Sunday, January 31, 2010

Dottie's World Challenge-I can See Clearly now!

Hello and Happy Sunday!
This week the Dottie's World Challenge is hosted by the very sweet and talented Adele & she wants us to SEE CLEARLY :o)
She wants us to use some type of acetate on our cards.
I have a whole box of unused overhead projector pages that I used to use for know-before .........Power Point!
Anyways, I dug them out of the back of my storage closet and was happy to put them to use once again!
I stamped some swirls (Magnolia background stamp)-with my SU! white stazon ink. Wow-when you get that pad inked up well-it works perfect! And it dries super fast!
And if you make a mistake you can clean off your acetate with some stazon cleaner. :o)

I had to make a card for an associate who just had a baby girl.....about 6 months ago. :oP.
Yeah I'm super late but she lives in Vancouver so I don't get to see her much.
I used one of Dottie's images form the Love and Marriage collection-you can get it HERE.
I colored in the sweet pea with my copics.
The sparkle brads are SU!
Paper is BoBUnny Love this new paper collection but I've been having trouble matching up my copic colors to it. :o(
The "congrats" sentiment is MFT
The "it's a girl" sentiment is CTMH....both stamped in CTMH Tulip ink
The name plate is CTMH
The ribbon is from Michael's Craft Store.

I think that's about it.
Make sure you check out the DW blog HERE to see what the other designer's came up with.

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabby Sunday!

Nicole M Bailey

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Dottie's World Challenge-Leaf It!

Hello and Happy Sunday!
It has been one crazy week...I just can't believe it is already Sunday..AGAIN!
Well it's another Dottie's World Challenge.
This week Lou is hosting and this is what she wants:

"Are you all tired of seeing cold bare trees? I sure am so this week I want you all to encourage spring to come early! I want to see leaves on your creations. They could be paper ones, fabric ones stamped or even real ones! The only other rule is that you use a Charmed download :) You have until next sunday to make your beautiful creations and leave us a link."

So I decided to make a card using one of my favorite Charmed Download Characters-Holly...well I'll take Holly or Madison any day! :o) They are both so sassy!
You can get Holly Hipster HERE

The paper is Basic Grey-Sugar Rush, so are the red brads.
The cut outs are also Basic Grey-Sugar Rush....gotta love those cardstock stickers that come in the Basic Grey paper kits! I used 6 different stickers on this card. So helpful when you are in a rush-and can't spend a lot of time stamping/cutting images out.

I think that's about it....make sure you check out Dottie's World Challenge Blog HERE to see what all the other designer's came up with!

Thanks for stopping by!
Nicole M Bailey

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Truly Scrumptious Challenge #24-All Sewn up!

Hello and Happy Wednesday!
So today's card is for this week's Truly Scrumptious challenge.
Sharon was so sweet to use the sketch I made for the challenge-plus she wants us to add some stitching.
Well, of course I encountered some technical difficulties with my stubborn 35 year old singer sewing I had to settle for faux stitching instead. Luckily Close To My Heart has an awesome "stitches" stamp set, that I totally LOVE!

Both images I used are Magnolia, and I got them from Magnolia-lici0us! The absolutely BEST place to get Magnolia stamps. Diana, the owner is so sweet and she really does offer the BEST service. A lot of other stamp companies cater to the design team...but Diane really makes her customers the focus. :o)
I colored in Giggling Tilda and the Kitchen Bench with my copics and then air brushed the background. I pop dotted the bench and Tilda.
The paper is BoBunny-Kitchen Spice and so are the buttons are flowers.
The bling is prima
The brads are CTMH
The sentiment is MFT, stamped is CTMH Cocoa ink
My faux stitching is below the sentiment; stamped in cocoa ink as well.
Oh and here is the sketch for the challenge:

Make sure you check out the other designer's cards HERE, and have a fabby day!
{{Nicole M Bailey}}

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Dottie's World Challenge-Monochromatic

Hello & Happy Sunday. :o)
Another Sunday, another challenge at DW!
Gunn is the host the week, and she wants monochromatic-white.
Here is what she wanted:
It is my turn to deceide this week, and I tried to make an easy challenge this time. I want monochromatic and the color to use is WHITE - you can use from the lightest white to ivory and cream.And for a special extraI want you to use a small touch of the lightest brown. Your charmed ones is allowed to have skin and hair colors. A Charmed Download is a must, so don`t forget that one. Have fun with this one.
Gunn is just the sweetest-I just love playing along with her every week at DW. :o)
OKay so for my card I decided to use an older Charmed Download from the Holly & Madison collection, called Holly Pamper Time; and you can get it HERE. I plan to give this card with a gift card for a mani/pedi.
I colored Holly in with my copics.
The white and vanilla cardstock is CTMH and the beige patterned paper is BoBunny.

The paper flowers & bling are prima
Buttons are CTMH & SU!
The ribbon is from Michael's Craft Store
Brads are CTMH
I made the sentiment on my mac-geesh simpler than stamping. :o)

Well thanks for stopping by today and make sure you check out the DW challenge blog to see what the other designer's came up with!
Nicole M Bailey

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Dottie's World Challenge-Sketch Challenge

Hello and Happy Sunday. :o)
This week I am hosting the Dottie's World Challenge, and I decided to do a sketch. :o)
Here is the sketch:

I was so excited when I finally figured out how to make a sketch on my mac.
It's a super easy sketch-a nice way to start the year!
I made this card for my mom and dad for their 42nd wedding anniversary on the 27th of the month....{whoops.... close your eyes mom! ...yup my mommy subscribes to my blog. :o)}
I used Dottie and Hubby from the Love and Marriage collection-you can get it HERE.
My dad wears glasses so I free handed a pair with my copic multiliner pen. An essential tool when working with copics. You can't use a normal marker when working with copics-you could get bleeding and you can't use a copic marker because it will blend in with your image. You need a marker that is water & copic proof. {when adding liner details to your images}

I colored in the image with my copics.
The paper is BoBunny-Flutter Butter and so are the buttons
The paper flowers are Bazzill
The crochet flowers and ribbon are CTMH
The sentiment is Kraftin' Kimmie's stamped in CTMH-cocoa
I also did a bit of distressing to help blend all the different patterned papers together-I used a dauber and desert sand CTMH ink.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you will join us over at Dottie's World for this week's challenge. :o)

Nicole M Bailey

Friday, January 8, 2010

No Tilda-Just her Kitty and a couple of friends

Hello and Happy was that a short week! The kids went back to school yesterday so it made this week fly by.
I made today's card for a childhood friend. A friend whose birth date I swear I will never forgot. She helped me get through the rough early adolescent years. Her name was Lisa-but she later changed her name to Liz-she'll always be Lisa to me.

Anyways, I used a few magnolia images. The birds and cat are Tilda's friends. :o) I love these little images-they are so adorable-I usually use them all together.
The flowers and pots are brand new from Close To My Heart.
The sentiment is MFT
Images are colored in with copics and I also used a bit of stickles here and there
The paper is Basic Grey-Sugar Rush. My new favorite this season. Buttons and brads are also from the same collection.
The ribbon is from my stash.
I also want to share with you a brand new "gadget" I found at Michael's during the boxing week sale. It's called the Mini Bowdabra. I was getting tired of my signature ribbon "knots" and wanted to try something different-but I suck at free hand bows. Then I found this little "machine". I got it with my 50% off coupon-so it was well under $10. It makes the cutest little bows, and it's so easy to use! I just love it and can't wait to make more cute bows with it!

Anyways, thanks for stopping by today.
See you in a couple days for the Dottie's Challenge-I'm hosting this week. I created my first ever sketch!

Nicole M Bailey

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Truly Scrumptious Challenge #23

Happy New!
Today is the first TS for the year 2010.
We have a fabby sketch to follow and a color combo.
Here is the fabby sketch by our very talented Mina:

The color combo, which is not mandatory is Pink/green/black.
I got this new fabby Basic Grey paper-Sugar Rush. That has a dark grey, pink and green in it. Sure it has a few other colors but I figured it still counted. :o}
I really need to invest in a new, better camera. This picture doesn't do this card the justoce it deserves. I LOVE tis card. It's so vibrate and pretty.
I made it for my niece who is turning 15. I originally was going to make a "teen" card but I just couldn't resist this Mo's image.
I colored in the image with my copics-of course. :o}
The paper, buttons, brads and paper embellishments are basic grey-Sugar Rush.

The sentiment is CTMH.
Well thanks for stopping by today.
Make sure you stop by the Truly Scrumptious blog to see what the other designer's came up with.

Nicole M Bailey

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Dottie's World Challenge-Bring in the Old Bring in the New!

Hello and Happy Sunday! :o}
It's that time again...another challenge at Dottie's World.
This week Adele wants us to "bring out the old and bring in the new"
This is what she asked:

"As we have entered a New Year I would like you to look back at your "Crafts of the Past" dig out something from your stash, blow off the dust and put it to use with a new item that you have recently bought or been given as a pressie! As long as you use a Charmed Download, the rest is up to you."

So I had to make a card for my brother inlaw Terry for his 45th birthday, and I thought that this Charmed Download image form the Mikey collection, that you can get HERE; would be perfect.

I RARELY make guy cards....but I am really trying to keep up with all my bday cards this year so I had to make my brother inlaw a card. I like how it turned out. I tried to add a lot of personalized elements to it.
Terry is a HUGE Nebraska Huskers fan so I added the "N" to Mikey's shirt.
I circled the 44 and 1 on the little die cut for 45.
and I also hand stamped his name on the little name plate.

Here are the complete details:

I colored the image in with my copics of course.
The paper is My Mind's Eye-Ooh La La for Him, the die cuts are also from the same collection
The sentiment "Happy Birthday" is Close To MY Heart-stamped in black
I stamped Terry with a Close To MY Heart "Hodge Poge" Alphabet stamp set. The buttons, brads and spiral clip are CTMH as well.

Now for the challenge-the spiral clip has been in my stash for years...I have a whole container of them and can't even think of the last time I used them.
The paper was my most recent purchase; it was in the clearance section of my Local Scrap Store-but it was MY most recent purchase. :o}

Thanks for stopping by, have a fabby Sunday-and make sure you put your feet up and relax-if your Christmas was anything like mine-you NEED it. ;o)

Nicole M Bailey