AiF challenge #93

Welcome to another new challenge day at AiF.  This week we are on our new site!  Very exciting.  Our challenges have changed  a bit, we are now offering a freebie to work with and going to a 2 week challenge period.  The design team is smaller this term as we work out the kinks on the new site and yet the creativity is huge.  Make sure you check out the DT inspiration this week.

Here is my card for this week’s challenge of Back to School/Hooray for Teacher

I really wanted to keep this card simple and use primary colors.  I did a little paper piecing (something I’ve not done in awhile) with some scraps (**sigh** yes I am still using scraps) and colored the image Ella Teacher with my Copics.   A little chalking for the sentiment which I printed out on the computer and for embellishments just a bit of ribbon, stickles and bling, all of which are from my stash.  I will admit, the only new thing I used on this card besides the image, was the new border punch I picked up.  I realized I had NOTHING in terms of a scallop punch so I thought I better have one!

Entered into the following challenges:

Art Impression Stamps: School is in!

CRAFT Challenge: Children

DivasbyDesign: Back to School

Clear it Out Challenge: Back to School

Ribbon Car0usel: Anything Goes (must have ribbon as well)

Crafty Boots: Anything Goes



A blog hop and a new challenge

It’s lots of fun over at AIF this week.  Not only are we doing a new challenge of Boys will be Boys, so bring out your best boy creations, but we are also helping to sponsor the Blogaversary of The CRAFT challenge with Jo and her amazing team.

Please make sure you stop by both blogs, the AIF one to get in our our great challenge this week, (Have you seen the DT creations this week..AMAZING!) and also the craft challenge to get in on their blogaversary blog hop & challenge as well! Lots of great prizes to be won!

A Drop in the Bucket at AIF

If you are looking for my giveaway, it’s here

Hey Everyone! This is the first week of the new DT and wow! You really need to check out the challenge blog and see what they have created..such talent!

Our theme this week is A Drop in the Bucket, so your projects should have some kind of water on them..rain, ocean, a pool, a glass of water, anything like that.  You have until 11:59EST on Wednesday March 9th to upload your projects to be entered to win.  You can check out the blog for all the deets and to enter!

Here is my card for this week’s challenge using Ella the Mermaid..such a cute image!

I used some BG DP  from my scrap box (**sigh** yes I’m still trying to go through all my scraps)for this and cut the waves out of scrap cardstock  using my Going Places cricut cartridge ( I think this is the first time I’ve ever used it).  I colored Ella with my copcs and just added some bling.  The stamped sentiment is just a stamp set I picked up eons ago.

I’ve entered this into the following challenges:

Crafts & Me Challenges: Under the Sea

Papercraft Star: Inspired by a movie, song or book: mine is Under the Sea from the Little Mermaid

The Paper Shelter: use your scraps

Tuesday Taggers: Inspired by a Song: Under the Sea from the Little Mermaid

Paper Playtime : anything goes with a digi

KB Cute Monday: Anything Goes with a Digi

Bows and Berries: Anything Goes

Lothian Crafts: Bright Colors

It’s a Spring Thing at Lollipop

Oh how I long for spring! I am soooo tired of winter here.  It’s just been so cold and dreary.  That’s why I loved this week’s challenge at Lollipop Crafts.…THINK SPRING!  Bust out the spring stamps, colors, papers you name it and beat the winter blahs!

I’m happy to say that AiFactory

is sponsoring the challenge this week and it is hosted by moi! so make sure you stop by the blog and check it out and also to enter the challenge!

Here is my DT card this week


DP: unknown from my stash

Ribbon: Savvy N Sassy

Image: Aifactory

Bling: $$ store

Flowers: from my stash

Glitter: doodlebug

Just a simple card but I really like it! I hope you do too!

I’ve entered into the following challenges:

One Stop Craft Challenge: Spring Flowers (GDT entry)

Sweet Stamps Blog: Flowers

Alota Rubber Stamps: Use your nesties

Stampin’ B’s: use a flower

Ann’s Creative Nook: Bring on the Color

Paper Pretties: Glitter

Whimsey Doodles: From the Garden

Lexi’s Creations: Flowers

Bows & Berries: Anything Goes

Lothian Crafts: Pastel Colors

Delightful Challenges: Use your Scraps

The Crazy Challenge: Here Comes Spring

AiFactory is In the Kitchen

Hey’s challenge day at AIF and this week it’s all about the kitchen…we would like to see your food creations entered into our challenge here on the blog.  You will have until 11:59 EST on Wednesday Feb 23rd to upload..and don’t forget about the freebies you can find in our store here…if you use our images you get an extra ballot to win the challenge

This week we’re playing with this cute kitchen set

Here’s what I whipped up

I hope you like it. The DP is Kaiser and the ribbon is from SavvynSassy.  The alphas are Glitz.  Enjoy.

I’ve entered into the following challenges:

Digi Doodle: Anything goes

Dutch Dare: Sparkle, Bling Glitter

Lothian Crafts: Pastel Colors

Charizma Cards: Spring has sprung..nice springy colors

Sassy Studios: Use a Punch

Stamp it Crazy: Free for All



Thursday Goings on

Well a few things to tell you today…


It’s a new challenge over at AIF.  I don’t have a card for you today…I’ve been really busy this week with work and with Riley that I haven’t had a chance.  I hope to get one done this weekend.  It’s a Valentine’s Day/Love theme so for those of you still making Valentine cards, it’s right up your alley…

Make sure you check out the challenge blog for all the deets and…there’s a freebie there for you as well.


Also head on over to the Lollipop Crafts site and check out the Sponsor Spotlight, which this week is Meljen’s her work and she has a bunch of freebies that you just have to pick up..they are adorable!!!

Here is the card that I created for the spotlight..I just love this guy..remember you saw him a couple of days ago on my tag

I just made this card with some scraps, a border punch and some buttons.  The sentiment is Create with TLC.. colored with copics and some chalk to highlight.


Have you seen these DT calls???

Hey everyone…..Here are a couple of Design Team calls you need to know about..


Firstly Challenge Masters is looking for some new Divas for their April-September term… you can find more information here

Secondly, Aifactory is looking for some new Design Team members for the March-August term…you find out more here....


If you are worried because you’ve never been on a design team before and don’t think you are good enough, stop!  Give it a shot!  The first time I applied for a design team I didn’t have any experience either and now I’m on 5!!!!  Give it a shot~!  I love being on design teams and the ladies that I create with are fabulous and we have so much fun bringing inspiration and challenges to can be apart of that so make sure you check out the links!~


A LOVE-ly Color Challenge

Hey everyone! Aif has a lovely challenge this week.  We’re looking to see all your great pink & red combo creations!  Perfect for those Valentine’s day creations you’ve been whipping up in a frenzy!

Our image this week is this gorgeous Wuv you Ella set!

Here is my card this week!

I really like how this one turned out!  Everything you see is from my stash so I couldn’t even begin to tell you where it all came from…LOL

Make sure you check out the challenge blog to upload your cards/projects by Wednesday Feb 9th!  We’re also having a DT call so you don’t want to miss that..the challenge blog has all the deets for you!

I’ve entered this into the following challenges:

The Rubber Cafe: Glitter and Shine

One Crazy Stamper: Pink

Stamptacular Sunday Challenge: Whateva

Simply Create: Give your heart away

CraftyCatz: Flowers

Mami Doodles: The Magic of Love

Penny’s Paper Crafty: hearts aflutter

Paper Sundaes: Valentine

Craft Your Days Away: Love

Sisterhood of Crafters: anything goes

My Time to Craft: Flourishes (mine’s done with some bling…)

It’s Anything Goes at AIF

Our challenge this week is one of those popular Anything Goes so I hope you will join us!  It’s going to run for 2 weeks so you will have until 11:59 EST on the  26th of January to enter on our challenge blog.  Here is the card I created using the Ballerina set (we had the option of two images), just an every day kinda card.  I like those ones!

The DP is from my scraps and I did a bit of paper piecing for her skirt.  I decided not to use the copics this time and instead just colored with my waterpen and my inks.  I found the little flower charm in a little box and I love the little flower brads.  A little bling and voila!tle bling and voila!


(this card is entered into the following challenges:

4 crafty chicks: show us some metal (my charm)

Kaboodle Doodles: use a digi image

Tip Top Tuesday: anything goes

Stamp Something: anything goes

Ooh La La: Bling it on

Craft Your Days Away: Anything Goes

Stamping Vacation: No Tags

Creative Inspiration: Something New (new digi)

I am a little behind in my ACAD’s as I’ve been trying to get ready for our Cuba trip on Saturday which will put me even further behind.  I have a few done that I will upload later today and the rest will have to catch up when I get back!


For the Bride

Hello everyone! I hope that you’ve all had a fabulous Christmas! Mine was great, moreso because my parents were here from Kamloops to spend Christmas with the family for the first time in 15 years!  It was a whirlwind few days but we were all so happy to have them here!

Well it’s the last challenge for 2010 at AiFactory.  We’ve got a lovely digital set up for grabs this week.  It’s called Ella the flower girl and I just love it!

This week’s theme is ELEGANCE.  So however you want to interpret that into your card.  It could be an elegant wedding card, or birthday card, or thinking of you.

I did a bridal shower card myself.  With my own 5th anniversary next week, I was remembering way back when I was excited to be a new bride and celebrating my wedding.  The excitement of my bridal shower only a few weeks before and how my DH and I have celebrated every anniversary since then with a trip to Cuba! (We leave on the 15th on Jan 😉 )

I found this envelope from a B&W swap that I did on a yahoo group ages ago and so I wanted to start using it.  Thus my card is mainly black and white with just a bit of color. (forgive my thumb..the card front is cut in half so it doesn’t sit properly like a normal card)

The black paper on the inside of the card is actually floral embossed altho it’s hard to tell.  I used some stickles on her dress for some glimmer and some $$ store pearls.  The flowers came from the stash swap and I added some stickles to the brad.  I distressed the edges of the DP and added a bit of ink here and there on some edges.  I cut the image out using my Spellbinders.  I also added a border punch to imitate some lacy edging..

I hope you will join in our challenge this week.  You have until 11:59EST on Wednesday January 5 to upload your card using the link on the challenge blog!  If you are uploading from an online gallery please us AIF061 so we can find your card.  Also if you upload your card to our online community gallery, you can win a $10 GC to our store!  Speaking of our store, we have some great images that you can use for this challenge in there as well as some freebies so make sure you check it out!


I wish you all the best for 2011 and I hope you will continue to enjoy my cards and projects.

I have entered this card into the following challenges:

Incy Wincy Designs: Distressing

The Crazy Challenge: Punch it

Crafty Emma: Anything Goes

Digital Tuesday: Anything Goes

Bunny Zoe: Sparkle and Shine

Studio 313: Sparkle and Bling

StampFairy: Let’s Celebrate (I hope this qualifies as it’s celebrating a bride to be)

My Time to Craft: Brand Spanking New (how about a new bride??? )

SimonSaysStamp: Time to Celebrate

Creative Challenges: Anything Goes

The Corrosive Challenge: Bring on the Bling

Gingerloft: Distressing

Aly’s Sunday Sketch: Anything Goes

Allsorts: Anything Goes

Sweet Paper Treats: Anything Goes

Crafty Ann’s: Anything Goes

For Fun Challenges: Anything Goes

Aud Sentiments: Anything Goes

Craft Your Days Away: Anything Goes

Sew Many Challenges: Anything Goes

Delicious Doodles: Purple Reigns

One Stitch at a Time: Anything Goes

Creative Friday: Anything Goes

Beary Sweet Challenges: Pearls or Gems

Crazy Catz: Your Choice

Crafts and Me: Anything Goes

Totally Gorjuss: For someone Special (my old roommate Heather)

Tip Top Tuesday: Get Embellishing