in.  It all works so well together! 
The photo is called "Inspired by the Garden" so this is the challenge.....
Create a project/card using any colour from the photo and your creation must include something to do with Mail .. e.g. stamp, text, envelope etc.,
I really am in love with the colors and theme of this challenge!  I might have to make another project this week for the challenge..........hmmmmmmm, maybe a tag???
Oh well, have a great day!
I already am!
{hugs} Lisa

Exciting News

Quickie post tonight to share some exciting news from last week's challenges!
I won the Spotlight Artist Award for the card I entered into the week 14 sketch at the
City Crafter Challenge Blog,
You can view my winning card here.
And I won the Super Six Award for the card I made for the #73 sketch
You can view my winning card here.
Thank you so much to the City Crafter Challenge Blog and the Card Patterns ladies for the wonderful awards!  It's always nice to be recognized for doing something you love!
Have a great night everyone!  I certainly am!
{hugs} Lisa

Monday, July 26, 2010

Cricut Cake GIVEAWAY!

WOW!  I just came across the most amazing blog candy!  Our guest designer in The Shabby Tea Room this week is the talented Melissa Bove and her blog is called Creating from the Heart.   She created the most adorable baby bib card, you must check it out!   She is having a blogaversary and she is giving away a Cricut Cake.   CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?? 
What do you have to do to win it? Well, that's the easy part!

1) Leave her a comment here on her post!
2) Leave a link on your blog to her giveaway.
Don't have a blog, just tell her how you will spread the word!
And for a SECOND chance, become a follower/friend of her blog! That's it!

Isn't that generous!!
Ok head on over and do your thing!
Thanks Melissa!
{hugs} Lisa

The Shabby Tea Room - Week #20

Another Christmas in July card coming your way!  This week in The Shabby Tea Room we are being sponsored by Just Rite Stampers and the adorable snowman stamp on my card is part of their Groovy Snowman stamp set! 

Nicole has set the challenge this week and it is a recipe for creativity!
She has challenged us to make a card using 3 punches, 2 buttons, and 1 ribbon!
How fun is that?
I used 3 little green flower punches at the top of my kraft envelope
2 nested green and red buttons at the bottom of the card
1 white grosgrain ribbon across the top of the card.
Boy, I wish cooking was this easy!  Not for me!
Make sure you check out what the rest of the design team has created for you this week!  You will love their beautiful creations and it is sure to give you oodles of inspiration for your own 3-2-1 card!
Here are some links to their individual blogs

Debbie Marcinkiewicz - {TSTR Creator} - Simple Treasures
Audrey Pettit - Audrey Pettit's Weblog
Cathy Clark - Papier Girl 
Melissa Hubert - My Paper Obsession
Nicole Segnere - My Craft Room Creations

Have a wonderful day everyone!  I already am!
{hugs} Lisa

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Papertrey Ink July Blog Hop - Tax Deduction!

HOORAY!!  It's Blog Hop time again with Papertrey Ink!
For this month's Blog HopPTI is focusing on office supplies!
I chose to make a baby card using PTI's ledger paper and incorporate some staples and a few mini paperclips onto my card!  I also thought it would be fun to go with a $$$ theme because of the ledger paper.  The idea of the Mastercard commercial popped into my head and I went with it. 
I usually don't like to see my handwriting on my creations but it just went so perfectly with the
ledger paper and office supply theme. 
I used the Night Night Moon stamp set which is SOOO cute!  I stamped the bottle, duckie and diaper onto the polka dot paper from the ledger series paper, cut them out,  and then pop dotted them up off the page.  Then I stamped the cute border down the side of the ledger paper to coordinate. 

The funny thing is, this card was going to be my "rough draft" just to get my idea out of my head and onto paper but once I saw it, I loved it and decided not to re-do it. 
I can't wait to see how everyone uses their office supplies on their cards, I know PTI has some great products to incorporate the "office" into!
Thanks for stopping by and Happy Hopping Everyone!!
{hugs} Lisa

Friday, July 23, 2010

Polkadoodles - Christmas In July

Good morning bloggers!  Are you ready for a little Ho Ho Ho?
We are at Polkadoodles because it's Christmas In July and we are breaking out the tinsel and the garland!
Our hostess this week is Kris and she wants to see all things Christmas!
Over at the Polkadoodles shop there is plenty of holiday fun to be had!
I used this adorable stamped image from Polkadoodles and embellished it with some fun sparkly snowflakes!  I really enjoyed making this card, the image is soooo adorable! 
Dust off your Christmas trees and Santa Clauses and play along with us!
Click here to see what our amazing design team has made for you to give you some Christmas inspiration!
Have a great day everyone!  I already am!
{hugs} Lisa

Thursday, July 22, 2010

CARDS Challenge - Pinwheels

Good morning!  Quick post to show you a card I just made for the CARDS challenge blog.  The theme is pinwheels for summer.  I used some double sided DP from October Afternoon's Thrift Shop collection for the pinwheel and background paper.  I really love the colors in this collection! 
I just love making pinwheels, they are so cute and easy and they add so much fun to any project!  Enjoy the pinwheels and make sure to enjoy your summer, it goes so fast!
Have a great day!  I already am!
{hugs} and {pinwheels} Lisa

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Isabella's Sketchbook - Challenge #17 & SALE SALE SALE!

If it's Wednesday it must be time for another fantastic Isabella's Sketchbook Challenge!
Isabella is offering a great sale for ONE DAY ONLY!!
Visit Isabella's Digi Boutique today and you can purchase EVERY digi image for only $2.00!
There are over 250 images to choose from and when you find the right one, use it on a card or project and play along in our weekly challenge!  If you win the challenge, you could win 2 more images and the lovely "I won" badge!
This week the challenge is to
"Cut It Out" Use 3-D, paper tole or decoupage on your card.
How fun is that?  I used the Cup Stack image from Isabella's Store and I printed it out onto patterned paper, then I cut it out and pop dotted it onto a label and more patterned paper.  You can get the feel of the 3-D effect here
The other girls on the design team have knocked my socks off once again!  Be sure to click here to see all of there gorgeous cards and visit all of their blogs!
That's all for this week from Isabella's!  I can't wait to see what "POPS UP" on the challenge this week!
Have a great day everyone!  I already am!
{hugs} Lisa

A Little Somethin' Somethin'

Good evening blog buddies!  Tonight I have a card to share with you that I am entering into 2 challenges.
The first is the Card Patterns challenge #73 and the second is the Crazy 4 Challenges C4C46 to use buttons!
The Card Patterns sketch looks like this:
The buttons for the Crazy 4 Challenges was easy because I love to incorporate buttons on to a lot of my cards!  I just love the look of buttons with twine tied through the middle!
My stamp is from Lawn Fawn's Sew Lovely stamp set, cardstock is kraft from PTI and the patterned paper is from The Girl's Paperie.  The little rose is of course Prima and the sentiment is from an SU set that I just won recently at an SU card workshop!
Thanks for stopping by!  Your comments are ALWAYS appreciated!
Now it's off to bed because my eyes are closing faster than I can type!
{sweet dreams} Lisa

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

CCCB #14 Sketch

Good morning!  I haven't played along over at the City Crafter's Challenge Blog in a while but when I saw their sketch this morning I was inspired!  I've had this DP from October Afternoon for a while just staring at me and today it jumped up and said PLEASE USE ME! 
Well fortunately it went very nicely with this layout and the "Thanks A Bunch" stamp came in an SU set I just won at a workshop.  The whole card came together very nicely!  I topped it off with some PTI felt flowers, grosgrain ribbon, and buttons. 
Here is the sketch CCCB offered up this morning.
I had alot of fun with this card!
Hope you like it too!
Have a great day everyone!  I already am!
{hugs} Lisa

Monday, July 19, 2010

The Shabby Tea Room - From The Garden

Good morning everyone! 
I have a reason to LOVE Monday mornings! 
Why you ask??  Well, every Monday morning there is a new challenge over in The Shabby Tea Room!
This week our lovely hostess is Melissa Hubert and she has chosen a garden theme for our
challenge, based on this beautiful photo:

Isn't it pretty?
Our generous sponsor this week is Sweet n' Sassy Stamps and they will be providing the winner in the
Tea Room with some adorable digi images. 
The design team has been provided with an image to play with and I used the ADORABLE
 Baby Buggy image for my card! 
Thank You Sweet n' Sassy!

Patterned paper from The Girl's Paperie lent itself to the garden theme quite well, don't you think?  And what garden themed card wouldn't be complete without some gorgeous Prima flowers?  The sentiments on the tickets are from the Papertrey Ink's stamp set "Just For You" and the buttons are from PTI as well. 

Don't forget to check out what our amazing design team has created for your inspiration. 
You can visit their individual blogs here:

Audrey Pettit - Audrey Pettit's Weblog
Cathy Clark-Santie - Papier Girl
Debbie Marcinkiewicz - Simple Treasures
Melissa Hubert - My Paper Obsession
Nicole Segnere - My Craft Room Creations

Most of all have fun playing along in the Tea Room! 
It's always a treat to see what creative talent you all have to share with us week after week! 
We are seeing record breaking entries each week so come by and join us for a cup of tea!
Happy Gardening everyone!
Have a great day everyone!  I already am!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Polkadoodles - Stamp Away

It's Friday at Polkadoodles and that means another challenge!
This is week 28 and Lou is our fabulous hostess this week. 

Her challenge is titled "Stamp Away!"
What does this mean then . . . ? To decorate your project this week, you can only use your stamps! That's right, you CAN'T use any Polka Doodles or designer papers to make your backgrounds, just your stamps. You can also use your favorite stamps for your main image and sentiments too.  Lou was a little wicked and challenged the DT to only use the "Fairy Flutterfly" stamp sets . . hee, hee, hee! If you haven't seen these gorgeous stamps, pop over to the shop and check them out.

I just love those Fairy Flutterflys!!  They are ALL FULL OF CUTE!!
Make sure you check out all of the design team's creations this week, there are other Fairy Flutterflys that I know you will love.  You can also check out the other Fairies here at Nikki's Polkadoodle Shop!

I used Babsie the Flutterfly on my card and I stamped the background image with one of the small butterflies and went glitter crazy!  So much fun! 
My seam binding bow is from my friend Debbie's Etsy shop, Deb's Simple Treasures!

Ok everyone, go get stamping and just have fun!
Have a great day everyone!  I already am!
{hugs}  Lisa

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Isabella Challenge - Punch It Up

Good morning!  It's Wednesday, and that means another challenge over at Isabellas!
This week we are challenging you to "Punch It Up".  You can use any sort of punch on your card this week along with your Isabella image.  I have chosen to use the Sweetheart Flower image on my card and dress it up with some lovely flower and ladybug punches to give it a garden feel. 
Head on over to Isabella's Digi Boutique and pick any image to play along. 
You could win 2 free digital images and the I won badge to display proudly on your blog!
Don't forget to check out what the rest of the talented design team has created for you this week!
Have a wonderful day everyone! I already am!
{hugs} Lisa

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

CPS sketch 175

Good afternoon everyone!  Today I made a card using the CPS sketch #175 and it looks like this
I just love how white paper looks when it's embossed and I've become quite fond of embellishing my own pretty pins.  This beautiful pin is from Maya Road and the buttons are from Papertrey Ink.  To top it off, lovely little roses from Prima!  So Lovely!
Have a wonderful day everyone!  I already am!
{hugs} Lisa

Card Style Fun and Cute Challenge in the Moxie Fab World

Good morning "Peeps".  I've got a little "peep" to share with you today!  I've created this project for the Card Style Fun and Cute Challenge in the Moxie Fab World.  Moxie Fab is having this challenge in honor of Papercrafts new magazine "Card Style".  I can't wait to get my hands on this issue!  It's separated into different card styles.  I've always LOVED soft and vintage but I have to say that I love to play around with ALL of the styles available!  This challenge was to make a card that is "Fun and Cute".  You have until August 2nd to play along! 
When I received this little birdie stamp in the mail, I couldn't wait to put him on a card and when I saw this challenge I heard little birdie yell.... "I'm fun and cute"!!  So here he is!  Straight from Nikki at Polkadoodles
Chickadee sentiment, Polka dot stamp and background paper from my favorite addiction Papertrey Ink!
That's all from Sunny South Florida!
Have a wonderful day everyone!  I already am!
{hugs} Lisa

CARDS Magazine Flowers

I came across the most gorgeous paper flowers at the CARDS magazine blog today.  There are so many tutorials for handmade paper flowers and I've tried many but I have to say, I really LOVE the way these came out!  They just look so full and vintage!  Don't you just love new techniques?  I do!
Ok that's all for now, off to sleep!
Have a wonderful night!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Just Having Fun with Papertrey Ink

Sometimes it's just fun to kick back and make some fun cards with no particular challenge or design team theme in mind!  I am always amazed at the talent on the Design Team over at Papertrey Ink and I visit them all daily!!  As hard as I try the creativity does not seem to flow as easily as theirs does. 
But........ I have to say, I sure have fun trying!!!  This papercrafting hobby is such a sanity keeper in a crazy world and I don't remember what I did before it!!  My ticket card above is based on a card that Betsy Veldman just made with the new stamp set to be released in a few days and the tag with fabric and felt is based on some gorgeous projects I've seen on Michelle Wooderson's and Dawn McVey's sites.  I also just love to visit Melissa Phillips website daily too, she has such a way with vintage inspired cards and projects!  I doubt that most of you haven't heard of Papertrey Ink but if by chance you haven't, get out your checkbook and head on over there now!!  But I have to warn you, it's addicting!
These are the designers over at PTI and if you want some amazing inspiration, than hop around to their blogs and don't blame me when you're addicted too!

P.S.  I do not work for Papertrey Ink, I just wish I did!!  {wink} {wink}
Have a wonderful day, as always, I already am!!
{hugs} Lisa

2S4Y Laura's Sketch #56

I have one more card to share with you today.  This card is for the 2S4Y challenge and it is made
following Laura's sketch # 56.
I used my Lawn Fawn "Sew Lovely" stamp set for this card.  I just love that little sewing machine stamp.  PTI and The Girl's Paperie supplied the background papers with a paper doiley thrown in for some shabby goodness!  My lovely scrunched seam binding can be found at Deb's Simple Treasures Etsy shop.  She has so many wonderful colors to choose from!  Well that's all for now...
Have a wonderful day!  I already am!
{hugs} Lisa

Embellish Magazine Invitation Challenge

Good morning everyone.  Today I have a card to share that I made for the challenge over at Embellish Magazine.  The challenge is to create an invitation in the following color scheme:
I always feel such pressure when making cards for Embellish Mag challenges because they seem to have such top notch designers as well as entrants!  The inspiration is just oozing from that site!  My Stampin Up chandelier has been itchin' to be inked up for some time now, I thought this was the perfect opportunity!  The sponsor this week at Embellish is Unity Stamps.  They have such cute stamps, how great it would be to win!  That's all for today. 
Have a great day, I already am!
{hugs} Lisa

Shabby Tea Room - Christmas In July

Well, here in Florida we are melting in the hot sun but in The Shabby Tea Room we are putting on our winter coats and celebrating Christmas in July!  Our Holiday Hostess this week is Cathy and she has challenged us to make a holiday inspired card or project!  I enjoyed making my tag last week so much, I decided to make another one!  My first love when I discovered paper crafting was Sizzix and all their wonderful dies.  I have had my gingerbread man die for a long time and he still serves me well!  He is so cute in all of his red and white glory, just perfect for a large Christmas tag!

Our sponsor in the Tea Room this week is Frost It Pink

This week's winner will receive a wonderful prize package from the store!  If you've never been over to the Frost It Pink store, you must go!  You will find everything from adhesive to the most delicious vintage goodies!!  Amy will take good care of you and she has very fast shipping so you can start to play with your goodies quickly!

Don't forget to head on over the The Shabby Tea Room and check out all of the cards and projects that our design team has made to inspire you!  You won't be sorry!
OK everyone, put on your parkas and go make some Christmas Fun!
HO HO HO!  Merry Christmas (in July) ☺
{hugs} and {gingerbread men}

Friday, July 9, 2010

Polkadoodles Summer Theme - Week 27

It's Friday morning, so let me welcome you to another Polkadoodles challenge!
This week Enfys has picked a challenge with a SUMMER theme.
Who doesn't love summer, with all the flowers blooming and the beautiful weather!
I chose to use the Back to Nature CD this week for my card because of all of it's flowery scenery!
I just love the flowers on this card mixed in with some lovely peacock feathers!
Nikki certainly has a way with beautiful graphics!  You must check out her Polkadoodles store
There is so much eye candy there, you'll need a whole day to go through it!
Be sure to go to the Polkadoodles challenge blog and play along with us this week!
You can check out all of the other projects that the design team has made for your inspiration!
Ok everyone let's see what you'll come up with for the Summer!
Have a great day everyone!  I already am!
{hugs}  Lisa

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Isabella's Sketchbook - Week 15 - Anything Goes!

"Take a Break" - It's vacation time. Kick back and relax. Give yourself a break this week. Isabella's Challenge is ANYTHING GOES, use any Isabella's image with a theme and colors of your choice.
This apron just reminds me of sweet summer days when your mom used to stand in the kitchen and make lemonade from scratch.  Mmmmmmm, sounds good!
Make sure to head on over to Isabella's store, find an image that inspires you and play along this week! 
And don't forget to check out what the design team has created for you, so much inspiration to soak up!
Have a wonderful day everyone!  I already am!
{hugs} Lisa

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Embossed Rose

Here's another card with embossing to share with you in The Shabby Tea Room this week!
On this card I used wet and dry embossing.  It's difficult to see the wet embossing on the rose but I stamped the rose in pink ink and embossed with clear powder over top.  It's a beautiful image and Papertrey Ink has done it again!  The pink panel behind the ledger paper is dry embossed with my favorite embossing folder, Swiss Dots!  To top off the card of course a little bit of yummy seam binding from sweet Debbie's Etsy Shop, Simple Treasures.
Have a Lovely Day Everyone, I Already Am!
{hugs} and {roses} Lisa

Monday, July 5, 2010

The Shabby Pink Elephant

What do you get when you combine The Shabby Tea Room and The Pink Elephant?
Well, the Shabby Pink Elephant of course!
So here is a combination of those two challenges.
The Pink Elephant has a challenge for 3 Layers, 2 Die Cuts and Ribbon
The Shabby Tea Room's challenge this week is to use embossing.
So there you have it, AShabby Pink Elephant!  OH SO CUTE!!

Have a wonderful day, I already am!
{hugs} Lisa