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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Lasting Memories Layout Challenge #74 -- We're Going Digital AND Digi Darla Blog Hop!! :)

Welcome to our first hop of 2012 at Lasting Memories!! If you've come from Denise then you're on the right track! If not, just click HERE to start at Lasting Memories and you'll also find all the details of the hop there! Please be sure to read through because this week we have a lot going on! We're being sponsored by Digi Darla which is PERFECT since this weeks challenge is "DIGITAL"!! 

For my layout today, I used Digi Darla's "Birdhouse Flowerpot"...
I made this layout to give to my mom for some of her BEAUTIFUL garden pictures that she'll take this spring...  We've had such a mild winter, and she's been a little worried about her flowers coming up early...  But I just know she'll have an award-worthy garden again this year!!
When I saw this digi stamp, I knew I wanted to feature it on a garden layout -- So I made it the focus of the page (until my mom adds those fantastic pictures at least!!).  I used my Stampin Up! Watercolor Pencils and a new-to-me (thanks, Christi!) blender pen...  To get the blended color on the birdhouse, I used brown, gold, and a touch of orange.  To get the dimension on the flower pot, I colored around the outside edge only and gently pulled the color to the center with the blender pen until I had the desired effect.  Since the stamp has a pot of daisies, I cut daisy layers (found on the Walk in my Garden Cricut Cartridge) at 2", stacked them in threes, and added the yellow centers -- I also cut some green vines (found on the Elegant Edges Cricut Cartridges and modified with my Gypsy) to use behind the daisies...
My layout title features the base and shadow font from the Calligraphy Collection Cricut Cartridge (welded with my Gypsy) and both font layers from the Cindy Loo Cricut Cartridge.  The font on Cindy Loo is one of my favorites because it's so versatile -- From little girl layouts to garden layouts and more, it's a beautiful font to have in your collection!! :)
One of the things I simply LOVE about "Digi Stamps" is that you can resize them to fit your needs!!  For my layout, I printed the digi stamp LARGE, but I also wanted to show you how easy it is to adjust the digi stamps for ANY project...
I created a fun "Thank You" card using the same "Birdhouse Flowerpot" image...  This time, I printed the image out at about 3.75".  I again colored the image with my watercolor pencils and blender pen.  I embossed the evergreen background cardstock with the "Daisies" embossing folder from Sizzix and added a strip of cranberry and deep blue cardstock (scraps from my layout above!! YAY!!)...
I added three red Kaiser Craft rhinestones to the top corner of my card (gotta have my BLING!!) and stamped the "Thanks" sentiment (found on the "Winter Wishes" Stamp Set from K Andrew Designs) three times (inside says "...a LOT!!") before punching them out with my new SU! Word Window Punch...  I'm super excited about my new punch (a wonderful GIFT from my Uber-bestie, Christi), especially since using it on this card means I can enter it in the challenge over at Celebrate The Occasion (have you visited THERE yet???  If not, consider yourself invited to check it out!!)...
Thanks, thanks, thanks a LOT for stopping by to see my layout and "Thank You" card!!  I hope you'll become a follower and visit often!!  :)  I'd love for you to leave a comment with YOUR blog address so that I can visit (and follow) you as well...

Now it's time to hop onto Kim for more inspiration!! Oh and one more thing!! We're also including our friends from Digi Darla's DT in our blog hop and we'll finish up at Digi Darla's Designs where you can view her newest releases and more!! Once you've had a look around, leave Digi Darla a comment and let her know which image is your fav for your chance to win 5 of her images!!!

Be sure to join us and show us your digital creations for a chance to win Karen's giveaway! All the details can be found at Lasting Memories .. Here's your master list in case you get lost (clicking on the links below will take to you directly to each participants post for the hop)... happy hopping!!!



Digi Darla Blog Hop



LASTING MEMORIES DT

Amy You are HERE!! :)
Kimberly Go here NEXT!!
Jennasa

DIGI DARLA'S DT
And Our Friends from Digi Darla's are doing ANYTHING digital - doesn't have to be a layout!!

Beckie

Not part of the hop, but a few of my Lasting Memories Design Team Sisters who have a Digital Post to share:
Julie
Tina

Thank you for hopping with us and be sure to come back and play a long with us!!! Here's a sketch from Heather at Scrappy Sketches for inspiration as well - REMINDER: sketch is OPTIONAL - only layouts following our challenge are eligible for giveaways.

Until next time,

30 comments:

Stacia said...

This is so pretty! I love it!!!
~Stacia - LMDT

Linda Therrien said...

wow Amy, love the layout and the card - beautiful job.

Linda
www.lindascreativity.blogspot.com

Suzanne cricutcraftingrammyblogspot.com said...

So cute Amy. Those daisies are so cute with the digi. I like your style.

Esther said...

Love this layout, it is fabulous!!!

Rhonda Emery said...

really pretty layout amy. love it

Elizabeth said...

Wow both of these are just beautiful! Our birds came bak today-2 months early...I understand your mom's worries!
Elizabeth LMDT
http://visionsofpaper.blogspot.com/

Kimberly said...

i am going to have to get me some of those water colour pencils... beautiful

Haven_mom4 said...

I like that you used the same image for both your layout and card. they both are fantastic

Karen Wilson said...

Oh I love this too! I am loving seeing everyone's digi's this week. We had a few on the team that have never touched them and I am in AWE! I LOVE that LO - I'm wondering the same about my flowers too, it's been so warm. Your mom will love that and what a nice pg to showcase her flowers. Love that card to!

craftin-dawn said...

wonderful layout and card! Love your coloring very nice! Your mom is gonna love that layout!!
Dawn-DDDT

Edwina said...

Amy, I love your layout and card! Your Mom sounds like mine. She has been worried about her flowers too. The layout is perfect and I am sure she will love it. The Thank you card is lovely. The dark green embossed paper is so pretty.I like that you used the same digi for both projects. Thanks for sharing. Edwina Brown edwinadotbrownatlivedotcom

glassgraffitix2 said...

AMY, you never disappoint Both if these are GREAT!!!

Michele F. said...

Wow... you did 2 projects! Us last minute Lucy's never seem to fail... and you went above and beyond. :-) Great layout and card. I too love how you can make them bigger and smaller. This is all new to me and now I am hooked. :-)

Jennasa~findtimetocreate.blogspot.com said...

Wow your work just amazes me. Thanks for sharing yur beautiful creations.

Jennasa

Adrian said...

so pretty! Thanks for playing with us @ CTO!

Sherrie K. said...

Wow, this is so pretty Amy!!

Sherrie K
http://sherriescraps.blogspot.com

Lisa said...

Both your card and layout are just gorgeous, Amy!! I love that digi stamp!! I wish I wasn't coloring-challenged...I'd love to add digis to my repertoire. I love how you matched the flowers and vine to the stamp!! I want to see this when your Mom adds her gorgeous garden pics!! Awesome as always my friend :)

Lisa
indymermaid.blogspot.com

girlia said...

Amy your LO is just amazing. thanks for joining us CTO this week.

Scrappin Mama said...

Your Layout is Awesome!!! Your mom is going to love it.... I love the flowers, and the coloring on the card is beatiful!!!
LisaO-DT

Beckie said...

Awesome. Great job.

Be blessed, Beckie

Amy said...

What a beautiful card and layout- love those little daises on the layout and pretty image on the card! Thanks for playing at CTO this week :)Amy

Michelle said...

This is sooo pretty!! You colored your images beautifully!! :)
Michelle LMDT

Jessica said...

Amy, your mom is sure to treasure this! Fantastic job incorporating the digi and I just adore the colors you used. Thanks for the encouraging words at my blog. Awesome bargain at the Outlet...can't wait to see what you create. It was fairly simple to work with and all came together rather quickly!
:O)
Jessica

Carol said...

Fabulous layout Amy. Carol x

Digi Darla said...

Wow! That is one BEAUTIFUL layout! And what a wonderful card for the gardener! I love those cutouts...amazing what you can do with it if you have that special "touch" (which you do). I love those flowers! They really make that layout "pop". Thanks so much!

Brenda said...

Wow, what a beautiful lo! I love how you colored the digi-so pretty! I also love the colors you used and the daisies, love, love the daisies!! Your card is awesome too!

Dilsaver Designs said...

What a sweet LO and I love that you have a matching card, great details! Thanks for joining us this week @ CTO for our Thank you (use a punch) challenge :)

Marg said...

Super cute card AND blog! I'll be stopping again. Thanks for the inspiration!
http://ididnthavepotatoes.blogspot.com/

Jani Lewis said...

Love the flowers and coloring.

Jani
papercompulsions.blogspot.com

marla said...

Gorgeous coloring. I love your layout and card!!

 
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