Friday, January 29, 2010

Feature Friday Sketch for you!

Hey all-

It is Friday again so you know what that means!!!! It is Feature Friday!!! What do we have for you this week, you ask? It is a sketch challenge made by me, Fink. First ever sketch by using my own little brain! I know it is remarkable! I had the privilege of my partners being Billie, Heather, Lola, Angie and Deanne for this weeks DT challenge. As you know they all do beautiful work so you won't to miss it!
I must apologize to Deanne because she sent me her card a while ago and I forgot to check to make sure I loaded everyone. So sorry! ***edited 1/29/10

Let's start by showing you the sketch:



Angie C

The prize this week is the Birdie Love image set, Love Bug Cupid image set, (both from the Cafe Store a 15% off Discount Coupon, a winner's blog badge and your card/blog featured in our Special Winners section of the website!

Now don't you forget to check out the other girls superb projects! They are allowed to find a challenge in blog land and give it a go using their pick of The Character Cafe images! So click on their name on the sidebar to see Piali, Sara and Rachel's projects!

Of course don't forget to come back Tuesday for Tek tutorials! I am telling you those girls rock finding and giving directions to marvelous projects! Their work is always awesome! Also, if you combine of of their fab project ideas, TCC will send you a FREE image just for doing so.

See you soon!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Winner, Feature Friday Challenge 10!

Hey bloggers, we have a winner for our Feature Friday Challenge 10, using a Lauren Meader template with one of our digis.

The winner, chose by is....

Viv of Doggonecrazy! (fitting since she used Puppy Love I guess LOL), who created this...

Super cute!

Congrats Viv, you've won our new Valentine's images (but since you already have at least one of them - Puppy Love, we'll substitute for you), a 15% off Discount Coupon, a blog badge and we'll add your creation to our Winner Specials on our website! I'll e-mail you soon with your goodies, but should you see this and you haven't heard from us, please shoot us and e-mail... you never know where these things get to sometimes (or how a busy household causes forgetfulness!LOL)

Okay, that's it for now, be sure to check out this weeks' Feature Friday coming up next and don't forget, if you combine a Tek Tuesday project idea with your entry, we'll send you a free digital stamp/image just for doing so!!! Be sure to let us know though, in case we don't notice, the TT projects are gaining in numbers now :)

Happy crafting!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Tuesday Tutorial - Side Step Card

For today's Tutorial, I have choose to do a side step card,
Above you can see the diagrams how to do it,
I found this on the internet but in my stupidity do not know where,
so if it is yours please let me know so I can give credit where it is due.
The supplies you need for this project are -
1 sheet of card measuring - 18cm x 26 cm
Scoring tool, and a ruler,
Toppers, Images and sentiments of your choice,
I choose two from the Character Cafe,
Craft knife to cut down long centre line.

I chose a lovely marble red card stock, measured out my score lines and my cut line
as in the diagram at the top of this post.(if you click on the diagram picture you will get a better view of the measurements)
then depending on which way you fold your score lines you can determine which side to have the

I used my sakura and whisper pens to colours the cutie images in.
Peel offs for the sentiments on a darker red holographic card.

Thanks for stopping by,
Look forward to seeing your side step cards,
x X x

Friday, January 22, 2010

Lauren Meader Joins us at TCC as a Guest Designer

Whoo hoo it's Friday!!!

We are so excited to have Lauren Meader join us this week as our Guest Designer for Feature Friday. Lauren is Owner/Designer of My Time Made Easy LLC and if you have never been to her site you have to go check out her stuff it's fabulous!!

Here's a little info about Lauren and My Time Made Easy.

"My name is Lauren Meader and I am the creator of My Time Made Easy™ LLC. I am just like you! Whether you are a business woman, stay at home mom, a working mom, or everyone in between, we all have the same things in common! Our free TIME (and often expendable income) is limited! Our daily lives are busy, and full of responsibilities. I have family to care for, a house to clean, meals to cook and that is just the first of many hats I need to wear daily. It can be hard to find "me" time. Many of us have so little time for ourselves these days, that we need to really maximize the time we do get to use, and make the most of it! That is where My Time Made Easy™ LLC comes in!"
"This entire venture started with a simple goal: Sharing what I love with the world!! I began papercrafting in 2004, while pregnant with my third child. I needed something for "me". Once I inked up that first stamp I fell in LOVE! It has gone from a hobby to a passion. I never would have thought after purchasing my ONE stamp, that it would lead me to where I am today!"

There's so much inspiration to be had by visiting Lauren's Blog, you won't regret it and you'll only come away with a gazillion things to add to your "to try" list!

Here is the amazing project Lauren created using her template - In a Pinch and Fairy Belle from TCC...

It's absolutely FANTASTIC!!! Much to our surprise, Lauren not only created the lovely In A Pinch Fairy gift box, but this fabulous card using the Sunflower digital image as well!

We just love them and hope you do too.

Now for our TCCFF #10 3D Challenge this week...

We would like you to use Lauren's Cutsie Cover template available for FREE (or any of her other templates) with any TCC digital image. If you don't have any of our digi's, don't worry, you can get one of our freebies here. The challenge is open until next Thurs. at 10pm EST.

The winner will receive our new Valentine Releases (there are 3 of them) as the prize. They'll also receive a 15% off Discount Coupon for The Character Cafe Store, a winner's badge for their blog and they'll be featured on our website with a link to their blog/gallery.

Our extremely talented Design Team has some more inspiration for you...these ladies make it look so easy...

and Piali did up another using one of our new releases...

Lastly, Kelly and I took part this week (she coloured, I pieced) and created this set for inspiration... it's using our new image Robbie Racoon as well as the 4Evah Set (that's one of the freebies for you... click here if you want to download it from 4shared, or you can go to the store freebies section)...

We really want to thank Lauren for joining us this week for Feature Friday and hope she can come back and Guest Design for us again sometime!!

So hurry and go checkout Lauren's templates and get crafting your 3D project for our challenge.

Make sure if you are posting it on SCS, PCP or SNR, you use TCCFF10 so we can find you!

Thanks for playing along with us, can't wait to see what you come up with :)

That's it for today!

Happy crafting,

Kendra & Kelly (the imaginary illustrator)

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Winner of TCCFF#9 - Recipe Challenge

Just a quick post to announce our latest winner from last weeks TCCFF#9 Recipe Challenge.

Using our winner is...

Tracy NZ from Stamping Seasons with this card,

Congratulations Tracy!!

We will e-mail your prize of "Puppy love" and "Relaxing Rosebud" soon, got your e-mail from your blog. If you don't receive it within the next week, check your spam first if it's not there send us a quick e-mail and we'll resend it. You'll aso recieve a 15% off coupon to use at the store, a winner's blog badge and your name/blog featured at The Cafe Store "Specials" section.

Make sure you come back and visit us for Feature Friday... Lauren Meader is our Guest Designer this week. Lauren and our DT members really outdid themselves with their fabulous creations!!

See ya soon!!


Monday, January 18, 2010

Tek Tuesday with Meredith! All-In-One 4 Tag Card!!

Good Morning All!! So sorry for the delay in this post but I was up WAY too late last night creating to be able to coherently write properly!

I have a SUPER easy peasy and FUN tutorial to show you!! I call it the All-In-One 4 Tag Card! I have to thank my friend Joanne B. for showing me how to do this in what seems like 100 years ago when she used to run SU! workshops. So here is that example from the workshop that was my muse for this piece.You need a 12x12 piece of cardstock and any decorative images, elements, papers that you'd like. You can really frill this baby up or keep it trim, clean and simple. Either way it'll look fab!

Score your 12" cardstock at 3", 6", and 9" respectively. Creating 4 equal sections. I've used Doodlebug Designs - Sugar Coated Cardstock that I picked up during a recent trip to The Paper Source (YUM!).

Next, trim your cardstock down to 5".I kind of eyeballed the corners as you can tell by my sketching. If you tend to be more precise you can obviously make this an equal measurement if you like but the eyeball technique works pretty well ;)

After trimming the corners (which I did simply with scissors), I again, eyeballed the center of the "tag" and punched through all 4 layers while folded together with my Big Bite.
When you open it up you will see 4 tags together similar to paper dolls!
Now all you need is to decorate! Really! It's THAT easy! I chose to use 3 different images today!! I used Cupcake Rosebud, Turtle Love, and the Love Conquers (colored in MS Paint) sentiment. I resized them all in MS Paint, printed them out, colored them with a variety of my Copics and Prismacolor markers, Souffle Pens, and Sakura Sparkly pens.
Once my images were colored, I matted them with a shiny red cardstock...also from The Paper Source. I adhered them to the tags with foam pop-dots. I then used my SU! 3/4" circle punch to create hole re-enforcers in order to thread my ribbon through at the top of the tags. You'd be surprised that even on really heavy cardstock how quickly you can tear through the punched holes if you pull the ribbon too tightly. So I used the most adorable DP from Imaginescence to create these. I punched them out...adhered them over the holes and punched through again. I added 4 different ribbons to the tops of my tags. The last tag I left blank for my sentiment and simply tied a heart covered ribbon so that it didn't look blank.
You must run to The Cafe's Shoppe to see all of the ADORABLE images that are now available for Valentine's Day!!!

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial for today!!

Have a great week and thanks for visiting!!


Friday, January 15, 2010

January Blog Hop Winners Posted

Hey all, hope your Friday is going well... TGIF!!!! If you're looking for the FF Challenge, it's HERE...

Thanks for hopping along with us this past week, and just so you know, the discount code is good until Midnight tonight so head on over to the store while you still can and get 30% off your entire purchase (use "BeMyValentine" case sensitive)!!!

We've all drawn our winners and since it's Feature Friday, why not head to our DT blogs and check out what kind of inspiration they have to offer you and see if you're a winner?! Hey, while you're at it... just head on down to the previous post and check out our Recipe Challenge... all the DT links are there too for you :)

Kelly's winner is LOZ... congrats, you've won the Puppy Love image!

The grand prize winner for the 4 New Release images (Puppy Love, Calvin, Oh Lolly Lolly and The Wiggies) from The Cafe Store is.....

Kim from Creative Bling!!! Congrats Kim

I'll be e-mailing you in the next couple days, but again, if you haven't heard from me, please do send me an e-mail just in case I can't find an e-mail addy or we end up in your spam!!!!

Well, that's it for now...
Happy crafting!
Kendra & Kelly (the imaginary illustrator)

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Feature Friday - Recipe

Hello all and welcome to The Character Cafe Feature Friday. This Friday, we are presenting you with a recipe challenge. The recipe is to create something using

only one designer paper,
and a ribbon.

Here are some examples from a few of the most talented ladies out there:


Angie C






I hope you will take a moment to check out the DT's individual blogs (click their pics) for detailed information on how they created these cards using the recipe. Also, check out the remainder of the DT blogs for more inspiration this week using TCC images around blogland... Piali, Sara, Rachel and Billie are challenge bound!

The prize this week will be digi stamps Puppy Love and Relaxing Rosebud (by Maddy Nupp of Chibitude) both available at The Character Cafe Store... as well, a 15% off Discount Code, a winner's blog badge and your name/blog featured at The Cafe Store "Specials" section!

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you will play along with us this week using this weeks' recipe.


If you're looking for the winners from our blog hop last week, the post will be up around noon if it's not there already!