Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Damask Candle Holder Freebie

Heres another very special give away for the holiday season. A gorgeous Do it Yourself Damask Candle Holder/Place Card Freebie for your festive decor. by Blackleaft Studio. The files contain a printable template to create your very own customised candle holder. You can download this freebie over at the Mygrafico store by clicking here.

Monday, November 29, 2010


To start your week off, I would like to share a card I created with a digital stamp called 'Charity' from the Stretch N' Bubbles store. I have noticed lace is being used on many projects. I thought why not give it a try on this project. I'm pleased how it turned out.

Challenges I participated in:
Splitcoast Stampers #308 card layout challenge
Lots To Do, 'Embossing'
Papertake Weekly, 'Cut it out' punched shape or a die cut

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Free Floral Patterns Digital Papers

Over at Mygrafico you can download this FREE digital papers. The set includes six lovely seamless floral patterns: 5x5 inch 300dpi JPEG and PNG files created by Zboooh Design Studio.

At first, I was intimidated by digital papers and wondered how much ink it would take to print them off. Well, I have learned that if I save my digital paper on my thumb drive and go to the local printer center with my white cardstock I can print a 8 1/2 x 11 sheet for .59 cents.

My local DYI print centers are just now starting to have the devices where you can use your thumb drive. You might have to look around to see if they are using this equipment yet. I noticed when taking to the printer center the colors are exactly as indicated in the photo. Click here to download this free set.

Friday, November 26, 2010


Here's another Christmas card I made during a recent stamp camp. This card features the technique called 'Bouncing Brayer.' The card came out beautifully and are quite simple to make once you get the hang-of-it.

The colors used on this card is Rich Razzleberry and Not quite Navy. Set your Rich Razzleberry and Not Quite Navy pads side by side and ink your brayer with half of each color. Bounce brayer over shimmery white cardstock. Pivot your wrist so that the Navy stays in one spot at the middle of the paper. Don't roll the brayer. Next, using the wise men stamp the image with black craft ink and heat emboss with black embossing powder. Embellish as you like. It's that simple.

I would have never thought these two colors would work well together but they do. I love how the rhinestones sets it off. Below is a video I found on YouTube regarding the bouncing brayer technique just in case you would like to see it in action.

Challenge I participated in: For Fun Challenges: 'Anything Goes' and Totally Paper Crafts, 'Untraditional Christmas'

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Be Merry & Bright

I started making some Christmas cards this weekend using some products I received from Mygrafico store. This card was created using one of the digital images from the set called 'Traditional Christmas' by Blackleaf Studios.

The card layout is SC305.

Challengs I participated in:
Paper Cutz, Christmas using bling
Crazy 4 Challenges (C4C64), their theme was circles
Crafty Creations Challenges, Christmas is coming

The file contains 7 different joyous and fun Digital Stamping Elements. This charming Festive and Traditional Christmas Stamps are sure to add that sparkle to your special events - Party, Cocktail, Dinner, Celebrations, Festivities..etc You can purchase this set in the Mygrafico store here for $4.00.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


It's time for another MyGrafico Challenge! This week's #76 challenge was to Go Girly. I created this cute card using the 'Unicorns Stamp Set' by Blackleaf Studios and 'Stick Fairies Paper' by Stick Fairies Paper.

This card was created using SC296 layout. I colored the image with Copics. I have been seeing many cards with scrunched ribbon so, I thought I would give it a try.

Challenges I participated in:
Cupcake Craft, was 'Fairy Tales & Panto Season.'
A Spoon Full of Sugar, was 'Anything Goes.'
Digi Doodle Shop, was 'Anything Goes.'

Stick Fairies paper pack. Great for scrapbooking, craft projects and more! 16 -11x11 papers. Paper match with coordinating clipart set found HERE. Purchase set at Mygrafico for $5.00.

Chic, Trendy, Fun and Playful Unicorn Stamps Set. The set contains 8 fully editable design elements for your craft project. Purchase set at Mygrafico for $4.00.

Would you like to see more project utilizing the theme?
Stop by the the other MyGrafico design team's blogs.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Good News

My "Autumn Bingo" card was just featured on Scrapbook News and Review Magazine (SNR) Card Universe. They choose all Thanksgiving/autumn themed cards for the Featured Cards this week.

Create Icicles

Every now and then I come across a YouTube video I want to share with you. This video will show you have to make icicles for your winter cards.

Monday, November 22, 2010

If Friend Were Flowers

For my project today, I used a digital stamp called 'If Friends Were Flowers' from the Stretch N' Bubbles store. The sentiment also comes with this set. The is a square card which measures 4 1/4 x 4 1/4.

I also created a envelope by cutting down a standard A2 size. The main image was colored using Copics. At the bottom of this post will be the instruction on how to make the envelope. I submitted this card over at Create 4 Fun, they wanted us to create a card using this card layout.

Below is a close up view of the colored image.

You can purchase the digital image and sentiment from Stretch N' Bubbles by clicking here. The set is $2.50.
Instructions for the square envelope:
1. Lick and seal a A2 envelope.
2. Cut the sealed envelope at 4 1/2 inches.
3. With a 1 3/8 circle punch, punch out a half circle on the top of the cut-off envelope.
4. Cut a piece of pattern paper at 4 3/8 x 2 1/2 inches, score at 1 inch. This will be used for the envelope flap.
5. Round the two corners on the larger piece.
6. Adhere to the envelope.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Selected to be a Polka Doodles DT Member

I have some exciting news to share.
I was chosen to be on the Polka Doodles Design team. This is what they had to say, the standard of applicants was mega high this time and we had about 50 people apply so it’s was a toughest choice to select the new teammates. If you’re still interested we would LOVE to have you on the team, we all completely love your projects, your blog and we would love to have you on board!

Click here to visit the Polka Doodles Challenge Blog.
Click here to visit the Polka Doodles Store.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

The Wishing Tree Freebie

Here's a very special give away for the holiday season from Blackleaf Studios. A gorgeous Do it Yourself Wishing Tree Centre Piece for your festive decor.
The files contain 4 printable tree graphics and silhouettes and 6 pieces of 1 inch sentiment circles. Click
here to download this free from the Mygrafico store.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Burnished Christmas Collage

Went to a SU Stamp Camp awhile back. Here is one of the cards we created. The photo really doesn't do this card justice. It is more gorgeous in person. The stamped used is called 'Christmas Collage' from Stampin Up.

Challenge I participated in:
Crazy 4 Challenges (C4C63), their theme was Christmas.

1. To make the card decide what section of the Chirstmas Collage stamp you want to use. Stamp on the small vanilla cardstock measuring 3 x 4.
2. Mat stamped image to green cardstock measured at 3 1/4 x 4 1/4.
3. Use sponge daubers and pastels to highlight areas of the stamped image. More color is better.
4. Punch scallop trim border on one side of the 4 1/4 x 3 1/4 green cardstock.
5. Mount the pattern paper measuring 4 1/4 x 2 1/2 over the punched green cardstock.
6. Add ribbon.
7. Use dimesionals to layer the stamped image over the card.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


It's time for another MyGrafico Challenge! This week's #75 challenge was anything goes. I created this Thanksgiving day card using the 'Autumn Tags Frames and Borders' digital clip art by Cupcake Cutiees.

Challenge I participated in:
Stamp, Scrap & Doodle, their theme was fall.

Autumn Borders, Frames, and Tags Elements Clipart. Whimsical designs that would look amazing on cards, stationary, or any project. Use on scrapbooking pages, paper, or elements. Sweet and adorable designs. These would make great web buttons and for web designs. You can purchase this set in the store here for $5.00.

Would you like to see more project utilizing the theme?

MyGrafico Design Team Call

Are you ready to give it a try? Do you love creating new projects with new innovated products? Then, you should read on to learn how you can apply for the Mygrafico Design Team.

Visit Mygrafico challenge blog for additional details here.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Free Chic Stitch Flowers Clip Art

Here is a free download of clip art by Sanquenetti Design. You can create many fun with theses chic flowers and cloud with little stitch accent included. Enjoy this free set for all your personal projects. Click here to download.

Monday, November 15, 2010


Hello Friends~
I hope this day finds you happy and well! :)

Today's sample is a fun card created with the sweet digital image called 'Sally' from Stretch N' Bubbles. This image would be great for an invitation for a Sweet Sixteen Birthday party. I used SCS 292 card layout. Sally was colored with Copics.

I have been participating in Simply Scrapping free on-line Copics class and learned a new technique called tip-to-tip when working with hair. I loved how her hair turned out. If you would like to learn more about Copics you can go to their site and join in anytime. Challenge I participated in: Stamp Something, their theme was use a digital. You may purchase this image called 'Sally' in the SNB store here.

That's all for today, friends! Hope your day is spectacular!
Hugs, D'Anne

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Free Digital Christmas Labels

Click here to download 2 free vintage inspired stamps that you can use on Christmas cards, scrapbooks and more by Lindsay's Stamp Stuff. They coordanate with the popular Nestabilities dies from Spellbinders TM.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Colorful Fall Mini Kit Freebie

Here is a free colorful fall digital image set to enjoy by Sanquenetti Design. You can create many fun fall projects with this mini kit. Includes a colorful modern tree, a flower, background paper and fall tag word. Click here to download your freebie.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Punch Christmas Tree Bookmark Card

Here is a card that keeps on giving. What do I mean by this? I created this bookmark card at one of my community stamp club meetings. The Christmas tree was created using SU scallop circle punch.

Challenges I participanted in:
Allsorts, their theme was 'Twas the Night Before Christmas.'
Punched Tree Instructions:
1. Punch out one scallop circle and then cut into triangles starting with 5 , 4, 3 and 2.
2. Sponge the edges with white craft ink to give the appearance of snow.
3. Layer and glue the scallop pieces into a tree shape.
4. Cut a small tree trunk out of brown cardstock.
5. Punch out a small yellow star.
6. The base of the tree skirt was created by punching out one of the flowers from SU BoHo Blossom in red cardstock.
7. The tree base was created with pattern paper measuring 1 x 2 with the edges cut.

Card Instructions:
1. Cut cardstock at 5 1/2 x 7 and scored at 2 3/4. Fold on score line.
2. Use a perorating scoring tool down the right side of the card. This will create the bookmark.
3. Decorate the bookmark as desired.
4. Punch a hole in the top of the bookmark and add ribbon.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Free Chocolate Tags

Who loves chocolate? I do I do!! This FREE printable by Sanqunetti Design has 1 place card design which can be used for tags or labels for your candy buffet. Printable also includes 2 tag designs which can be uses as cupcake toppers as well. A great accent for all your chocolate goodies at your event. Click here to access your freebie.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Better Not Pout 3 x 3 Gift Card Set

It's time for another MyGrafico Challenge! This week's challenge #74 was to create a project incorporating an assigned card sketch. I created this cute 3 x 3 card box using Lilly Bimble, 'Tis' the Season' digital background papers and 'Christmas' Clip Art by Stockberry Studio
This box holds 4 cards and envelopes. I'm really excited how this project turned out. Did you notice the Christmas tree on the box? I printed and cut out the digital Christmas tree and then ran the image through the Swiss Dots cuttlebug folder. Next, I took sand paper and sanded off the dots to create Christmas ornaments. The circle on the box says, 'Better Not Pout!' A video on how to make this 3 x 3 box is located at the end of this post.

I used the computer to layer all the digital elements on the cards. I then printed out the images on cardstock and added a layer of red cardstock and added a red ribbon for dimension. I did two cards of each design.

Lilly Bimble, 'Tis' the Season' digital background papers with 16 colorful papers for Christmas and the holiday season. Snowflakes, ornaments and trees adorn these mix and match papers. Use for scrapbooking, cards, invitations and holiday crafts. Purchase the set for $5.00 here.

'Christmas' Clip Art by
Stockberry Studio. These Christmas characters are great for your next craft project! You will receive 8 designs in this kit for $4.00. Click here to purchase.

Challenges I participated in:
Crazy 4 Challenge, their challenge was 'Square card.'
Polka Doodles, their challenge was 'Quick and Easy Christmas Cards.'
Watch the video below to learn how to make the 3 x 3 box.

Would you like to see more project utilizing the theme?
Stop by the the other MyGrafico design team's blogs.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Handmade Christmas Ornaments

I wanted to take the time to show you some handmade Christmas ornaments.

Pine cone ornament. If you would like to make one the directions can be found by clicking here.

This was created using small strips of pattern paper applied to a hat pin.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Enjoy Treat Bag

Have you ever had an idea for a project floating around in your head that you just NEEDED to create? That's what happened to me when I saw the digital image called 'Without You a Piece is Missing' from Stretch N' Bubbles.

I wanted to create this treat bag using the digital image as a orange slice in the word ENJOY. I used SU top note die to make the header and then cut out the letters on my Cricut. The orange slice was colored with Copics.

Challenges I participated in:
Our Creative Corner, their theme was create a project with 'An Attitude of Gratitude.' My thought is simple, ENJOY the simple things in life.
My Time to Craft, their them was 'Quick and Cute.'
You can purchase this digital image for $2.50 here.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Dollar Digi Offer

New Dollar Digi is in the Stretch N' Bubble store now!! This will be avaliable for 1 week only.. so get it while you can!
Click Here :) hugs

Saturday, November 6, 2010

MyGrafico Christmas Giveaway


Create a design using any
MYGRAFICO product. Check out all the free items on the website. Design can be anything. Such as card design, scrapbook album page, embroidery, or other creative designs. Do not post designs that are old . Create something new! Anything goes, You can post this design to other Challenges as well.

Wondering what are the prizes:

Special note: You can enter as many as you wish to increase. Each entry will be counted. Stop by
MYGRAFICO for complete details.

Friday, November 5, 2010


I came across this really simple but sweet card. I love how this turned out. Now if only I had a nice cup of coffee to go with my donut. Thanks for stopping by.

I cut the word Yum, on my Cricut. The jelly was created using red stickles. Watch the video and learn this technique for yourself. I also submitted this card over at My Time to Craft challenge, their theme this week was 'Quick and Cute.'

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Autumn Bingo

It's time for another MyGrafico Challenge! This week's challenge #73 was to create a project incorporating Autumn colors. I created this cute Autumn Bingo card using Aspen Papers by Lilly Bimble and Sketchy Leaves Digital Stamp Set by Lindsay's Stamp Stuff.

Front view of the card. The card layout was SC287. I also submitted this over at Cupcake Craft Challenge, their them was 'Fall Colors.'

Close-Up view
I used Copic Markers on the leaves. I love how they turned out. Did you notice the rain drops on the leaves?

Sketchy Leaves Digital Stamp Set by Lindsay's Stamp Stuff
The bold lines of the stamps make them a snap to color of simply print them on colored cardstock, easy and fun! Seven stamps for $3.75.

Aspen Papers by Lilly Bimble
12 autumn inspired modern retro backgrounds for card making, scrapbooking, photographers and more. Some of the papers have added texture. All 12 designs for $3.38.
Would you like to see more project utilizing the theme?

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Folded Tree Tag

I doesn't get any easier or faster than this to make a Holiday Tag!

I have seen this project made before with fabric for a cute holiday napkin. So, immediately I thought of paper. To make the tree cut a half circle of double sided paper. The size of the circle will vary depending on how big you want your finish tree to be. Then it is folded back and forth to make the tree. I stamped the background with snowflakes in Versa Mark and sponged the edge of the tag. Punch out a small star from yellow cardstock and add ribbon.

Fold the napkin along the line from Point A to Point B forming a Christmas tree shaped triangle. Lay the triangle on top of the rest of the paper.

Mark point C on the edge so that it lines up with the fold and Point A. Fold the paper so the remaining part of the fold triangles already made. (figure 4)

Continue making Christmas tree triangular accordion folds on the rest of the paper. Make the folds backwards and then forwards so an accordion or fan is created.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Strawberry Cupcake

How come sometimes you can make several cards in an hour and other times it takes many hours to make one card? Well I have created a card for you using the digital stamp called 'Strawberry Cupcake' from Stretch N' Bubbles. I love cupcakes they just make you smile.

This image is great for Birthdays, Valentines Day and just to make someone smile. The image is available in the SNB store here for $2.50.
Stamp: Stretch N' Bubbles, Strawberry Cupcake
Paper: SU Solid and DSP
Coloring: Copic Markers
Other: Ribbon, Crystal Effects, MS Border punch


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