Saturday, April 30, 2011


The theme this week in the Emerald Faery Garden is ANYTHING personal favorite! I hope you find my pop-up tag card fun and something you'd like to try. The instructions are very easy and available at Splitcoast Stampers. It is interactive and sure to tickle anyone! Of course, you'll want to run right over to the brand new Emerald Faery Garden Challenge Blog for this first challenge too. AND best of can win 4 digi stamps of these wonderful little creatures!

The card was made with a digi stamp of Emerald Faeries Kenz & Tilly, Bazzill embossed cardstock, Basic Grey cardstock, May Arts striped twill ribbon. Flowers were cut using the Cricut Accent Essentials cartridge with self-adhesive pearls. Sturdy double stick red tape in 1/4" and 1/8" widths hold everything together.

I chose Kenz & Tilly for my Mother's Day version because it so sweetly depicts a mother's love to me. The faeries were colored with Copic markers: flesh - E00, 50, R00, 11, 20; dress - R00, 02, RV21, 23, 25, C1; scarf - R00, 02, RV21, 23, 25; hat - G20, 82, YG00; shoes - RV23, 25, 29, pants - C1, 3, 5; stripe pants - G20, 82, E50; hair - Y00, E50, YR21; wings - YG00, BG0000, RV000, G20. Lots of coloring, for sure!!

To make it possible to add a note for mom, I made my tag into a pocket by adding a thumb notch on the top with a circle punch. A square piece of white cardstock was scored and folded in half then corners rounded an eyelet added on the front of one half and a May Arts ribbon tied for easy moving in and out of the pocket...I think this would work well for a gift card holder too. Mom will love you for this imaginative card!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Make A Wish Event with Mo & Zo

Happy Easter everyone! All is quiet after a great family gathering so I thought I'd sit down for a little looking around the internet and catch up on a few missed things. Luckily, I came across this great carnival event sponsored by Mo Manning & Zoe at Make It Crafty and it's such a great deal for a great cause. I hope you'll stop by and pick up this wonderful Mo Manning piece of digital art for just a buck! She's contributing 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this sweet piece of art to the Make A Wish Foundation. BUT run as fast as you can over to Make It Crafty's blog to see and read about how Zoe make her amazing circus ferris wheel. I was "blown away" by her amazing talent.

If you're like me, and have family who benefited from this wonderful group, OR if not, you'll want to be sure to participate!

Friday, April 22, 2011


DEB'S CREATIONS Design Team Congrats to Pookie for winning the Emerald Faery blog candy in celebration of the Emerald Faery blog hop a week ago. Pookie, if you're stopping by...kudos and thanks for playing!! on the Emerald Faery stamp to go shopping or visit the blog!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Some Hippity Hoppity Challenges

Hi everyone...happy Spring, Passover and Easter to one and all! It was so nice to return from our Caribbean cruise to sunshine and Spring-like weather after being cold for so long...but with Spring comes rain too. Who cares after the crazy winter we've all had in this hemisphere! This sunny Easter card was made from ingredients gifted to me over at the Yahoo Group Magnoliacardkitandswap board in their Hippity Hoppity kit swap.
Copics used: skin - E50, 33, 00, R00, 20, 11; hair - E50, 33, 25, 99;
dress - BG0000, 01, 05; boots/bow - BG0000, 01, 05, G20, 82, 02; basket - E50, 33, 99.
Colored fronds with Copic BG0000, 01, 05 and walnut with glaze in Rock Candy Stickles.All materials were provided in a kit for the card. My sewing, coloring and assembly plus an eyelet, Nestibilities die, green gingham paper, yellow scallop trim, & green cardstock were added/used from my stash. It came together nicely!

I hope to enter it in the following challenges:
Magnoliacardandkits Yahoo Groups
All That Scraps Magnolia Challenge #9
Magnolia's Down Under Easter Challenge
Magnolia Stamp Lovers Easter Challenge
7 Kid Easter Challenge
ABC DT Easter Challenge
Flutterby Wednesday Challenge

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Emerald Faery Blog Hop Release Celebration

DEB'S CREATIONS Design Team Hi bloggers! It's time again for a couple of super sweet Emerald Faeries to make their debut at Deb's Creations. If you arrived here from Anita's, you're on the right track...if not hop on over to Julie's blog and start your engine!

Please join me in welcoming the two newest additions to the growing Emerald Faery family...go ahead and hop on over to check out the latest releases exclusively available from Deb's Creations! They are available now in digi format and for pre-order in rubber. These sweet little creatures are the brainchild of wonderfully talented Australian illustrator and animator, Linda Catchlove. Is that not the perfect name for someone who creates these amazing little faeries? Ahhhh...wouldn't you just love to have one of Linda's paintings? A girl can dream, can't she? Lucky you can get one of the digital Emerald Faeries of your liking. The rules are easy:

  1. Follow my blog.

  2. Leave a comment on this post since I don't have one of those blasted frogs.

  3. If you don't have a blog, leave a comment on this post with your email address.

  4. Come back April 22nd (my birthday) to see if you won!

Go ahead and hop on now. Here's a list of the design team members in my group:




Ronda (you're here)



Deb M

Deb P


If you'd like to sneak a peak at the other design team group, tip-toe on over to Natalie's blog and get started there too!

Don't forget to leave a comment for your chance at my blog candy!!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Someone Pinch Me...

I came back from vacation to great news. My Faery Cake tutorial featuring Emerald Faeries Willy & Mia made the first round of the May Arts Ribbon design team challenge! If you run over to their blog and vote for me you have a chance to win some super trim & ribbon too. Check it out at May Arts Blog. For those of you who aren't involved in papercrafts this entry is for a very large USA ribbon manufacturer. Being a design team member means you have the honor of creating a variety of handcrafted items featuring their products which are used in variety of formats such as advertising, trade shows, teaching, electronic media like Facebook & blogs. The lucky person(s) who wins this challenge will prepare tutorials that promotes the use of this company's wonderful ribbons. Thanks for helping me by voting!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

A Favorite Layout...

Rarely comes along a piece that I have such an emotional bond to as this scrapbook layout. I made it a couple years ago with the intent of selling it on eBay. I priced it higher than my market of buyers, tho' much lower than many of the well-known artists sell, so it was no didn't sell! Yay! I don't make scrapbook layouts much anymore preferring to make cards since they are much more compact.
Oh, the joy! So now my youngest son who inspired me to make the layout is having his first child and if we're lucky we have a 50-50 shot it'll be a boy! We'll be thrilled with what we get but a grandson would be fun since we have two wonderful granddaughters. Anyway, new daddy2B, Justin, is a volunteer firefighter hence my attachment to this cute layout. I hope you enjoyed seeing my moldy oldie again, as much as I!

I used paperpiecing technique with my original illustrations of the "little hero" and his pedal car-driving dalamation friend. Please keep in mind, these are my original illustrations and may not be reproduced in any fashion without my written permission.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

French-Theme Altered Art Magnet Hanger

I was in the mood to exercise my altered art side so I decided to toss together a few items and made a magnet for a who sends me the most amazing handcrafted gifts and I am so terrible at reciprocating! I've been thinking of her lately and thought she might like this... I made this collage using old bits of this and that I had in my studio with an reprint of a vintage image that looked very French to me. The edges of the photo were antiqued with UTEE and the Eiffel Tower was embossed with copper. I love distressing cardstock and added a square of corrugated stock I had on hand from old packing materials. I will be so sad when my supply is exhausted! All parts were antiqued with walnut stain, vintage buttons and stickers round out things. But what would it be without my prized May Arts Ribbon and lace trim? This was my first time using the i.Rock too...check out the flourish of pearls! I hope my friend likes the gift I'll be sending off soon!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

More 2 Die for...

Big thanks out to my longtime papercrafting pal, Karen S. for her help in looking for more cool paper dies for me. A week or so back I did a long post about matching dies and stamps putting a call out for more. Here are her three finds:

In my true overly analytical style, I have NOT found the perfect label and die set to purchase for myself yet! I am in creative overload with so many new sets released at the recent CHA. Will keep you posted on my choice.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Emerald Faery DT Challenge

Deb is having a challenge featuring the Emerald Faeries. If you don't have an Emerald Faery yet, click on the EF link to go get yourself a digital stamp!
I'm having a love affair with lady bugs so I chose Ally & Beeble for my entry. Here are a few more shots...
I glazed the ladybugs with Glossy Effects and colored the images with Copic markers. Wings were blinged with Stickles. I used the jar & ladybug stamp from an old SU set I bought second hand ages ago! The postage stamp sentiment is an i.Cling from Studio G. I'm thankful for finally using this cool SU set I bought on eBay.

Hop on over to enter your card!

Friday, April 1, 2011

SPRINGSC11 Mother's Day Card Spring Challenge

This was a great chance to make a special Mother's Day card for a very special lady in our family! I entered it in the SCS Spotted Canary Spring Challenge. I couldn't post a photo to the listing but hope it was just a temporary glitch and that it'll show up but if not there is a link back here. The faeries are Ally & Beeble from Debs Creations Emerald Faery collection. The digital download was colored with Copics. I added Glossy Effects for some fun and Stickles to the fairy wings. The flower was handmade by me from pink cardstock. The base is MS ribbon loops. The sentiment was computer generated. Paper is vintage from my stash, maybe Pizzazz but I love it! The card turned out very girly for my husband's dear mom :-)

Thanks for stopping by!