Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Celebrating with the Pixie Cottage.

Hopefully all your Christmas cards have been mailed, your cookies baked and your tree trimmed! It is almost Christmas and I am nearly ready! Thanks to all of my readers for a wonderful year. This is my last post until 2011 and I hope to see you all then!
This is also our last Once Upon A Wednesday for the year and will run for two weeks. You can choose to use the fun sketch by Tanya and/or the theme of celebration!
A winner will be chosen after the new year and there are prizes to be won! Hope to see your entry.

This week I used the adorable image Rudolph Decorated by ArTish.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Delightful Holiday wishes

Egad! I had this post scheduled for midnight and it did not post. I am very sorry for the delay! :)
Welcome to another Thursday showcase at Digital Delights by Louby Loo! Today I get to show you another fun card using Christmas Bongo. The wonderful thing about Bongo...he is only $1.00 right now! That's right, Wendy has marked down her Christmas stamps 50% for a short time!

Card Recipe:
Image by Digital Delights: Chrismtas Bongo
CS and papers: DCWV DP, The Paper Temptress Mica/Metallic CS
Coloring: Prismacolor pencils and OMS
Accessories and Embellishments: Sheer ribbon, Madeira Thread, Sewing Machine, Fun Flock, MM pearls, stickles

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Holiday Sparkle and Shine

Today at the Pixie Cottage we have a new challenge for you. We want to see your Sparkle and Shine...pretty easy during the holiday season don't you think! We also have an awesome sketch for you to try so make sure to check it out on the Pixie Cottage blog.

This week I used the gorgeous new Hannah stamp by Sandra Hammer. This cutie is called Hannah with Candle. For my sparkle and shine I used Gemstones Cardstock with a pretty pearl shine and several rhinestones from my local craft store. I decorated Hannahs hat and dress trim with stickles and added glitter to the star too. Polar white flower soft finishes the card with some shimmering snow.
I can't wait to see what you create!

Challenges:

A Spoon Full of Sugar - Christmas Card
Stampin Royalty - Winter Holiday
Speedy the Cat's Friends - Red and Green
Sugar Sweet Paper Treats - Anything Goes
The Artistic Stamper - Christmas
The Paper Players - Christmas
Let's Ink It Up - Christmas with Sparkle/Bling (must us a rubber stamp)
Wild Orchid - An Old Fashioned Christmas
Ink On My Fingers - Christmas
Dutch Dare - Christmas
2 Sisters - Sparkly Christmas
Iris - Christmas
Frosted Designs - Glitter
Fairy Knoll - Glitter
Gingersnaps - White Glitter
Fresh Brewed Designs - Sparkle and Shine
Stampotique - Punches or Die Cuts

Thursday, December 2, 2010

New Beginnings

The December new releases have arrived at Digital Delights by Louby Loo! This months releases are designed for new beginnings; homes, babies, cars and even the New Year!
I have used the new Happy House digi. This sweet stamp is great for housewarmings or even a welcome home card.
Be sure to check out the rest of the cards from the design team, they are full of inspiration this week!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Reindeer Games

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my friends Stateside, everyone else just have a fabulous day :)
Here is another Delightful image from Digital Delights by Looby Lou! All of Wendy's images are so darn cute! This one is called Tangled Lights Reindeer and is only $2.
That is all for now, I'm off to stuff my face with turkey and pumpkin pie. :)

Challenges:
Alota Rubber Stamps - Let's Celebrate Christmas
Scrappy Frogs - Merry Christmas
Fresh Brewed Designs - Winter or Christmas
Fuzzy Wuzzy - Seasonal (with an animal)
One Stitch At a Time - Season or Event
Papertake Weekly - Cut It Out (use die cuts or punches)
Whoopsi Daisy - Holidays

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Letter to Santa


Wowzers, it has been one crazy week here. We have had windstorms (plural), snowstorms, 10 degree temps and many, many hours without power. I actually colored this image by candlelight! Now things are getting back to normal and I am hoping for a very uneventful holiday!
This little cutie is a brand new Hannah stamp by Sandra Hammer! Isn't she adorable. It really reminds me of my kids sending their letters to Santa. You can find Hannah and many more adorable images at The Pixie Cottage.
This week at the Pixie Cottage we have a brand new sketch for you to play with and our theme this week is Let it SNOW! Very fitting I thought!
Good luck with the draw and I can't wait to see what you create!

Challenges:
Alota Rubber Stamps - Let's Celebrate Christmas
Scrappy Frogs - Merry Christmas
Crafty Creations - Christmas is Coming
Daisy Doodles - Anything Goes (but you must a Daisy Doodles or Pixie Cottage image)
Paper Play - Let It Snow
Simon Says Stamp - Let It Snow
Stampin B's - Snowflakes
Crafts and Me - Snow
Treehouse Thursdays - Glitter
One Stitch At a Time - Season or Event
Scrap It With A Song - Winter Wonderland

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Delightful Angels

Today I get to show you another card I made using the Musical Angels set from Digital Delights. This actually wasn't the card I was supposed to post today but we had a little accident between the card and my daughters root beer :) Luckily I had this image colored up for a beginners Copic class so it the disaster was quickly avoided! Make sure to check out the Digital Delights blog for other wonderful samples from the DT!

Pixies, ribbons and bows, oh my!


This week at the Pixie Cottage we have a wonderful sketch for you to play with and a fun theme of ribbons and bows. As always, you can use the sketch OR the theme OR both! Have fun with it and good luck with the draw for prizes!
I chose this gorgeous new image by arTish called Humingbird.

Card Recipe:
The Pixie Cottage - Humingbird
CS and papers: Basic Grey , Bazzill CS
Coloring: Tombow Markers and waterbrush
Accessories and Embellishments: Ribbon from RRR, distress inks, Spellbinders dies, Martha Stewart pearls, Pop dots, Madeira thread

Challenges:
Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes
Character Cafe - Embossing
Drunken Stampers - Stitching
ABC Design - Sew Special
Stamp With Fun - Square
Sassy Studios - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Whatever Makes You Happy

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Lots of fun going on today at Digital Delights! Wonderful new cards from the DT and a fun Digi Day event going on over at SNR! Make sure you check it out, I'm pretty sure we're going NUTS FOR NUTCRACKERS :) You can win free stamps and gift certificates so come on and join in the fun!

Card Recipe:
Image by Digital Delights: Chrismtas Bongo
CS and papers: Making Memories DP, The Paper Temptress Red Crepe
Coloring: Prismacolor pencils and OMS
Accessories and Embellishments: Sizzix snowflake die, Madeira Thread, Sewing Machine, Spellbinders Die, Fun Flock, Really Reasonable Ribbon, MM button, stickles


Challenges:
Crazy 4 Challenges - Square Cards
Drunken Stampers - Punch Me
One Stitch At A Time - Winter Wonderland
Crafty Calendar - Winter and Snowflakes
A Spoon Full of Sugar - Snow or Snowflakes
Crafty Purple Frog - Sparkle
Cards For Men- Animals
Fresh Brewed - 2 or More Patterned Papers
Wild Orchid Challenge - Classic Christmas Colors

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Angels Among us

I am so excited to share this special release from Digital Delights! One of Wendy's customers requested some angel images and Wendy did not disappoint! I think she is just the sweetest image!
I paired her with some wonderful paper from Making Memories and gorgeous cardstock from the Paper Temptress. This mica/metallic is one of the prettiest shades of ice blue I have seen.
Please check out the other wonderful Angels in the collection!

Monday, November 8, 2010

No Charlie Brown Trees here!

I wanted to share this cute new digi from the PriscillaStyles Store with you. This cute tree was printed out in two sizes and then paper pieced with 3 different green papers. I finished off the card with this gorgeous red ribbon from the Really Reasonable Ribbon Club and some pearls I found at my local craft store for only $1! Can't beat that!

Card Recipe:
Image by PriscillaStyles: Christmas Tree Set
CS and papers: K&Company DP, The Paper Temptress Rosso Incandescent
Coloring: Prismacolor pencils and OMS
Accessories and Embellishments: Really Reasonable Ribbon, Madeira Thread, Sewing Machine, Spellbinders Die, Pearls, Charm, stickles

Challenges:
CDAC Theme Challenge - Layers
CDAC Embellishment Challenge - Glitter
Wild Orchid Challenge - Classic Christmas Colors
Patties Creations - Christmas
The Stampman - Christmas
Bee Crafty - Christmas
Christmas Card Challenges - Photo Inspiration (took white and red from the colors)

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Delightful Caroling


Are you eagerly anticipating the holidays? I know I am and I have some brand new releases from Digital Delights by Louby Loo to help me get into the holiday spirit...well that and my Starbucks Gingerbread latte!
Meet Lexi the Caroling Cat! Isn't she just so cute! I love all of Wendy's new holiday images and they are all only $2! Isn't that a bargain...go out and buy one or 12 :)
I bought a new paper pack from Making Memories and I am loving it! The green polka dot paper is sparkly and I just love sparkly!

Card Recipe:
Image by Digital Delights: Lexi The Caroling Cat
CS and papers: Making Memories DP, The Paper Temptress Mica/Metalic CS
Coloring: Prismacolor pencils and OMS
Accessories and Embellishments: Really Reasonable Ribbon, Madeira Thread, Sewing Machine, Spellbinders Die, Prima Poinsettia, MM brads, stickles

Challenges:
Speedy The Cat's Friends - Holiday card
One Stitch At A Time - Christmas
Critter Challenge - Christmas
Die Cut Dreams Christmas Club - Use a Christmas Digi
Charisma - With Love At Christmas
Crafty Cardmakers - Stitching
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes
Incy Wincy - Anything Goes
Lexi's - Anything Goes
Bee Crafty - Christmas
Creative Card Crew - Let's Punch It
Stamp Insanity - Punches
Little Red Wagon - Red
Wild Orchid Challenge - Classic Christmas Colors

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Hoppin with the Pixie Cottage for Prizes!


Today at the Pixie Cottage we are having a little fall fun by showcasing our new line of digital images! There are a ton of adorable images so make sure to pop in and take a look...who knows, maybe you could win some of the images you see!

You should have arrived here from Denise's blog but if not, go back to the Pixie Cottage Blog and start from the beginning!

How to win:

1. Stop by each blog in the hop and become a follower.

2. Make a comment on the post and don't forget your contact info!

What are we giving away?

Lots of Digital Images to celebrate our new collection!

1st Place--Pick any 5 digital images from The Pixie Cottage

2nd Place Pick any 3 digital images from The Pixie Cottage

3rd Place Pick any 1 digital image from The Pixie Cottage


Your next stop on the hop is the lovely and talented illustrator of all of these wonderful digis...Artish!

Remember to leave a comment/and follow each blog to qualify for the prizes!


Card Recipe:
The Pixie Cottage - Blanco
CS and papers: Basic Grey "Junebug", Bazzill CS
Coloring: Prismacolor pencils and OMS
Accessories and Embellishments: Ribbon from RRR, distress inks, Spellbinders dies, MM charm, JOlees pumpkin sticker, Madeira thread

Challenges:

Paper Playtime - Halloween

Crafty Creations - Halloween or Autumn
Lil Red Wagon - Halloween
Wild Flower Patch - Halloween
Reasonable Ribbon - Halloween and Ribbon
Dutch Dare - Halloween
AI Factory - Halloween
Create With Connie and Mary - Halloween
Paper Play - Halloween
Pixie Dust - Halloween
Treehouse Stamps - Halloween
Crafty Catz - Halloween

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Caroling Delight!


Happy Thursday all! Today I get to show you this adorable new holiday image from Digital Delights by Louby Loo. Meet Caroling Penny! I also used a DD sentiment and this fabulous digital tree.
I decided to use some non-traditional colors on my card like purples and oranges but they matched my DP :) I really like the way this little cutie turned out. Makes sure to check out all the new images at Digital Delights!

Card Recipe:
Image by Digital Delights: Caroling Penny, Tree, Sentiment
CS and papers: DCWV DP, Greenbriar Felt Cardstock from Paper Temptress
Coloring: Prismacolor pencils and OMS
Accessories and Embellishments: Ribbon, Madeira Thread, Sewing Machine, Spellbinders Die, EK Success Border Punch

Challenges:
A Spoon Full of Sugar - Let's Get Punchy
Simon Says Stamp - Punch Em
Wee Memories - Cute Holiday
The Crafty Pad - Christmas
Stamp With Sarah Kay - Christmas
Southern Girls - Glitter It Up
Totally Gorjuss - Sparkle
Craft Your Passion - Glitter/Sparkles
Paper Take Weekly - Sparkly and Bright
Paper Pretties - Make a Square Card

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Fall fun with the Pixie Cottage


It's Once Upon a Wednesday at the Pixie Cottage and we have a brand new challenge for you. This week we have a great sketch by the lovely Penny from Busch Creations! Our theme this week is METAL! You can choose to use the sketch the theme or both! I really hope you can join us, there are fun prizes to be won!
My card this week features my favorite scarecrow "Fall Friend" from Eileen Gutierrez. I colored him with my waterbrush and Tombow markers then popped him up on this fun back ground of Stardream cardstock and DCWV DP.
I used these fun square eyelets from making memories and the brads from SU for the metal on my card.

Challenges:
Speedy The Cat's Friends - Die Cut or Punch
A Spoon Full of Sugar - Let's Get Punchy
Inky Impressions - Flowers
I Did It Creations - Open week
2 Sisters - Anything Goes
Crafty Purple Frog - Anything Goes
Flourishes - Anything Goes But No Buttons or Bows
Wee Memories - Cute Holiday
ECP Challenges - Autumn/Fall

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Witch Finale

Halloween is almost here and I get to show you my last card in the Witch Trio series. This one cracks me up!
I stamped the sentiment and embossed with white embossing powder. I then masked my witch and sponged the background with a mixture of SU ink pads and Distress inks. I water colored my image with Tombow markers.

Card Recipe:
Starving Artist Stamps - Witch Trio
CS and papers: Cosmo Cricket DP, Bazzill CS
Coloring: Tombow markers and water brush
Accessories and Embellishments: Ribbon from RRR, distress inks, Fiskars border punch, sugared brads, Madeira thread

Challenges:
Reasonable Ribbon - Halloween
One Stop Crafts - Halloween
2 Sisters - Halloween
Creative Inspirations - Halloween
Creative Cottage - Halloween
Stamping Vacation Occasion Oasis - Halloween
Double Dutch - Halloween
Creative Inspirations - Spooky

Delightfully Chilly!

Another Thursday and another adorable Christmas/Wintertime image from Digital Delights by Louby Loo! I have to say, this is one of my favorites from this months releases. Meet Pickles the Penguin! Isn't he just adorable?
I popped up Pickles for extra dimension and I finally used my fun flock for his hat and the snow at his feet.

Card Recipe:
Image by Digital Delights: Pickles the Penguin
CS and papers: Cloud 9 Desings, Heidi Grace, Bazzil
Coloring: Prismacolor pencils and OMS
Accessories and Embellishments: Ribbon, fun flock, Madeira Thread, Sewing Machine, Spellbinders Die, MM snowflake

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Witchy greetings

Today I wanted to show you another delightful witchy woman from the Starving Artists set "Witch Trio" From her droopy lady parts to the bags under her eyes...she is perfectly haggish :)

I water colored her using my tombow markers and then popped up everything but her hair and her skinny little legs :)

Card Recipe:
Starving Artist Stamps - Witch Trio
CS and papers: Basic Grey DP, Bazzill CS
Coloring: Tombow markers and water brush
Accessories and Embellishments: Ribbon, distress inks, Fiskars border punch, SU Crystal Effects, Madeira thread

Challenges:

A Spoon Full of Sugar - Boo
Creative Inspirations - Spooky
Sisterhood of Crafters - Halloween
Fab N Funky - Halloween
Baby Bud - Halloween
Double Dutch - Halloween
Stamping Vacation Occasion Oasis - Halloween
Creative Cottage - Halloween
Moving Along With The Times - Halloween
Reasonable Ribbon - Halloween
My Time To Craft - Halloween
Creative Inspirations - Halloween
2 Sisters - Halloween
ECP - Halloween
Crazy Challenge - Halloween
One Stop Crafts - Halloween
Stamp With Fun - Halloween
Stamp Something - Halloween
Frosted Designs - Halloween
Tellens Place - Trick or Treat

Thursday, October 14, 2010

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!


At Digital Delights by Louby Loo that is! Today I get to show you another October new release. Toby is back and he is ready for the holidays! You can find Toby and all of his Christmas friends at the Digital Delights shop for only $2.00! Take a look, I'm sure you will fall in love.


Card Recipe:
Image by Digital Delights: Christmas Stocking Toby, Santas Helper sentiment
CS and papers: Basic Grey, Bazzil
Coloring: Prismacolor pencils and OMS
Accessories and Embellishments: Ribbon, stickles, Madeira Thread, Sewing Machine, Distress ink, sponge, Spellbinders Die, Sugared brads
Challenges:
One Stitch At A Time - Use Your Digi's
Create 4 Fun - Use a Digi
Ooh La La - Nothing Floral
Sisterhood of Crafters - Bling
Sweet Stampin - Bling

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Stitched up with The Pixie Cottage


It's time for another Once Upon a Wednesday and we have a Special Guest Sketch Artist for you this week!
Hazel is on many Design Teams but found a space in her busy schedule to create this fabulous sketch for us.



Along with the super sketch we also have the additional challenge of "Stitching" which can real or faux, it's up to you!
Remember you can use the sketch, the theme or both and can combine our challenge with any others you like!
One randomly picked winner will get their choice of 2 Pixie Cottage Stamps and the Design Teams Top Three entries will get to display the winners badge on their blog.
Winners will be announced on the Friday following the end of the challenge.
Card Recipe:
Stamps: The Pixie Cottage- Forever and Ever by ArTish
Paper:DCWV La Creme, Bazzill CS, Strathmore Watercolor
Ink: Distress Ink Vintage Photo, Versafine Onyx, Tombow markers
Accessories: Sewing Machine, water brush, Sponges, Cuttlebug, Spellbinders Die, Basic Grey Chipboard, Satin ribbon from RRR, Madeira thread.

Challenges:
Stamp Something - Something Punchy (corners)
Wild Orchid - Stitching
Little Red Wagon - Something Old and Something New (old frame, New Stamp)
Simon Says Stamp - 3 types of embellishment (flowers, pearls and ribbon), 2 patterned papers and 1 image

Friday, October 8, 2010

Paper Tower Giveaway


Want to win The Paper Tower from The Original Scrapbox? I know I do! I absolutely love their products and have been dreaming of having one for the past few years :)
PriscillaStyles is hosting an awesome contest giveaway and you could win this Paper Tower! Check out her blog for all of the rules and requirements and good luck!~

You can also enter the contest at these wonderful blogs!
Pink Cricut
Rashelle Workman
My EyeQ Sue Neal
Elizabeth Mueller
Marvelously Messy
Nap Time Crafting
Priscilla Styles
Brown Paper Packages
Mod Podge Rocks
Rachelle Writes

Purr-fectly Scary

This is a brand new image from the Priscilla Styles Store. There are so many things you can do with him from cute to cuddly to black for Halloween.
I decided to color him black and use this cute Halloween sentiment from my local craft store dollar bin (don't you just love those!) Although, he does have a sweet face and isn't exactly scary. I used the current challenge from the Midnight Madness Challenge for my card.

Card Recipe:
Stamps: PriscillaStyles- Witch Hat Cat Halloween set of 5
Paper: DCWV La Creme DP, Core'dinations CS
Ink: Distress Ink: Antique photo
Coloring Medium - Prismacolor pencils and gamsol
Accessories: Sewing Machine, Glue Dots, Sponges, ribbon, crystal effects, SU hodgepodge hardware, dewdrops, spellbinders

Challenge:
Paper Playtime - Ribbons, Buttons or Rhinestones
Digital Tuesday - Ribbons, Buttons and Bling (use any or all and a digi)
Wild Orchid - Stitching
Fab N Funky - Use a Digi Image
PriscillaStyles MMSC - Sketch

Thursday, October 7, 2010

October New Releases at Digital Delights

Digital Delights by Louby Loo has just released their October collection and you are going to love it! This is a group of some adorable Christmas characters....yes I said Christmas! *gasp*
Head on over and check them all out. The DT are showcasing all the adorable images today so make sure to check out the rest of the collection.

Card Recipe:
Image by Digital Delights: Sitting Reindeer
CS and papers: Basic Grey, Bazzil
Coloring: Prismacolor pencils and OMS
Accessories and Embellishments: Ribbon, stickles, Madeira Thread, Sewing Machine, Distress ink, sponge, Spellbinders Die

Challenges:
Cowgirl Sunday - Anything Goes
Christmas Card Challenges - Favorite Holiday Movie (Prancer)
Paper Sundaes - Something From Your Stash (I have had this DP for a few years!)
Digital Tuesday - Ribbons, Buttons and Bling (use any or all and a digi)
Papertake - Choose a previous challenge - I chose Christmas Crackers
Anything Goes - Christmas Comes Early
Hanna and Friends - Christmas
Wild Orchid Challenge - Stitch it up

Friday, October 1, 2010

A little Witchy Humor!

This stamp set is one of my favorites of all time. This and two other equally funny witches belong to the Witch Trio stamp set from Starving Artist Stamps. It is not often that I do cards that are not part of a design team commitment but I know I had to ink these girls up before it was too late!

Card Recipe:
Starving Artist Stamps - Witch Trio
CS and papers: Cosmo Cricket, Eggplant Feltweave from the Paper Temptress, HQ Watercolor Paper
Coloring: Tombow markers and water brush
Accessories and Embellishments: Ribbon, Spellbinders framabilities, distress inks, dewdrops, Madeira thread


Challenges:
Scrap Stamp and Doodle - Stitching x
Paper Garden - Halloween x
One Stitch at a Time - Anything Goes x
Stamp It Crazy - Anything Goes x
Incy Wincy - Anything Goes
Sentimental Sundays - Dimension and a Sentiment x
Wild Orchid - Ribbons and Bows
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Fall (Halloween is in the fall!)

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Delightfully Spooky

Welcome to this Thursdays peek at the new Halloween images by Digital Delights by Louby L00!
Today I have Lilybelle the Witch...isn't she cute! If you haven't seen any of the new images at Digital Delights, you have to check them out! They are the cutest Halloween characters and each will put a smile on your face.

Card Recipe:
Image by Digital Delights: Lilybelle
CS and papers: Cosmo Cricket, Gemstones, screen
Coloring: Prismacolor pencils and OMS
Accessories and Embellishments: Ribbon, stickles, silver half pearls, brads, Making Memories Halloween plate.

Challenges:
Crafty Catz - Stitching x
Scrap Stamp and Doodle - Stitching x
Paper Garden - Halloween x
One Stitch at a Time - Anything Goes x
Make It Crafty - Anything Goes x
Stamp It Crazy - Anything Goes :)
Incy Wincy - Anything Goes x
Sentimental Sundays - Dimension and a Sentiment x
Going Grey - Movie Inspired-Practical Magic! x
Wild Orchid - Ribbons and Bows x

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Ode To Fall


Today is a beautiful fall day in the Pacific Northwest and it is Once Upon a Wednesday at the Pixie Cottage! Mid week does not get much better than that :)
Today at the Pixie Cottage we have a sketch from the lovely and talented Aud Nordheim. Along with our sketch we would like you to use the color Orange. As always there are awesome prizes to be won so go and dig out your orange!
The little tag is removable and has a fall poem that reads:

I love fall! Fall is exciting.
It's apples and cider.
It's an airborne spider.
It's pumpkins in bins.
It's burrs on dog's chins.
It's wind blowing leaves.
It's chilly red knees.
It's clouds in the sky.
It's fall. That's why...
I love fall.

Card Recipe:
Stamps: The Pixie Cottage- Apple Hannah by Sandra Hammer
Paper: Scenic Route DP, Bazzill CS, Strathmore Watercolor
Ink: Distress Ink (Tumbled Glass, Vintage Photo), Versafine Onyx, Tombow markers
Accessories: Sewing Machine, water brush, Sponges, Cuttlebug embossing flolders, gingham ribbon from RRR, Madeira thread.

Challenges:
One Stitch at a Time - Anything Goes x
Incy Wincy - Anything Goes x
Make It Crafty - Anything Goes x
Stamp Something - Fall colors x
Meljens - Fall Colors x
Stamptacular Sunday - Colors of Fall x
Creative Stamp Friends - Autumn x
Craftalicious - Autumn Colors x
Drunken Stampers - Fall x
A Crafty Little Place - Autumn :)
Flourishes - Autumn x
Tuesday Taggers - Autumn sponsored by The Craft Barn x
Stampin For The Weekend - Tag It x
Digi Doodles Shop - Emboss It x
Stamp Insanity - Emboss x
A Spoon Full of Sugar - Anything Goes x
Wild Orchid - Ribbons and Bows x
Simon Says - Autumn x

Monday, September 27, 2010

Trick or Treat


Today am posting a card with one of my favorite Halloween stamp sets. This 3 piece stamp set is from Eat Cake Graphics. My scene uses Trick or Treators, Candy hands and Porch with Light.
I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to place my images on my paper and then sponged the sky, moon and grass with Distress inks and accented the light and some of the costumes with Stickles. The stamped scene ends up being really large so my card is 6"x6" without a lot of room for embellishments. Luckily, the kids are so cute you don't need many :)

Challenges:
Gingerloft - Happy Haunting x
Paper Garden - Halloween x
The Burtonesque Dolls - Trick or Treat x
AI Factory - Anything Goes x
Charisma - Anything Goes x
Stamp Insanity - Emboss x
A Spoon Full of Sugar - Anything Goes x
Tuesday Taggers - It Takes All Sorts (open challenge)sponsored by Ribbon Oasis
Flourishes - Celebration x
Wild Orchid - Ribbons and Bows

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Mans Best Friend


Whoopee, we made it to the weekend everyone :) I don't know about you but my week was too long!
This fabulous Saturday I get to show you one of PriscillaStyles new images called "Terrier Dog Set". Doesn't Charlie just look like he as a big ol' diva attitude? And don't you just love it :)
I decided that Charlie needed lots of texture so I printed him out on this fabulous textured paper that I had in my stash...it is so old that I can't even tell you where I got it! (sorry ladies!) The paper is so fabulous that I did NOTHING to it to make it look furry. For Charlies coat I added flower soft for a lovely woolly look and then edged it in Gunmetal Stickles. The DP I used is from Cosmo Cricket and the ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbons September monthly set.

Card Recipe:
Stamps: PriscillaStyles- Terrier Dog Set
Paper: Cosmo Cricket DP, Bazzill CS
Ink: Distress Ink: Antique photo
Accessories: Sewing Machine, Glue Dots, Sponges, ribbon, stickles, embroidery floss, dewdrops, spellbinders, cuttlebug embossing folder, flower soft

Friday, September 24, 2010

Water color with Distress Inks - Tutorial

Welcome to the Pixie Cottage Saturday Tutorial! Today I am going to go over the basics of water coloring with Distress inks. I hope you have fun! It is absolutely one of my favorite ways to color a stamped image and with practice, can create stunning images.

Supplies Needed:
Water color paper (I prefer canson or Strathmore 140lb)
Stamped image-heat embossed (I used the wonderful "Hannah at the Pond")
Distress inks (Stampin' UP! waterbased inks work well too)
Aquapainter or small paint brush and water
Towel

Step 1. Stamp and emboss your image. Embossing the image helps to keep the color from bleeding.
Step 2. Squeeze the lid of the ink pad until beads of ink appear on the inside of the lid

Step 3. When using ink to color your image it is best to have at least two shades to create a dimensional effect. For Hannahs dress I used Milled Lavender for my light shade and dusty concord for my darker shade.
Swirl your moistened brush in the lighter color and completely color the area of your image with the shade.

Step 4. Clean your brush and dip it into the darker shade. Pulling the brush in one direction lay down a small amount of the darker shade in areas that should have shadow.

Step 5. Clean your brush but keep it moist. Using small circular strokes, blend the edges of the two colors until you can't see the edge of the darker color.
Let dry a few minutes and repeat in areas that you wish to appear darker.

(In this image I used Vintage photo and Walnut stain to create the hair and I have used broken china as the first shade in my water)

Helpful Tips
Don't be afraid to play with different shades of color. If an area becomes too dark, let it partially dry and use plain water to remove some of the color by using circular motions. Sometimes I find it helpful to blot with a towel and then re-blend.

By letting an image dry for a few minutes between colors it keeps the color from pooling against the embossed edges.

I find it faster to color a different area while another is drying.

Here is my finished image

(The darker shade in the water is Faded Jeans and the grass/leaves is a mixture of Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint and Pine Needles.)

Have fun playing! I can't wait to see what you create!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Spooktacular Delights


Happy Thursday everyone, you have almost made it through the week! :)
Today I get to showcase another fun image from Digital Delights by Louby Loo! I am having a blast with her Halloween images, there are so many cute ones to choose from I am sure you will find something you love.
Today's image is "Sitting Mummy". I printed out the digi on Neenah Solar White paper and then shaded him with Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol. My background was created using Bazzil cardstock and my new Die and embossing set by Cuttlebug. Isn't it fun and spooky all at the same time!?
Have a great week everyone!

Card Recipe:
Stamps: Digital Delights By Louby Loo- Sitting Mummy
Paper: Bazzil Cardstock
Coloring: Prismacolor pencils, OMS
Accessories: Sewing Machine, Pop Dots, Sponges, stickles, Cuttlebug dies and embossing folders

Challenges:
Fairy Fun - Embossing
Sew Many Challenges - Embossing
Crafty Pad - Embossing
Secret Crafter - Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin - Stitching
A Spoon Full of Sugar - Anything Goes
Tuesday Taggers - It Takes All Sorts (open challenge)
Glitterbabe - Anything Goes with Sparkle
Ann's Creative Nook - Halloween
Gingerloft - Happy Haunting
Clearly iStamp - Owl

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

It's all Fun and Games!


Welcome to this weeks Pixie Cottage Challenge! This week we have another wonderful sketch by Pam Limric. Our theme this week is Fun and Games. As always, you can use the sketch or the theme or both!
I used this fun image by Sandra Hammer called "Spooky Tree Background Stamp". Rather than use this as a background I decided to use it as the focal image of my card. I added a fun Halloween poem (author unknown) and finished it off with these adorable Cuttlebug die bats.
I used some amazing papers for my card. I have never worked with anything like them so I have to share. The black paper has a velvet feel but is smooth. It is really heavy cardstock with a matte finish that changes when stroked....just like velvet!
I also used a beautiful iridescent paper that inks beautifully and still shines like crazy. It gave my image a moonlit glow :)

Card Recipe:
Stamps: The Pixie Cottage- Spooky Tree
Paper: Cryogen White Iridescent paper, Velvet touch black, Bazzill CS
Ink: Distress Ink, Versafine Onyx, Tombow markers
Accessories: Sewing Machine, water brush, Sponges, Cuttlebug embossing flolders and dies, stickles, jewels

Challenges:
Fairy Fun - Embossing
Sew Many Challenges - Embossing
Crafty Pad - Embossing
Secret Crafter - Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin - Stitching
A Spoon Full of Sugar - Anything Goes
Tuesday Taggers - It Takes All Sorts (open challenge)
Glitterbabe - Anything Goes with Sparkle
Ann's Creative Nook - Halloween
Gingerloft - Happy Haunting

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Cleaning out my stamps! For Sale!




It is way past time for me to clean up my craft area. I seem to be a pack rat that never gets rid of ANYTHING :) I have a bunch of stamps that have been well loved but still have a long life ahead of them.
Let me know if anybody is interested in purchasing these. I will ship just about anywhere...they need a good home!

Email me and we can chat about prices.
My thoughts were:

Wood mounted stamps (singles) $2 each except for large maypole stamp with angels (let me know if you want a better picture of that one, the flash consumed it :) It has never been used and is HUGE $5
Stampin up sentiment sets $5
Stampin Up A little Birdie Told me $8
Stampin Up, Stampin around, 2 handles, 5 wheels and 4 inks in Blue, red, green and black. $15
Close to my heart - Greeting Tree cling set $3

Friday, September 17, 2010

Sewing a zig zag stitch on your cards - Tutorial

Sewing on cards is a great way to create a beautiful finished edge. I love using the zig zag stitch because it looks nice and is SUPER EASY to keep straight.

NEEDLE:
Your needle size doesn't matter, just remember that the larger the needle, the larger the hole it leaves. I use a size 11 which is a nice mid size needle. You can still see the holes but they don't overwhelm your stitching.
THREAD:
Another tip is to use your nice colored thread on the top and use a basic cheap thread for your bobbin. This will save you the expense of winding beautiful threads onto the bobbin when nobody will ever see them. When you do this, just make sure that the tension on the bottom is a little tighter than the top. This will pull the top thread down a little farther and you won't see the bottom thread at all. If you have tried to sew on paper and were frustrated with the little loops on the top, it is because your bottom tension is too loose. I use a Brother sewing machine and my tensions are: Top tension is 4 and the bottom is the default. If you keep getting loops, just adjust your top until they disappear.
PAPER:
You will need two pieces of paper but make sure that one piece, if not both are a heavy weight cardstock. Two thin pieces of paper do not stitch well. Cut the two pieces so that the smaller piece is 1/4" smaller than the other on all sides. For my demo, I used one 5" piece and one 4 3/4" piece.
GLUE:
You want to avoid your needle coming into contact with your adhesive. If you sew through your glue, it will not only gum up your needle but will eventually cause your thread to break where you don't need it to break (don't ask me how long it took to realize that!) I usually just make an "X" with my adhesive in the middle, avoiding all edges. This will keep your paper in place while you sew.Okay...on to the zig zag stitch.

For my demo today I have my stitch length set at 1.5 and my width at 3.5. You can experiment and see what you like best.
To begin, place your needle on the RIGHT side of the paper at the top corner. This will make the zig zag go inside your paper, also allowing you to use the edge of your smaller piece to keep the stitch straight. Start slow and make sure your needle always ends up on the right side of the edge.
As you approach your corner slow your needle down and end with your needle on the RIGHT at the very bottom edge. If your needle doesn't naturally end up on the bottom right, just hand turn the dial and guide your needle while keeping your hand firmly on the paper. This will not allow the paper to advance while you place the needle where you want it.With your needle in the down position, lift the presser foot and rotate the paper to begin the new side. Your first one or two stitches will slightly overlap but this creates a clean finished corner. Finish the other two sides using the same method.

When finished with your last corner, leave the needle in the up position and gently pull your cardstock out and cut your threads. Leave a couple of inches of thread.To finish, gently pull the bobbin threads on the back until you can see your top thread come through, using a needle or the tip of your scissors, pull them all the way through to the back of the card.
I knot my thread by tying them all together but if you like, you can just tape them to the back of the card.

To finish your card, just use your adhesive and glue all of the edges, over the thread and stick to your card base.
Voila! You have a beautifully stitched card!
Don't be afraid to play and try out new stitches on scrap paper. Sewing on cards can be a lot of fun!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Wizarding Delights

I can't believe the week has flown by so quickly and it is already Thursday! I have been completely overwhelmed with homework the last few weeks so time is just passing me by it seems.
The happy thing about Thursdays are the images I get to show you from Digital Delights by Louby Loo.
I am having so much fun with the Halloween cards. It really makes me want the holiday to arrive (talk about time flying huh!)
This sweetie is called Wizard Toby.

Okay...now you have to see the spooktacular creations from the design team. I know you will think they are Bootiful too. :) hee hee...I can't take credit for that I copied from Wendy but it made me smile :)

Like this card? Buy it HERE

Card Recipe:
Stamps: Digital Delights By Louby Loo- Wizard Toby
Paper: DP DCWV, Paper Temptress Gold Sparkle
Coloring: Prismacolor pencils, OMS
Accessories: Sewing Machine, Pop Dots, Sponges, stickles, spellbinders die, distress inks, magic mesh, jewels

Challenges:
Stamp Something - Spots and Stripes
Ooh La La - Stripes
Timbro Scrapmania - Anything Goes
My Time to Craft - Jewels

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Freebies and Scarecrows...Oh my!

Happy Wednesday and welcome to a brand new Pixie Cottage challenge. This week we are celebrating the harvest and all that goes with it. You can choose fall images, colors, themes...anything you wish. Not to mention, we have a great sketch from our own DT member Adrina.
Not only do we have a great challenge this week but if you visit the Pixie Cottage Blog, you can pick up a wonderful Free Digi by one of our artists ARTish!

Card Recipe:
Stamps: The Pixie Cottage- Fall Friend by Eileen Gutierrez and Apple Bench by Sandra Hammer
Paper: K&Company, Bazzill CS
Ink: Distress Ink: Vintage Photo, antique linen, Tombow Markers
Accessories: Sewing Machine, water brush, Sponges, MS branch punch, stickles, crystal effects, prima flower

Challenges:
365 Cards Day 196 - Country Charm
Pollycraft - Autumn Colors
Paper Make Up - Autumn
Paper Players - Fall color combo
Creative Card Crew - Autumn
Theme Thursday - Autumn
Paperplay - Autumn Colors
Incy Wincy - Autumn Colors
A Spoon Full of Sugar - Colors of Autumn
Wee Memories - Fall into Autumn
Stempel Magie - Fall Colors
Allsorts - Colors of Autumn
Raise the Bar - Orange, Brown and Green
Timbro Scrapmania - Anything Goes
Chamber Maids - Anything Goes
Gingerloft - Anything Goes
Tellens Place - Anything Goes
Daring Card Makers - Masking
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