Monday, January 31, 2011

CR84FN Color Challenge

Mona's Color Challenge is great for all kinds of occasions including Valentines. My card is a very simple one. Have you seen the very fun zipper flowers that Melissa Phillips makes?? Of course I could never match her fabulous shabby vintage style that makes them look so beautiful but I decided to give this one a try. Many years ago when I didn't have work and sewed all the time I bought a BIG box of zippers from a fabric store close out. Not one turquoise zippers but found a great red one for my flower with the turquoise button center. Used the other piece to sew across the card. Be sure to stop by and join Mona and her fab team in the challenge.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Mona has a beautiful color inspiration to use this week. A Martha Stewart punch made a little scalloped edge and I had a perfect pink piece of My Minds Eye paper to use. I made a lavender chiffon and tulle flower with a little purple heart bead center. I hand dyed lavender ribbon and tag completes it.

Entering Challenges:
Paper Play: Layer it up
Some Odd Girl: Scallops

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Passionately Artistic

Valentines are the inspiration at Passionately Artistic this week. I made a very traditional Valentines card. A punched edge, embossed panels and stitching for the body. A sentiment, some punched valentines for some dimension and a hand dyed bow. Be sure to stop by and see the rest of the great inspiration we have for you.Entering Challenges:
Lexi's Creations: Valentines
Whoopsi Daisy: Valentines & Love
My time to Craft: Emboss Emboss Emboss
Spoonful of Sugar: Valentines
Cupcake Inspiration: Red white pink
Really Reasonable Ribbon: Heart theme


One of my most favorite challenges this week at The Pixie Cottage. It is flowers and we also have a great sketch for you to use if you choose. The team has some fabulous creations so be sure to stop by and leave them some love and joi
n us.
My Pixie Cottage image is a very versatile one called Stump & Bench by Sandra Hammer. You can use it alone or perch whatever you choose on the bench. I used a cute Tilda.Something I really enjoy making are paper bag albums.They are so much fun with all the irregularities and possibilites. Mine are usually pretty funky and grungy but I made this one pretty clean and simple. I stitched a green and dotted lavender dp to matt my image on. The stripe was stitched and attached to the album. My flowers and leaves were made from a variety of papers.
I cut out and shaped the petals and leaves then attached as a spray around the image. The sentiments were cut out with a nestie and foam mounted. Finished it off with a flourish and mix of ribbons and fibers.

Supplies: Paper bags, scraps of dp, misc ribbons & fibers, foam dots and Spellbinders Label #14.

Entering Challenges:
Pennys Papers: Anything goes
Crafty Cardmakes: Floral
The Crazy Challenge: Dots & Stripes
Everbody Art: MY favorite
Tip Top Tuesday: Fabulous Flowers
Lets Ink It Up: Anything goes
The Corrosive: Reuse, Recycle, Reduce..Paper bag, papers from scrap box
Paper Cutz: Anything goes
If the Shoe Fits: Friendship
Creative Belli: P...paperbag album
Crafty Creations: Heat it up...summer scene
Thee Paper Variety: Friendship

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Distressing is our challenge this week at Tuesday Throwdown. Our sponsor this week is The Stamping Boutique! I just love this sweet image Seamstress Cynthia. Isn't she just the cutest. I love to sew so she was the perfect one for me. I water colored her and added a little Stickles here and there, then attached her to several layers of distressed matting. I hand stitched around my tag and then attached the image.I made a flower with multiple distressed layers and a button center and a little Stickles to the edges. A few buttons to dangle on the ribbon, a bow and sentiment complete my little tag card.

Entering Challenges:
Kreative Stempelfreunde: Shapes
Kaboodle Doodle: Shapes
Paper Cupcakes: Tic Tac, buttons, ribbons
City Crafters: Sewing
Tip Top Tuesdays: Fabulous Flowers
Sundays with Chrissy: Ribbons
Paper Sundays: Distressing

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Pixie Cottage Challenge

With Valentines Day only a few weeks away Love is in the air and thats our challenge at The Pixie Cottage this week. Our team has some beautiful creations to inspire you. Hope you will come by and join us. I water colored my cute little image to go with my dp and matted on the red. You can find this image and many more at Michelle's Scrapbooking and More. Stitched on my fun dp and added the sentiment with a couple buttons. The dp has so much going on didnt need to add much.

Supplies: Cosmo Cricket dp & Brazzill, Offray ribbon, red stickles, button box buttons, Spellbinders scalloped oval and label 10 and water color pencils.

Entering Challenges:
Crafty Cardmakers: Pencils
Lexi's Creations: Say it with Love
Paper Playtime:Use Love o creation
Stamp Something: Anything goes
Stampin B's: Die cuts
The Crazy Challenge: Use buttons

Passionately Artistic

This week at Passionately Artistic our inspiration is a "Girls Night In" instead of a girls night out so be sure to stop by. I have had this shoe template for very long time. I got it on line somewhere but do not remember where. I used a fun double sided dp for the body and added a black heel with some tiny green flowers around it, a large black and green flower on the top of the toe and green for the buckle. I filled it with some yummy Hershey kisses.
I cut out a high heeled shoe for the invitation and added a little black for the heel, sole and a little curled flower. Computer generated the invite and attached inside. There is also a movie list to go with the invitation with a bunch of tiny flowers sprinkled around and one larger one.
This is the whole set with the little popcorn bags tied with the same black dotted ribbon as the movie list.

Supplies: Bo Bunny and Brazzil papers , misc template and Spellbinders scalloped circle.

Entering Challenges
Stamptacular: Anything but a square
Crafty Ann: Old & New... Old template and nestie New paper
Craft Your Days Away: Anything goes
City Crafters:
Handmade flowers
Pile it on: Anything goes
Pink Elephant: Aqua, pink and orange ...all on the dp

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


Good Morning hope you all had a great weekend. Since Valentines Day is just around the corner thats our challenge this week... HAPPY VALENTINES. Be sure to hop on over to Tuesday Throwdown and join us. My card is made with some wonderful new paper my niece gave me. Added a lacey border punch and a chipboard heart, some stitching, distressed edges, tag and a bow with a vintage button completes the card.

Supplies: SU dp, MS hydrangea punch, chipboard heart, Spellbinders label four, hand dyed ribbon, pearls, stickles and a vintage button.

Entering Challenges:
Corrosive: Lace & Pearls
Sundays with Crissy: Ribbons
Really Reasonable Ribbon: Hearts
Paper Cutz: Tags
Pollycraft Monday: Pastels
Simon Says Stamp: Polka Dots
Simply C
reate: Use punches
Mark's Finest Papers
: Use hearts
Whoopsi Daisy: Pretty in Pink

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Cr84Fn Challenge

A simple little card using Mona's beautiful color challenge. Dps from the scrap box , some hand dyed ribbon, sentiment and a handmade flower.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Passionately Artistic

Today at Passionately Artistic our inspiration is stationary or gift sets. My cards fit neatly into the envelope box I made for a pretty little gift set. My note cards are very simple. An embossed layer with my new folder and matted image with a sentiment and bow. The edges are all distressed. The envelope front is decorated to match with a tag instead of a card and ties closed. Be sure to stop by and show off your creations.

Entering Challenges:
Crazy 4 Challenges: Pink Photo Inspiration
Saturday Challenges: Lots of texture
Marks Finest Paper: Embossing
Simply Create: Embossing
Pollycraft Monday: New Things
Shannon's Sentiment: Ribbon


Are you ready for a new Challenge?? Today at the Pixie Cottage we want to see your coloring. You can also choose to use the sketch. I'm using one of the Hannah series. Hannah Picking Apples can be found at Michelle's Scrapbooking & More. I water colored Hannah and matted her. I drew a few apples and water colored them .I stitched the dp and the attached brads in the corners. A ribbon, button and bow finish it .
Entering Challenges:
Aly's Sunday: Use metal
Truly Scrumptious: Dreaming of Summer
Lets Ink It Up:Anything goes+ rubber stamp
Craft You Passion: Lets Tie one on
Craft Your Days Away:Anything Goes
Tip Top Tuesday: Anything goes

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


TUESDAY means another Throwdown and the challenge is background stamping. Our sponsor is Mark's Finest Paper. They sent us each a stamp set and mine is A Walk in the Woods. I stamped the leafless tree alternating dark and pale images in rows. The beautiful evergreen is stamped and embossed to make it pop out a bit. I wove a sheer brown ribbon thru the border and tied a little bow. Come join us in this fun challenge.

Supplies: SU& Brazzil papers, Momento ink, Spellbinders scalloped oval & classic lace,misc ribbon and embossing powder.

Entering Challenges:
Crafty Ho's:
Catch the Bug: Embossing

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Flower Tutorial

This is my first tutorial for the Pixie Cottage. I wanted to show you how to make some flowers from nylon organza and tulle. I have made three different ones. #1. You will cut graduating circles. They do not need be perfect just a rough circular shape. #2. You will cut some petal shapes. Also cut some of these in green for leaves. #3. Cut a long strip about 15" long and 1 1/2 " wide and some small circles. You need nylon or polyester in order to create the melted edges.

You can use matches or one of those little lighters for BarB Qs. I find wooden matches work just fine. You want to just pounce it quickly along the edges. The edges will melt and curl a little. Dont get to close or the heat will just melt it up into a little ball. Make a few extras to practice on.
You can then stack as many layers as you like for fullness. Next using a needle and thread you will come up from the bottom in the center and stitch together. For centers you can add buttons like I have used or pearls, jewels beads etc. Stitch on your leaves and you have some fun flowers. For the third one I did a running stitch down one side pulled up the gather, wrapped around then added the stacked circles for the center.

Here are three I've created, a close up of the one.There are limitless possibilities with the basics.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Passionately Artistic

This week at Passionately Artistic I chose to do a thank you inspiration for a friend. It is a pocket card. I love this beautiful vintage print so I just tore it out and stitched it onto the base to form the pocket. The colors were a little pale so I enhanced them a bit with some watercolors. I also cut out some of the flowers and popped up for some dimension. The base is made with My Minds Eye paper that I stitched, stamped with some flourishes and added the sentiment. The friend poem tag is actually a bookmark and the other tag has two pockets. One for the teabag to make a cup of tea to sip on while reading her favorite book that she can purchased with her gift card. The tags were made with several of my new Spellbinders nesties. A button and some hand dyed ribbon finishes off the tags. Be sure to stop by and check out all the great inspiration the team has for you.
Supplies: SU, Bazzill & My Minds Eye Paper, Spellbinders Label #10,14 and17, hand dyed ribbon, misc. button, stamp and jewels.

Entering Challenges:
Whoopsi Daisy: Free & Easy
Claudia & Company: Tag it
Papertake Weekly: Anything goes
Really Reasonable Ribbon: Ribbon & Something new...Spellbinders
Saturday Challenges: Buttons & Bows
Marks Finest Papers:Use Something new...Spellbinders
Sentimental Sundays: Celebrate Friendship
Sunday with Chrissy: Ribbons
Paper Sundaes: Something new...Spellbinders
Card Making Mamas:
Anything goes
The Pixie Cottage is back after a little Christmas break. We are starting off the New Year with a easy challenge...punches. Come on by and join us this week. Our team has lots of wonderful inpiration so check them out. This is my first flicker card. As you can see in the first photo it is closed and then when you pull the left side the little message pops up. I do not remember where I found the tutorial, but Im sure that you can find one on line. I water colored my sweet Hannah, cut her out and mounted onto the background and foam dotted onto the card. You can find the Hannah series of stamps at Michelle's Scrapbooking and More. Its embellished with the punched areas, embossing and stitching.
Supplies: Bo Bunny& SU paper, MS dotted scallop punch, dotted swiss embossing folder, some misc ribbon and brad.

Entering Challenges:
Kaboodle Doodle: Anything goes
Stampin Bee's: Celebration Card
Crazy 4 Challenges: Celebration
Southern Girls: Anything goes
Stamp N Doodle: New...flicker technique
Creative Friday: Lets Party

Tuesday, January 4, 2011


Here at Tuesday Throwdown We are beginning the New Year with a great challenge. It is embossing...wet or dry. Our sponsor is Robyn's Fetish and you can find this great digi, Sammy Dah Snowman at their store
. I chose to use dry embossing using a snowflake folder. The paper is torn to create layers of snow with the cute little water colored snowman tucked in. Some crystal stickles outlining the tears for some shimmer The pretty snowflake has a jewel center and stickles on it also.

Supplies: Daisy & SU papers, Label #13 spellbinder, watercolors, snowflake embossing folder, misc ribbon, brad, stickles and jewel.

Entering Challenges:
Magical Monday
: Thank You
Fun at Fairy Knoll:
Anything goes
Fun with Shapes and More: Snowmen or New Years
Stamp Something:
Allsorts: Thank You
Paper Maniac Inspiration: