Thursday, October 29, 2009

TCC Feature Friday & Copic Color Challenge!!




For today’s Feature Friday card for The Character Cafe, I have chosen to do another Christmas card.  I know it’s only October and it was 80+ degrees in Texas today, but WHATEVER!  Christmas is coming whether we want it to or not, so we might as well get ready!  ;o)

This card is also for the Copic Color Challenge blog!



This is a shot of what the card looks like opened up.

Make sure if you do one of these, you have enough embellishments, time and creativity because this one seems to take a lot of all of them…just ask my brain after doing this one!!!  ;o)


  • Snowman – The Character Cafe
  • Card – Tri-Shutter Card (search You Tube for videos)
  • Paper – red is Heidi Grace Midnight Kisses and Green is Cloud Nine Design Luster Sprigs – both were from Big Lots!
  • Rub-on’s – last year’s after-Christmas clearance at Michaels
  • Vellum Quotes
  • Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (to make the image shiny)
  • Skittles
  • Prima Flowers – Garnet bottle
  • Snowflake - Recollections Brad with SU embossing powder
  • Copics – BG96, E33, BV20, YR68, BG10, C5, B60, YG03, R20
  • December Tag - Plantin Schoolbook cut at 1”

NOTE:  I made the mistake of showing this card to my hubby!  He asked if this was going to be our Christmas card.  “Uhhhh, nope!  It’s my DT card.”  He says “Well, can’t it be our Christmas card?”  Crud!  One down…49 more to go!  LOL 

Please be sure to check out the rest of our DT to see what they have going on this week!  And whatever you do, DON’T forget to check back next Friday for our new release blog hop!!!!










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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

One-Word Answers

Answer the following questions...with just 1 word....

1. Where is your cell phone? table

2. Your hair? ponytail

3. Your mother? sweet

4. Your father? tall

5. Your favorite food? shrimp

6. Your dream last night? dunno

7. Your favorite drink? Coke

8. Your dream/goal? debt-free

9. What room are you in? kitchen

10. Your hobby? cardmaking

11. Your fear? snakes

12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Hawaii

13. Where were you last night? home

14. Something that you aren’t? grandmother

15. Muffins? blueberry

16. Wish list item? Copics

17. Where did you grow up? Texas

18. Last thing you did? laughed

19. What are you wearing? jeans

20. Your TV? off

21. Your pets? two

22. Friends? funny

23. Your life? hectic

24. Your mood? bah-humbug

25. Missing someone? Grandmother

26. Vehicle? Durango

27. Something you’re not wearing? shoes

28. Your favorite store? Michaels

29. Your favorite color? unsure

30. When was the last time you laughed? 5:45 PM

31. Last time you cried? unsure

32. Your best friend? Mike

33. One place that I go to over and over? Michaels

34. One person who emails me regularly? Deanna

35. Favorite place to eat? Stingaree

I am passing this along to: and

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Friday, October 23, 2009

Fall Themed Basket




Okay, so I made a “Fall” themed basket yesterday and took it to the school today.  I wasn’t terribly impressed, but several people walking past me made comments about how pretty, so I guess I was too harsh on it.  Or maybe because it was a complete PITA and all I wanted to do was eat that chocolate that was in there to give me a reward for not throwing it across the house!!!!!  Anyway, the photo above is the of the basket sitting on my staircase.  I decided I’d show you this photo so you’ll know what that green stuff is by the bucket in the close-up photos!  ha!


I think this photo is kind of cool because of the way the Jack-o-Lantern is reflecting on the wall.  ha ha!!!



A kind of “odd” overhead shot.  Makes me dizzy, how about you?




A closer look at the left side of the basket. 



A closer look at the middle of the basket. 



And last but not least, a closer look at the right hand side of the basket.  Yeah, I realized that I should have embossed the apples AFTER I got the flower wire glued into the center of them!  UGH!  Oh well….


And in case you care about details:

  • Leaves - A Child’s Year
  • Jack-o-Lantern – A Child’s Year
  • Crow – A Child’s Year
  • Apple – A Child’s Year
  • Scarecrow – Paper Doll Dress Up
  • Sunflower – Walk In My Garden
  • Crow – Googly Eyes
  • Stazon Inks in various colors for shading and effect on the cuts

And so you can avoid MY issues, DON’T use floral wire!  It’s not sturdy enough and they lean and flop over!  I made the mistake of making them all and THEN sticking them down into the basket…therefore ALL of my cuts were “done” with the floral wire!  I was ready to throw them all in the trash and call it a loss when Judy suggested that I wrap the floral wire around the skewer to see if that worked.  I told her I loved her…I don’t think she really believed me!  But it worked, so THANK YOU JUDY!!!  :o)


Oh, BTW, my daughter’s teacher said that all the goodies were gone by the end of the day.  So if nothing else, they enjoyed the goodies!


If you have any questions, let me know! 

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Feature Friday Color Palette!




Hi Bloggers!  Thanks for stopping by today to check out my Joy Fold Feature Friday Color Palette post.  (say that three times fast!)  This week is a COLOR challenge comes to you by our Design Team Member Rachel.  She has chosen the colors “tulip, juniper, creme brulee and pink” from the Close to My Heart markers.  Since I don’t have any CTMH markers, I substituted for similar colors in the Copic markers. 


This is what my card looks like when it’s partially opened.



Here is a closer view of Scamp.  This is SUCH a cute image!!


DSC02674 And here is what the card looks like fully open. 

The recipe for my card?

  • Image – Christmas Scamp by The Character Cafe
  • Joy Fold Card - main cardstock cut at 4 1/4 x 8 1/2 and scored at three and flap (part behind Scamp) is 3x8 and scored at 4
  • Scallop Circle – Marvy
  • Small Circle – Martha Stewart
  • Snowflake – Recollections Brads, with SU embossing powder to give them a shimmer
  • Button – from my stash
  • Ribbon – white ribbon colored with Copic BG96
  • Skittles dyed with BG96, B34 and R24
  • Copics – BG96, B34, R24, C1, C3, C5, C7, C9, R27, YG17, RV34, BG10, 0 and YR82
  • Patterned Paper – Heidi Grace & Cloud 9 Designs (Big Lots for $1 per pack of 25)
  • Bling on Scamp’s Hat – Star Dust Stickle
  • Snowflakes Embossing Folder (behind Scamp) and distressed

Please be sure to check out The Character Cafe Blog and our other DT members to see what they are up to this week! 












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Friday, October 16, 2009

Feature Friday – Copic Creations Challenge #14




Hello and thanks for stopping by to visit my blog!  I have prepared a birthday card today using:

  • Image – Cupcake Pewter from The Character Cafe
  • Patterned Paper – Pressed Petals Pack from Big Lots
  • Orange Cardstock – Cardstock Online
  • Copics – C5, C7, C9, 0, Y08, R05, B34, R30, BG10, R27
  • White detail – Sakura Souffle Pen
  • Black Ribbon – Offray from Michaels
  • Sentiment – Inkadinkado???

The card base was made using a full sheet of 8.5x11 cardstock, scored at 4.25 to make two A2 cards.  Cut your front flaps on the diagonal to get the layered effect as shown above.  If that doesn’t make sense, email me and I’ll see if I can explain it better.  ;o)

This project was made for the Copic Creations Challenge #14 – coloring black! 

Please be sure to stop by and see what my other team mates with The Character Cafe have prepared for you today!












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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Criss Cross Birthday Card



Check this out…I made my very first Criss Cross card – WOOHOO!!!  And it was REALLY easy! 


  • Image – Sarah Kay
  • Solid Papers – Cardstock online & Stampin Up
  • Patterned Paper – SEI
  • Sentiment – one I made
  • Embossing – Swiss Dots
  • Scallop – SCAL SVG
  • Copics – E97, E39, G82, YG67, G12, G24, RV23, RV00, E33, E99, B32, 0, E50, B24, YG11, B12, BV02
  • Black Sharpie – detail on scallop circle
  • Glitter – Tulip Fabric Glitter Spray
  • Tab - Martha Stewart Circle Punch


Here is what the card and image looks like with the image pulled out.  That’s the first time I’ve ever signed my name to an image I made.  What made me decide to do it this time?  BEATS ME!?  I guess because it wasn’t attached to the card…?  I don’t know!  I just had the Sharpie pen sitting beside the image, so I grabbed it and signed.  Weird!  ha! 


Here is a close up of the image.  Isn’t this image just the cutest?  Yes, I’m still working on my backgrounds…ugh!

Please leave me a comment to let me know what you think of this and if you’d like to see more cards made like this! 



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Friday, October 09, 2009

Feature Friday post and CHALLENGE

Before we get down to the business of issuing another challenge, I want to announce & congratulation the winner of the Christmas Eve digital stamp for leaving a comment here during our blog hop last Friday! According to, a big congratulations goes to:

Tina Janiga said...

I love this calendar page. I have been wanting to make a calendar for a while. Thanks for the inspiration!!

Tina, please email me for your prize!


THANK YOU for stopping by today to check out the first Feature Friday challenge for this term with our new DT! I {Billie} was asked to post this week’s challenge! I must say, I am LOVING these new images! I’m not sure which is my favorite out of this image or Christmas Scamp! I just don’t know, but I do intend to use them both in the next few weeks! I am also using this post for the Copic Creations Challenge!

This was actually a very simple card. I let the image be the main focus, with earth tone papers, a little bling and very few embellishments! The details of this project:

  • Pumpkins Image – The Character Cafe
  • Light Orange Paper – Stampin Up!
  • Green and dark orange textured paper –
  • Copics – YR16, E57, E97, E33, YG63, E13, G24
  • Skittles – dyed with a mixture of Sunset Orange and Sunshine Yellow
  • Stitching – straight stitch with a machine
  • Bling (probably have to click photo to see it) – Tulip Fabric Glitter Spray


A close-up of the colored image. Can you see the sparkle? If not, you may have to click the photo to get a bigger view.

So…what is your challenge for today?

To use STITCHING on your project!

It can be any type of project, and the stitching can be machine stitching, hand stitching, faux stitching with a doodle pen, etc…but it must include some type of “stitching”! This challenge ends at 11:59 PM CST on Thursday, October 15, 2009. At that time, a new challenge will be issued and the winner of this challenge will be posted shortly thereafter.

Please make sure you visit The Character Cafe Blog to link your challenge project and NOT HERE! Entries placed here will not count toward the challenge…but comments here are always appreciated! :o)

Our DT members have done a GREAT job with their inspiration this week. I have included photos of their work below, but also feel free to click on the DT member's name for more details and possibly more photos.

Picture 007




week 2


Picture 004




Also, please be sure to check out our other DT members who have been asked to take part in other challenges!







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Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Sympathy Card…




A member of my husband’s family member has lost her father.  I pulled together this very simple sympathy card to send to her.

  • Card blank – white A2 sized cardstock with black & white layers
  • Font – Edwardian Script printed from computer
  • Heart Flourish – my creation in SCAL
  • Ribbon – from stash…just used the last of it too! 
  • Embossing – Swiss Dots Cuttlebug Folder
  • Pink Bling – Swarovski Crystals

Honestly, I’m not sure I like the finished effect. I would love to hear what you think……?

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Saturday, October 03, 2009

New Knees???



Sorry for the glare on the photo!  I put it into the clear envelope and sealed it up before I remembered to take photos!  DUH!!!! 

Anyway…a lady that is on several of the same yahoo groups I’m on had knee replacement surgery 11 days ago…on BOTH knees!  I couldn’t think of a good sentiment for the outside, so, I’m sending her this card with a cute little handwritten message on the inside.  I used:

  • Image – Jack & Ginger from Mo’s Digital Pencil
  • Copics – E33, E13, C1, C3, C5, C7, 0, BV20, E50, B24, Y11, RB32, G12, B32, B26, RV34
  • Patterned Paper - Foofalah Pack
  • Flowers – Primas
  • Flower Centers – Skittles
  • Nesting shapes – SCAL and Cricut
  • Stitching – faux stitches with Sharpie pen

Here is another card I did to have on hand.  It’s the same couple, but done a little differently.  And yes, I remembered to take the photo before I put it into the bag.  ;o)


  • Image – Jack & Ginger from Mo’s Digital Pencil
  • Copics – YR02, Y11, C1, C3, C5, C7, E50, B24, G12, E33, 0, B32
  • Patterned Paper – Foofalah Pack
  • Flowers – Primas (same bottle, slightly different color)
  • Flower Centers – Skittles
  • Nesting shapes – SCAL and Cricut

I used slightly different Copics on this one, different colored flowers, switched the papers around and didn’t do faux stitching. 

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Thursday, October 01, 2009

The Character Cafe Blog Hop – “Christmas Eve”


As you may know, I was on the very first EVER term for The Character Cafe Design Team.  All of the DT members were given the option of staying on board for another term.  Some decided to stay, while others decided not to.  I chose to stay for the next term, which is 6 months.  We have a GREAT team again this term, so please make sure and visit all of our DT members blogs to show them some support!  If you like what you see on the DT members’ blogs, you might want to add them to your Google Reader so you can follow along with what they’re up to! 

Now…on with the blog hop!  You should have linked here from Donna.  If not, please go back to The Character Cafe Design Team Page and begin again.  You don’t want to miss out on anything!

The details for my project, which is a calendar page…in case you can’t tell!  ;o)

  • Image – Christmas Eve by The Character Cafe, of course!
  • December Lights – Christmas Lights Outdoor Font
  • Christmas Tree & Star – SVG file on Cricut
  • Loop Border & Corner Punch – Martha Stewart
  • Tag Shape – Plantin Schoolbook
  • “Lights” on tree – Dyed Skittles
  • Copics – R37, C1, B24, R35, V09, YG63, E50, Y08, C7, E53, 100, E27, E37, E33, E13, YR09, G29, G24
  • Marvy LePlume – 15, 51, 18, 63
  • At you Spica Pen
  • Stickles – Star Dust and Gold

In case you get lost or hit a dead end along the way, here is the blog hop order. 

  1. The Character Cafe Design Team Page
  2. Fink
  3. Sarabeth
  4. Lola
  5. Heather
  6. Diane
  7. Sara
  8. Deanne
  9. Rachel
  10. Angie
  11. Donna
  12. Billie
  13. Piali
  14. The Character Cafe Blog

For participating in this blog hop:

All blog hop participants will receive 30% off all sales between Friday Oct. 2nd and Friday Oct. 9th.  The code is “OctBlogHop”.

Each Design Team member will draw one winning name from their comments to win the image they have worked with.  Since I have worked with “Christmas Eve”, that is the image the winner will be given for commenting here.  I will choose one # from a random draw and post the result at the end of the weekend, so please check back to see if you’ve won Christmas Eve!!!  :o)

There will be a freebie at the end of the hop on the Cafe blog.

Kendra & Kelley will draw one name from the comments at the Cafe blog for the Grand Prize Winner of all the new releases.
Note: If the winner has already won a new image from the DT blogs, they can choose 1 from our older images.

Post about our blog hop on another website or blog and you’ll receive an extra entry into the Grand Prize drawing!  Just make sure you post a comment on The Character Cafe Blog


And finally…an up-close look at Christmas Eve!  I used the Spica pen on her earrings, but it doesn’t show in the photos.  Boo hoo!  I *so* need a photography class!!!  ha!

Your next stop is Piali….

Thanks for stopping by!


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