Wednesday, July 27, 2011


Embossing dry or wet and /or sketch is the theme at The Pixie Cottage this week. I decided
to use a little of both on mine. The stamp is called Greeting by Artish. You can find this and
many more wonderful image at Michelle's Scrapbooking and More.

I used a dotted swiss & double diamond embossing folders. The image is water colored, cut out with a Spellbinder label #10 and faux stitched. The center dots are embossed with black. The green was cut with the Spellbinder scalloped oval.

The embossed background was stitched onto the black. The sentiment was cut out the Spellbinder label #14 embossed and faux stitched.
A fluffy bow from the hand dyed ribbon completes it. Be sure to stop by to see the talented team cards.

Entering Challenges:
Craft Your Days Away: Summer
Totally Gorjuss: Punches or Die Cuts
Everybody Art: Garden
Party Time Tuesday: Anything Goes
Crafts And Me: Ribbon
Anything Goes: Pick a Bunch-Flowers
Deep Ocean: Ribbons

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


Our Tuesday Throwdown Challenge is sets. Our Sponsor My Graffico gave us this wonderful precolored set. I found some aqua and gold dotted dps to coordinate with the images. I cut the aqua and gold mats then ran thru a embossing folder then added the image with a little added stickles. Faux stitching, a button, ribbon and the raised dots complete these simple little cards.

I made a little fold over envelope to hold the set. I made a triple fold on the bottom and punched the fold over edge with at MS punch. Added one of the images to the front and faux stitched around the sides. The cards tuck inside and it is tied closed with a hand dyed ribbon.

Entering Challenges:
Daisy Doodles Creative: Anything goes
Kaboodle Doodles: Stitching...real/faux
Make It Monday: Anything Goes

Monday, July 25, 2011

Heart Song Inspiration Challenge

Today at Heart Song Inspiration we want to see anything goes/and or your favorite technique. Hard to pick a fav so I used two different ones, embossing and alcohol ink backgrounds.After making the background using several different alcohol inks I ran it through the swirls embossing folder. Leah just posted her newest image set. Dressmaker forms are all the rage right now so I just had to use this cute one today.

A little water color and stickles for some girly glitz on the image then cut out with the Spellbinder Label 10.The matching sentiment was punched out with the SU ovals.
A little row of punched flowers with the MS hydrangea punch some stickles centers
and little water color added.Some hand dyed ribbon made into a bow and a
stick pin attached...a scrunched
paper doily and a little scrim flower finish it off.

Entering Challenges:
Lolipop Crafts: Anything goes
Crazy Challenge: Ribbons
Sweet Stampin' : Fashion
2 Sisters: Anything goes
Cupcake Craft: Shabby Sparkle

Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Family Genes

have overtaken my sweet niece. My parents and siblings are very talented and creative. When our daughters were young they would always groan about going to the craft and art stores.
We used to tease them that they couldn't escape the genes. They have all fallen in spite of their vehement I will never....

If you follow my blog you know we are all meeting at my little
sisters tomorrow for an extended weekend. Her daughter lives in Washingtion State and
is not able to come join us so she sent me the Beautiful card today. Kait just turned 19
and has recently started making cards.

I am so very proud of her and just
wanted to share my Wonderful card with you all.
Have a Happy Weekend :)

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Passionately Artistic has lots of great inspiration for you this week. Be sure to stop by and join in the summer theme.My easel card is made from an old image that I don't know the name of. I water colored
it and cut it out and foam mounted on the blue print layer.
Closer view of this pretty little image

The blue was cut with a lacey square
Spellbinder and foam dotted on. The white layer was cut with a Spellbinder
label #16 and foam dotted on. You can see the dimension from
layers here.
The green print layer was punched with a MS looped edge and corner punch then
mounted on the white. Aqua pearl paint dots at each loop. The bow is made
with pink dyed ribbon. A butterfly attached at the corner is glitzed up
with stickles.

The bottom has a layer of solid aqua, printed blue and green print. The prints are punched with the MS looped punch and attached. There are three buttonsused as the stop. More pearl dots and aqua jewels across the front.
The sentiment was cut with a Spellbinder label #4 and a jewel added.

Entering Challenges:
Deep Ocean: Ribbon
Craft- Room: Butterflies
Creative Craft: 3D it lots of layers
Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT: Summer Birthday
Make it Monday: Anything Goes
Stamps R Us: Through the Garden Gate
Scrappy Frogs: Summer Flowers
One Stitch At A Time: Flowers
Just Some Lines: Easel Card

Yipee its Wednesday...tomorrow is my last day of work for the week.
Friday I'm leaving to go to my little sisters for an extended weekend with all
the girls of the family Wohoo!!

Now Wednesday means its time for a new challenge at The Pixie Cottage. You can use
the theme Fun With Food and/or use the sketch.

I am literally using the food theme. I made some Cinnamon Apple Sauce and am using the
Apple Hannah and Apple Bench for my card, recipe tag, jar cover
and label.

For my card I recycle some black checked wrapping paper from some Sees Candy. The
images are water colored and mounted on the red.
I used a SU punches for my sentiment.

I cut the tag and used a MS daisy corner punch for the top. Three strips of the checks
and then added the recipe and punched a little apple.

The label was cut with a Spellbinder label # and run thru the dotted swiss
folder and faux stitched. I cut two layers of the apple to decorate it.

I masked and stamped just the basket of apples on the fabric and colored it with
fabric paints. A little stitching around the bottom and
tied on with a little dotted ribbon.

Entering Challenges:
Make it Monday: Anything goes
Ooh La La Creations: Tag it
Paper Playtime: Summer
Incy Wincy Designs: Black White+ 1 other
A Spoon Full of Sugar: Create a Tag

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Good Morning

Hope your week is starting out well. Today at Tuesday Throwdown our challenge
is something metallic. Our Sponsor Stitchy Bear gave us some
Great images, Im using the Sunflower Frame.

My papers are Bazzill with the brown run thru the dotted swiss folder. My image is
water colored and cut out with the Spellbinder scalloped oval. I then used blue and green chalk for the background. I used little metal brads to
outline the image and a metal button for the center of my bow. The butterfly is a
couple layers with some stickles. The teams cards are beautiful. Be sure
to stop by and see them.

Entering Challenges:
Kreative Stempelfreunde: Summer
Digi Design House: Summer
Daisy Doodles Creative: Anything goes
Kaboodle Doodles: Embossing
Stamps & Fun= Creativity: Digi Stamps

Monday, July 18, 2011

Heart Song Inspiration's theme this week is lace. Dig in your lace stash and come show us your

I didnt have any black lace and had to dye some to go with my card. I just love this Heart Song image called Bird and Roses . You can color your bird so many different ways and the flowers different colors, very versatile. I water colored the image and then used chalk to add a little color to the background. It is cut out with a Spellbinder Label # 20 then faux stitched around. The lacy little corners were cut out with a cutter with no name die. Some jewels in the corners and a sentiment finish it off.

Entering Challenges:
Fussy & Fancy: Summer
Cardmadfairy's Digi Days: Use and animal..bird qualify??
Inspire Me Fridays: Anything goes
Paper Cutz: Anything you might see in the sky
The Poodles Parlour: Birds Eye View
Stampin for the Weekend: Wings and things

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Pixie Cottage is looking for your fun in the sun creations and/or the sketch.The digital image is Chatty by Artish found here.

I made this as a gift card for my Sister. My daughter and grandbabies are here from Tennesee.
My youngest sister and her have planned a girls time at my sister's home in Paso Robles, Ca.
My mom, sister, 3 nieces, my two daughters all their children and myself will all be traveling to Paso for a extended girls weekend. We have not all been together for several years and never just the girls so this will be a real special time. They have planned things for the children and adults. My sisters husband will be the resident chef and her son and husband will be in charge of the children while the girls to their thing.

My job is to make the gift card so we call chip in to help defray costs. This is the pocket on the inside of the card to stash the cash in.

Since there will be a bucket load of us sleeping everywhere I thought this was the perfect image for the gift card!!First I water colored the image, cut out and and attached to the embossed mat. After punching the edge with the MS Daisy punch I cut out the sentiments with Spellbinder label #11 and foam dotted on.
Next I attached the handmade flower and then wrapped the ribbon around twice and tied in a double bow.

I also made a little matching tag to stick inside.

Entering Challenges:
Die Cuttin Divas: Summertime fun..must include a die cut
Creative Craft Challenge: Pretty Blossoms
Craft Your Passion: Just for you
Digi Design House: Summertime
Karens Doodles: Summer fun
KB Cute Monday: Something Cute
Ooh La La Creations: Tag it

Passionately Artistic

Passionately Artistic is continuing the Summer theme this week.

My card is made with SU Papers and Stamps. One is the canvas stamp and the other and old borderI do not have the name of. After stamping I punched out the squares and flowers, fastened together with brads. Then attached with the foam dots and add the little pink dots. The sentiment was punched out with the scalloped oval and plain oval SU punches.

Entering Challenges:
Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT: Summer Birthdays
Make It Monday: Anything goes
Stamping Scrapping Central: Clean and Simple
The Outlawz: Things in the Garden
Paper Playtime: Summer

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


Another week gone and a new Challenge at Tuesday Throwdown. This week we are sponsored by Pink Cat Studio and our challenge is Fun in the Sun. My image is appropriately called Lily the Sunshine Fairy and she water colored with a chalk background .She was cut out with a Spellbinder Label #20 and foam dotted on. Although it doesnt show well her little crown, wand and dust is all covered in stickles. She has golden stickle shoes, and on her wings and dress. The paper also has stickles on all the little circles and the three jewels on the side.

The pretty little print dp is by My Minds Eye, a row of scallops down the side and bottom covered with little pink dots for a little fun.The hand dyed ribbon twisted across the scallops and a little fluffy bow. The sentiment was cut out with a Spellbinder Label #14.

Do stop by to check out the talented teams creations and join us

Entering Challenges:
Bunny Zoe's Crafts: Fun in the Sun

Kreative Stempelfreunds: Summer
House of Gillli: Lots of Sparkle
Clear It Out: Wings
Crazy Amigo: Fly Away

Monday, July 11, 2011

Heart Song Inspiration Challenge

Our Heart Song Inspiration Challenge this week is Summertime and/or no patterned papers.

Can you picture yourself drifting along on a lovely summer day looking down on the landscape below. If you have been in a hot air balloon you know the quietness you experience as you are drifting along, so peaceful. I water colored my little balloon then used a little blue chalk for the background and attached to a multi colored stripe by American Traditions Designs. The image is cut with a Spellbinder Scalloped Oval. A few loops on the ribbon and attached with a little floral button. The sentiment was punched out with a scalloped circle Marvy punch.

Entering Challenges:
Card Making Mamas: Summertime
Inspire Me Fridays: Anything Goes
Totally Gorjuss: Summertime
Crazy 4 Challenges: Summer Themed Card
2 Sisters: Summer Time Fun

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Passionately Artistic

Our Challenge at Passionately Artistic is all things summer. Sunflowers are such sunny flowers so I'm using and old Penny Black image today. I love this old border image that is so versatile. The image is water colored and attached to the navy mat. The sentiment is punched and attached to the Spellbinder Label. Raffia seems so right with sunflowers but I gave the last of mine to a friend so had to use the navy satin ribbon.
The center of the yellow is embossed with a dotted swiss folder. I cut out a couple layers of petals and added a little ink shading. Then drew, cut out and water colored the center and leaves. I used a button to lift up the center then foam dotted the sunflower on.

Entering Challenges:
Penny Black Saturday: Desert Island Stamps...old favorite
Secret Crafter Saturday: Here comes Summer
Digi Design House: Handmade flowers
Hooked on Craft: Show Us Your Flowers
Ooh La La Creations: Summer Flowers
Creative Craft: Pretty Blossoms
Craft-room: Summer Birthdays


We have some wonderfully talented new team members at The Pixie Cottage be sure to stop by and see their creations. Our challenge today is Wet & Wild.

I used a little cricut dp paper for the background then embossed some Bazzill paper. Since my little Opal the Turtle is a water turtle I used circles to represent water bubbles. Is this little image the absolute cutest~~~Such a fun little scene on the shell and sweet face. She is water colored then cut out and foam dotted on, with her head pieced on top of that.The white background was cut with a Scalloped Oval and colored with chalks. Aqua pearls scattered around. A sheer white ribbon bow tied with a button. Finally I cut "bubbles" out of some acetate but they really didnt show so I added stitching around them. This is a close up so you can see them.

Entering Challenges:
Kreative Stempelfreundes: Dots
KB Cute Monday: Anything Goes
Stamping Scrapping Challenge Central: Make Simple
Make it Monday: Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly: Anything goes w/ button
Scrapalicious USA: Use Turquoise

Tuesday, July 5, 2011


Today at Tuesday Throwdown we are thinking ahead. Our Challenge today is Christmas in July. Time to get a jump on the Christmas Cards. Our sponsor is Robyn's Fetish and I am using the little Elf Elsie image.

Using a striped scrap that is stitched in black with a strip reversed and mounted onto the MS snowflake punched strip. I have used foam dots to attach the image. A red zipper down the side for a little fun and a tag tied on with some gold ribbon and a little bell. WHY didnt I used silver to match the zipper you ask. Because I was so focused on the little bells on the little elfs shoes and finding a bell to match I totally forgot the zipper was silver until I started adding the gold dots. Its called too much going on and not paying attention to details ;)

The team and our GD Debbie have some great cards so be sure to stop by for a visit.

Entering Challenges:
Paper Sundaes: Stitching
Catch the Bug: Anything goes
One Stop Craft: Tag you're it
Our Creative Corner: 4th of July or Christmas in July
Sweet Stampin': Use something not usually used on zipper

Monday, July 4, 2011

Heart Song Inspiration Challenge

Happy 4th of July!! How blessed we are to live in a Free country.

Today our Heart Song Inspiration challenge is?? You guessed it ...Red White & Blue and/or paper piecing.Using one of the new images A Pitcher of Flowers for my card. This image is free for the month of July at the Heart Song Inspiration Blog so go grab it. I have water colored the image and cut out with a Spellbinder Label 21. The red dp has raised swirls which in person creates some dimension to it. The ends are punched with a MS looped punch and ribbon woven thru the top. The red looks pink but it really is a soft red but red non the less.

The underneath center has three layers...white, blue scallops and white punched lace. All is attached to a solid blue bottom. The sentiment is cut out with a Spellbinder label 14.

Entering Challenges:
Creative Inspiration: Red white & blue
Sentimental Sundays: Anything goes
Allsorts: Free and Easy July
Ellephantatic: Celebrations