Sunday, May 31, 2009

Charisma Cardz: Going Dotty #21 & NAME THAT FAIRY!

Hi again, boy oh boy 3 challenges in 3 days, what is up with me?! I'm soooo exicted about this card... I used a lot of my stash AND my cricut (he he he - seems I don't do that much these days, but it was fun!).

Well, I used another to-be-released image from The Character Cafe... I just can't enough of these little ones (a bit biased, but oh well). I even stayed up late last night drawing more! I hope you all enjoy them as much as I do :) This little one has a mouth... I seem to be adding them when it suits the character so we'll see. For the first little bit, I'm pondering the option of having both ways for sale so that you all can comment on which you prefer or let us know through purchases. Do you think that's cheesy? Let us know please!

I've been working with a few people who have been giving some honest feedback on our images and the likes/dislikes and so I'm thinking of re-vamping a few images changing little things like eyes, nose, mouth and such to see what your response is.... If you would like to see or not see something on one of our images, let us know and we'll play with it! We would honestly LOVE nothing more than your frank opinions (bet you don't hear that very often huh?!).

Anyway, on to the challenge (for some reason, I'm battling verbal diarrhea lately!)... This is for Charisma Cardz Challenge #21, Going Dotty

Okay, so I'm liking most of this card. When I was making it, I REALLY wanted to use my sewing machine (I've never done that before - *gasp* I know) for the paper and I sooooo wish I took the time to do it as I think it would be a totally different and wonderful effect (oh well, live and learn right?). I also used some pot pourri for the "flower" at the top of the card... I kept thinking about the things I would use on my little fairy sculpts and so why not? In keeping with that sculpting supplies theme, I used microbeads and chunky glitter for the wings (thought about breaking out the fantasy film, but we'll leave that for another card). I used a dahlia svg made by one of the members of my cricut groups (for the life of me, I can't remember who, but thank you!) and I made the word Believe with inkscape and cut them both with Sure Cuts Alot (gotta love that!). I then painted the text (cut from a granola bar box!) with my shimmery permenamel paints (again a fairy supply). I used some distress ink, acrylic rhinestones (as usual!LOL), sakura glitter pen, Basic Grey brad, and paper from my stash.
Last, but not least, I used this little Fairy whom I had named "Alyssa" after my sister, but I drew one last night that is oh so much more suited to the name.

So, I would like to ask you all to "Name That Fairy"... sounds like fun right?!

Leave me a post with a name suggestion and on Sunday (June 7th) we will put all the names in a hat and draw... the winner will receive this fairy named after their suggestion FREE!

Yay... I'm super excited :)
Well, I'm off to play "spa" with my kids
Until next time, Happy Crafting

P.S. Don't forget to become a follower and stay updated on new releases and search for a Design Team...

Friday, May 29, 2009

A Spoon Full of Sugar - Challenge #53 & sneak peek!

First off, I want to apologize to Kelly... it's really not her fault she missed the deadline for the Dare U 2 DigiStamp challenge this week. I told her that it was a Friday challenge and so she should be fine to enter as long as she did it before midnight, or in the early evening on Thursday.... OOOOpppps! I guess I didn't think about the time change... either that or they were a bit early... regardless, sorry Kelly!!!!!

Now for my challenge :) The Spoon Full of Sugar Challenge #53 "Lace". You see, the challenges I've entered this week really happened by accident... how you ask? Well, we've got a bunch of to-be-released images waiting for a Design Team (which is taking far too long on our part!) and so I thought I'd print them out and play a bit... you know... test them out. I LOVE THEM!!! After taking the time to colour them, I just couldn't wait to do something with them... he he he, and Kelly is away this weekend... he he he!!! Anyway, I figured since we want to start our search by Monday or so, why not give a little sneak peek of what the new Design Team will get to work with!!! I just posted a card with another to-be-released image over on my blog (with a different challenge!) so if you like what you see here... go check it out (heck, check it out anyway! LOL).

On to the goods... This is Princess Ally (to be released by The Character Cafe) coloured with my copics, cut with my new nesties (yay), paper from a kit I have, Basic Grey, prima flowers, acrylic brads, lace flowers, fiskars heart lace punch, sakura glitter pen (love this pen!), Basic Grey flourish stamp, Technique Tuesday princess stamp and lots of love (even though my copics bled a bit...)
Well, I just previewed my post and let me just say that these pics so don't do this card justice... it's so beautiful in person (my favorite!). I'm not an elaborate card-maker like some of you all (whose work I drool over!), but I really like this card (maybe it's the colours? They are my favorite! LOL).

Anyway, better get going... thunder rumbling in the distance!
Be sure to subscribe to follow if you want to be kept up to date on our search for a design team :) Our goal is Monday to begin the search...
Happy crafting!

Oh, oh, oh, while I'm here... if you post a comment, please let me know if you prefer with a mouth, or without... I'm curious to see the response (mine is that it depends on the character whether it suits them or not...)

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Dare U 2 Digi Challenge 8 - One for the boys

Hi , hope everyone is having a great week. Mine has been very hectic...well just the usual carting both my boys to and from the soccer field 3 times/week along with swimming lessons, homework, Birthday parties etc. In the midst of it all I forgot to buy...yes, buy a card for my youngest son's friends birthday party. I just don't think my children's friends are homemade card worthy. You all know what I'm talking about, the card if it gets opened at all is only going to end up in the corner with the crumpled up tissue paper. So I made this card in a bit of a hurry.

I used Sk8r Brady from the Character Cafe done with my watercolour pencils. The sentiment "Sk8r boy and the ramp are images that are still in progress and to be released soon from the Character cafe. The gold embossed Happy Birthday sentiment is a stamp from my stash...I threw out the packaging. (I'm such a "newbie" at this) Red textured cards from DCWV. Grey card stock from paperbilities. Sk8r Brady's head is raised on a pop dot. The pics don't really show that because I was in a rush.

Thanks for taking a peek!!

Kelly ;) "the imaginary illustrator"

Monday, May 18, 2009

The Cafe is sponsoring our 1st ever Challenge!!!!

Hi all, just a short note to let you know that The Cafe is sponsoring our first ever challenge. We are the proud sponsor for this weeks challenge over at Inspirational Card Sketches Challenge blog :)
The winner this week will be able to choose 3 digi stamps of their choice from Our Designs... yay! We are also thrilled that a few of their design team members will be using some of our images, so make sure you go check it out, I know I can't wait!

We have a few more sponsorships in the works for the next few months and we're very excited about this. It's so much fun!

We're also gearing up to put out word of our search for a Design Team... we've been waiting, but realize the error of our ways and therefore, we've held back our next few new releases for just such an occasion. Keep an eye out for our announcement, we're just working out some final details!

Exciting long weekend here in Canada... I'm beat that's for sure! I would just like to say that our neighbourhood fireworks rocked, so thanks to all the guys who put it together... I know my kids had a blast too!

Well, happy crafting... hope to see you all entering the challenge at ICS this week :)

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Sketch Saturday Challenge # 50....OOPS!!

Hi all, I hope everyone's having a wonderful weekend. We are enjoying Victoria day long weekend here in Canada. Tonight we are doing fireworks with a big group of neighbours, should be a blast.

Since I am new to these card challenges, I assumed the deadline for the sketch saturday challenge was in the evening. So I went to post yesterday and realized they already had a winner picked!! Duh, lol :). So then I decided I will post it you all could have a good laugh as well.

For this card I used one of our new images, Brady & Stacey "Swingin" available at the Character cafe. I used my water colour pencils. The purple cardstock is from paperbilities, polka dotted paper is from paper pizazz. Some scraps of designer mulberry paper. The present and heart buttons, also the ribbon with the sentiment are all from my stash. I think it turned out pretty cute!!
P.S. could someone please let me know when the deadline is for the Sketch saturday challenge.
Maybe I need my eyes I couldn't find it anywhere on the blog.
Thanks for looking at my card.
Kelly ;) "the imaginary illustrator"

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Another Challenge almost! Having fun...

Ohhh, I've been playing this week and having a blast. Shhhh... don't tell my dh that I've been slacking. I'll catch up tomorrow!

Just a quick one here because there's still lots to do... I found the Basic Grey Challenge and I thought I might be able to use the image I was colouring, but upon closer examination, it really didn't fit the Black & White + 1 colour scheme very well. I think it's okay because of some of the DT inspiration, but my friend doesn't think it fits. Well, you decide... I'm new to these challenges so I'm not sure how exact you have to be in these cases! If I'm way off, feel free to boot me I guess LOL...

I used Basic Grey paper (of course!), Skater Brady from The Character Cafe coloured with copics, Coredinations paper, stickles and Studio G alphabet stamps.

Well, guess I shouldn't ignore the company too long...

Happy crafting,

Kendra :)

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Digital Tuesday Challenge #4- Using Rainy Day Sophie

Hope you all had a great weekend. We are finally getting some warm weather here in Delaware, Ontario. Yeah!! On to business...I worked with one of our new images this weekend, "Rainy Day Sophie" available at The Character Cafe. She was perfect for the Digital Tuesday Challenge, "April showers bring May flowers".

I used water colour pencils, blue acrylic hearts and blue flower sequins from my stash. "Make it special" papers.

Just a reminder we are having our Buck or Two Sale at the Cafe until Wednesday, so if you haven't been yet you should stop by and check it out.
Well off to do some more work.

Kelly ;) "the imaginary illustrator"