Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Deedee's Digis One-Stop Hop

Winter blues got you down? What would lift your spirits? How about some crafty inspiration? A free digi? A chance to win more digis? You can find all of this today at the Deedee's Digis One-Stop Hop -- just the thing to chase those winter blues away! Need a bigger pick-me-up? Visit each of our designers' blogs (you'll find them listed on the Deedee's Digi blog) and leave them some love on their "hop" creations, and you'll be entered to win a digi set at each stop. Still feeling blue? Join our sister team at the DaydreamDesigns blog for MORE inspiration, MORE prize drawings, and MORE freebies. The fun starts today at the Deedee's Digis blog, and you have until 7pm EST Sunday (January 19th) to participate. Those winter blues don't stand a chance!

Here is my creation for the Deedee's Digis hop. I used the
Pocket Pal Kitten set for my card.  This set includes: 2 color images, 1 outline image, 6 sentiments, 3 digi papers.
I paper pieced the pocket with some papers from my scrap pile (old SU papers I think?).  I could have used papers from the set but my printer needed ink. {For a tutorial on how to paper piece using digi stamps, please see my tutorial post here.}  The kitty was colored with copics.  The kitty's eyes were given some attention from my new Wink of Stella clear brush pen (LOVE this pen!!). The kitten's paws were cut out separately and added over the pocket for dimension.  I used some fairly new (to me) heart die cuts for the hearts on the pocket and sentiment panel.  I added faux stitching and then some SU! Crystal Effects to the hearts and the kitten's nose.  I learned a very important lesson by adding the Crystal Effects.  This product bleached the pattern paper (I used the same at the top edge of the pocket) and smeared my faux stitching.  *sigh*  Live and learn I suppose. Due to last week's illness and my work schedule I couldn't redo this, so, use it as an example of "what not to do."

The image panel was cut with a square die.  The image and sentiment panels were matted with dark gray cardstock and also given some faux stitching.  Some baker's twine was added to make the sentiment panel "hang" from the image.  They were popped up on top of the heart embossed panel and this was also popped up from the card base. 

Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink (for image), Georgia Pacific, DCWV
Patterned Paper:  Scraps (SU I think)
Stamp Set:  Deedee's Digis (Pocket Pal Kitten set)
Copics: N3, 5, 7, YG03
Tools/Embellishments:  Uni-ball Signo White pen, The Paper Studio embossing folder (Tiny Hearts), Dies (Lawn Fawn Hearts, Spellbinders Classic Squares Large & Small), Staedtler pen (black), The Twinery baker's twine (stone), Zig Wink of Stella brush glitter pen (clear), SU! Crystal Effects

Do you like the digi that I used on my project today? You could win it or any other set of your choice from Deedee's Digis just by leaving me a comment on this post. One winner will be selected by random draw when our hop closes Sunday evening. Thanks for joining our hop, and be sure to check the Deedee's Digis blog after 7pm EST Sunday evening (January 19th) to see if you've won!

Thanks for visiting today.  I'll be back soon on a more regular schedule.  :)

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Panda Pride

Happy New Year!!  I truly didn't fall off the face of the earth.  Our daughter and son-in-law were visiting with us over New Year's and for the first few days of 2014.  Then the day they left, I came down with the flu.  Ugh!   I'm feeling lots better now and just have the residual cough and fatigue.  I'll soon be back to a regular posting schedule.  In fact, be sure to come back tomorrow as I'll be participating in:

What better way to start off the New Year than with some great creative inspiration and free digis??  The fun starts tomorrow morning at 7AM EST and ends Sunday evening at 7PM EST.  Be sure to stop by Deedee's Digis for the full details. 

Today, I have a simple card to share with you.  One of Deedee's new sets is called Panda Pride.  Our daughter loves pandas so this set was one I just *had* to have.  :) Of course, the first card I made with it had to go to her.  She has a 4' stuffed panda she adores, so for fun, while she was away on a trip, I had her panda, Ajax, send her the card.  It was a hit!  :)

I used the pre-colored panda from the set and printed him out twice.  I fussy cut both and popped one on top of the other for dimension.  I layered the sentiment behind the main panel in a window type effect more pop dots.  The main panel was embossed and inked before being matted and attached to the card base.  This picture shows some of the dimension of the card.  In an unusual event, the Wink of Stella glitter I used on the panda and the black sentiment frame is quite visible in the picture.

Cardstock:  Georgia Pacific, Bazzill
Stamps:  Deedee's Digis (Panda Pride)
Ink:  Memento (Bamboo Shoots)
Tools/Embellishments: Zig Wink of Stella glitter pen (clear), Spellbinders Ovals Dies Large, Darice embossing folder (Birch Tree)

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope your New Year has gotten off to a healthy start!  Please come back tomorrow and join in the fun of Deedee's Digis One-Stop Hop.


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