Friday, January 31, 2014

Mo's Digital Pencil - Bronte & Bella's Challenge #219 - Seeing Spots

Someone I know had a surgery this week so that was a perfect opportunity to pull out this awesome Mo image.  Isn't she just the cutest????  I like to keep the cards very simple when I'm using such a striking image.  I just giggled when I realized the basic polka dot paper I used fit this weeks challenge over at Mo's Digital Pencil challenge blog - Seeing Spots.  I didn't even plan that.  LOL!! It's the simple things that make me happy.

Here's a close up of this adorable image.  So super cute and so easy to color. 

The surgery went well and I got to participate in Mo's challenge this week - its a win-win.  

Have a super weekend!!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Repeat Impressions - DCC Here Kitty, Kitty, Kitty

This weeks DCC Challenge on the Repeat Impressions blog was selected by Cheri.  She has chosen an awesome challenge - Here Kitty, Kitty, Kitty.  If you've ever seen the RI catalog, you know Wendy has lots of cat (and dog) images to choose from.  To say she's a cat lover is an understatement so this challenge is absolutely perfect.

For my card I used RI image 7122-G Yikes Cat - this is actually from the funny bones series.  The paw print is RI image 2608-C Cat Paw.   Ooooooh, and one more RI image - the dotted border image is 1514-J Billboard Image

This is a challenge so you can play along.  Bring out those kitty images.  I'd love to see what you create.  Link your card to the RI Blog and you will be entered into a random drawing for an unmounted sheet of images of your choice.  Go here to see the complete list of rules

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Bronte & Bella's Challenge #218 - Lots of Layers

Its been a very long time since I've taken the time to play along with a challenge so I snuck in a quick card Mo's challenge blog - Bronte & Bella's Challenge #218- Lots of Layers. 

I just love this little ballerina. I could just color her over and over.  It doesn't matter what color I use, she's adorable every time. 

So glad I had a chance to play along with this fun challenge.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Project of the week - Early Easter Treats

I'm Joyce, and I have the great privilege of bringing you this week's Repeat Impressions, Project of the Week.  I know I'm getting way ahead of myself but I wanted to do an Easter project.  Maybe its the cold weather we have been having but I seem to be trying very hard to push this winter along and treats always help with that.

For my project, I decorated up these cute little treat bags.  These unfinished bags are available at several stores - these were from Michael's.  The bags I used are 4 1/2" high and 3 1/4" wide but any size can be used. I used this adorable image from Repeat Impressions 705-G Duckling.   Too darn cute!! 

I colored this adorable image with Copic markers, cut the image out with a 2" circle die and then cut out a background tag.  I used a PTI die but any coordinating die can be used.  I then attached the image with foam tape.

Next, I stamped the sentiment - I used Repeat Impressions 3906-H Easter Blessings - on vellum using VersaMark.  Heat embossing on vellum is not as scary as you might think.  Its really no different than embossing on card stock.  Be sure to use a drier sheet or embossing buddy to remove static from the vellum.  I stamped the sentiment, then sprinkled on the embossing powder.  Be sure to carefully remove all excess embossing powder.  It may not be visible now but once heated it becomes very noticeable.  Use your heat gun to carefully set the embossing powder.  Be careful not to scorch the vellum.  Once you've set the embossing powder, flex the vellum back and forth to help prevent it from puckering.    Once completely cooled I cut vellum so that sentiment is just a narrow strip. 

The last step is the assembly.   I attached the tag and image with double stick tape.  Then I took the vellum strip and centered the sentiment across the front of the treat bag.  I made sharp fold in the vellum at both sides of the bag.  Don't use any adhesive on the vellum on the front side of the bag since it will show through.  Flip to the back side of the treat bag, cut off the excess vellum, only leaving enough to overlap by about an inch.  Adhere in place making sure to secure the vellum strip to the bag as well. 
Here's another look at the finished project.  There are quite a few options for filling the treat bag - chocolate squares, mini candy bars, a special cookie or maybe even a gift card. 


These are super simple project but make a very special treat for any occasion.  I think maybe I put together a few for Valentine's Day.

I hope you've enjoyed my project and better yet, I hope you get a chance to give it a try. 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

What If? Wednesday!!! Sketch J2214

It's What If? Wednesday at Repeat Impressions and that means another amazing sketch challenge. 

For my card, I used Repeat Impressions 8721-I - Floral Peace (Lg).  I colored those adorable flowers with Copic markers and used some of my favorite Memory Box paper. 
This is a challenge so feel free to play along.  Create your own interpretation of this sketch, link it to the RI blog and you will be entered in a random drawing for a $25 gift certificate to the Repeat Impressions store.  Go here to see the complete rules. 
I hope you get a chance to play along.
Thanks so much for stopping by

Friday, January 17, 2014

Send A Smile 4 Kids - Anything Goes 4 Kids

It's a Send A Smile 4 Kids Saturday and this week we have one of my favorite challenges - Anything goes 4 kids.

As always we have 3 amazing sponsors:
Thank you to our sponsors for those wonderful prizes.

For my first card, I used an image and sentiment from Doodle Pantry.  They are from the Little Frog set.   So cute!  I colored that wonderful frog image with my Copic markers.  The sentiment is cut out with my Die-namics pierced circles die set.  The border punch is a Fiskars postage stamp punch. 

For my second card, I used an absolutely lovely image from A Day for Daisies - A Lap Full of Kittens.    Isn't that just the sweetest image.   Again, the image is colored with my Copic markers.  Instead of using twine as an accent, I decided to use yarn to keep with the theme of the image. 

I hope you get a chance to play along.  Create your own Anything Goes 4 Kids card, link it to the SAS4K blog and you will be entered into a random drawing for those 3 prizes listed above.  SAS4K also selects a top 3 - quite an honor.  Go here to see the complete rules.  You can also see more about our cause and get details on how you can donate.

Please note I have entered my cards in the following challenges
Card 1:
Charisma Cardz - Its a boy thing

Card 2:
Savvy Handmade Cards - Furry Friends Challenge.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you get a chance to play along. 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Repeat Impressions DCC - Sweet Treats

For this weeks Repeat Impressions DCC, we have a fun new challenge - Sweet Treats.  This DCC was chosen by Melissa Cash and her sweet treat is adorable - a must see. 

For my sweet treat, I used a couple of Repeat Impressions sentiments from the 'Pairings' Series.   The first is 9310-E Yummy and the 2nd is 9313-D Sweet.  These are the perfect sentiments for these cute little Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Sleeves.  They are a fun little treat favor that could be used for any occasion but the bright red colors makes these perfect for Valentine's Day. 

The rest of the RI Rock Stars have some amazing sweet treat projects.  Be sure to go here to see what they've created for you. 

Now that we have inspired you, be sure to create your own sweet treat.  Whether it is some kind of treat favor and a card featuring your favorite snack, you can link it here on the RI blog (The House That Stamps Built) and you will be entered in a random drawing for a wonderful prize - the unmounted sheet of stamps of your choice. 

I hope you get a chance to play along.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

It's a Repeat Impressions Blog Hop

I am here with a special post to let you know that Repeat Impressions is releasing a new series of images - Quilting & Stained Glass.   What a beautiful series of images.

Here is a card I created using this amazing new series - Both this quilt square image and this sweet sentiment are from this new Quilting & Stained Glass series. 

I also created this fun little wine bottle tag - also using images from this new series. 


So, here is the most exciting part of the blog hop.  We have a fun little word game for you.   Just hop over and visit the blog of each of the Repeat Impression's Rock Stars.  At each blog, you will be given a letter.  Once you have collected all the letters, spell out the special mystery word, e-mail that word to   You will be entered into a random drawing for a chance to win that whole series of Quilting & Stained Glass.

The lucky winner will be announced on Monday, January 13th on the Repeat Impressions blog

The letter you'll be collecting from me is the letter "I"Go here to see the complete rules.

Don't forget to visit the blogs of all the RI Rock Stars.  See all the amazing cards they have created but also to grab those letters needed to spell the secret word.  Be sure to e-mail that word to Wendy at

Here's a link to each of the Rock Stars blogs:

I'm so glad you stopped by today for our special blog hop.  Enjoy all the amazing cards and best of luck.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

What If? Wednesday - Sketch J814

It the first What If? Wednesday of the year and Repeat Impressions has a great sketch for you.  

The Repeat Impressions RockStars have done amazing things with this sketch - go here to see what they've created. 

For my card, I used RI image called 2908-I Shade of the Elm.   As cold as its been here, this scene gives me hope for warmer days. 

As always, this sketch is a challenge.  Create your own cards using this sketch, link it to the RI blog, and you will be entered into a random drawing for an amazing prize - a $25 gift certificate to the Repeat Impressions store.  Go here to see the complete rules for this challenge.   

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Friday, January 3, 2014

First Send A Smile 4 Kids challenge of the new year

After a holiday break, Send A Smile 4 Kids is back with a new challenge - Valentines 4 kids. I can still remember those awesome Valentines parties when I was in grade school.  I loved trading Valentines. That was one of my favorite days of the school year. 

That's what I was thinking about when making these cards but before I show them to you, I must tell you about our wonderful sponsors for this challenge.
  1. Dollar Graphics Depot is giving one lucky winner a $15 gift certificate.
  2. Bugaboo is giving 7, yes 7 digi images of the winners choice
  3. Fred She Said is giving one lucky winner a $10 gift certificate.
A huge thank you goes out to those amazing sponsors.

Now for my cards. 

The image on this first card is from Bugaboo called Ava Heart.   Isn't she the cutest?   She is perfect for that traditional looking Valentine.   I couldn't resist adding some bling with those heart rhinestones. 

The image on this second card is from Dollar Graphics Depot from a set call the Valentine Mix by Prints of Joy.   The cuteness factor is off the charts today.  This whole set is adorable. 

Since this is a challenge, we hope you'll get a chance to play along.  Link your creation to the SAS4K blog and you will be entered into a random drawing for those amazing prizes from our wonderful sponsors.   Remember, SAS4K also chooses a 'top 3' which is a huge honor.   You can go here to see the complete rules.

For more inspiration, you can go here to see the cards from all of the SAS4K design team

SAS4K is always looking for great cards so if you have any you would be willing to donate, go here to see how to go about doing that. 

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you get a chance to play along.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!! and a DCC Challenge

Happy New Year Everyone!!

I hope this finds you, happy, healthy and safe.  I always worry about everyone making it home safe from their New Year's gatherings. It was a pretty reserved new years eve for us - dinner and a few drinks and home by 7:30.  Sleeping by 10:00.   I know quite a few people who didn't have the best 2013 so lets hope 2014 brings better things for them.  Our son just graduated from college a few weeks ago, so there are definitely a lot of new beginnings and fresh starts coming his way.  We are looking forward to see where he goes from here.   I know he has huge opportunities ahead of him - praying for a blessed and safe journey along the way for him.

And then there is a DCC challenge at Repeat Impressions.   Geri selected this weeks challenge and it is perfect - New Year - use something new to you.  We probably all have some new craft toy - whether it was a Christmas gift, something we purchased with a gift card, or something we purchased because we "needed" it, we all have some new toy that just needs to be tried. 

My new toy is a Tim Holtz die my husband gave me for Christmas.  This is the Alterations On The Edge die called Distressed Doily.  This image is also a new one for me - it is Repeat Impressions image - 1601-K Bear Hug.  What a sweet image.  I love this very simple look I have been seeing so much of.  Just a plain white card with a sweet colored image and that little bit of patterned paper for an accent.  This die was perfect for that look.  It gives this card the homey, cozy look I was going for.  I added just a slight touch of patterned paper and some bling (also new). 

So admit it!! You have some new toys too, don't you?  Bring them out.  Create your own card.  Link it here on the Repeat Impressions blog and you will be entered into a random drawing for a unmounted sheet of stamps of your choice.  You can see the complete rules here

I hope you get a chance to play along.
Stay warm