Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Tutorial Tuesday - Little Easter Gift Pocket,

Wow, where does time go, I can't believe its time for another Tuesday Tutorial,
This weeks tutorial is a little pocket for some Easter treats,

The materials you need for this are a square of paper, my square was 6"
(this can be any size all depends on how big you want your pocket)
and decorations to finish it of with, I chose Buddy again,
I just love Buddy.

Fold your square in half diagonally like the photo below,
Then take one of the sides and fold to reach the other side,
I did from right to left first, like in the photo below,

I used a bone folder to get the folds nice and crisp,
then take the other point and bring across the one you have just folded,
this time was from left to right.

So it looks like the photo below,
and turn the front top down,

you will have this little shaped pocket that you can see in the picture below,
only one more step to go,

Decorate and fill with what you would like,
I used the Buddy Image, as I am stuck on cute dogs at the moment,

Hope you enjoyed this quick and easy tutorial,
This could even be used for our current Challenge running at the moment.

Thank You for stopping by, hope to see your Easter Pockets.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Feature Friday Challenge #17 Anything But A Card

Todays Friday Feature Challenge has been set by me (Angie aka Lilacanglia) this week,
I chose to give everyone a nice simple week, by opting for ANYTHING BUT A CARD,
we all would love to see your wonderful creations,

Our PRIZE this week is
Fairy Jocelyn and Hoppy Frog images as well as a $5.00 Gift Certificate for The Cafe Store, a Winner's Blog Badge, and your blog featured in the Winner's Section of the Store.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Here are our DT's lovely inspiration for you,

Lola's Basket

Billie's Gift Bag

Deanne's Gift Box - altered Q-tip box

Angie's Clipboard,

Diane's Bookmark

Rachel's Treat Bag

Look forward to popping round all the entrants blogs and leaving comments,
and to seeing what lovely idea's you all come up with.
While your surfing some blogs, why not check out our other DT Girls who are participating in other challenges in blogville...
Angie aka lilacanglia
x X x

Hey bloggers, it's Kendra here... Just wanted to pop in and remind you all that this is the LAST Feature Friday with our DT Members for this term!!!! How about we show them lots of love and try to get a record number entries for the challenge???

In exchange for the efforts we're asking of you, we're going to go ahead and have a STOREWIDE SALE.... everything for $1... yes, it's true $1, (for a limited time only) so head on over there, grab your favs and get crafty with us!!!!

Can't wait to see your creations :)

... and a sad so long to Billie, Heather, Piali and Diane, we're sorry to see you leave, but we'll stay in touch and hope to have you back for some Guest Designing ;)

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Winner of TCCFF #16 - A Color Challenge

Hey it's Thuuurrrsssday!! Time to announce the winner from this past week's FF #16 - a colour challenge.

The prize this week is the adorable Buddy digi image and the beautiful Piper n' Prince digi image + a $5.00 Gift Certificate for The Character Cafe Store. Included with this prize the winner will receive a winner's blog badge and your blog will be featured in the winner's section of our store (if we can find the right hand side of our website - any suggestions???!!! aughh).

Congratulations to Yuliya, we will be sending you your prize soon.

Here is her winning card

Please don't hesitate to e-mail us if you haven't received it by next week as sometimes our e-mail goes to spam or gets lost in cyberspace...Lol :>

One last thing I'd like to mention we are having a sale starting tomorrow, in honour of some team members that are leaving. Everything is on sale at the store for $1.00, yes, you read that right $1.00 for any digital image. So, hurry in to the store, it's only on sale for a limited time.

Come on by tomorrow and see what our crafty ladies have in store for our challenge. Angie E. is our host, I can't tell you what the challenge is that wouldn't be fair, but I can tell you it's not a card...hee,hee.
Chat with you later.

Kelly "The imaginary illustrator" ;)

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Tek Tuesday and cards to show

Hey there crafty ladies (guys too, you know who you are),

Hope everyone's having a great week and weather to match!! It's a beautiful sunny day here in Delaware, Ontario...Canada (the sun is finally melting our igloos, hee,hee)

Seriously now, first off I would like to remind everyone about our DT call we announced last week. We've posted it on SCS, (should be up there soon), SNR and PCP. Or, you can always go to our Store or here.

Now for our Technique this week Kendra stumbled upon this neat die cut technique on how to incorporate your cricut (or any other similar cutting machine) with using digis.

Here's the link for printable diecuts. There's so much you could do with this, I think I need to try this at my friendly neighbourhood craft store soon (aka. Kendra's).

I also have some cards I've done recently to show you. I've been using OMS lately instead of water with my watercolour pencils... I'm liking it, especially how it doesn't wrinkle the cardstock.

Here's some examples of coloured digi images I did last week.

Here's a couple of my cards.

If you like what you see, you can find all these images and tons more at The Cafe Store.

Hope you continue to have a great week, we'll see you on Thursday to announce our FF Challenge winner from this week, and then Friday for our last Challenge with this terms' DT Members. Hope to "see" you then!

Kelly "The imaginary illustrator" ;)

Friday, March 19, 2010

Feature Friday Challenge #16 – Colour

Hey bloggers,

It’s a beautiful week here in Southwestern Ontario and March Break (our Spring Break) so the kids have been having a blast getting rid of all that cabin fever…. YAY!

This week were bringing you a colour challenge…

and because I’m colour challenged (LOL), you can use whatever shades your cupboards contain, as long as their in the PURPLE, BLUE and YELLOW family (we’ll allow you a gimmie colour too, just because)

Without further ado and since I do have company from Alberta visiting… I’ll share my inspiration with you. I’m not really sure how true to life these colours are, but you’ll get the idea.

Thanks to Kelly for such amazing colouring yet again too!


Here's Piali’s creation…







and Fink’s (Fink ran into some trouble, keep an eye out for her post at some point this weekend hopefully!)

Kelly used a combination of Copics and watercolour pencils with OMS, and I used nesties and paper and embellies from my stash.

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the DT girls hitting challenges around blogville…

Diane, Rachel, Deanne and Lola (Billie can’t participate this week due to other obligations)

So now for what you’ll win…

We’ll draw 1 winner to receive Buddy and Piper n Prince images as well as a $5.00 Gift Certificate to The Cafe Store, a winner’s blog badge and your blog featured in the Winner’s Section of our store (still working on those updates though!).

Off you go now, get crafty and we’ll see you soon!


Thursday, March 18, 2010

FF Challenge # 15 - Winner & DT Call Announcement

Hey there fellow crafters, it's Thursday and it's time to pick a winner using random.org. The challenge was a sketch hosted by our very talented Deanne, hope you had a chance to check out her creation and the rest of our talented DT's this past week.

On to our winner...Congratulations to Deanette W. Deanette had two chances to win this week as she used the TCC image "Monster gift" in her card.

Deanette we will be sending you your prize soon.

Deanette wins Riley the Leprachaun and the AB Bundle images plus she gets a $5.00 gift certificate to shop at The Character Cafe Store...Yay!! Deanette will also recieve a winner's blog badge and her blog will be featured in our winners section of the store.

Here is her winning project.

Now for our news... It's that time again. We will be accepting applications for our next DT term. Term starting May 1st - September 31st.

This past six month term seemed to fly, we had so much fun together crafting and chit chatting on our forum. Most of our team is staying on for another term, we are sad to lose 4 talented ladies, who's plates are just too full to stay on. We wish them nothing but the best in their current & future crafting endeavours.

So heres the details for the DT call, (we're looking for a 5 month term, starting May)

What's expected:

1 weekly posting (includes our blog hop)
Ability to post on Fridays
Help us be more active in the crafting/stamping community through galleries/forums like SCS, SNR, PCP etc.
Link all DT members on your blog
Link our store and our blog on your blog with our blog/store badges

What you will receive:

All digi stamps released during your term with TCC
A link to your blog on our blog and website
A link to your blog on each DT's blog
40% discount on any images from the store during your DT term

What you need to apply:

Submit a new project using any TCC image
A brief description about yourself
Tell us about any previous DT work
Include current teams and description of your responsibilities
Any work you've had published
Your blog address
Any galleries/forums you post to regularly

If your interested in this opportunity, please e-mail all your info and project to:
Charactercafe@gmail.com by no later than April 15th. Please note we will notifying only accepted applicants and if we do not hear back from you within 72 hrs with a yes, we will have to select another applicant.

If you are not sure you can fufill these DT duties but would like to be a guest designer with us, just e-mail us and let us know.

That's about it for tonight... pop back tomorrow for Feature Friday Challenge #16. Kendra and I will be hosting... it's a colour challenge.

Kelly "The imaginary illustrator" ;)

Easel Card Tutorial .........

Good Morning to all,
I start with an apology for being late with the tutorial this week,
but due to me being ill, it got delayed,
Today's tutorial is a nice easy one, how to make a easel card,
as from blog hopping I noticed a lot of people are still wary of doing these great cards,
they are nice and easy, and I hope this will help show the way.
The materials you need are a card blank of whatever shape and size you wish,
then another piece of card the same size and shape of the blank you start with.
I used a 6" x 4" card blank,
a piece of card 6" x 4"
Digi Image Buddy from the Character Cafe.
Backing paper and sentiments from my stash.

Take the front of the card blank and fold this into half and crease,
as above photo shows.
Then use double sided tape put it on the opening edge like and next to the crease like the photo below, as this is where the spare piece of card sticks to, I normally stick it after decorating it.

After decorating your spare piece of card, how you wish,
and also adding backing paper to the lower half of the card blank,
stick the decorated piece to the folded flap like the photo below.

The photo below shows the two sentiments I am using on the lower part of the easel card,
you need to raise these so I used 1mm foam pads,

Once you have stuck them the easel card will stay up as these stop it from falling flat,
as you can see in the photo below.

I watercoloured Buddy, who you can get from the Character Cafe Shop,
and used purple mirri board to back him after distressing around him with chalks.

I sure hope this has helped you all,
it is easy to do and would love to see some in our feature friday challenge this week,
x X x

Friday, March 12, 2010

Feature Friday Challenge #15 - A Sketch!

Hi everyone!!!

Deanne here this week with a Feature Friday! Today I have a very simple sketch for you to try!!!
What'd I tell ya? Easy enough isn't it!!! We'd love for you to try it!

Here are some cards for you from the design team to inspire you!





...and here's my card.

Check out the other design team members blog too for more Character Cafe fun stuff!

Okay, so the prize this week is Leprachaun Riley & AB Bundle images and a $5.00 Gift Certificate for The Cafe Store, a blog badge and your blog featured in our winner's section of the store (I so hope to get that updated a bit soon, sorry!).
So, if you use a TCC image, we'll give you 2 entries in the draw (in random org, we will adjust the number to reflect the additions and your second entry will be the next number after all entries in Mr. Linky). Also, as usual, if you use a Tek Tuesday project idea, be sure to let us know and we'll send you 2 additional images from The Store to play with!!!
Okay, happy crafting!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

March Blog Hop Winners!!

Hey there crafters.. .it's Thursday, and time to announce our winners from this months' blog hop.

First off our DT members will be drawing one lucky crafter from their comments tonight to win the image they worked with... how awesome is that?? They will be posting their winners and someone will be e-mailing the lucky winners soon.

For our challenge this hop all you had to do was use any TCC image and make something with it...easy peasy!! The winner of the challenge picked by random.org is... Linda B., Congratulations Linda, we will be sending you your prize of a $10.00 Gift Certificate for the Cafe Store soon. Also, for winning, you have the option of Guest Designing with us for March 19th Feature Friday Challenge and again on March 26th!! Yay!!

For Our Grand Prize, you had to comment on the Blog, and this lucky crafter picked by random.org wins the entire March release...whoo, hoo!!
The Winner is... Deesdesigns! Congratulations Dee, we'll be e-mailing your prize to you soon. You also will have the option of joining us as Guest Designer on March 19th and 26th!!!
As usual, if you haven't heard from us, feel free to send us an e-mail in case ours goes missing in cyberspace or we can't find yours (although I think I have them both somewhere?!).

Now, just a reminder that our next challenge is all ready to go and Deanne has a great sketch for you all and our DT ladies have really rocked the inspiration this week, so check it out!

Good night!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Tek Tuesday – Sharing…

Hey bloggers… well, the flu (or a version of it) finally hit my house.  We’ve been pretty lucky this year since we hadn’t had it, but my oldest dd and my oldest son both fell victims to it.  So far, they’re doing okay though, so fingers crossed it’s just a 24 hour thing and it avoids the rest of us!

Anyway, I woke this morning to the CUTEST little bird house that is being shared on a blog I just recently subscribed to.  It’s perfect for those spring/Easter projects you might be eagerly wanting to make.  Also, it’s pretty cool because she uses digital paper and such in her creating process, so I thought that would be neat to share.  Her blog is pretty cool and well worth the read, so if you feel like blurfing, this is a must read!



I so hope she doesn’t mind that I’m showing you a pic (I did tell her I was going to post about this to my readers) but you have to see it in order to appreciate it fully and RUN over there!!!  It is a little box….


AND…. to top it off, she’s sharing her template… SO CUTE :)

Okay, now for my share… I never took pics because it was my tester and well, then I ran out of time to re-make it due to work and family obligations, but here’s a cute little embellishment I made and if you really like it, I’m sure you could figure it out, but if you want me to still go a head and do up the how to’s just let me know!


I used a prima flower, some ribbon scraps and a Basic Grey button, oh and some thread/yarn.  I sewed the ribbon to avoid lumpy glue and mess, but other than that, easy peasy, neat and cute (IMO anyway).

Also, I’ll share some simple cards that I’ve made recently (although there’s no TCC images used, ooops!)…


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Okay, because I just couldn’t leave without sharing some TCC images… we’re sponsoring The Diedrich Dare Challenge Blog this month and the DT girls there have done some wonderful work… now, I didn’t have time to go collect them all, but here’s a few samples of their creations…. (go to the challenge blog for more details and more creations using TCC images… while you’re there… ENTER! LOL)




I’ll share more from the other girls next week :)  Thanks ladies, you are very talented!

Okay, so that’s it for this week… hope you have a great rest of the week and join us Friday for our next Challenge!

“See” you!  Happy crafting,


Friday, March 5, 2010

March New Release Blog Hop & Freebie!

If you’re just blurfing by now and you haven’t been hopping along with us, you may want to start at the beginning in order to soak up all the crafty goodness presented by our FABULOUS DT (which, sadly enough is the last Hop for some since their 6 month term is up after March and they’re headed on to other things, but we’ll discuss all that at a later date)!

If you are arriving from Lola’s blog, then YOU DID IT, thank you for hopping along with us :) Hope you’ve enjoyed all the images this month and wonderful inspiration given by our DT.

So, let’s just review the details…

Did you comment on our DT blogs? They’re going to be giving away the image they worked with so be sure you showed some love okay?

Comment here and let us know what you think of us doing all sketches next term, or if you like a bit of mix up in there and we’ll draw a name to receive our entire March Release as well as offer you the chance to be a Guest Designer with us for the rest of March (you can join us any or all of the remaining Feature Fridays).

Use a TCC image (if you don’t have one, we’ve got Freebies) and create something, posting to your blog or gallery and come back and link up to Mr. Linky and we’ll draw a name to receive a $10 Gift Certificate to The Cafe Store, and offer you to be a Guest Designer for us for the rest of March (you can join us any or all of the remaining Feature Fridays).

Now, just in case you’ve already collected all our freebies, we’ve got a new one for you… meet Fuzz, he’s now also available with the rest of the freebies at the store, or you can get him from 4shared if you prefer.


You have until next Thursday at 10pm to get your craft on with a TCC image and enter your name in Mr. Linky. We’ll announce all the winners with our next Feature Friday too :)

Happy crafting!


Thursday, March 4, 2010

Winner, TCCFF14 Challenge!

Hey bloggers,

It's been another great week of yummy crafts to blurf, so thanks for that :)  We're getting ready for another blog hop to celebrate our New Releases for March so be sure to check back and see what great stuff our DT comes up with for inspiration... starts at midnight (although there's always a few bumps in the hop, so we'll see!LOL)

Anyway, we’ve got our winner this week…

Sita from Kay’s Creative Corner with this creation

FF14WinnerSita I absolutely adore it… it’s so beautiful and perfect for its sentiment. 

Congrats Sita, you’ve won the Ballerina Allison and Lillies images from The Cafe Store, a 15% off Discount Coupon, winner’s blog badge and your blog featured in our winner’s section of the store (which I’m trying to update, but I’m a bit behind, sorry!).

Okay, well, if we ever want to start the Blog Hop, I’d better get going… lots of work still to do.  So if you haven’t heard from me in the next few days Sita, please shoot me an e-mail just in case :)

Happy crafting, hope you see you all hopping soon!