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Dec 27, 2008

BC 79 - Celebrations

Hello,  I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas.  Mine was quite nice inspite of the not so nice weather (we did have a "White" Christmas) for a change.
I'm a "Day Late" with the Blogger's Challenge and considered just skipping but decided to post anyway.  Now mind you my card is nothing fancy but at least I participated.  I had a hard time photographing this card because of all the glittery embossing powders.
Our theme this week was, Celebrations (of any kind).  I choose to do a New Year's theme for my celebration card.  I went with a color scheme of White, Black & Gold.
The stamps I used were: Fireworks Rockets - (A Stamp in the Hand) and Celebrate (Graphistamp) both of which I have had for a number of years.  I used Gold Fire Opal EP (Embossings Arts) on Basic Black card stock for the rockets.  I stamped the bursting fireworks with Black Diamond (JudiKins) EP on Whisper White card stock.  My sentiment was stamped with Palette Noir Black ink and highlighted with a black Spica Glitter pen (doesn't really show up well though).  I added  strip of Brushed Gold card stock and 3 black brads. 
Pretty simple really but it looks pretty in real life. - Be sure to check out the other blogger's challenge members creations (if you haven't already). 
I'm looking forward to sharing with you all in the coming New Year!

Dec 20, 2008

Peaceful Christmas Wishes

I realized I hadn't posted this card yet so I thought I would share it with you all today.
The stamp set is called:  Peaceful Wishes and is by Artful Inkables I fell in love with the deer images as I have always enjoyed driving to the mountains to look for deer. 
For this card I used Riding Hood Red Card stock for my base and layered a piece of designer paper (Basic Grey) along with a scalloped punched pieced of Riding Hood Red.  Then I embossed a piece of Sage Shadow cs with the snowflake embossing folder and highlight the snowflakes with a white craft pad.  I tied some Hunter Green Grosgrain ribbon around this piece.
My deer were embossed with Woven Tapestry EP (Personal Stamp Exchange).  This company no longer exists and I've had these powders forever but they really looked great embossed on this card.  The sentiment was stampedwith Cranberry Crisp Ink and I distressed the edges with a Gold Mettalic Ink Pad (Encore).  Then I mounted this onto some Handsome Hunter card stock and raised the image with foam mounting tape.  Pretty easy really but I love the way it turned out.
Here's  a picture of hubby clearing our driveway out today

Dec 19, 2008

BC78 - Hey Santa

Happy Winter! - If you are like most of the country you're probably buried under a ton of snow or ice and wishing hard for spring to arrive (I know I am)...Hopefully everyone is safe and warm. 
  Our Blogger's Challenge for today was Non-Traditional Christmas Colors for a Christmas card.  Well I not only went with non-traditional colors but I decided to use stamps that were rather "non-traditional" as well.
I found this cute little set of stamps (Studio G) for only $1 and thought I'd use them for today's challenge.
I love the Elf Feet and the fact that's all the elf you see is just the feet.  I went with my color scheme by using a piece of Designer Paper - (Doodlebug Design - Seabreeze Dotted Line).
My card base is Night of Navy, layered with Baja Breeze and Kiwi Kiss.  I ran half the piece of Kiwi cs through my Cuttlebug with the Snowflake Embossing Folder.  Then I embossed the snowflakes using a Versa Mark pad and Iridescent Ice EP for some sparkle.  I layered the designer paper on the other half and added a piece of Kiwi Kiss Satin Ribbon.
My Elf feet were stamped with Palette Noir Black ink and watercolored with Kiwi Kiss and Baja Breeze Ink Pads.  I couldn't resist adding just a touch of traditional color so I used some red on the bells and stockings with a Spice Red Glitter Pen.  The sentiment (don't you just love it) was also stamped with the Palette Noir Black ink.  Then I added 3 small mini brads (Queen and Co.)  The panel was then added to a scalloped piece of Night of Navy cs (I used my Nestabilites Dies for the panels) and raised up with foam mounting tape.  I added a bow of the Kiwi Satin to complete the card.
Be sure to check out the other great cards/projects by clicking on my Bloggers Challenge Icon on my sidebar.
This is a picture of our house yesterday after the HUGE dump of snow we got.  I had to go out and dig the Polar Bears and Penguins out from under the snow in order for them to be seen. 

Dec 18, 2008

Winter Wonderland

I've been absent for a few days from blogging and really haven't been stamping either so no new cards to show at the moment.  Winter arrived here in Walla Walla with a vengence and it's still coming down.  I am so NOT a winter/snow type person so I've been in a bit of a cranky mood this past week. 
I thought I'd share a few wintery photos with you.  These penguins are part of our Christmas Decorations but by Christmas they will probably be totally buried as it's suppose to snow all week long.
These are pictures of the trees across the street from us.  The photo on the left is looking down our driveway between our house and my mom's.  The picture on the right are trees from a house on the corner across from us.  This was taken just as the snow plows were heading down the street clearing the road.
This is my mom's dog, Rusty (He's 1/2 American Eskimo and 1/2 Chow).  Doesn't he look cold....but he hates staying inside.  Our temps have been so cold and all this snow is very unusual for our area. Looks like this year we'll be having a, "White Christmas!"
Thankfully I finished up my shopping yesterday before the new storm hit.  I'm not going out unless I absolutely have to.  Stay warm everyone.  Wintery Hugs to all.

Dec 12, 2008

BC77 Christmas Ornaments

Boy time is rushing by so fast and I am no where near ready for Christmas.  How about you?  For our challenge this week we were to do Christmas Ornaments or Decorations.  I wasn't going to participate because I have just been swamped trying to get things done and just didn't feel I had time to try making an ornament (not my usual forte).  However last night at my Stamp Club we made these little ornament boxes and it dawned on me that I could post them for the challenge.  Talk about a "DUH" moment.... I'm sure you've probably already seen these somewhere but I think they are cute and the ladies at my Club enjoyed making them.  I found a template for the Triange Box here:
They are a lot of fun to make and really turned out cute. 
Details:  Santa:  CS, Real Red, Blush Blossom, Basic Black, Whisper White
Punches: Scallop Circle, 5-Petal Flower, 1 3/8" Circle, 1/2" Circle, 1/4" circle, Word Window, Boho Blossom
Other: Pretty in Pink Ink sponged on face, White Signo Gel Pen to highlight eyes, Silver Cording, Pop Tab, Black Grosgrain Ribbon, Sticky Strip Tape to close box.
Angel: CS Bashful Blue covered with Designer Paper (retired), Blush Blossom, More Mustard, Brushed Silver
Punches: Circle Scallop (Cut in half for wings) Large and Small Oval (for Halo) Large Oval  also used for hands (cut in half) 1" Circle (head) 1/2" circle under angels arms, Round Tab Punch, 5-Petal Flower Punch (used to create hair)
Other: Pretty in Pink ink daubed with Q-Tip for cheeks,
That's pretty much it.  Just some scoring envolved and gluing together and voila you have a cute little ornament.  Don't forget to stop by the other members blogs to see what they created for this challenge.  You can do so by clicking on the bloggers challenge icon on my sidebar.

Dec 5, 2008

TECC45 Jolly Old Elf

One of the things I look forward to is seeing the new sketch on Taylor's Blog for Cupcake Friday.  I love her creations and how yummy they always are.  It's also inspired me to get out of my comfort zone and also gives me a starting point for my own cards (which always helps when your mojo is tired).  For this card I went with a retired stamp set from SU called, (Jolly Old Elf).  It must not have been a popular set because I could only find 1 card on SCS where someone had used that set.  I personally love it.  The different Santa's are so unique.  I chose this one because of the ong beard he had as I figured it went so well with the oval shape in the sketch.

My card base is: Always Artichoke - Or at least I think it is.  I found some paper in my stack that was also suppose to be Always Artichoke and yet it had a slightly different shade to it so I'm just guessing that what I used is the AA card stock.
I layered some Cool Carribean (a retired color that I miss) along with some designer paper by Basic Gray.

I stamped my Santa on Whisper White card stock and colored him with Prisma Color Pencils.  I cut out the hat and added white liquid applique and a generous sprinkling of Dazzling Diamonds Glitter.  The star was colored with a Yellow Spica Glitter Pen.  The hat is raised up on the image with foam mounting tape.
I mounted him to an oval of white edged with Cool Carribean ink and then layered to a larger scallop oval of Always Artichoke that I pierced with the Crafters Tool Kit.  I added a piece of Cranberry Crisp (retired SU) and an embossed border of Whisper White.  I stamped my sentiment (Perfect Ending) with Cranberry Crisp ink.  I added three 1/2" circles of Cranberry Crisp cs along with three green Christmas Tree brads (Making Memories) and tied a piece of Artichoke Grosgrain ribbon around the Cranberry piece of card stock.

Yet another Christmas card done!

Christmas Fishes

It's time for another Friday Bloggers Challenge and I say,  "GO FISH!" -  Our challenge this week was a color challenge, (Bashful Blue, Close to Cocoa, Tangerine Tango, Kiwi Kiss and Vanilla or White could be added.)  Now to me that is quite a color scheme and not one that I would normally work with either.  Of course if you had the perfect Designer Paper (Frosty Day - from SU) you would have been set but alas I had not purchased that paper so I had a tough time with this one.  I decided to use my Cozy Critters stamp set again and since Fish come in various colors I figured the little fish would work well with this color scheme.    I watercolored my fish on the White Card stock and for some reason the color just didn't work well for me (too much water or not enough and I didn't use watercolor paper either) but it looks halfway decent so I went with it anyway.  I also colored and cut out the little hats and added glitter (Art Institute) to make them festive looking.  I'm not sure of the hats yet,  Do you think they are a little, "Over the Top?"
My card base is Close to Cocoa (had to work that in some place) and I layered it with a piece of Haiku Designer paper in Tangerine Tango (it reminded me of fish scales).  I colored the scarfs and cut them out so I could layer them to the different colored fish.  Then I layered them to a piece of Close to Cocoa card stock and distressed the edges.  Next up I cut out a circle of Basful Blue and a Scalloped Circle Nestabilitie of Kiwi Kiss.  I embossed the Bashful Blue circle with the snowflake pattern and then cut them in half.  To finish off the card I used some Chocolate Chip (I know not part of the colors but close enough) twill ribbon. 
That's it for this week.  Check out the other members creations by clicking on that little Icon on my sidebar.  Have a great week. 

Dec 3, 2008

Alien Ballerina

Doesn't this little Ballerina just make you SMILE! - This was the latest "Mystery Image" from the Stamp Girls Gone Wild group I belong to.  Kim really picked out a fun image and I wanted my card to be just that, a lot of FUN.   I started by using some really bright colors and funky patterns.                                             My card base is Pink Passion layered with Orchid Opulence.  Then I layered a piece of Gable Green and some designer paper (KI Memories)  I ran half the green card through the Cuttlebug using the Circles embossing folder and then added the DP and tied a piece of purple ribbon around that.    The stamp I believe is from (Stampotique) and the sentiment is Hero Arts.
I colored my little Alien Ballerina with Prismacolored pencils.  Her hair is highlighted with a Yellow Spica Glitter Pen and I added Candycane Glitter (Art Institute) to her Tutu for extra sparkle.  Then I added 3 colored brads and a pink pom pom for her nose.    I think she is really fun and funky and hope you do too.

Dec 1, 2008

Fa La La La La

ETA: Oopsie...I forgot to include the Close-Up picture of the Owl - It was late when I posted. So here it is:

Do you just want to pinch this cute little owls cheeks? I just love it when a card falls into place so easily. I started by picking a sketch and chose this one from Mojo Monday Then I picked out my Stamps & Finally the colors/paper patterns and away I went. I so love how this turned out.

My Card Base is Always Artichoke layered with Sage Shadow and designer paper (Wintergreen - Retired SU)

The Scalloped piece is Certainly Celery.

I stamped the Owl (Cozy Critters - Whipper Snapper Designs) on Whisper White card stock, colored it with Prismacolor pencils and blended with Gamsol. The Owls eyes were highlighted with a Yellow Spica Glitter Pen (see Close-up for detail). I stamped the Owl a second time on the designer paper and cut out the hat and scarf and paper pieced them to the original. I masked my owl first though and sponged Sage Shadow ink around him. I left my Circle Nestabilitie Die on so that I would leave a white border. This was then mounted onto a larger cirlce of Sage Shadow.

I added 3 light mint colored brads and stamped my sentiment with black ink and punched it out with the word window punch. I added a Celery Grosgrain ribbon and knotted bow at the top and raised my owl with foam mounting tape.

I think he has a nice "wintery" feel about him.