Tea for…me!


Tea for...me!

I am so excited about this card because it’s the first one in a set of six for the brand new Crafters’ Digital Art Centre (CDAC) Progressive Freebies Challenge. In this card, I have used two of the images–the cup and the teapot. Four  more images to go to complete all six for this challenge! I’m having so much fun!!

The Progressive Challenge just started this month and there’s still time to get in on it! Visit the CDAC site to learn more and to join the challenge! You really will be glad

A closer look...

you did!

At the end of the six part series of challenges, there is a grand prize of 12 Copic Sketch markers, which will be awarded to one lucky crafter who participated in all six challenges. But, it doesn’t end there…uh, uh…then, it starts all over with another series of six challenges, another grand prize and another winner!

I’m working on another of the six images from this challenge group and will post it as soon as it’s done. As always, I’m still struggling with the lighting, so the photos don’t really show the images to their greatest advantage.

I’m always looking for tips and constructive criticism, so if you have any crafter’s advice, I would love to hear about!

Thanks for stopping by and please leave a comment so that I’ll know you were here.

Keep on crafting, friends!



Cupcake Mouse!

Designed2Delight Cupcake Mouse August 2011

Designed2Delight Digital Stamps Cupcake Mouse August 2011

This little party mouse is the Designed2Delight Digital Stamps FREE Digital Stamp of the Month. I used Copic markers to colour her, but after three attempts finally decided to just go with this one. I’m still learning how to add the shading around the image (as if you hadn’t guessed) and I sure didn’t get it right on this one. I should have used a much lighter hand on the blue and the yellow just looks blobby. Oh, well, it’s all part of the learning process, right? I would started over one more time, but the deadline for submission is tonight at 11:59 and I really didn’t want to miss it. Next week’s will be better!

Please leave a comment letting me know how you do your shading. I’m open to any and all suggestions and constructive criticism.

Send a smile someone’s way
And make today a better day!


Well, shut the front door…I’m in love, again!

There's a baby fairy in my teacup! A sweet close-up of the bling!

I guess this is as good a time as any to remind you that I am new to the craft of card-making…but hopelessly, helplessly, happily, head-over-heals in love with it. Well, here’s the latest: I just discovered digital stamps! For you pros and veterans, you’re probably thinking, “where ya been, girl?” Well, the truth is, I’m still on my journey of discovery…and, shut the front door, I’m in love, again!

I wasn’t sure what the purpose of digital stamps was, until I found this great site, Designed2Delight. I have reviewed this site in minute detail and IT IS WONDERFUL! In fact, I made this card specifically for the Saturday’s Designers’ Challenge which, this week, is being hosted by Designed2Delight designer, Kendra.

There's a baby fairy in my teacup! ...the whole card.

Seven super reasons why I LOVE digital stamps

But, first, let me be clear–this doesn’t mean I don’t absolutely adore traditional rubber and acrylic stamps and ink, embossing powders and heat guns, because I do. But, there is a place for digital stamps, too. Here are some of the reasons why I love them:

  1. Low cost: they are dirt cheap (the average from $1 to $3 each).
  2. Easy to store: they are easy to store on you hard drive–no need to buy extra storage containers.
  3. Easy to locate: just file them in an organized manner on your hard drive, and they are always in the same place when you go back to them (unlike my rubber stamps).
  4. Versatile: they can be mixed and matched to make new images–for example, I just bought some Designed2Delight images and they can be combined to make a whole new stamp. Or, you can take a character and put it in front of a spring garden image or in a patch of Hallowe’en pumpkins.
  5. FAST: need to make a card in a hurry? Digital images can be printed off in a flash. So, for example, if you are making invitation cards, you can print out the quantity you need in the blink of an eye.
  6. Big selection: there’s a huge selection of digital stamps to choose from…just visit Designed2Delight and you’ll see what I mean.
  7. Lifespan: digital stamps last forever! No worries about them drying out or deteriorating in any way–just make sure you back up your hard drive regularly (my husband the computer genius does this for me!)
  8. I lied about there being seven great reasons…there’re actually 10, but 10 just didn’t work in my title: if you use a laptop, you have access to your stamp collection, from anywhere on the planet (you have to bring your laptop with you, of course)!
  9. Enhancing and embellishing: you can add sparkle and bling to digital images just as easily as you can to stamped images. Instead of using embossing, powder and a heat gun, you can, for example,  use a glue pen and sparkles. (See the image at the top of this post).
  10. Let the waters flow: you are limited only by your imagination, so experiment with digital stamps, have a blast and be sure to come back and share your discoveries with us, your fellow crafters!!
Got some reasons of your own? Leave a comment!
Know some great on-line retail sites or blogs for digital stamps? Leave a comment with the URL so we can all enjoy a little shopping trip!
P.S. Watch for an upcoming post on “the joys of rubber stamping!”
P.P.S. This card is much more vibrant in real life…I am still trying to find the best lighting, ISO, and distance for my photo shoots. If you have any ideas, please, please, leave me a comment!!