July 31st 2012

Our challenge this week at Jacksons Digital Expressions is a Sketch Challenge. The image I have chosen to use this week from is "The Date" - I think this would make a perfect Engagement Card! Remember to pop over to Robert's Store "Fine Arts by Robert Jackson" to check out the amazing range of images available!

I hadn't used my sewing machine for awhile so I decided to get it out to put this card together - I think the patterned papers and colour theme I decided on is perfect for the machine sewing. I used Wordart to make the "Congratulations" Sentiment.

Here's the sketch and remember to visit the DT Members for more inspiration for this challenge! We look forward to seeing your creations for this new challenge!

Scooter says Give Me Five!

July 30th 2012

This is a reminder post for our "Give me Five" Challenge at The Cheerful Stamp Pad - you still have one more week to enter this challenge which is focusing on hands/feet/paws etc.!!

For my card this week I've used a cute "Scooter" design from Michelle Perkett Studio to make this Happy Birthday creation! I love dogs and Scooter is just so cute!! Would you believe the mesh strip behind Scooter is from a roll I found in our shed which is actually Gyprock Joining Tape - must have been left over from the builders - it is adhesive so was just perfect for this card - I still have the rest of the roll to use - great recycling!!!

Sweet Heart

July 29th 2012
A quick reminder post for our Wicked Wednesday "Sugar N Spice" Challenge - you still have a few days left to enter!

I've made another ATC using an image from our sponsor Dilly Beans - "Framed Zombie" and I've used green & orange colour shades for something a bit different!! Remember by entering you have the chance to win a Dilly Beans image!!

I'm also entering this at the ATC's With Attitude Challenge Blog in their Anything Goes Challenge!

Hope Faith Love Courage Strength

July 28th 2012
I just had to make this Pink Ribbon themed card after learning that a relative of mine (same age as me) was just diagnosed with Breast Cancer and is having surgery this weekend. I'm planning to send this to her so she knows I am thinking of her.

Images on this card are from the Pink Ribbon designs by Bugaboo Stamps and I've used the sketch (on it's side) at the fantastic Link Up For Pink Blog's current challenge to layout this card.

I thought it was a great idea to link up to Beverly's Pink Saturday as well just to spread the word and remind everyone to think of those women who are suffering from Breast Cancer. You just never know what life will bring.

Sugar N Spice

July 26th 2012

Our "sweet" new challenge at Wicked Wednesday ATC Blog!!  And we have Dilly Beans as our sponosr again - I just love Megan's gorgeous designs!! I've used 2 images from Dilly Beans - "Ophelis'a Heart" & "Martin's Heart" to make this pair of ATC's. Hope you can join us this week - we would love to see your creations! Remember to check out the Challenge Blog for more inspiration from the DT!

Sugar and spice and all things nice
That's what little girls are made of.

Slugs and snails and puppy dogs tails
That's what little boys are made of.

Witch Doctor??

July 25th 2012
It's the last Wednesday of the month yet again which means "New Realease" time at Dude Time Doodles & a Blog Hop to check out the new designs!

For my new realease card I chose "Elson Witch Doctor" - a great image and a lot of fun to create with!!

The background on my card is actually a palm tree serviette and I tore some leopard print serviette to stick down the spine along with a little mask charm in the top corner and the lettering "BOO"!!

Hope you can "hop" around the DT Blogs and see the other great new release designs. The Blog Hop list can be found at the Challenge Blog. You should have arrived here from Mags' Blog and then be heading over to Tammy's Blog!!

Steampunk Zilpha Altered Jar

July 25th 2012
A brand new challenge at Jacksons Digital Expressions - Altered Art (or of course you can enter an Anything Goes creation) and we have a new sponsor Mayzy Art for this challenge!

Here is my altered jar for the challenge - I covered the jar with torn tissue paper & Modge Podge - I love the stained glass effect - I think it would look great with a tealight candle glowing in it!

I've used a cute "Steampunk Zilpha" image from Mayzy Art and coloured her to match the jar. I tied raffia & fibres to the top of the jar and added some little "tool" charms to match Zilpha!

We would love to see your creations this week - remember we are having lots of goodies & prizes this month at Jacksons Digital Expressions!

I'm also entering this over at the Mayzy Art Challenge Blog in their "Cardless" Theme challenge!!

Under the Sea

July 24th 2012
Some more creations using some of the fantastic new Digital Images released at Gecko Galz this month.

I've made "acetate" cards using mermaid & seahorse digital stamps and the patterned papers are also from the new releases at Gecko Galz. Below is a picture of the inside of one card & the back of the other card.

I love making this style of card - I think they always look effective although they are very hard to photograph!! Images are coloured with Copic Markers and I added torn muslin behind each image and co-ordinating coloured fibres and beach themed bead to the spines.

I'm linking my mermaid card to the Unruly PaperArts July Reader Art Quest for this month for the "Marvelous Mermaids" Theme.

Make sure you check out all the new products available for July!

Giggle & Give Me Five!!

July 23rd 2012
A new challenge at The Cheerful Stamp Pad this week "Give Me Five" - in other words anything to do with hands, feet & paws LOL!! Our generous sponsor this week is Meljen Designs & they have given the DT some fun images to create with!

I've used this funny "Dapper Frog" image to make my card - I actually made the image into an ATC first & then decided to turn it into a card & add the Giggle Ticket!! Hope you can join us this fortnight!

Watermelon Ice

July 20th 2012
I can't believe this is the last week for the Summer of Colour! This week's ice cream inspiration is "Watermelon Ice" and again I have used a Gecko Galz image for my black & red themed ATC.

I will be eagerly awaiting next year's Summer of Colour - it's always great fun & a challenge to create with the chosen colour theme each week!! A big thanks to Kristin for orgainsing this inspiring event!!

Famous Monsters!

July 19th 2012

A fantastic theme for this week's challenge at Wicked Wednesday!!! And our sponsor Strange Skins has the most amazing & perfect images for using on our ATC's for this Famous Monsters Challenge!! I've used a classic "Mummy" image and added some stained muslin and a metal Ankh Cross charm which I have painted with Vintaj Metal Patina Paints to give it an aged look.

Can't wait to see what "monster" you choose to create with and make sure you check out the rest of the DT creations - you will love them!!!

Benny Hanna!

July 18th 2012

No excuses for not entering our "male" themed challenge at Dude Time Doodles this week as we are having an "Anything Goes" week this time!! My card has an "Asin" flavour and uses the "Benny Hanna" image from the Dude Time Doodles Store along with asian papers and stickers.

And please visit our sponsor this week The Ribbon Carousel.

A CAS Silhouette

July 16th 2012
A reminder that you have one more week to enter your "Silhouette" creations in the current challenge at The Cheerful Stamp Pad. We are being sponsored this week by Floppy Latte and I have used another of their images "Love My Striped Bonnet" to make this card which is along the lines of a CAS card - unusual for me LOL!!

We would love to see some more entries for this challenge - I'm sure you all have some sort of silhouette you can create with!!

Vintage Accordian Card

July 15th 2012

Another new creation using the July New Release Products from Gecko Galz. I used the instructions at Splitcoast Stampers to put this together.

The opened card:

Vintage girls & other images along with the patterned papers are all from Gecko Galz - I love the soft colour tones of this creation.

More Summer Wedding Inspiration

July 15th 2012
A quick reminder post that you still have a few days to enter our "Summer Wedding" ATC Challenge at Wicked Wednesday - we always love to see what everyone creates on these little works of art!

I have 2 more ATC's to share today - again using the images from our sponsor this week - Just Some Lines.

The Game is "Patty Cakes"

July 14th 2012

Over at The Game Challenge Blog they have a "Patty Cakes" themed challenge - for this challenge yuor creation needs to feature a cake or LOL be a cake or something assocaited with cakes!!! I have these two tags using "Marie" images from Paper Imagery Design which fit the theme perfectly. I added the sentiments for a bit of fun!

Wild 'N Reckless Sherbert

July 13th 2012

Week 5 Ice Cream Colour Inspiration is Wild 'N Reckless Sherbert at the Summer of Colour. I've made this bright card using tissue paper to make the background and a gorgeous lady image from Gecko Galz. I can't believe that there is only one week left for this year's Summer of Colour!

On Vacation!

July 12th 2012
My first little creations as a member of the DT at Gecko Galz!! Make sure you check out the store for the new July products - they are amazing & I have been having a great time creating with them! You can see even more wonderful inspiration at the Gecko Galz site.

I've used images from the new vacation collage sheets on my little covered suitcase gift box and altered notebook.

I will have some more creations using the new July products throughout this month!

Summer Wedding

July 12th 2012
A Wedding theme for this week's challenge at Wicked Wednesday! And this week our sponsor is Just Some Lines - they have a great range of wedding theme digis so make sure you check out their store!

I've used two of their images for my ATC's today to give you some inspiration for this new challenge and you will find more ideas from the rest of the Design Team at the challenge blog.

The Difference Between Men and Boys.....

July 11th 2012
Yes it's time for our Freebie Challenge at Dude Time Doodles & your chance to be our Guest Designer for next month! Just pop over to the blog to grab the image "Jimmy Gymnastic" for yourself.

We always have such a fun time creating with the freebie image and look forward to what you can create - we love to have a smile on our face so use your imagination!! You have a week to link up your creation!!

And of course the difference between men & boys is the size of their toys LOL!!!

I am also entering Jimmy at Crafts 4 Eternity in their "Olympics" Challenge.

A Colourful Challenge

July 10th 2012

Time for this weeks challenge at Jacksons Digital Expressions - a colour challenge - see the blog for our inspiration picture & more great creations from the Design Team!

For my coloured card I've used the Vintage Hat IV image from Robert Jackson - if you haven't seen these digis before make sure you stop by the store!

You have a week to enter and the chance to win some great digis - we would love to see your creations!


July 9th 2012
A new challenge starts today at The Cheerful Stamp Pad and this fortnight the theme is "Silhouettes". Our sponsor this week is Floppy Latte and they were kind enough to provide the DT with some images to create with. The image I have used is "Summer Party" - I flipped the image and placed them behind a film strip die cut along with the Best Wishes wording. I layered this onto a tag covered with strips of paper, added a butterfly and fibres!

I'm also entering my tag at the Stampin for the Weekend "Tags" Challenge and at Our Craft Lounge in their Die Cuts Challenge (I used film strip & butterfly die cuts).

Swirls & Pearls

July 8th 2012
Recently I won some images from Guylou Inimitability Digistamps so I decided to join their current challenge with this great Harlequin Image.

I added a swirly framed die cut, swirly looking lace & some die cut swirls along with some emerald coloured pearls. I like the effect of the white/grey/black colouring on this card. I added a little silver "Happy Birthday" sticker as well.

I got some other great images so I'm looking forward to creating with them as well!

More Life's a Beach!

July 7th 2012
Don't forget about our Life's a Beach challenge at Wicked Wednesday - you still have a few days to enter! I've made another ATC using "Lola Summer" from our sponsor this week - Simply Betty Stamps! You have the chance to win an image from our sponisr just by entering!!

Sweet N Sassy have a "Beach & Sand" challenge so my ATC has been linked up to their blog.

Summer Fun Mini Blog Hop!

July 6th 2012
Jacksons Digital Expressions is having a Mini Blog July 6th to 8th to announce that we now have Digi Darla as one of our Challenge Sponsors! And you have the chance to win not only images from Robert Jackson but also Digi Darla!

My card uses Digi Darla's "Soccer Girl" image and as you can see I've coloured her in Green & Gold for Australia & added our famous call "Aussie Aussie Aussie Oi Oi Oi"!!!

As you can see my soccer girl is getting prepared for the competition.

We are asking this "Burning" question: "What is Red, Yellow, Black, Green, Blue and has Rings?" As you visit each blog, look for the mystery words which are hints to help you answer the question. Make sure you visit Jackson's Digital Expressions and leave a comment which includes your answer to the Mystery Question!

Blog Hop Order:
Sharon (that's me)
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