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December 22, 2013






Wishing You & Yours A Blessed Christmas Season
And A Very Happy New Year !!







December 2, 2013

Sketch N' Scrap Guest Designer Post


I am so excited today to share with you that I am Guest Designer over at Sketch N' Scrap. This is a site that provides amazing scrapbooking sketches to get your layouts completed. Today I am sharing this Sketch # 46 by Lisa Hidy which I totally loved!!!


Here is my take on this sketch.

Rub-On Sentiment Says: School Days, School Days, 
Good Old Golden Rule Days


Page Layout Supplies
Cardstock: Bazzill
Adhesives: Ez Runner/3L 
Mediums: Ranger Distress Inks
Paper: Scenic Route & October Afternoon
Stickers: Echo Park, Creative Memories,
Rub-ons: Fancy Pants/All Fall, Creative Imaginations
Punches: Stars/Lrg. & Sm Stampin Up Star Punches
Tools: Cuttle Bug & Embossing Folder-Unsure of Name


Close-Up of use of Rub-Ons and Textured Tag

Make sure to check out the challenge blog and play along with this sketch challenge. There are always amazing prizes up for grabs and be sure to leave some love for the design team because everyone loves to be encouraged in all that they do!! 
Big Hugs

December 1, 2013

Doodle Pantry December Release



Oh my goodness! You should see the release this month. The sets are totally amazing!! Just look at some of these demos for example and you will know what I am talking about. Lol. So make sure to see the rest of the stamps at Doodle Pantry Blog

Check This Out @ The Store
And this one! Sew great for all those crafty sewing pals. 

And this one, is the one that I used for my tags. Isn't it adorable.


I made these tags for my friend's two little kids for their Christmas gifts.
 I think that they will like them. I hope so anyway.


My tags were cut using my Cricuit machine and than embossed with my friend's
Cuttle Bug embossing machine. I used a snowflake embossing folder by Darice. This was my first attempt to ever use pre-colored digital stamp images. Gasp!! Lol. Yes, I know!! I always colour my own but this time around I used the pre-coloured ones. I printed them out twice and the first images were cut out and glued to the tag. The second set was fussy cut and popped up with pop dots on the first set. This gives great dimension and looks great. The tags were distressed with Ranger Distress Inks
and embellishments were added for a final touch.


These tags are being submitted to the following challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks - W  Christmas
Die Cut Divas: Let's Celebrate Challenge
Card Crafter's Circle - W, 3E, C10 – No. 103 - Gift Tags
Sweet Pea Stampers - 2W, SIO, E3 - (W2 of 2) - Lots of Texture
Crafts 4 Eternity Recipe Challenge W, 3E – No. 152 - Non Traditional Christmas
QKR Stampede – W, 4E, SIO  No. 66 - It's Starting to Look a Lot Like Christmas!
Stempelsonnen Challenge - 2W, 3E, stamp as main focus - No.103 - (W1 of 2) - Merry Christmas
Charisma Cardz - W, 3E, C10 - #46 Christmas....will run for two weeks. (W2 of 2)

I hope that you like these tags and that you were inspired to make 
your own this year. Until tomorrow when I will be sharing a page layout for a 
Guest Designer Spot with Sketch N' Scrap........
Take Care & God Bless

November 29, 2013

My Movember Card



Just popping in with my one and only card that I made for Movember.
 Yes, I know I am getting it in by the skin of my teeth, but here it is none the less.
 I made this card for a special guy who has been a great support to me the past few months. 
He has provided me with some Godly advice and a listening ear.
 So I wanted to thank him for that. I used these sets below to make this card.

 Mustache MishMash  (New Set)

And this Clear Dollar Stamps set called Classic Tools, that 
was designed by Laurie as well. 



Not sure if she will be releasing this one in her next re-release of 
Clear Dollar Stamps or not, but if you ask maybe she will!! Lol. Such a great 
masculine set of stamps and so versatile.  

 And here is my card. I used the digital papers from Mustache MishMash set. 


This card is being submitted to the following challenges:
Brown Sugar – W, E2 - No. 70 - Thank You
Card Makin' Mamas - No.76 - November -Thankful Tidings
Kitty Bee Designs Aloha Friday Challenges  N.13 - (W2 of 2) - Thankful / Thank You
Add a Little Dazzle - W, SIO - #2 Thank you
365 Cards - daily - Thankful
Crafty Creations - #250 Thank you
Creative Belli - 2W - #183  Thank you (2nd week)
House That Stamps Built -  Thanks


I don't know about you, but I do have brads that I don't use often, but these can be used in your cardmaking as well. These ones here are from my friend Jerusha who 
sent me a RAK package when we were design sisters at LCOM
I thought that they would be perfect for a card like this.

Before I go I want to share with you that Doodle Pantry as a BIG SALE on right now. Yes, 40% off EVERYTHING!! This is a great sale. Check it out! Make cure to use code TDAYSALE. Make sure to read all the instructions on the blog before processing your order at the store okay.  

Hope your all doing well and have made it out alive from all of those Black Friday sales. 
I don't even try to get out to these sales, I would rather just order online. Lol.
 Anyway that is it for me for now. Hope to see you here again soon. 
Blessings

November 21, 2013

Doodle Pantry Challenge # 40



Hi Everyone:
Just popping in to share my card for Doodle Pantry Challenge # 40 and the theme is "Anything Goes".  So the possibilities are endless with this one. Also we are sponsoring the challenge over at Fab'n Funky .

About Winners
2 Winners from all entries will be drawn and will win a $15 gift coupon to spend at doodlepantry.com  Everyone who enters using a Doodle Pantry image will receive the featured set shown above. Pretty cool hey! Great way to collect some amazing Doodle Pantry images. 

I am sharing a creation with you today that I started to make for a second card for our Release Day, but didn't get completely finished.  I changed things up so it could be submitted to the the challenge over at Sketch N' Scrap. Sorry!! I have so much going on these days that I am behind in my cardmaking, so I thought that it would be best to share this card in a separate post today.

Check out challenge # 13 over at Sketch N' Scrap. This is the sketch this time around.




My card today features the set called, Coffee & Biscotti and it is illustrated so well that the Biscotti looks good enough to eat. I just love it!! There are so many options with this one. So here is the set below. 


Here is my card using this set and my take on the sketch challenge above. 



Card Supplies:
Digi Stamps: Coffee & Biscotti
Adhesives: ATG, Pop Dots
Cardstock: Bazzill, Neehah Desert Storm
Pattern Paper: Schoolhouse/ Workbook By October Afternoon
Embellishments: Buttons/Memory Makers, Brads/Dollarama, Jute/Unknown,ribbon/offray
Rub-Ons: Wild Saffron/ K & Company, Love Ones Designs/Swatch Book Impress-ons
Mediums: Ranger Distress Inks, black marker/Staedtler, Watercolour Pencils/Staedtler

I selected the coffee cup and colored it with my watercolor pencils. I printed out the images on Neenah Desert Storm cardstock. Once printed, the cup was colored entirely with white coloring pencil. This is to put down a base color to begin with before adding shading. The coffee portion of the cup/mug was then colored with light brown and shaded around the front of the coffee to make it look like the rim of the cup was in front. Love doing this!! Now the cup is shaded in various areas with light gray, and darker in some spots with a little brown and black. The cup has a coordinating embellishment, a rub-on actually, to tie in with the background paper. (Challenge: Why not break out your old assortment of rub-ons and put them to use on your next creation.) I also used Desert Storm cardstock for my base. Sentiment was added to white cardstock, distressed and crinkled before adding to card front. Cards created with this color, look so natural, but can give a great country feel. 



Close up of layered cup and detail of coloring.



This card is being submitted to the following challenges:
Sketch N Scrap: Challenge # 13
7 Kids College Fund - 2W, 3E, SIR - #87 Anything goes
Addicted to Stamps and More -  C10 - #72 Coloring
Crafting for all Seasons - 2W, 3E - #65 Stitching (2nd week)
Creative Moments - 2W, 3E - #30 CAS/Anything goes (2nd week)
Fab 'n' Funky - 1E, C10 - #194  Anything Goes
Inspired by Stamping - W, SIO #124 Create a card or project use ribbon or crochet trim.
WordArt Wednesdays - 5E , Anything goes (must be uplifting, no dark images or themes)


Hope to see you back again because my next creation is based on an old memory of days gone bye, something that I loved growing up. Can you guess what it might be? 


Give you a clue!! It is sticky, colorful, taste delicious, and oh so much fun! Depends on if you can use the right technique!! 

Thanks so much for visiting and hope you come back again. 
Blessings Always


November 10, 2013

Operation Write Home Fundraiser & Sketch Challenge


Today Doodle Pantry is sponsoring OWH sketch challenge #198 and we decided to also release 2 new products for a special OWH fundraiser! 

Here you can see we bundled two BRAND NEW just released today products called Missing You and With Heart and they are marked at a bargain price together of ONLY $5.00!


To get a better view of the sentiments....






You can use these sets for everyday cards for your own family and friends OR for our heroes to send home. They are very versatile and the With Heart set in particular would also make GREAT Valentines for kids!

Doodle Pantry will be donating about 70% of the profits of each sale of the BUNDLE from Nov 10 thru Nov 30.  If you are a big supporter of OWH and know how desperately they need monetary help and hand made cards for our heroes to send home while deployed, PLEASE hurry and get these adorable downloadable digi sets before Nov 30 so that you can help support OWH and their mission.

Click here to go directly to the bundle at the Doodle Pantry shop. 
Thanks for supporting OWH and for joining their sketch challenge for an additional chance to win a Doodle Pantry gift certificate prize!

Here is the sketch challenge # 198 for you to play along with. 



Now I didn't use the sketch but just did a card to promote our New Stamp sets for the fundraiser.  The image that I used was the very cute Seal along with the sentiment "Sealed With All My Love". I placed part of the sentiment in the heart and the remainder on the inside of the card. 



The stamp was enlarged to make a shape card and than coloured with regular colouring pencils. The colour was then blended with Baby Oil and a blending stump. Darker shades were added to give depth and dimension. I was gonna leave it on just white cardstock but the blue made it pop even more so I adhered it to blue cardstock for my card base. Cheeks were dry brushed on with Stampin' Up Ink and doted with white paint. 

This is the remainder of the sentiment on the inside of the card. I really don't like how the glue dots show threw the velum but don't really have a better solution. Sorry about that friends. 


Well I trust that your all doing fine and having lots of crafty moments. I hope to see your card in the OWH challenge and that you will help us raise some much needed funds for this amazing group which does so much for soldiers who protect our countries daily. 

Take Care & God Bless

November 1, 2013

Doodle Pantry November Release Day



Hi There! So happy that you could join me for Doodle Pantry Release Day for the month of November. There is so much to share with you, but I will first start with the stamp set that I used for this release. 
I don't do vintage very well, but when I saw this set I knew I just had to give it a try. So I used the set called Vintage Fan and you can see it here below. 





Isn't it gorgeous!! I just love the images and the sentiments are perfect. And just look at the paper sets. My issue is that I don't have a color printer and it is times like these that I wish that I did. Here is my card.



I was going for a terra cotta color but to be honest it looks brown. Lol. Sorry about that but it really is terra cotta or brunt umber. I added the hearts in word document and just re-sized them all. I than used all the colors of the inks in this card to add some confetti as well. I think that the blue shading around the hearts make them pop and adds more interest to the card. Just love this image so much and the blue colored image in the above picture of the set, is kind of retro don't you think!! This stamp set is free with purchase. So if you spend just 3 bucks, you can get this beautiful set for free. Great Deal!

Okay so now here is the best part of this post. Just look at the deals for this month. WOW!! NOV customer special - 25% off the NEW NOVEMBER PRODUCTS ONLY from November  1-10 COUPON CODE:   NEWNOV25OFF
  • Minimum of $3.00 must be in your cart before coupon will deduct 25% from your purchase. 
Freebies are as follows:


Choo Choo (prev. sold by CDS)

Candy Apple (prev. sold by CDS)

Now these stamps that you receive when you make a purchase are just beautiful and they were re-releases from Clear Dollar Stamps but have been re-done to add some extra goodies. 

Floral Jug FREE w/purchase (prev. sold by CDS)

Spring Violets FREE w/purchase (prev. sold by CDS)

Sweet Stuff FREE w/purchase (prev. sold by CDS)


Now this is only half of the stamp sets for sale. You have to head over to the store to see all of the new release sets that Laurie designed for this month. They are totally amazing. I could show pics but that would spoil it all!
 Be sure to visit each design team member to see what they came up with also. You won't regret it because the cards are awesome once again!!! 

I trust your all doing well and enjoying the later days of the fall season and each other. Until next time take care of yourselves  Blessings.

October 27, 2013

Operation Write Home Challenge


Hi There:
Just wanted to share that Doodle Pantry will be sponsoring the sketch challenge at Operation Write Home. The winner of the challenge will be given a gift coupon for 3 free digital stamps of choice.  

Operation Write Home is group of people who support soldiers has they fight and protect their country. This group is the heart and hands of the organization and coordinating of many cards that are donated by crafters like you. Crafters who want to send cards to soldiers to help them have a supply on hand when they need to send that special person a heartfelt message or just to say that they are missed. To find out more about OWH check out this information


Here is the sketch for challenge 




Card Supplies:
Stamps: Let Us Be Thankful/Laurie Wilson
Adhesives: ATG, Pop Dots, EZ Runner
Sentiment: Nestabilities/Spellbinders - Big Scalloped Ovals
Cardstock: Bazzil, Recollections, and Stampin' Up
Pattern Paper: Making Memories - ??
Embellishments:  Flower/ Dollarama, Pearls/Prima Marketing 
Inks & Paints: Distress Inks, Stampin' Up, and Americanna Paints

This is my take on the above sketch. 

This card is being submitted to the following challenges:
365 Cards - daily - Harvest
Card Crafter's Circle - WNo. 98 - Autumn Splendor
DRS Designs - W, 1E, SIO, - #93 Plenty of Pumpkins
Crafting with Dragonflies - 2W, 1E, F - #13 card with nature/trees/leaves (2nd week)
Twist Of Faith Card Challenges WMust include an inspirational sentiment or scripture - #60 Harvest
Lady Anne's Challenge - M, E3, C10, papercrafts - (OctoberAutumn/Fall


Thanks so much for popping in today. I just wanted to say sorry for being Missing In Action, but things have been a little crazy lately. My hubby is in recovery and was off work for a while. The poor guy is sick with a terrible flu virus right now, which has put him back some in recovering and getting back to work at full capacity. Also, my Dad had a heart attack about 3 weeks ago. He is home now but still not feeling the greatest. He still is dealing with complications from medications and so forth. So it has been a different sort of time. And if you are of the praying sort, please pray for both my Dad and hubby. These guys are pretty special to this gal and I hate seeing them like this. So any prayers on their behalf would be appreciated. 

I trust that you and yours are doing well. Remember that no one knows what tomorrow will hold for each of us, so love a little deeper, listen a little more intently, and appreciate each moment. 


October 1, 2013

Doodle Pantry October Release




Today is Doodle Pantry Release Day and I am so excited that you are here visiting with me. I want to share a card that I made today that uses two Digital Sets. The first one is the new Jolly Saint Nicholas set and it is totally stunning to say the least. This can be used for so many different styles of cardmaking. 


And the other set that I used was an updated set that was from Laurie's work at Clearly Digi Stamps. It now has re-colored artwork with matching digital papers. It is called Blessed Christmas  and it is simply gorgeous.



So without further ado here is my card using both sets. I loved the sentiment so much, that I had to create a scene where Saint Nicholas was looking at the Baby Jesus and pondering the true meaning of the Christian Holiday. 



Card Supplies:
Adhesives: EZ Runner, Pop Dots
Embellishments: Jute/unknown, Pearls/Dollarama
Digi Stamps: Jolly Saint Nicholas, Blessed Christmas
Inks & Paints: Distress Inks, Stampin' Up, and Staz-On, 
Cardstock: Desert Storm/Neenah Paper, Watercolour Paper/Canson 90lb.
Pattern Paper: Signature Christmas/MME, Be Good/Cosmo Cricket
Coloring Mediums: watercolor pencils, watercolor markers, alcohol markers on face area


Close-up of Saint Nicholas coloring.


Baby Jesus Close-up
This card is being submitted to the following challenges:

ABC Challenges - W, cards only, E3, C10 - 3 or more Pattern Paper

Make it Monday - W - always Anything Goes
Squigglefly - WSIO (SIR to win) - Christmas Card
The Glory of Christmas Challenge - 2W, C5, E1, Christmas paper projects only -#17 (1st week) Christmas Balls
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas - W, JFF must be Christmas - #144  Three main colors
Di's Digis Designs 3E 2W SIO - (W1 of 2)   Coloring Skills
Totally Gorjuss - W  #202  Traditional Christmas colors
Word Art Wednesdy - Challenge # 99
Crafty Hazelnut's Extra For October Challenge: Anything Goes

Just wanted to let you know about some fun and some great deals. 


Come join us at noon and play along with us in challenge # 39
Featured Product will be Angel Birdie

You can use either a Doodle Pantry illustration OR another digital company image, BUT ONLY the people who use a Doodle Pantry image will receive the featured product. Only 1 entry per person regardless which image you choose to enter.


To see the specials  and get the discount code, please read all of the information here.

Stocking Ants is “free with purchase”. It must be added to your card with your other products, go to checkout and pay and it is included for free.  

Thanks for dropping by and I trust that you have been inspired today to create something fun & maybe even Christmas related. Lol.


Copyright Notice

All the contents of this blog including but not limited to designs, concepts, and photographs are COPYRIGHT 2009-2014 Dana Colbourne. I have put a lot of work in these creations and would appreciate that you use them for inspiration and enjoyment. They are for personal use only and they are not to be copied or used for publications or contest. Thanks for stopping by and supporting me on this fun journey!