Sunday, November 16, 2014

Second Week of Challenge

The second week of "Here, Kitty, Kitty has begun.  I am afraid I personally have not created anything this time as I have been working with a  very sick husband who had back surgery this week.  I hope next week he will be better.  So, therefore; let's see what the other team members created this week.
I just loved the cute kitty images we received from Stitchy Bear/Barbara Jensen, I used the one for a Birthday card last week and decided this little guy needed a Santa Hat, and I had one from High Hopes stamps (Canadian company) I bought it 4 or 5 years ago and think I might have used it once. I fussy cut the hat and attached it to the image. The wreath is a brad, bought at my favourite little store in Delhi ON, they have the best brads. The sentiment is from a Stampin'up Christmas set. Patterned paper is from a DCWV Christmas and Winter diecut pad.
It doesn't take much for a cat to be happy -- if they are stretching or rolling around, or playing with their friends or chasing butterflies, whatever it is -- they are at peace.  These are good lessons for their human friends to learn.  I tried to capture that feline joy for this tag,  I used two digital kitty images from our challenge sponsor Stitchy Bear's designer Barbara Jensen.  I printed both on paper from the primavera paper line by itKuPiLLi.  The other background papers are random designer papers from my stash, as are the butterfly stickers.  The ecstasy stamp is from "marked by distinction."  I did additional decorating with my Molotow pens.
For the second week of Here Kitty, Kitty, I created a bookmark using a digital image from Stitchy Bear/ Barbara Jensen which I colored with watercolor pencils. I layered my kitty on a paper from a kit called Cute Cats and you can find it at Digitally Me.Then I added some flowers, ribbons and a sentiment from Becky's Scrap. Keep playing along with us and have a magical week!
I've used Stitchy Bear's 'little tiggy tiger' kindly supplied by the challenge sponsor, coloured in copics and mounted on to an offcut of copper mirror card. The paw print ribbon and the computer printed sentiment were also mounted on to other snippets of copper mirror card and everything matted on to some animal print card that I've had for a long time ... just waiting for a 'tiggy tiger' to come along!

A special thank you goes to Barbara Jensen on Stitchey Bear Outlet for sponsoring this challenge.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Lunagirl Challenge

The theme of  Lunagirl's challenge is this time around is "Asian Art and Ephemera.  If you have a chance go to the Lunagirl site and see the tedpieces of inspiration the Lunagirl Moonbeams have created for you.
My inspirational piece for the Lunagirl theme "Asian Art and Ephemera uses a piece of designer paper as a mat and behind the Geisha  I used part of a Cherry Lynn Design die.  To make the Lunagirl image standout, I cut a black mat to go under her.


I am one of the few bloggers who notify their winners.  I have yet to hear from the winner of the challenge "Anything Goes (Fall Colors).  She has until Noon CST Sunday to reply.  After that, another winner will randomly be chosen.  Therefore, always check the comments on your blog.  It maybe you!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Challenge #99-"Here Kitty, Kitty"

I personally have been a little slack on my posting lately as we have had a lot of doctors' appointments lately and my hubby is going in for surgery this week.  After Friday, I should be back to "normal" (What is normal?)

In the meantime I want to welcome Kati Atanasova as my Guest Design Team member and we will begin with her piece of inspiration.
Hello craft people and thank you for the lovely welcome, that you have made for me. My first work for The Cheerful Stamp Pad and the new challenge Here Kitty Kitty is a wall hanging for my little niece. She is 1 year old and it seems that this lovely image Licky Tiggy Tiger from Barbara Jensen at Stitchy Bear Outlet is made just for her. I have colored it with Tim Holtz® Distress Inks. The other was easy - one unused cover from a box, purple paint, a lot of glitter and grass where to hide  Kitty.
When I was getting things together for this card I saw a sticker packet in my stash that had cats, footprints and little mice.  I knew then I would make a card a little on the funny side.  I had that little mouse and couldn't find a place for it so.......  Can't you imagine the mischief that this cat is getting into?
The first week of the new challenge is Here Kitty Kitty, isn't this an adorable image from Barbara Jensen at Stitchy Bear Outlet? My first thought when I saw the kitty was great image for a Birthday card for my friend that is a cat lover and it looks just like one of her cats. I coloured with copics, cut with spellbinders ovals and popped it up on some patterned paper from Wal-Mart. I just love the gray and pink together. The sentiment is from Hero Arts and it's one of the first stamps I bought and that was a long time ago. The shiny paper is from a paper pack I bought at the dollar store also a long time ago.
Our DT was given digital images by designer Barbara Jensen for this challenge.  I love this digital cat image as it is so dreamy looking, I added more dreamy things to make my tag.  The background papers are from the primavera line by itKuPiLLi.The gorgeous moon stamp is by Rubber Moon Art Stamps.  The dream stamp is from Inkadinkado.  If you are a cat lover then you surely can not pass up this challenge!
For the first week of Kitty Kitty, I created a tag using a digital image from our sponsor Stitchy Bear. I colored my kitty digitally and placed it on a tag which you can find at So Digitally Me. The name of the kit is Cute Cats. Then I printed it and added some flowers and a ribbon.Hope you have a magical week!
I used kitty 1 and kitty 2 kindly supplied by the sponsors, Stitchy Bear Stamps,, flipping kitty 1 horizontally, then coloured with spectrum noir pens. The background paper is some I got a long time ago from PDA card and crafts, twill ribbon from Hobbycraft and the two silver embellishments have been in my stash for ages (yes, they are both silver, although one looks gold in the picture

I hope you are inspired to enter into this challenge as the DT would love to see what you create.  The main thing is make sure you follow the theme.  This challenge is being sponsored by Barbara Jansen on the Stitchey Bear Outlet.  Just click on the banner below.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Challenge Reminder for Lunagirl

 Lunagirl will be closing their challenge "Music and Dance" soon so enter now.  Above is a  pair of Altered Playing Cards that I made using a couple of Lunagirl images.
Join our creative challenges!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Guest Designer Kati Atanasova

Below you will find a short bio from my Guest Designer who was recently chosen.  She will be creating projects with the Design Team members for at least the next two weeks.  Let's give Kati a warm welcome.

My name is Kati Atanasova, but my craft friends call me Kat. I live in Bulgaria and work as a Treasury Manager in a big international company. Being crafty is my hobby, and also my way to escape from the busy life. I forget everything when I sit on my working table and start making something with my hands.

I craft usually at night when my kids sleep and the house is quiet and dark. It is not easy to wake up early in the morning and to go at work, but it is worth.
I have two blogs – one is my “home” where I share my works, mainly cards and the other is for lessons and free resources for beginners in crafting.
I am not fan of die cuts, but I am fond of stamping and stencils, also big distress holic . I love all styles of stamping, but coloring of people is not my best side. I am still learning. I love to make mix media art, with no rules, just beautiful colors and clever, funny sentiments.
This month the main focus of my craft work will be the new adventure called art journal and of course a lot of Christmas cards and small gifts for my friends and family.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Second Week of "Fall Colors" Theme

The Cheerful Stamp Pad is continuing the Fall Colors Challenge.  If you haven't entered yet, go the shortcut on my sidebar and upload an entry.  We would love to see what you create.
This week I've made a tag featuring background fall leaves paper by Stitchy Bear Designer Coosty Creations and a sweet digital girl image by Stitchy Bear designer "My Heart Pieces."  I printed the girl on some colorful paper and colored her with pencils.  I tore that sheet and added it to the fall leaves background paper. I added a number of fall leaves die cuts and a pumpkin die cut border. I hope you have fun with this challenge!
I used Stitchy Bear's My Heart Pieces 'sunflower summer' digi kindly supplied by the sponsors, colouring with spectrum noir pens and die cutting using one of the Spellbinder's marvellous squares, with gold gems at the corners. The main background matt gold card was embossed with Embossalicious floral vine folder run through the eBosser and a piece of copper mirror card embossed with a polka dot folder.
 For the second week of challenge #98 ATG fall colours I used the cute pair of sunflowers for my image, don't they have sweet faces. I made another tag which I can use for a gift. Although our Thanksgiving is over I'm sure I will find a good use for it.
For the second week of "Anything Goes:Fall Colors",  I first created a card but when I was posting it, I realized I had made a mistake because I clean forgot about the colors. So I deleted my post and got all my stuff again to make a tag. In case you want to have a look, my card is below. The image used is called Oisi and was designed by My Heart Pieces. You find it at The Stitchy Bear Outlet. I colored my image with watercolor pencils and layered it onto a scrapbook paper. I also adorned my tag with some  fabric flowers, two different ribbons,  crystals and a lovely sentiment. Well, my lovelies, have a magical week and keep playing along with us!
My sponsor is My Heart Pieces on Stitchey Bear Outlet.  Please take a look at all her images.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Blog Hop

Hello Everyone!


I want to welcome everyone to the 4th destination of

Gecko Galz 4th Annual Blog Hop

If you started here you might want to go back and start at the beginning at the Gecko Galz blog so you won’t miss anything!  

We have 21 AMAZING blogs for you to visit this weekend, each with some gorgeous projects created using the Gecko Galz collage images, that we are giving you for FREE! Each blog you visit will have another free Gecko Galz Collage sheet for you to down load, The one here is


Also make sure you collect all the “secret” words on each blog so at the end of the hop you can send in the phrase to enter our drawing for a wonderful treat.  So sit back, relax, take your time and enjoy the hop!

We have FOUR amazing prizes up for grabs:

·        First is the Kit Club for each month for an entire year. This is exclusive sets for club members which include a paper set, stamp set, and collage images in each set! That is 12 different sets! This is a $144 value!

·        Second prize is the monthly collage sets for an entire year! Each month you will receive all 4 sets absolutely FREE! This is a $96 value.

·        Third prize is all of the individual collage sheets each month for a year, this includes the jewel it sheets! This is a $90 value!

·        And our Grand Prize ONE FULL YEAR of Gecko Galz PRODUCTS!!! That will Kit Club Set, 4 individual collage sheets, Jewel it set and 4 collage sets each month for the entire year! This is a prize worth $330!

Read on to learn how you can win!

First of all, you will need to visit all 21 blogs and leave a comment on each blog :) **This is important so we know you have been to all the blogs **. Collect all 20 words (one on each blog site except the home site) and at the end of the blog on the Fripperies and Butterflies site there will be a link to email the phrase to Gecko Galz. This enters you in the contest. On November 3rd we will randomly draw the 4 winners and email each of you, then we will post the winning names on the Gecko Galz blog site.


For an extra chance to win make a purchase from the Gecko Galz site and your name goes in again for a better chance of winning (each purchase you make that weekend gives you another chance to win) 





Your Secret Word is;



Please enjoy this free Gecko Galz Collage sheet

“Cowgirl Way”

 as well as the samples I have made using the images!


(Just click on the picture for link to full size sheet)
This image Gecko Galz looked like she needed something to sit on so I found the perfect thing-a basket.  The basket is a Stamps by Judith stamp.  The Martha Stewart punch made the beautiful lace and red stones were added to it along with a red bow.

The background of this lovely Gecko Galz cowgirl is a piece of gauze-like material I distress with ink.  The designer paper has the appearance of leather and a brown bow finishes the card.
I love the bright colors of this Gecko Galz cowgirl image.  The letters on the designer paper gives a western feel.  The sentiment for this birthday card was printed on the computer.

If You missed checking out one of the blogs or want to go through them again here is the rotation


Here is the Blog Hop Rotation

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Lunagirl's Challenge Theme

The next two weeks the theme at Lunagirl is "Music and Dance".  Come to the website and see what the Moonbeams have created.  This is my tag for the challenge.

I placed a ballerina on some torn music and then layered it into a tag which had been painted with H2O,   I wrapped the tag in blue ribbon to match her top and a a couple of hearts.


The winner of the Guest Design Team Member is Kati Atanasova.  You will be seeing some of her work soon.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Challenge #98 "Anything Goes (Fall Colors)

There have been loads of great creations lately with the Fall them so I though I would continue it.  For this challenge you may create anything you wish as long as it has Fall Colors.  Please make sure you follow the theme.  Lately I have had a number of entries that people have don for other challenges and have just added to mine even though they did not fit the theme.
I made a card with one of my favorite flowers which are prominent in the Fall.  That is the sunflower.  I decided to fussy cut the image which is from my sponsor My Heart Pieces found on Stitchey Bear Outlet.  The sentiment is "A Magical Fall.  Part of the sentiment are stickers from Tim Holtz and the large letters are from my stash.  The leaves to the right are part of a 3D bought embellishment from my stash.  The image was colored with Copic markers,
For the first week of "Anything goes:Fall Colors", I used a digital image kindly provided by our sponsor Stitchy Bear. It is called Sunflowers Summer and it was designed by My Heart Pieces. I colored it with watercolor pencils and layered it on a yellow card stock. I also added some wooden buttons, Washi tape and a sentiment. Why dream? Because Sunflowers make me dream of sunny days. Have a magical week and keep playing along with us !
For my DT piece "sunflower garden" I used a sunflower digital image by "My Heart Pieces" and fall leaves background designer paper by "Coosty Creations" both designers at Stitchy Bear. I printed the digi on some colored paper and colored the image with pencils.  After cutting it out I went around the edges with my red gold pro marker.  I added a few embellishments to finish it, keeping things simple.
Have fun creating and I hope to see your entry.
For the first week of Challenge # 98 I chose the wine barrel and of course my marker was sort of running out as I coloured the barrel, I went with it as it looked very much like wood does. I made a tag to use when I give a bottle of wine for a house party.
I used the Stitchy Bear's My heart pieces 'wine barrel' image, kindly supplied by the sponsors, coloured with spectrum noir pens and die cut using one of the Spellbinder's marvellous squares, brushing with spiced marmalade distress ink before releasing from the die. This was then mounted on to gold mirror card. All papers used were from my offcuts box, flowers from Hobbycraft.

 I am so pleased to have Stitchey Bear Outlet sponsoring this challenge.  Please visit the site and see all the wonderful images that available there.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Moon Godess - Lunagirl Theme

I am running a little late on posting this.  Lunagirl is in its second week of the Moon Goddess theme so hurry on over and enter.  This is my second sample for the theme.  It is a pair of Altered Playing Cards.