Thursday, April 28, 2011

When it Rains on Your Parade . . . . .

Sing in the Rain!

It has been a very humid rainy day here, so what better to do then create.  And this challenge from Bugagoo Stamps, Catch the Bug Challange Blog . . . . We're Singing in the Rain, couldn't be timed any better.

This adorable rainy day bear was one of Bugaboo's Friday Freebies a bit ago.  And we know everyone loves Freebies!   So, check out Bugaboo Stamps, every Friday for a new Freebie.

The Bugaboo Digital Stamp was colored with Copics & Spicas.

Also used --

Printed Papers, Close to My Heart
Flower Border Vine Acrylic Stamp, Close to My Heart
Nestabilities, Spellbinders
Tear drop embellishments, AMuse
When It Rains on Your Parade sentiment, Great Impressions

This sentiment is actually the top half of a rubber stamp with rubber boots.  I stamped only the top half on a small piece of cardstock excluding the boots for this card.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Putting myself out there . . . .

Decided to put my creative talents out there today & apply for the call for a couple new digital design team members at Paper Playtime, .

The following are just a couple of cards I submitted for Janis to see my work --

The digital design, Lakeside Shack is available at Designed 2 Delight

Colored with Copics
Printed Papers & Cardstock, Close to My Heart

Digital design, Fish Ahoy is availabe at Di's Digital Downloads

Colored with Copics
Cardstock used from my own stash

 I'll be crossing my fingers and toes for the next six days waiting to hear something.  Till then, I'll keep on creating.

Monday, April 25, 2011

April Showers hopefully will bring . . . .

LOTS of May flowers!   We have had weeks of on & off again rain.  And if the time honored saying is still true, all this rain should be bringing us lots & lots of beautiful flowers soon.  Since I am becoming impatient waiting for the flowers to bring color to my part of the world after a long gray winter, I decided to help it along.  Or at least into my craft room . . . .

The main stamp used is the circular rubber stamp, Outline Flowers from Hero Arts

Colored with Copics & Spicas
Printed papers & Cardstock, Close to My Heart
Die-Namics, MFT, My Favorite Things
Nestabilities, Spellbinders
Ribbon/Lace, from my stash
Sentiment stamp - so, sorry I cannot remember who sells this wonderful stamp set  

This card has been entered into the following challenge --

CRAFT Challenge #99, Flowers

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter to all !

My blog Easter card to wish everyone who will be celebrating Easter today has a wonderful day with family & friends.

--  Christine

Friday, April 22, 2011

It is all about the Kraft . . . .

Was recently introduced to Kraft cardstock.  Been using it occasionally for card bases, but decided to take it a small step forward & use it w/ the Quickutz tree border die cut to make it look like a tree branch to stamp the sentiment . . . birthday wishes.

Just feel in love with these cute Laughing Giraffes by Designed 2 Delight, .  Had these papers left over from the CTMH paper pack, Expedition and thought they would work perfectly with this digital stamp to make the following card --

Laughing Giraffees Digital Stamp, Designed 2 Delight
Expedition Printed Papers, Close to My Heart
Leaf Stamp, Close to My Heart
Birthday Wishes Sentiment, My Sentiment Exactly
Kraft Card Stock - for card base & tree branch
Quickutz Tree Border Die Cut

This card was submitted in the following challenge --

Mami Doodles, Challenge #24, Crazy for Kraft

Take a peak . . . . .


 One of my cards that I entered into a challenge for Tiddly Inks was "showcased" on their blog this morning! I am beside myself! This makes all my playing with paper so worth it!

 Go take a peak . . . .

Thursday, April 21, 2011

It is all about the man today . . . .

I do not know about anyone else, but I find that I rarely make masculine cards.  Which amazes me since half of the cards I need to give are for men/boys.  So, why do I find it so hard?  I think it may be because I find very few masculine stamps that I see & have that feeling of  . . . I have to have.  So when I saw this digital stamp, Carpenter Joe, from Tiddley Inks,, I had to have him.  Not only do you receive Carpenter Joe, but also a digital file for a hammer & his workbox (toolbox). 

Digital stamp, Carpenter Joe (on this card, I did not use the separate files of the toolbox & hammer)
Papers, Close to My Heart
Screw looking Brads, from my stash
Corner punch, Stampin Up

Did the faux stitching w/ a Cutter Bee Bugs & Copic Multiliner

The card was entered into the following challenges --

Card Ideas Challenge -- Let's Hear it for the Boys,

Tiddly Inks  -- Challenge # 46 You're A Stitch,

Crafty Creations -- Challenge #15 It's as Easy as 1,2,3,

As always, thanks for looking -

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Four more days . . . .

And it will be Easter Sunday.  Cannot believe it has come upon me so soon.  Still have lots to do, but one thing I have gotten done in time is making my Easter cards for all my loved ones.  While doing so, I decided to enter the following card into a couple of challenges . . . .

The digital stamp, Easter Bunny Laundry Line is from Stamping Boutique, .

Papers from my stash
Various punches
Ribbon, Close to My Heart
Sweet Treats sentiment, Stampin Up

The following challenges that I entered are --



Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Start of Something New . . . .

What a wonderful theme to create a card for Bronte and Bella's Challenge Blog, .  Have loved this digital stamp, Jack & Ginger from Mo Manning the first time I saw it on her website.  So, figured what a wonderful digital to use for their Challenge #78 . . . "Start of Something New!"  What else is a wonderful celebration than a new union of two people starting a life together or even a couple celebrating another anniversary together.

Cardstock & Printed Papers, Close to My Heart
Pearls, Close to My Heart
Edge die cut, Tim Holtz
Scalloped circle punch, Marvy
Sentiment, Close to My Heart

Monday, April 18, 2011

I am going to be answering the call . . . .

to apply for a design team position on Crafting for all Seasons Blog, .  States I need to pick three cards/project/etc to post to be considered & that is the hard part.  I went thru cards I've made within the past few weeks & finally was able to come up with the following three --

Used the digital stamp, Daddy's Girl, from Tiddly Inks,
Papers, Close to My Heart
Buttons, Close to My Heart
Sentiment stamp, Great Guy, from Great Impressions

Stamp set, D1375 Treasures, from Close to My Heart
Sentiment stamp, Thinking of You, Stampin Up
Papers, Close to My Heart

Bench & Young man are from Magnolia Stamps.  Did use the masking technique so the young man looked like he was sitting on the bench.
Sentiment stamp, My Sentiments Exactly
Papers, from my personal stash

Deadline for applicate submissions is Saturday, April 30. 
So, I'll be crossing my fingers & toes till then. 

Happy Patriot's Day!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Spring Hugg A Bugg . . . .

It was a beautiful Spring day today!  And that brings flowers & bugs.  May flies have arrived along with the bumble bees.  So, with all that said, I thought this would be the perfect time to use this adorable digital stamp, Spring HuggABugg, from Tiddly Inks,  on the card I'm going to share today.

The stamp was colored in with Copics, Sakura Glaze & Gelly Roll pens
Martha Steward punch
Creative Memories corner rounder
A-Muse Creative Candy

This card is entered into the following challenges  . . . . .

Whimsie Doodles, Whimsie Wednesday Challenge, I'm Blushing,

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Tutu Cute

Today was a dreary rainy day. The perfect day to nap, read & create.  So taking advantage of the weather I made the following card  -

The stamp used is a photoplymer clear stamp, Tutu Cute by Tina Wenke. Used Copics & Spica to color in. 
 The little sentiment  . . . Wish . . . is from Lockhart Stamp Co.
Ribbon from CTMH
Spellbinders Nestabilities
And the little embellishments are Memory Box Pearl Stickers in white, which I then colored with a Copic to match her dress.  Love being able to use these & getting the color exact to match anything & everything!

This card is entered into the following card challenges --

Designed 2 Delight - Kidding Around Challenge -

Operation Write Home, OWH - Layers -

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Easter is just around the corner . . . . .

And with that in mind, I knew what my next card had to be, an Easter card for a loved one.

This adorable digital stamp, Easter Bunny & Eggs is from Mami Doodles,

Also used Copics, Spicas, Spellbinders Circle Nestabilities, along w/ misc paper, cardstock, ribbon & bling.

This card has been entered into the following challenges --

Mami Doodles -- Challenge #23 Use a Punch or Die Cut --

Monday, April 11, 2011


Welcome to my blog & first post.  I am completely new to this & hope you can be patient while I learn the ropes.   I have called my blog Crafting Serenity because every time I create a layout or card, I find serenity in the process.

I have been scrapbooking for the past 10+ years.  But only became a cardmaker in the past 5 years.  I try to take at least one class a month to learn new techniques.  It also gives me the chance to try something that is outside of my comfort level.  In doing so, I have become interested in submitting work for challenges.  So, this is my first step into that new world.

My first card I'm posting is --

Digital Stamp - Di's Digital Downloads --
Copic Markers
Quickutz Border
Spellbinders Nestabilities

This card is entered into the Card Challenge on -- -- Challenge #23 Use a Punch or Die Cut