Wishing You Ten Gallons of Fun- The Paper Shelter Challenge

    Can't believe we are at the end of August already...  seems like summer just began... I do love the Fall, however, NOT what follows it!!  Enough whining! Today begins another challenge at The Paper Shelter.  This week's challenge is LOTS OF LAYERS. How fabulous this challenge can be when you purchase The Paper Shelter digi images as many of the images come with coordinating design paper, or have other matching digital paper available for purchase!
     Some GREAT news is that now The Paper Shelter  is awarding a $30 prize voucher  to a challenge winner who uses a  Paper Shelter image on their project.  You can still enter with ANY IMAGE you choose, and if you use another image, you can still win 3 Paper Shelter images of your choice!
     For this week's Lots Of Layers Challenge, I selected this fun image called "Little Cowboy".  I haven't created a card for a little boy in a while so this was fun image to color.    I also used two dp's from the "Little Cowboy" paper pack so that getting the layers all matched up was easy as pie!  As you know, The Paper Shelter images come colored for a fast project AND in digi format so you can color, merge and design as  you please. While I am planning to buy a color laser printer very soon, just know this paper was printed on my inkjet printer using HP Brochure paper.
     My "Little Cowboy" was colored with lots of copics (see below).  The cardstock is from Bazzill and the raffia is from Wild Orchid Crafts.  The stars were cut with a paper punch out of extra dp that I printed out.  Last, the sentiment is computer generated.. I downloaded a free font from Dafont called "Bleeding Cowboys" and combined it with a quote I "googled" on the internet. The edges of the sentiment and stars were distressed with "Brushed Corduroy" distress ink.  His pop-guns, belt buckle and bandana also got a coat of Stickles.  Even my cowboys have to show some "bling"!
Copics: YG 99, 97, 95 & 93
R39, 29, 27, 24 & 20
B09, 96, 94, 02, 00
YG 09, 27, 24, 23, 21, E35
W9,7,5,3 &0

     Please hop over to see what our DESIGN TEAM has created to inspire you!  This card, along with others I created, is now available in my ETSY shop (sold).  Thank you, as always, for your kind comments.


     Happy Sunday... hope you are enjoying the summer as it slowly winds down.... Once again, today begins another fun challenge at STAMPTACULAR SUNDAYS.  Our theme this week is ROSES AND RIBBONS!  Sounds like a fun challenge that is sure to elicit some beautiful projects!  For this week's challenge you will create a card or project that incorporates both roses and ribbons in your final creation.  Easy as pie.. and, don't forget to stamp! That's why we are called "STAMPtacular Sundays!"  Our sponsor this week is MARIANNE DESIGNS.
    You will have from now until midnight (EST) September 1st to complete this challenge and post a DIRECT LINK to your submission into our InLinkz in order to be entered into the drawing for this week's fabulous prize. Three entries will also be awarded our "Top 3" Badge as well.  
     For my project, I selected a rubber stamp I just purchased called "Serenity" by Concetta Kilmer for Sweet Pea stamps.  Serenity is colored with copics (E35, 25, 29, 51, 50 hair/B02, 000, C7 eyes and E000, 00, 21, 11 skin, RV's/spica pens lips and Y26 for frame around her) and embellished with Spica pens and some Smooch.

      I stamped the image on Make it Colour copic cardstock. I so love this paper.  I did use a new glue pen and found that it made some of my hair color get a bit blotchy, but it was the glue and not the paper. This paper is a dream to color on without staying "wet" and making colors smear.
     I used Spellbinder dies (Oval and Floral Oval) to cut out the image and the black decorative oval behind her.  The design paper is a digi paper collection (Forest Fairy 6x6) I have used before, but not this one page, available at Crafts and Me.  The rich blue, black and purple colors seemed to fit and offset the image.  The cheesecloth, once again, was lightly spritzed with Dylusions Sprays in Crushed Grape, but I managed to keep some "white area" that I glittered with Deco Art Glamour Dust.  I added two chipboard butterflies that I colored with Distress Markers and Stickles, then applied a crystal on each. Flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and that beautiful black lace, ( ahem...ribbon hehe) has clear crystals on each scallop (it came that way) that continue to add some sparkle to me image.  The lace was a gift so I don't know where it comes from...Last chalk and stormy sky distress ink are sponged around the image.

      We look forward to seeing your submissions in this week's STAMPTACULAR SUNDAYS challenge.. now hop over to see what the DESIGN TEAM has created to inspire you!  If you would like to purchase this or any of my cards, they are available in my online ETSY. store. As always, thank you for your kind comments. 

"Let's Hear It For The Girls" - Stamptacular Sundays Challenge

     Hope you are having a great weekend!  Today begins another fun challenge at Stamptacular Sundays...our theme this week is "Let's Hear it For the Girls" - I say "amen" to that!  The women I meet in my personal life and in blogland never cease to amaze me with their energy, creativity, strength and compassion so this challenge is dedicated to all the wonderful women in my life who I am so blessed to know and love!
     You can interpret this theme any way you want.. just don't forget to stamp!  You will have from now until midnight August 25th (EST) to complete this challenge and post your submission into our InLinkz in order to be entered into the drawing for this week's fabulous prize donated by:

     For my card, I selected another digi image by Hannah Lynn called "Janessa".  These images are among my favorites to color because they are so beautiful and soulful.  They also continue to challenge me with my favorite medium, copics, and help me grow in experimenting with color choice and technique.  I want to thank Alyce (Kit and Clowder) for recommending a paper change for my copics. This image was colored on Make it Colour cardstock and yes, it is not sold in the USA so shipping is expensive, but if you can order it with someone and share a package, it is so worth it.  For those of us who were having some issues with our E's blotching on the paper, this may be a solution. While I have not abandoned my Cryrogen White or Xpress it cardstock, this paper has eliminated the problem and is fast becoming my favorite. 
      "Janessa" is colored with copics (colors below).  The design paper, once again, is DCWV "Stardust". This sheet of design paper has gold stars embossed in it so it helped create the night sky I wanted. The coordinating gold dp has images of the sun embossed on it also.  I added small gold flatback pearls to the center of some of those stars. The lace and cheesecloth was spritzed with Ranger Perfect Pearls Sunflower Sparkle and Gold Glamour Dust.  
     Hair: E29, 25, 23, 31 and 50
Skin: E000, 00, 13, 11
Dress: RV69, R59, 85, 83, 81
Cape/Moon: Y26, Y11, Y00 and Flourescent Yellow
Eyes: BG10, B21 and white sharpee marker

   The flowers and metal corner embellishment are from Wild Orchid Crafts. Pearls from Recollections Bling on a Roll and button from Joanns.  We hope you will join us this week for this challenge... if you need a little inspiration, hop over to see what our Design Team has created.  Thanks always for your kind comments.  Have a great week!

"Oh, The Places You'll Go" - Paper Shelter Challenge

     Happy Wednesday! Today begins another great challenge at The Paper Shelter. This week's challenge is CLEAN AND SIMPLE.  Now if you think that "shaped cards" was difficult for me, guess again.. my cards are never clean and simple but I did give it my best!

     The Paper Shelter offers such awesome prizes to challenge winners - this week Veronica and Pedro are offering you a prize of $20 Gift Certificate to spend on their website, as long as you have used one of  The Paper Shelter images on your card, but even if you use another image, you can win 3 digi images of your choice! 

    For this challenge I selected "Learning is Fun".  I thought it fitting to choose her as returning to the classroom is just a couple of weeks away and I find myself already beginning to think about the upcoming school year..(deep breath...)
   She is so adorable.. I love everything about her including those cool glasses. She is colored with copic markers and embellished with stickles, glamour dust and some glossy accents on her eyeglass lenses.  What I especially love about THE PAPER SHELTER images is that many of them include the colored image (for a quick card or project), the digi image (for you to color any way you want) and some great design paper!  So, I worked very closely with the colors on the already colored version and recreated it with my copic markers on the digi. I also stuck to this color scheme because I wanted to use the design paper that comes with the image.  This one sheet is not sold separately but comes already coordinated with the digi image!  How cool is that?  The dp looks just like it came from a school girl's notebook - full of doodles, math, writing and even some messy stains (bottom left corner)!
     The sentiment is from the internet.. I knew I wanted to use this phrase from the Dr. Seuss book (Oh, The Places You'll Go), and when I googled it, there it was with the background color perfectly coordinated with my colors! Flowers are from WOC and lovely ribbon, glitter buttons, and crystals from my stash.
     Now won't you hop over to The Paper Shelter blog to see what new images Veronica and Pedro just added to the store, and then join us for a fun challenge. Why not see what the DESIGN TEAM has created to inspire you to enter! Have a great day and thank you for your kind comments!

Shape it Up- Stamptacular Sundays Challenge

     I'm baaaaack!!  Seems like forever since I posted a card.  Migraines sidelined me last week.. with this crazy weather we are having here in the Northeast, no wonder I had headaches.... oppressive humidity, thunderstorms, even a small tornado passing through on Friday! But.. it is Sunday and that means another fun STAMPTACULAR SUNDAYS CHALLENGE.
     Now, our challenge this week at STAMPTACULAR SUNDAYS is "SHAPE IT UP."  You must create a card with a unique shape.  No squares or rectangles allowed!  You will have from now until midnight, August 18th (EST) to complete this challenge and post a DIRECT LINK to your submission into our InLinkz in order to be entered into the drawing for this week's fabulous prize donated by:

.... I must admit I took a deep breath when I read the challenge because I am a square card girl and any time I have to create something that is not square, I panic...but that is the cool thing about challenges.. they sometimes force you into territory you would not ordinarily (aka willingly) go.  This time, I am pleased with the result, even though it is "squar-ish"!  For my card I chose a new Christmas/Winter image by Lili of the Valley called "Winter Fairy".  She is colored with various shades of blue copic markers.

     The card base is a white Vintage Step Card from the "For Your Inspiration" collection of gorgeous card bases by Which Craft? (UK).  There are so many lovely designs to choose from and the gallery of cards alone is worth the hop over.  I covered the base of the card with some older Christmas dp that I made sure to buy lots of a year or more ago.  It is Bo Bunny's Snowy Serenade-Limited Edition Glitter paper.  I just love the snowflakes embossed on this paper- you can see the design best along the left side of the card.

    The overlays (that come with the card base) were painted with Tim Holtz Pearl Paint Dabber and then glitttered with Martha Stewart Snow glitter and flakes.  After I colored her,  I added Diamond Stickles to her wings and on the "fur" on her skirt.  Finally, I added Bling on a Roll pearls, a strip of white rose organza ribbon, a heart button from my stash and Wild Orchid Crafts flowers as embellisments.  The sentiment is also from Lili of the Valley-  I used Stormy Sky distress ink to stamp the sentiment and to distress the edges of the design paper.
  Thank you so much for stopping by, and also for your kind comments.  Now, won't you  hop over to the Stamptacular Sundays Challenge blog and see what unique shaped projects our Design Team has created to inspire you!  Have a great day!
Stampin for the Weekend - Monochromehttp://stampinfortheweekend.blogspot.com/



 As a DT member you will be required to:

* Submit a completed project weekly to the Stamptacular SECRET DT Blog, following the challenge requirements, no later than midnight (EST) TWO THURSDAYS before the challenge is posted to the blog! You will get ALL of the challenges in plenty of time, six months in advance, to allow you to complete them well before the due date!

* Take excellent quality photos of your completed projects.

***Post positive comments on your ASSIGNED participants' blogs sometime during the week of the particular challenge they participate in. NO EXCEPTIONS! Comments MUST be specific to each entry! MUST be done before midnight (EST) Saturday before a new challenge is revealed on our challenge blog!

* SCHEDULE/POST your weekly challenge creations on your blog each week by/at 6:00AM Eastern Standard Time!

* Be an active DT member of our Sunday Challenge Blog, share with me any and all challenge ideas you may have and want to see as one of our blog challenges, and HOST challenges, if needed. 

* Help to find sponsors willing to donate prizes for our challenges (this can be friends, companies or yourself)

* Be open and honest with me when you feel there's a problem or something needs to be addressed or anytime you just want to chit chat.

* ENJOY participating and being part of the Stamptacular DT!

ALL ACCEPTED DESIGN TEAM MEMBERS MUST AGREE TO AND FULFILL A SIX (6) MONTH COMMITMENT! (October 2012 - the end of March 2013)  If you cannot fulfill the above requirements/obligations...PLEASE DO NOT APPLY!  I understand that we all have busy lives and taking on a weekly commitment can sometimes get difficult to handle...this is exactly why I am completely upfront and honest about what is expected way in advance!  Even though this is not a paid position, Stamptacular NEEDS committed Design Team members in order to ensure we are doing everything we can to inspire our followers and participants!  I'm not saying all this to scare anyone off or to keep you from applying...I just don't want people to apply get chosen and then quit before the six month term is up!

If the above sounds like something you would like to be a part of and you're interested in becoming a Design Team member for our Stamptacular Sunday Challenge Blog...

1. E-mail me 
1-2 samples of your BEST work! NO SCRAPBOOK LAYOUTS, Please!
2. Include a link to your blog in your e-mail!
3. Be sure to put: STAMPTACULAR DT CALL in the subject heading of your e-mail to ensure it does NOT go to SPAM or get overlooked! 
You MUST follow the above instructions to be considered for a Stamptacular DT positions.  Please e-mail your submissions to misscill@yahoo.com by midnight (EST) August 29th, 2012 to qualify. Accepted Design Team members will be notified via e-mail no later than Friday August 31st, 2012.

Stamptacular Sundays- Design Team Call

     It's Sunday and that means another fabulous challenge at STAMPTACULAR SUNDAYS.  Unfortunately, being under the weather with migraines sidelined me for this challenge, but I want to share the challenge theme AND the news that we are seeking DESIGN TEAM MEMBERS to join our weekly challenges!

   First, our challenge this week is "Photo Inspiration" and it is interesting.. the colors are intense and the mood is eery... but, you can interpret it any way you like... as long as you STAMP somewhere on your creation! Why not hop over to our blog to see what the DESIGN TEAM has created to inspire you this week!

     You will have from now until midnight (EST) August 11 to create a card or project that uses the above photo as inspiration.  The possibilities are endless... Don't forget to post a DIRECT LINK to your submission into our InLinkz in order to be entered into the drawing for this week's fabulous prize donated by:

And now, for our DESIGN TEAM CALL... If you would like to be considered for a position on our Design Team, please visit our blog here, and follow the directions for applying!  As a design team member, you will be responsible for creating a challenge project each week and commented on assigned entries for each challenge. You will given a list of all the challenges months in advance as well as sponsors/prizes for each challenge.  

If you would rather be considered as a GUEST DESIGNER, please visit here and read the requirements for the position.  

The challenges at Stamptacular Sundays are so much fun. They are varied from photo inspiration challenges, to sketch challenges and weekly themes. You may use any stamps you have but are also encouraged to use the freebies supplied by some of our sponsors.  We would love to see you join us as part of our weekly challenge team!  Have a great day!

Glitz and Glimmer - Paper Shelter Challenge

    I am happy to announce that I was invited to be part of The Paper Shelter design team! For me, it is a return to this fantastic team as I was a guest designer for them last Spring.  So, I will be posting The Paper Shelter Challenges here hoping you, too, will join us for fun and great prizes. There are so many great new images and papers coming out every week so each time you visit, you are sure to see a new image. I am sure you will be as excited as I am to work with them!
    The Paper Shelter offers such awesome prizes to challenge winners - this week Veronica and Pedro are offering you a prize of $20 Gift Certificate to spend on their website, as long as you have used one of  The Paper Shelter images on your card, but even if you use another image, you can win 3 digi images of your choice! 
     This week's Paper Shelter Challenge is "Glitz and Glimmer"  - I have chosen "Let's Make a Pic-nic"  I "glitzed" her out with lots of Diamond Stickles on her hat, bows, butterfly and flowers!
   And for a closer look- Of course she is colored with copics (YG99,97,95,93 & 91 and YG 26, 11, 00, Fluorescent Yellow and a few YR's). Pebbles Iridescent chalk surrounds her. The Design Paper is from K& Company and cardstock is from Bazill.  Wild Orchid Flowers and silk ribbon from May Arts embellish the card. The sentiment is from Lili of the Valley punched out with a circle and scallop circle EK Success punch.
    Now won't you hop over to The Paper Shelter blog to see what's new and then join us for a fun challenge. Why not see what the DESIGN TEAM has created to inspire you to enter! Have a great day and thank you for your kind comments!

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