Wednesday, September 24, 2014

My Favorite Children's Book and C. C. Designs

This week's challenge at C.C. Designs must be  based on your favorite children's book.  A tough challenge, indeed!  I chose The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett, an eclectic and endearing story.

I chose to alter a kraft paper gift bag, using the "Summer Swing Birgitta" and "Park Bench" images, which you can find on the C.C. Designs Rubber Stamps Online Store.

She turned out so sweet, I could just picture her surrounded by a sea of flowers in a secret garden.

You can join in our challenges over at C.C. Designs Challenge Blog!  We would love to see your wonderful artwork!  Stay tuned for more fun with C.C. Designs!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Halloween with Polkadoodles!

For my second piece with Polkadoodles, I chose to color "Witchie Goth" in a monochromatic scheme.  I ended up adding some orange tint to the whole image to give her a more Halloween color.  I added her to a kraft paper gift bag along with a HOST of embellishments and papers:)

I enjoyed coloring this image, she was a great way to learn monochromatic coloring due to her many pieces and parts.

I colored her with my Prismacolor pencils in the following colors:
Beige PC997
Mineral Orange PC1033
Chocolate PC1082
Dark Brown PC946

Visit Polkadoodles online store for MANY more digital images hand drawn by Nikky Hall herself.  You can see her other DDT member pieces and join in her challenges here.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A2 Top Fold Card Tutorial

Hello everyone.  Today I am sharing a picture tutorial of an A2 Top Fold Card that I made for C.C. Designs.  It is featured on their blog today.  Enjoy!

And here is what my finished piece looks like!

This is CC Designs Swiss Pixie Image "Rainy Day Birgitta"

I will be featuring card folding techniques every now and then on my blog, look for them on the "Beginner's Guide" page!

And don't forget to join us over at CC Designs Rubber Stamps and CC Designs Challenges!

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Paper Nest Dolls Challenge #19

For this  challenge piece for The Paper Nest Dolls, I chose to do a monochromatic image.  I chose "Steampunk Owen" and my daughter suggested an altered composition book, which I did....and she immediately claimed, lol.

I love how this guys turned out, and not bad for my second monochromatic piece!  Stay tuned to see my first!  Join us for The Paper Nest Dolls Challenges!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014


I am very excited to announce that I have been accepted as part of Nikky's Digi Design Queens over on Polka Doodle, and here is my first piece!

I used 'Bella'  from Nikky's Pretty Sweet Girls collection, as well as some of the digital papers from the same line.  I loved coloring this image, and the card evolved on it's own given the colors of the image and the paper ;)

Image by Polka Doodles - "Bella"
 Here's a closeup of the colored image, and below I have added the color numbers of the Prismacolor Premiere Pencils that I have used.  Enjoy!

Bella - Polk Doodles
Here is my list of supplies:

Recollections Cardstock, Red
Staples Cardstock, 110lb, White
Polka Doodles Image, Bella
Polka Doodles Digital Papers, Pretty Sweet Girls Collection
Tim Holtz Stamp - It's the Little Things
Recollections Decorative Brad
1/4" Satin Ribbon, White
Prismacolor Premiere Pencils:
  Hair - PC941, PC946, PC1082, PC1034
  Skin - PC939, PC927
  Dress - PC924, PC937, PC925, PC1060, PC1061, PC1063, PC938
  Swing - PC1072, PC1069, PC1074
  Shoes - PC945, PC1082, PC946, PC935, PC1067, PC1065, PC938

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by!  Come and join us for more inspiration weekly on the Polka Doodles blog, which you can find here!

Monday, September 1, 2014

The Paper Nest Dolls!!!!!!!!!

Wow, what a whirlwind couple of weeks it has been!  I have accepted a position on The Paper Nest Dolls' Challenge Design Team!  I am so excited!

For my first piece I chose Dress Up Ellie (she is far too cute!), and colored her with my Prismacolor Premiere pencils.  I will include a list of materials and color numbers at the end of this post.  I look forward to creating even more with these fun images!

Dress Up Ellie by The Paper Nest Dolls

Dress Up Ellie by The Paper Nest Dolls

She reminds me so much of my youngest daughter when she was about 6 years old :)  Teenager now, I'd give anything to turn back time; she asked me when she's allowed to have a boyfriend today :S  I, of course, said NEVER!!!!

Materials Used:

The Paper Nest Dolls Rubber Stamp - Dress Up Ellie
Cherish Stamp - origin unknown
Recollections cardstock
Recollections Designer Cardstock - Southern Charm
Satin Ribbon - from my stash
Flowers - Handmade by myself, and Michaels paper flowers
Prismacolor Premiere Colored Pencils:
  Hat & Shoes - PC945, PC1082, PC946, PC940, PC1067, PC938
  Hair - PC1084, PC941, PC947
  Skin - PC927, PC939, PC928
  Earrings & Pearls - PC940, PC911, PC1005
  Purse - PC923, PC924, PC925, PC935, PC938, PC937
  Dress & Hat Ribbon - PC993, PC994, PC995, PC931, PC1078, PC938

Thank you so much for visiting, see you soon!

CC Designs Challenge Piece - Back to School!

Hello everyone, I have a new project to show you for the CC Designs Challenge Blog.  It is an altered Composition Book, called "The Book List".

I had a blast making this piece, and the image is called "Book Abigail" from CC Designs.  You can find her here.  There are many gorgeous images in the CC Designs online store.  You just can't help but fall in love with them all!

I thought she was so perfect for the Back to School theme, and she reminded me so much of my daughter and her BFF.  They are both avid readers and love to compare their 'book lists'.  My daughter asked me if I would make something special for her friend's birthday this week, and I just couldn't pass this idea up!  Both girls are starting high school this coming week, and I know this book will come in handy for her.

I would love to give you a list of materials used, but unfortunately, this is all from my stash and was no longer in packages :S.  I colored the image with my Prismacolor Premiere pencils, and as she was my first DT piece, I colored her a couple weeks ago, and didn't write down the color numbers, sorry :(

CC Designs has a new challenge on their blog, posted every two weeks.  Come and join us and show off your wonderful pieces while at the same time maybe winning some digital stamps in the process!