19 March 2015

DSC #132 - Anything but a Card or Layout

It's Friday! time for a new challenge at Digitally Sweet Challenges! Our lovely sponsor is Bugaboo Stamps and you could win some free digis. Just follow our theme of Anything but a Card or Layout and using some digitally images and you're good to go! This challenge runs to the end of the month so you have plenty of time to enter.

Here is an inspirational image created by me as part of the design team...I made a menu:

I know it's hard to read but it's basically what I ate yesterday...lol. As I might have mentioned, I follow a plant based diet also known as Vegan. So everything on my menu is yummy and oh so good not only for you but great for the animals too! I took the cute Bugaboo Stamps image called Frame It - Stella - todays menu, and coloured it with my Copic Ciao markers in red, oranges and yellows. I matted it an the menu I created on orange, white and red cardstock. I didn't add any doo dads to it because it didn't really need nay. The colours made it look great on its own...lol. Here is the menu if you can't read it:

1/2 a Pink Grapefruit
Bowl of Oatmeal swirled with Vegan Raspberry Jam (no gelatin)
small glass of unsweetened almond milk

Mixed Baby Leaf Salad with dairy free pesto dressing 
Smooth and creamy (no dairy) Gazpacho soup (raw - made in my blender)
Berry Blast Iced Tea

2 large Rice Cakes with Caramelised Onion Hummus
Sliced Cherry tomatoes and chopped Cilantro on top

Curried Lentil and Butternut Squash Stew (made myself)
Served on a bed or Coriander Rice
Side of Purple Broccoli Stems (steamed)
Water with Lime Wedge

06 March 2015

DSC #130 - Font Talk

Welcome to your weekly challenge over at Digitally Sweet Challenges! I'm a Design Team member and tis week we made projects for our theme "Font Talk" which mean to show off your use of different fonts. Our lovely sponsor is Lacy Sunshine Stamps and we were each allowed to use one of her designs...I chose to do a digital image with this beautiful Wisteria Etherial Enchantress:

I have fond memories of a huge wisteria that grew in my side yard growing up in New Jersey. My sisters and I used to play underneath it in the summer as it was hollow under all the leaves and blooms. It was cool under there and it was like being in a fragrant cave. It smelled soooo lovely. Only down fall was fighting all the bees to get inside...lol.

I sure hope you will join us over at Digitally Sweet. You will have the whole month of March to enter this challenge...ain't that cool? Can't wait to see what you create showing off your favourite fonts!

27 February 2015

The Hybrid Chick - Mini Album

Hi all. I would love it if you would go check out my very first hybrid craft project that I posted over on The Hybrid Chick blog.


I created this mini album using a beautiful digital scrapbooking kit called "Sweet Anemone" by Paper Garden Projects. I have a step by step posted there. I sure hope you will have a peek!

Happy (Hybrid) Crafting!
Hugs, Dorothy

DSC #129 - Anything Goes!

Ooooh yes..I love an anything Goes challenge and that's what we have for you this week over at Digitally Sweet Challenges! Our sponsor is Lunagirl and she provided us on the Designs Team with some gorgeous images to work with. I created a card. It's basic but my new printer really made the images look fab:

I started with a pale pink pearlised card base. I also had some matching pink pearlised paper to mat the girl image on. I mounted the flower frame background image on brown cardstock and edged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I went to town with fine glitter and added it all over the backing image. I also highlighted the pink flowers in the girl image with the glitter. Then as embellishments I added 3 pink buttons a pink stick pin pearl, a swatch of lace and added lace along the opening side of the card. There are also some glitter pen pearls as well. It came together quick but looks quite nice.

We hope you'll join us over at Digitally Sweet and enter a challenge this month...this on is the last for February so look for our Feb winners!

20 February 2015

DSC # 128 What's In your bag?

It's time for another weekly challenge at Digitally Sweet Challenges and our theme is this week is called "Whats in your bag?" Do a project that tells us something about what you keep in your handbag. Our wonderful sponsor this week is Stitchy Bear Stamps and we were allowed to pick a stamp to work with. I chose an Asian theme...here is a digital card front I created in Photoshop:

Wonder why I chose this stamp and what it has to do with what I keep in my bag? Welllll I actually keep a set of chopsticks in my bag on the back of my wheelchair. I like to use them when we go out to eat Chinese. They're plastic so I can wash them at home and reuse. LOL To set off the Stitchy Bear's "Kyo"  already coloured digi stamp, I also used a few kits from an old blog train called "The Orient" made by The Blog Train Blog. It's from 2010 but you might still be able to find some of this kit still available!

I hope you will join us at Digitally Sweet! Don't forget to check out all the February challenges because you can enter any of them until the end of the month to win!. Have yoursef a fabulous day and thanks for visiting me!

Happy Crafting!
Hugs, Dorothy

16 February 2015

It's Swap Time!!

I had another crafty swap at UK Ireland Craft Swaps Group over on FB and this time I participated in the Note Card & Tag Folio Swap. We were to create the folio from a tutorial on YouTube by papercrafter45 and you can find part 1 HERE. This is the one I made for my swap partner, Anita:

Here is how it looks closed up:

And here is what it looks like opened up as well as the cards:

I also sent her a few other craft goodies which I won't give away in case she reads my blog LOL. I started with white card but it was too stark so I toned it down with Old Paper Distress Ink. I also left the tags blank so that Anita cold do with them whatever she wanted such as journaling, stamping, staining, etc. The paper live I used was the gorgeous Tilda Tiny Treasures 12" x 12" paper pad. It came with a 3 sheets of thick card die cut toppers which I used on the front and insides of the folio and also on the cards. On the cards I wanted to give the die cuts some dimension so I curved them a bit with my bone folder and used Pinflair Glue Gel to pop them up just a little bit. I went searching through my glue stash (I have a glue foR EVERYTHING) and found some envelope glue. I made the envelopes with my WRMK envie punch board and add this glue to the flaps, let it dry, now you can lick it and seal the envies...cool huh? Here is a full supplies list:

Tilda Tiny Treasures 12" x 12" paper pad
Distress Ink in Old Paper
Spellbinders Die - Sue Wilson Designs Lattice Accents
Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page Modern Garland (old one, used corner only) 
Viva Decor Pearl Pens (on front cover of folio & on cards)
Flowers from Mulberry Crafts (on front cover of folio)
Prima Flowers (on front cover of folio)
Prima Say It In Crystals (for tea steam on front of folio, mine were beige and crystal ones)
Tags - Fundamentals Australia
Jute piece in beige - Poundland (on front cover of folio) 
My Craft Studio Envelope Glue(no longer available but just google evelope glue and you should find some)

Now here is the folio and extras that my swap partner, Anita, sent to me:

I snet her a big THANK YOU as I really love what she sent me, including the flat backed pearls, xcut embossing folder and stamp. If you are in the UK, Ireland or anywhee really, why not join us at UK IReland Craft Swaps Group and join in the swapping fun! Thank so having alook and my crafty swap and I hope you have a most blessed day!

Happy Crafting!
hugs, Dorothy

13 February 2015

DSC # 127 - Layout Sketch

Welcome to another Friday challenge at Digitally Sweet Challenges! This week our theme is Layouts and we give a nice sketch to use as a reference. I love sketch challenges and to see how it can be interpreted so many ways. Our lovely sponsor is Scrappiness Designs.

Here is the layout I created:

I used the digital scrap kit called "Make Me Smile" from Scrappiness Designs to create this layout of my daughter, Aurora, and her great grandmom whom she called Nani. The pastel colours of this kit really matched the pastel colour in the photo. It was done completely in Photoshop using only the one digi kit.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog and having a look at my DT project. I do hope you will join in the fun for this week's challenge but DON'T forget...all our challenges run to the end of the month and there are 2 other challenges still going and it's not too late to enter our Colour Challenge and Anything Goes challenge too! Best of luck!

Happy Scrapping!
Hugs, Dorothy

06 February 2015

DSC #126 Colour Challenge

Happy Friday!!! It's time for a new weekly challenge at Digitally Sweet Challenges where hybrid crafting reigns! LOL This week our theme is a colour challenge. Go over to Digitally Sweet to see the colours. Our lovely sponsor is Sparkle n Sprinkle and here is a card I made for my DT project:

I ttok the Friends image into Photoshop and colourised it using the colour for the challenge. I then made three background papers using the same colours: the fine dotted paper, a multi stripe paper and a deep red slightly damask pattern paper. I printed then cut everything out. I arranged the matted layer after distressing the edges with Old Paper Distress Ink. I added a sheer ribbon and knot and moulded flowers that I made with air dry clay and moulds. So easy.


Zendoodle Friends digital stamp set - Sparkle n Sprinkle
Papers created by me in Photoshop
Ribbon and cly flowers from stash.
White card base from stash

I do hope you qill join us over at Digitally Sweet Challenges this week!

Happy Crafting!
Hugs, Dorothy

04 February 2015

#282 - Owls, Hearts, Love

YEAH...it's time for a new challegne at Crafty Creations Challenges! Our theme is "Owls, Hearts, Love" and we ask that you use owls and/or hearts in your creations for this challenge. Our terrific sponsor is:


You could win something cool from them too all you have to do is join in the challenge! Here is my Design Team project. I went with hearts and I used one of CFS Designs digis on it:

I used a CFS Designs sentiment with the heart in the middle and took it onto Photoshop. I took the heart. created my own matching backing paper and colourised the sentiment. I also made a small panel of the burgundy colour as well. I printed them on thin cardstock and cut them out then added some Distress Ink in Spun Sugar around the edges and around the cut out heart. I added the solid colour panel underneath then I raised up the heart paper using 3d foam pads on a scalloped card base. I added the sentiment in the centre of the heart by doubling up the foam pads. Finally I added bling gems, a die cut swirl and a dark swirl printed ribbon.

Valentine Wishes sentiment - CFS Designs
Distress Ink in Spun Sugar
Backing paper created using sentiment heart in Photoshop by me
Scalloped car base, gems, ribbon and swirl from my stash.

Glitter n Sparkle Challenges - Anything Goes
Dream Valley Challenges - Valentine's Day
Scribble and Scrap Challenge - Anything Goes
That Craft Place Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafting From the Heart Challenges - Anything Goes
Through the Purple Haze Challenges - Anything Goes
Whoopsi Daisy Challenges - Pretty in Pink
Crafty Boots Challenges - Hearts and Valentines
Crafty Sentiments Challenge - Include a Heart
Papertake Weekly Challenges - Anything Goes
Digi Choosday Challenges - In the Pink
Creative Inspirations Challenges - Love is in the air
C.R.A.F.T. Chalenges - Valentine's Day
TIME OUT Challenges - Valentines with twist hearts
Creative Fingers Challenges - Anything Goes
Wags n Whiskers Challenges - Hearts
Eclectic Eliapu - Burgundy/Red, Ivory/Cream and Hearts
Paper Creator's Challenges - Love is in the Air
Buckwells Crafty Challenge - Love/Red
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - Anything Goes
Natalie and Amy's Challenges - All About the Love

Hope you will join us at Crafty Creations Challenges! thanks for having a peek and my card and as always...

Hugs, Dorothy

02 February 2015

Big News is Here!

I AM A...


Just over a week ago I posted here that I had some big new coming...well this is it! You all know how I love using digital images in my crafting, welllll the digital scrapbook shop, The Digichick, has a sister site that specialised in just this, hybrid crafting, called The HybridChick! I have been receiving their newsletters for literally YEARS and I've wanted to be a part. They currently have a call to join the Hybrid Chick creative team, I applied and they picked me!!!!!!

I am soooo honoured to be a part because the current team is so amazingly awesome. I just hope I can make them proud. I'm picking out a digi kit to work with and figuring out a project to make. Oooooo I'm excited! I hope you all will also love looking at my projects I create for them.

If you love using digital goodies to craft with, then you can join as well! We are still looking for a few more crafters and would love to see your work! Below is the call info and how to apply.

Even if you don't want to join the team, why not just check out the site for some terrific crafty ideas? I'm just settling in over there and I hope to have a project ready for February, probably not Valentine-y but still fun...I hope! LOL

Thanks for reading and Happy Crafting!


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