Thursday, November 22, 2018

Have a wonderful Holiday...I'm starting to think of Christmas with Sherri Baldy!

 Hope you all are enjoying Thanksgiving today!  If you are from a country that doesn't celebrate this Holiday, find reasons to be thankful for the joy of life.

This is usually my internal "switch" to be thinking ahead for Christmas and all the magic that it brings.  One of my favorite collections of Sherri Baldy's are her Christmas images.  I see so much joy in the adorable characters with the squished up eyes and chubby cheeks-love to color them!  This one is called Night Before Christmas.   
Because I thought it had been printed slightly off kilter, I fancy cut the image.  But at least I was able then to create a scene with flooring and wallpaper--can you imagine living in a home with this wild plaid on the walls?  I also added a hanging sign on the wall using a chipboard sentiment and I made a wooden planter with a poinsettia plant in it to fill the space.  Love how it turned out and hope that you will go exploring Sherri's shop with soooo many images in it.  If you need some help in the shop, you can always use my discount code CAROLYN20 to get 20% off your total purchase.  What a deal!  Thanks for visiting and come back real soon!

Thursday, September 27, 2018

It's Fun Halloween using Sherri Baldy's Image 620- Bahahahahaha

Hello Besties!
Sharing with you a cutie Halloween card using Img 620.
I used some Batty paper on top of the black card blank, angled
some orange polkadot paper--accented that with a silver spider
web dangling from the corner.  The image is colored with
Copics, using Diamond Dust Stickles in the Moon Craters, and 
on the stars and dots on her outfit!
 I enjoy using Sherri's images for Halloween because I don't 
go in for the reallllll spooky characters you see around-
These are fun ones!
Hope you like and visit again!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Falling Leaves using a Sherri Baldy image called Leaf Bestie Girl

What a great image for Thanksgiving, Fall gatherings, or just to celebrate cooler weather!!  She's called Leaf Bestie Girl and be found at the Bestie Shop by using the Link.  I colored her with Copics and had just a fun time blending multiple colors to get the Fall leaves just right.  My favorites are the burgundy ones! I was lucky to have several reverse papers that all seemed to blend well with each other so have lots of patterns on this card.  On the inside, I continued the polka dotted patterned paper with a dimensional embellishment.  There's one on the card front also.  I'm so happy to be a Bestie Girl on several of Sherri's Design Teams-what great images we get to use!!  Hope you like her!
Challenges to enter this card into:
          My Besties International-Any thing Goes--Steampunk Twist
          Color It Create It Show It Off- Anything goes

Saturday, September 15, 2018

It's always Christmas time at All Dressed Up!

Another Christmas Card from the wonderful digital world of Wendy Burns, resident artist at All Dressed Up.  I love this image called Christmas Penguins, and they come with the sentiment.  I had fun putting these layers together to make my card!  First covered the card in a nighttime snowy sky paper-wrapped a candy cane grosgrain ribbon across the middle.  Then I cut a wavy white cardstock paper, put down ribbon glue on it and covered the curves with Sugar Coating lily white glitter by Doodlebug.  Really sparkles.  I fancy cut the bottom part of the images and placed them on the wavy paper like they were walking across the snow.  On the inside, I used a section of the snowflake paper that had Santa's sleigh on it, using a die cut stamped a sentiment on it.  To cover up a little black smudge, I used 2 silver corner stickers on either side and loved the effect.  Come on over to the ADU Challenge where it's always Anything goes with an ADU image--there's even freebies available!  We want to be inspired by you!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Ellie w/ Scarecrow from Paper Nest Dolls! Do you feel the Crispy Fall air?

I'm sharing with you Ellie w/ Scarecrow and it has really put me in the mood for these COOL mornings, on my way to work!  I love the combination of blue & brown so that's what I chose for Ellie-did the Scarecrow in 
Complimentary Copic colors.  THEN, what a wonderful find when I pulled out some Fall paper I recently purchased to find a Perfect Match!! I edged the background in a colorbox Blue and Cat's Eye Chestnut Roan, extended the brown mat behind the image and used raffia** for the "ribbon". One of my other papers had these adorable pumpkins on it (see inside) so I cut them out and elevated the one in the front.
What Fun this was!!  You need this image for your collection!  ** My trick with the Raffia:  You know how "bundled Raffia" from craft stores always has kinks in it and is hard to get to lay flat?  My crafty daughter gave me this hint--buy a child's size HULA SKIRT from a Party store!  You can just hang it up by the waistband string near your craft area, it hangs straight, cut off from the waist or whatever length you want. ** Yea! no more kinks!

Friday, September 7, 2018

New Release Images over at All Dressed Up!

Are you ready for more gorgeous images from Wendy-This months new release images will possibly be your fav yet!! 
They are now available in the All Dressed Up Etsy Store -}here

Little Scottie Dog
And the Image that I'm using called Tweet Time.  I tried to make it look like Robins and used some muted design papers to make the colors pop a bit more.  There are some faceted flat beads in the image corner and I thoroughly enjoyed clustering some paper flowers that matched the card colors perfectly.  On the inside of the card, I again used the gray printed paper and a KKS stamp that says "Love you with all my Heart"  So many ways to use this card!  I hope you will come visit the ADU Store-the images are amazing.  And inspire us at our monthly Challenges!
I am sure you will agree that Wendy has produced another four absolutely stunning images this month
Remember to pop over and buy them from our Etsy store and don't forget we have two challenges running right now - 
ending on the eve of the 14th 
ending on the last day on the month. 
The current theme is xxxx
***Please remember your creations must use an
 All Dressed Up Image***
Visit us again on the 15th for the new Challenge launch and there will be more fabulous makes from our Super-talented Design Team using these new releases right here on the 22nd.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Christmas Fairy Ellie Time over at Paper Nest Dolls

 Using a New Release from August over at Paper Nest Dolls called "Christmas Fairy Ellie" , I'm asking that you all join in our monthly challenge!  You too could win a prize from the extensive digital library that our resident artist, Christine, brings to us each month! 
I haven't made a 5x7 card in a long time but I didn't want to make her smaller-she's so gorgeous I wanted to show her all off.  I usually use card blanks for my base, but this time it was a shimmery cardstock for the base.  Picturing a golden angel, I used plum for an accent color. The plum berries have a "frost" of clear Wink of Stella" as does her wings.  after coloring her coat and dress ruffle, I used some gold WOS for that highlight and for the bells on her toes.  I also added some "fur" around her coat collar and edges by using some white flower soft.  The snowfall she is standing in is flower soft but I added some Shaved Ice to it from Frantage/Stampendous.  Hope the mini fringe I put on the side looks like snowballs!  On the inside, I used the Ornament Background paper along with a KKS Christmas stamp.  I'm so happy that designers are all putting out their Christmas goodies-helps a working gal get her cards done early!
Please come and participate in our Challenge and get inspired like we all do when we see your creations!  Come back real soon!

Monday, August 27, 2018

A Fall Birthday card using Rosie Love Letters Img 752 from Sherri Baldy

This spectacular Fall image is called Lil Rascals Rosie Love Letters Img 752 by Sherri Baldy and can be found in the shop here.
I can get so lost in coloring up these gorgeous images, thinking of the turning leaves, the smell of a bonfire or a wood stove starting up, Hoodie weather-for ME that's the bomb.
Since I'm always getting asked about Birthday cards, that's where I went with this card.  It's a 6x6 card, so lots of room to add papers, My "thing" also.  My daughter says I could probably open a LSS all my myself lol.  On the inside, I used the same paper as on the front and then a die cut--It's a SSU  stamp for the sentiment.  You can find many many for images for all occasions at Sherri's shop.  Have fun Getting Lost yourself!

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Gift Giving Avery from Paper Nest Dolls--Wintertime!

In order to keep myself Illinois I'm working on several Fall and Winter cards.  This one features "Gift Giving Avery" from the images from The Paper Nest Dolls site.  She's one of their 4 main characters--one of the questions on our Celebration Party post yesterday for gifts, prizes, and giveaways.  Christine Young, resident artist at PND, was so excited about our 5000th Follower to the site.  WooHoo!
Besides coloring Avery with Copics, I added glittered snowballs, mylar ribbon, Wink of Stella in clear, shiny silver snowflakes and white chunky Frantage for the falling snow!  On the inside, I used a complimentary design paper and stamped a rubber sentiment from Hero Arts.  Make sure you visit the blog site on September 3rd for the New Release reveal.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Sherri Baldy must be thinking of some flavored coffee for the Fall-Meet Rosie/Pumpkin Spice Latte!

Ummm....I can just smell a little crispness in
the air, some of the trees are starting to turn to beautiful
Autumn Colors, and we are all anticipating the return of
FALL!!! I'm using one of Sherri Baldy's new Autumn creations,
Lil Rosie Pumpkin Spice Latte- Img 747.  She can be found in the store here…/Instant_Download_My_Besties_…
If you want a 20% discount on her and anything else that you purchase just use the DISCOUNT CODE CarolynC20 at Sherri's store:
Lots of layers shown here and was such a joy to make!  The flower and leaf in the corner are laser cut wood accents and a felt leaf in the inside.  Thanks for looking~

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

working on Christmas Cards over at All Dressed Up-just in time for the Challenge!

Hello and welcome to our new challenge here at All Dressed Up. 

As usual the theme is -
Anything Goes 
but you must use a All Dressed Up Image.

Not got any? There are some gorgeous freebies -} here. 
But please respect the rules! 
You can buy any of Wendy's amazing images from the All Dressed Up store -} here. 
Now what could be easier than that? 
We will randomly pick a winner to receive 3 images of your choice, and our DT will chose their top 3 creations. These will be announced on the 29th.

I'm using the image called "Tra La La" and it's so perfect for Christmas cards!!  Doesn't Wendy, our resident artist, make the neatest knit scarves (mittens too)-they look so realistic!  I added some White chunky Frantage and some white pearl liquid pearls when my heat gun got overheated!!  A sparkly ribbon down the side- and on the inside, design paper, a sentiment cut-out and some snowflake stickers finish off the card.  Come over and take part in our Challenge-we'd love to see your beautiful projects!

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

New Release time at All Dressed Up! I went to the French Quarter, come along!

 Wendy Burns, the artist in residence at All Dressed Up Stamps, has been at it again with some delightful new release images!  The one that I decided to use is Summer Blooms.  This image makes me think of the French Quarter residences with the balconys and the decorative iron scroll work on them.  And always, always flowers wherever you look!  Think the New Orleans atmosphere made me haul out some brick design paper for the "apartment". 
I decided to try a little different effect with the shutters-instead of solid, I gave them an open-air look.  Imagine the smells from the bakeries or the wind from the canal or waterway.
I'm always needing Thank You cards so used a complimenting floral paper with a "French Script" stamp for the sentiment.  Hope you like and make sure you check out the other new Release images that Wendy created and check out the current Challenge that's still going on--we start a new one next week!  See you there~

Friday, August 3, 2018

Avery with Pointsettia from Paper Nest Dolls-Starting my Christmas List!

 I don't always get a chance to start my Christmas cards this early but was so inspired by the images at Paper Nest Dolls that I'm getting ready!
This image is called Avery with Poinsettia and, what luck!, I had the perfect paper!  After coloring her with copics, I put clear Wink of Stella on the poinsettia pot for a shimmer, some great ribbon I found discounted which is mesh-like with sparkles all over it, and some chunky white Frantage for snow.  Attaching a tag stamped with a KKS stamp, I accented it with little bling diamonds.  On the inside I used more design paper and stamped with another stamp from the same stamp set from KKS.
I hope you like it and that you'll join in our Challenge, found here.  It's not too late to get started on your list!
Entering this card in the following Challenges:
SheepSki Designs Challenge-Favorite things (flowers, pink, poinsettias)

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Tree Dress Avery from Paper Nest Dolls

 I've thought that maybe by making some winter/Christmas cards that this Heat will leave Illinois and take the humidity with it!  Thank goodness for FANS!
This image is from Paper Nest Dolls and is called Tree Dress Avery.  I don't know about you ladies out there but I find Purple a very hard color to show in photos?  The background of this card has Winter/Christmas sentiments all over it in a soft lavender color.  Then a shimmery pink cardstock as a mat behind the image.  Then the snowy scene--I used white chunky Frantage- love it for snow!  For the inside, I finished it with some gorgeous design paper, done in unusual colors for Christmas - love these ornaments!  Found a sentiment from my stash and added a white sheer ribbon for a bow and I'm done -ready to send it off!  Come join in on our Challenges-we'd love to see your work!!

Thursday, July 19, 2018

It's popcorn and Movie time at Sherri Baldy's

This image from Sherri Baldy shares a similar LOVE OF POPCORN!!!  yummy!  My Grandpa in NY grew acres of popcorn and had big feed sacks of it in the barn.  We always ate popcorn every night!
This image can be found in Sherri's Shop here and her Etsy Shop here. She's all set with her movie tickets, Soda, and yummy buttered popcorn-my favorite!  I don't color in purples very often but had this gorgeous purple flowered design paper and Had to use it!  On the inside of the card it's finished with a coordinating paper and
a Friendship Stamped sentiment from KKS.  The sentiment on the front flap is a clear sticker-can never have enough of them!
There are so many of Sherri's images available, as well as freebies that you should have plenty to use in the MANY My Bestie Challenges from all over the World.  We would love to see your creations so help us to get inspired!

Emma with Camera -from Paper Nest Dolls

This was such a fun image to work with from The Paper Nest Dolls sight!  There's always great opportunities for highlights and folds in Christine's images!  On this Birthday card, I used a torn complimentary color paper to accent the stamped sentiment.  On the inside, I used a creamy tan polka - dot paper with a stamped sentiment that could either be colored in or just left b&w as I did.  Love these wooden cutouts that are so popular in the craft shops-I think I'm addicted to them!
Make sure you visit the PND Challenge site to get your latest card entered--there are lots of opportunities to win images!  We can't wait to see yours there!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Here Comes the Sun Summer Set --A New Release Party with Sherri Baldy

   This adorable image is the Star of another one of   Sherri's New Release Summer SETS called "Here Comes the Sun" .
I Love being able to use various sentiments and accessory stamps that all go together-and you have that in Sherri's sets.
On this card, I used a series of papers that were all curves and swirls like the ocean and then some Beachy striped papers.  I decided to take advantage of the little cutie leaning to the right and make the card front follow the same curve.  You can see when I open the card and have it back-lit that the edge is inked for some definition.
Now you can see the impact of the paper's nautical feel with all the curves and angles.  These sentiments were ones that were on the double sided water paper as I didn't have access to the ones that came with the set.  But what a great idea this is of Sherri's--One Stop Shopping!

Hope you're enjoying this New Release Party!  Check out all the new goodies in the shop to get your card stash growing!