Sunday, February 22, 2015

Birthday Wishes from Your Daughter - DS4J New Release Feb. 22, 2015

Time for a new release again from Digistamps4Joy and have Margy and Riette ever come up with some wonderful new digis for you to drool over. 
My husband's birthday is coming up at the end of the month and my daughter asked me if I could please make her a card to give to her dad. I decided that a Gatefold Easel card would be the perfect type of card for this. I've never done one and thought it would be something unique for my hubby (since he has gotten so many different one's from me over the years lol). 
I made the sentiment myself and traced out the inside of my Gold Ivy Nestibility and then pasted that onto a larger octagon cut with my Gold Ivy Nestibility. I then added a couple of leaf swirls and a border done in a separate dp. To these I added some orange/gold rhinestones I had in my stash. 
For the inside I used Margy's new image Friends? which I thought was the perfect image for a father/daughter card.
I coloured the image with my new Chameleon pens (so please excuse any bleeding as this was only my second time using them) and then distressed around it with my SU ink. I found some feathers that my mom had given me last year in my stash and figured they would make a nice addition to the card. I embossed the brown dp on the front and sides with a plaid embossing folder by Tim Holtz.
I hope that I have inspired you enough to head on over to our Challenge Blog and check out the rest of the new releases and all of the fabulous creations my team mates have made to delight your senses. 

Thanks for looking ~ Charlene

Challenges Entered: 

Crafty Calender Challenge: February Challenge - Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create: Challenge #112 - Anything Goes/twist Birthday
Addicted-to-Stamps Challenge: Challenge #88 - Embossing Dry or Wet
Lacy Sunshine: Challenge #52 - Things with Wings
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends: Challenge #4 - Anything Goes
One Stitch at a Time: Challenge #231 - Anything Goes w/Birthdays
Scribbles and Scrap: Challenge #38 - Anything Goes 
The Corrosive Challenge: Challenge #218 - Things with Wings

Sunday, February 15, 2015

We Love You Mom - DS4J Mid Challenge Reminder

It's that time again, time for another mid challenge reminder for Digistamps4Joy. As you know now, Digistamps4Joy is a monthly challenge and this month our challenge is being hosted by my wonderfully talented team mate Julie Odil. And for this month she has picked the theme of Valentine's/Love. Your entry doesn't have to be a card and it doesn't have to be for a spouce/boyfriend/girlfriend. It can be for anyone that you love. 

The card I made is for my mom. This is her first Valentine's Day since we lost my dad last July to cancer and I wanted to do a little something to help her have a happy day.
I used the Digistamps4Joy image Pompom Love and put it onto a free cut file card from Birds Cards. I printed the image with my Silhouette cutting machine using the Silhouette sketch pens...they have a bit of a glittery sheen to them. I then coloured it with my Copic markers.
I fussy cut the image out and pasted it onto a beautiful free heart cut file also by Birds Cards. The hearts that I added my sentiments onto were part of the card cut file. The beautiful dp is from Nana Vic's. 

You don't have to use a DS4J image but it sure makes us happy when you do. And if you do use one of our images you will be put into the running for the DT choice prize which is a $10 Gift Voucher. To check out all of my team mates wonderful creations and all of the rules and prizes, head on over to the DS4J Challenge Blog...we can't wait to see what you do. 

Thanks for coming by ~ Charlene


Image: Digistamps4Joy Pompom Love
Sentiments: My own on cut file by Birds Cards
Cut files: Birds Cards
Digital Paper: Nana Vic's Digitals
Coloured with: Copic markers
Rhinestones: From my stash

Challenges Entered: 
613 Avenue Create: Challenge #111 - Anything Goes/optional twist RAC (no RAC)
Dragonfly Dreams: Challenge #14 - Love is in the air 
Great Impressions: February 2014 Challenge - Love, Love, Love
Jellypark Challenge: February Challenge: Love is in the air

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Blowing a Kiss Across the Miles

Hi all, today Digistamps4Joy is sponsoring Crafty Gals Corner Challenge Blog and I have the extreme pleasure to be the GDT for their challenge. 

The theme for the challenge is Anything Goes which worked just great for me. I decided to use DS4J`s image Butterfly Oval and make a birthday card for my mom. I just love this image and it can be used in so many ways.
 I coloured the image with my copic markers (first time using them and I just love how bright the colours are. Still have to learn to shade with them lol). The sentiment is from (well I`ll have to get back to you on that one as I have misplaced the paper I had it written down on...ooops). I layered this on top of a free cut file from Birds Cards. 

I added a cut file from Silhouette on the inside to pretty it up. The sentiment on the right hand side is by Any Old Crafts. Sentiment on the inside is by Crafts You Print Free Card Verses.

Thanks so much for stopping in and I hope that you will all head on over to  Crafty Gals Corner and check out what the DT has done to inspire you.

Supplies Used:

Digital Image: DS4J Butterfly Oval
Sentiments: Any Old Craft and Crafts You Print Free Card Verses
Cut Files: Birds Cards and Silhouette
Lg Purple flower: Cut file from Silhouette
Flowers, Butterflies, Rhinestones and Pearls: From my stash
Vine: Die cut by Memory Box

Challenges Entered: 
Creative Moments: Challenge #61 - Anything Goes/Love
Inspiration Destination: Challenge #20 - Anything Goes
Moo-Mania: Challenge - Circles (frame, rhinestones, pearls & flowers)
Ruby's Rainbow Challenge: Challenge #97 - Soon be Spring
Scrapper's Delight Challenge: Challenge #40 - Anything Goes
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps: Challenge #266 - Peace and Love
Word Art Wednesday: Challenge #170 - Anything Goes
Deep Ocean Challege: Challenge #97 - Love is All Around
Digi Choosday Challenge: Challenge #6 - Love is in the air
Scrap-Creations: Love


Sunday, January 25, 2015

Perking You Up - Digistamps4Joy New Release

It's that time once again, time for another new release day at Digistamps4Joy. As you can probably tell from the video one of the new images has something to do with coffee. When I saw this image this song just kind of popped into my head. When I was young (oh so very long ago) I was in a Vocal Jazz choir and we would sing this song...ah it brought back such good memories. 

So the image that I got to play with is by Riette and is actually a set of 2 images and 3 sentiments...such a fabulous deal. 
Isn't this great? The set is called Coffee Club and I don't know about you but I have a lot of coffee loving friends and relatives. But you don't even have to know a coffee lover (or tea lover) to use these fabulous images as you will see by the card that I have made. I know someone who is going through a rough time right now and I wanted to make her a Thinking of you type of card. I know, you're thinking "How can she make a thinking of you type of card with those images?" Well look below and you will see.
See what I mean? For my card I used only the coffee cup and changed the feel from coffee or tea to something totally different. I coloured the image with my Prisma Pencil crayons and oms and added some fabulous coffee inspired digital papers. 

So now that you've seen what I have done with my image I hope that you will pop on over to our Challenge Blog to check out all of the other incredible images being released today. And while you're there have a look see at the fabulous creations my team mates have made to inspire you. 

Thanks for visiting ~ Charlene


Image: Coffee Club from DS4J
Sentiment: Create With TLC
Digital Paper: Coffee Shop
CS: Recollections
Coloured with Prisma Pencil Crayons and oms
Die: Silhouette
Gem Rhinestones: from my stash

Challenges Entered:
Amusing Challenges: January Challenge - Anything Goes
Craftliner's Challenge: Everything except a square
Die Cut Divas: January Challenge - Anything Goes
Fitztown Challenge: Anything Goes/twist - Use patterned paper

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Feeling a Little Batty?

Hey all, are you feeling a little batty these days? Well if so, then you need to check out the new releases at Digistamps4Joy. And if bats aren't your "cup of tea" then there is another new image that just might be. That's right, it's time for a New Release again at Digistamps4Joy again and have Margy and Riette ever come out with some fabulous new images to delight and inspire you. 

The new image that I chose to play with this time is by Margy and called Batty For You. And you guessed it, it is the sweetest little bat you ever did see. Just perfect for those Valentine's Day cards that we all need to get started on now that Christmas is over (never ends does it? lol). 
So what do you think, is he not the cutest little sucker (get it? He's a bat so he's a little sucker...yeah I know, my warped sense of humour is coming out again lol) you ever did see? I just fell in love with him and that little heart he's cuddling. I used a Silhouette file to cut the card (and I think I still need practice on my cutter as it didn't turn out quite like I wanted), added some black and red ribbon and little rhinestones I had in my stash and voila...he is done!
I kept the inside pretty CAS with just the sentiment that I did up and punching the little hearts on the corners. 

So I hope that I have inspired you, or at least piqued your curiosity, to go head on over to our Challenge Blog and check out all of the fabulous new images. And while you're there check out all of the incredible creations my team mates have made to inspire you. 

Thanks for visiting~ Charlene


Image: Digistamps4Joy - Batty For You
CS: Red and Black from Recollections
Cutting File: Card Wrap Square - Leaves from Silhouette
Black and Red ribbon, small rhinestones - From my stash
Rhinestone swirl - Recollections
Image Coloured with: Prisma Pencil crayons and oms
Sentiment: by Me

Challenges Entered:     

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Digistamps4Joy Something New Mid Challenge Reminder

I'm dreaming of a White Christmas
Just like the one's I used to know
Where the tree tops glisten
And children listen
To hear sleigh bells in the snow
I'm dreaming of a White Christmas
With every Christmas card I write
May your days be Merry and Bright
And may all your Christmases be white.

Hi all, it's time for our mid challenge reminder again at Digistamps4Joy. Riette is the host of our challenge and she has picked the theme of "Something New". So anything that you feel is something car, new house, baby...or as I decided to snow. That first snow of the season, you know the one I mean. The one that changes everything around you and makes everything look "new". For this challenge I have merged 4 of Digistamps4Joy's images. I used First Snow, Vintage Lantern Girl, Mr. Snowman and Gazebo 
For my card I merged First Snow twice, once the regular way and then once as a mirror image. I then layered the Gazebo, then Mr. Snowman and Vintage Lantern Girl on top. 
I coloured all of the images with my Prisma Pencil crayons and oms. I then added clear rhinestones for falling snow and multi coloured one's for decorations on my tree. I added red glitter pen to Mr. Snowman's buttons and Star Dust stickles to the trim on the Vintage Girl's coat, mitts, pom pom of her hat, the icicles and to the snow. For the inside I did it up like a book...thanks for the idea Desire from Doing Life. 

I hope that we will see you join in our challenge. You have until Tuesday December 23rd. You are not required to use a DS4J image but if you do not only will we be really excited you will also be eligible for the DT Choice Prize of a $10 Gift Voucher. For a full list of our rules and prizes head on over to our Challenge Blog. And while you're there check out the incredible creations that my team mates have created to inspire you.

Thanks for coming and visiting my blog ~ Charlene


Images: Digistamps4Joy
Purple CS: Recollections
Gold snowflake background (behind the image) and tree: Free cut file from Birds Cards
Icicles: Silhouette
North Pole sign: 
Rhinestones: From my stash
Purple DP: Recollections
Gold DP: Recollections
Green DP for tree: From my stash
Gold Rhinestone strips: From my stash 
Sentiment on front: Crafty Cat 957 Designs
Large sentiment inside: Nana Vic's
Small sentiment inside: Birds Cards
Glittered Poinsettia: From my stash
Leaves: Martha Stewart Holly leaves punch

Challenges Entered:

Aurora Wings: Challenge #10 - Glitter
Card Mania: Challenge #62 - Christmas 
Crafty Cardmakers: Challenge #129 - Christmas 
Dream Valley Challenge: Challenge #97 - Christmas 
My Creative Moments Monday Morning Challenge: Challenge #1 - Anything Christmas or Winter.
Oh La La: Challenge #170 - Christmas
Perfectly Rustics: Challenge #38 - Tree
Stamp and Create: December Challenge: Anything Christmas
Diva's By Design: Dec. 17 Team B: Anything Goes
Fresh Brewed Design: December Challenge - Christmas anything goes
Inky Impressions Challenges: Challenge #190 - Winter Wonderland 
Inspiration Destination: Challenge #12 - Anything Goes


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Digistamps4Joy Challenge #104 - Christmas

Frosty the snowman was a jolly happy soul
With a corncob pipe and a button nose 
And two eyes made out of coal 
Frosty the snowman was a fairytale they say 
He was made of snow but the children know 
How he came to life one day... 

 Hi all, it's that time of year again, time for carolers, hot chocolate or hot apple cider, nights spent cuddling on the couch watching all of the old and new Christmas get the idea...Christmas is coming!!! It is also my turn to host our challenge at DS4J and so I have chosen Christmas as the theme. Christmas has always been my favorite time of year, I love all of the carols and time spent doing traditional things. Every year my dad would set up the Christmas tree and all of us kids would gather around to decorate it. It was such a wonderfully fun family time that I incorporated it into our family traditions for my family. This year is going to be a tough one for our family as it will be the first one since my dad's passing, but my husband and I are determined that it is going to be a good one. 

Every year with the first snow my siblings and I would go outside to build a snowman...and have snowball fights, build snow caves, you name it. If it was outside it was what we wanted to do it. So in memory of those fabulous times spent with my siblings and then my own children building snowmen I decided to use DS4J's Mr. Snowman.
I used a free cutting file from Birds Cards as my background. I then printed up my Mr. Snowman and coloured him with Prisma Pencil Crayons and oms. I added red glitter glue for his buttons and the trim of his hat, black glitter glue for his hat and star dust stickles for the snow and cutting file snowflakes. I cut out snowflakes to use as flowers using my Impression Obsession snowflake dies and punched out holly with my Martha Stewarts Holly punch. 

We hope that you will join us in our challenge. It runs from Wednesday November 26 to Tuesday December 9th. We have some fabulous prizes to be won by those using DS4J image or other images. If you use a DS4J image you will be put into the running for a $10 Gift Voucher to the wouldn't that be a great Christmas gift? So head on over to our Challenge Blog and check out all the wonderful prizes and rules. And while you're there check out the fabulous creations that my team mates have created to amaze and inspire you. We can't wait to see what you come up with!

Thanks for dropping by ~ Charlene

Supplies Used:

Image: Digistamps4Joy Mr. Snowman
Colouring medium: Prisma pencil crayons and oms
Cutting File: Snow globe by Birds Cards 
Sentiment: Birds Cards
Stickles: Star Dust
Glitter Glue: Cherry and Ebony by Recollections
Snowflake Dies: Impression Obsession - Die 100 F
Holly Punch: Martha Stewart
Rhinestones and Pearl Gems: Forever in Time

Challenges Entered: 

Cuttlebug Mania: There's snow place like home - Use a snowflake and sentiment
Digi Choosday Challenge: Week #47 - Christmas Celebrations
Shopping Our Stash: Challenge #179 - Free is Good (Cutting File and Sentiment from Birds Cards)
Through the Craft Room Door: Always Anything Goes 
Try It On Tuesday: Christmas is coming
Try Stampin On Tuesday: Challenge #195 - Snow is Coming  *
Christmas at Sweet Stampin: November Challenge - Snow People
Diva's By Design: Jingle Bells