Wednesday, February 23, 2011

I would have never thought...

Last night my dear friend Patsy came over for a glass of wine and to choose the papers for a card she wanted me to do. She trusts me on the design, but always wants to choose the paper. She says that she loves to go through my stack and to see all the colours, patterns and textures. I don't mind since that is one less thing to think about when I make a card for her. 

The card is for one of her co-worker's 10th anniversary with the company where they work. Her co-worker likes subdue colours, so she went for more earthly colours. I asked her to go through my own images first to see if there was anything she would like and for some very unexpected reason, she chose Abigail. Really! I was surprised! Abigail is the first digi I have created. She told me that she looks like her co-worker and that she has the same demeanor. I was pleasantly surprised since I was not sure if Abigail should stay in my online store. You never really know who will like your digis and for what reason.

We had a good laugh coming up with the sentiment. I came up with the one on the front of the card. That was easy! The inside was more difficult and we were ROFL with all kinds of suggestions:
1. I'm surprised you lasted that long.
2. You must be approaching retirement soon!
3. Are you insane?
4. Why?
5. Does it still hurt after all these year?

But after getting it all out of our systems, we decided for:
"No really.... 10 years!! You gotta be kiddin'!"

Card Details:
Digistamp: Abigail by Guylou's Inimitability
Papers: Basic Grey - Granola
Embellishments: Copper Pearls by Dollarama
Embossing: Sizzix - Flower Vine
Copics:
Hair: E30, E33, E35
Skin: R11, E01, E00, E0000
Lips: E04
Shirt: B91, B95, B97, W6, W3

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Outlawz Tuesday Colour Challenge - Lime, Charcoal and White


This week at The Outlawz Tuesday Color Challenge, we are going to play with Lime, Charcoal and White. The February Frolic is "Add Bling".

I have to admit that when I saw the inspiration photo (on the right), I was a bit scared. I had never used this colour combo before and I even told my fellow DT members that this would be a great challenge for me. I needed to make a card set to give as a birthday gift to my friend Zahra. I started with finding an image that I would be able to colour in this week colours and that she would love. I found this wedding shoe by Just Inklined and then my mojo kicked in. I searched through my stack to find pp that would compliment the image and a simple ribbon and black pearls to dress up the cards. Zahra loved her gift.


I hope you will join us this week at The Outlawz Tuesday Color Challenge. I am looking forward to see what you will do with this colour combination. Don't forget the frolic: "Add Bling".

Card Details:
Digistamp:  Wedding shoe by Just Inklined
Size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches
Papers: All Dressed Up by DCWV and A la Carte by American Crafts
Cardstock: Paperbilities - Black
Embellishments: Ribbon and Black Pearls by Dollarama
Copics:
N7, YG21, YG63, YG67

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Anything Goes Challenge at Guylou's Inimitability


Guylou's Inimitability is having an Anything Goes Challenge. This time the feature digitamps are Phillip and Molly. I was planning to make two cards, but then I had the brilliant idea (at least according to me! LOL) to put them together. I found a free clipart of a gift and paste it on top of the cake Molly was holding.

I hope you will join us in the Anything Goes Challenge. You have several opportunities to make your entry count:
  • You can enter any newly made project and it will count for one entry.
  • If your project includes a Guylou's Inimitability digistamp, it will count for two entries.
  • If your project includes one of the feature digistamps "Phillip" or "Molly", it will count for three entries. 
No GI image, no problem. You can visit Guylou's Inimitability Store to purchase one or you can have a look for a freebie in her groups on Crafters Digital Art Center or Paper Craft Planet!

The winner will be awarded a digistamp of her or his choice from Guylou's Inimitability Store and will also be invited to be a Guest Designer on an upcoming challenge and will get another GI digistamp to make a card or project along the DT.

The challenge runs until March 3rd at 10pm. So don't wait! Get to your craft table and create!! But before you do that, go see what the other DT members and our Guest Designer, Theresa, did with Phillip and Molly on Guylou's Inimitability. What talented artists!!

Card Details:
Digistamps: Phillip and Molly by Guylou's Inimitability
Pearls: Dollarama
Papers: k i Memories

I used the following Copics:
Hair: E30, E33, E35
Skin: E000, E00, E01, R11
Molly's lips: E04
Molly's Dress: YG21, YG63, YG67
Phillip's Coat: R32, R35, R37
Phillip's Pants and Shoes: W3, W6, W9
Cake: Y21, Y23, Y26, YG63
Fire: Y19
Gift: R35, R37, YG63
Aura: BG10, BG11

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Western Color Challenge at The Outlawz


Howdy Doody Pardners! It's time to get all the details for the Western Color Challenge at The Outlawz. Our theme this week is Western Rodeo.

You will need to make a project inspired by the photo on the right. Your card, layout or project should be based around a western theme. For ex: you must include red & white as the primary colors and you may also add another color of your choice. Your entry must also include a western icon such as a horse, rope, boots, lasso or even Western Font on your project. 

This challenge is part of a week long Western celebration at The Outlawz. Please check my post entitled "Hoedown Party at The Outlawz" for the complete details on prizes to win and how to participate.

Here are the prizes you can win by participating in the Western Color Challenge:
1st Place - $15 Gift Certificate - Whimsy Stamps
2nd Place - $12 Gift Certificate - A Day For Daisies
3rd Place - $10 Gift Certificate - Guylou's Inimitability
All winners will be chosen by Random.org

Card Details:
Digistamp: Sylvia by Guylou's Inimitability
Black pearls: Dollarama
Papers: Autumn Leaves and Provo

I used the following Copics:
Hair: E15, E18
Skin: E000, E00, E01, R20
Skirt, Boots, Hat: N2, N4, N7
T-Shirt: R20, R24, R29
Aura: Y21, Y23

Put on your boots and come participate in the Western Color Challenge. I bet your hat, you will love it!! You will have until February 21st at midnight to enter your project(s). Don't miss it!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Valentine treats


This year instead of giving Valentine cards to my family, friends and co-workers; I decided to make Valentine goodie bags. I bought chocolate, candies, lollipops and a fun scratch card. I wrapped everything in clear bags with different Valentine prints on them. I used my digistamp called Sundae & Heart for the tag. Using Photoshop, I created a Valentine logo which I coloured digitally and printed on white card stock. I then used my handy-dandy exacto and cut half the circle so that when I folded the tag, it would stick above it. Two staples to hold everything in place and voilà! A fun Valentine gift.

I do have to admit that the hardest part of this project was to resist eating any of the sweets! LOL!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

February Frolic at The Outlawz - Week 2


There's a party goin' on right here... A celebration to last throughout the years... So bring your good times, and your laughter too... We gonna celebrate your party with you... Come on now... Celebration... Let's all celebrate and have a good time... Celebration... We gonna celebrate and have a good time!

Don't you just want to sing some Cool and the Gang, or Bee Gees, or even Abba when you look at this image!! It brings back such wonderful Disco memories!!

We are in the second week of February Frolic and this week we got to play with Poppy, Turquoise and White. The frolic was to add ribbon or lace to our project. I love this colour combo, it is fun and fresh!! If you have not participated in any of The Outlaws Tuesday Color Challenges, you got to start. Come on... Celebration!!!

My friend's birthday is this week and I made this card for her. My gf is a fun girl and I thought Eve would be a perfect match to her personality. I added gems to her earrings and necklace and matched her clothes to the challenge colours which were perfect for that Disco look. Divalicious!!

Card Details:
Digistamp: Eve by Guylou's Inimitability
Ribbon & Gems: Dollarama
Papers: Unknown

I used the following Copics:
Hair: E30, E33
Skin: E000, E00, E01, R11
Top: R02, R05, R08
Pants: BG11, BG15, BG18
Aura: BG10, BG11

So what are you waiting for? Put on your dancing shoes and come frolic with us at The Outlawz Tuesday Color Challenge. You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life. See that girl, watch that scene, dig in the dancing queen.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Hoedown Party at The Outlawz



Put on your cowboy boots and your cowboy hat, it is time to party at The Outlawz!!

We are about to reach 300 members, we have a fantastic DT and the fun does not end there. We are having a PARTY all week long beginning February 13th!!! Yeehaw!!

A party is not a party unless there are lots of fun and prizes to win. So look at this line up:



Here's each of the challenge groups including when each challenge begins and when it closes that week:
  • CAS: February 13 at 12:01 AM (or early morning) EST – February 19, Midnight
  • Birthday Card: February 14 AM, 12:01 EST – February 20, Midnight
  • Color: February 15, 12:01 AM – February 21, Midnight (2400 hr)
  • Sketch: February 16, 12:01 AM – February 22 Midnight
  • POM: February 17, 12:01 AM – February 23 Midnight
  • Copic: February 18, 12:01 AM – February 24 Midnight
  • Scrapbooking: February 19, 12:01AM – February 25, Midnight
The following week we will go back to our regular schedules and challenges.
Announcing the winners will take place on:  February 28 at 6 PM or 18:00 hours.
All winners will be announced on the front page and also within the challenges.

Here how you can play:
Choosing a winner within the challenge group, each person is allowed to enter 3  submissions for each challenge group.  If you enter 3 you will earn 3 chances to win that group's prize.  Since there are 7 challenge groups, If you make 3 projects for each, you will also have 21 chances of winning the Outlawz Grand prize. (remember each submission must be NEW and cannot be entered in multiple groups)
            Ex: Mary entered 3 separate submissions for each group:
                       3 for Copic challenge,
                       3 for Birthday,
                       3 for CAS,
                       3 for Prisma,
                       3 for Scrapbooking,
                       3 for sketch, and
                       3 for Color
                Mary has a total  of  21 chances for the grand prize.
                          ( limit of 3 submissions per group per person )

Good Luck partners!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

I {{HEART}} YOU Challenge at Guylou's Inimitability


Guylou's Inimitability is having another awesome challenge. This time, your submitted project must have at least one heart. Isn't this fun? February is Heart Month. We hear how important it is to take care of ourselves and yet, many of us don't. I am guilty of not exercising enough, eating too much carbs and let stress get to me. I found an article that list five tips to keep your heart healthy. Here they are:

  1. Don't smoke or use tobacco.
  2. Exercise for 20 minutes on most days of the week. 
  3. Eat a heart-healthy diet. 
  4. Maintain a healthy weight. 
  5. Get regular health screenings 

Mark Sanchez is a total heartthrob!!!! He also has an important message.
To know more, please visit Heart Attack Symptoms in Women
 
Now, back to the card I made for Guylou's Inimitability's I {{HEART}} YOU Challenge. I used the Love Seat and Cheeky Glamour. The ribbon and gems are from the Dollarama. I added a bit of Stickles on the image. Voilà!

Copics used:
Sofa: C1, C3, C6
Hearts & Skirt: R20, R21, R24, R29
Tights: RV21, RV23, RV91
Skin: E0000, E000, E01
Hair & Mirror; E13, E15, E18

You have until February 17, 10:00 pm to enter the challenge. Have a heart and don't miss it!! :D

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

February Frolic at The Outlawz


This month The Outlawz Tuesday Colour Group will be frolicking as our theme for the entire month is "February Frolic". To start the month, we are challenging you to use the pretty colour combo: White, Celadon and Lavender. But wait... there is a frolic!! Your project  must have polka dots.

Here's a picture on the right to inspire you. These colours just know how to put some Spring into your Winter. I am sure you will have lots of fun creating with this colour combo.

I made this card for my friend Allison whose birthday is coming this week. The image is one of mine and is called: "Pauline". The papers are by different companies, but I could not tell which ones (I really need to keep track of that information). I made the purple roses; this is my new fun thing to do. The lace was given to me by my dear South African friend, Theresa.

I used the following Copics to colour the image:
Hair: E25, E27, E29
Face: E11, E13, E15
Lips: E04
Dress: BV00, BV01, BV04
Jar & Flowers: Y02, Y06, Y08
Leaves and Stems: YG63
Jewelery: G12

So come on down to The Outlawz Tuesday Colour Challenge and join us. I can't wait to see your projects.