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Aug 31, 2009
HAPPY MONDAY! - My blogging buddy Kerry is doing a Blog Yummy giveaway and the prize is really cool (I want that Drippy Goo punch)...so head on over and check it out here: Don't you love the delicious treats she posted first to peak your interest. Too bad cake's don't mail well.
And for your viewing pleasure here I've included a picture of our little Cutie Pie, Coleen that I took recently at our city park.
Have a great day.
Aug 30, 2009
Hello - It's time once again for another fun and fabulous Cupcake Inspiration Challenge and this week Hope has a divine inspiration photo. It's clean and simple in design and yet, "Oh so yummy" with that delicious cherry on top. I was immediately drawn to the colors and of course the cherry. Now I had just purchased a wonderful piece of Designer Paper last week at the LSS and could have used it except that Hope beat me to it! - So on to Plan B...
I decided to use another of my $1 finds from JoAnns (Studio G) stamps and create my own DP. I stamped the cherries repeatedly on Whisper White cs with Riding Hood Red ink. Then I layered it with a piece of Polka Dot paper (BoBunny-Shabby Princess) and added some ribbon (American Crafts-Red Essentials). I loved that the piece I used had a Chocolate Line running through it. I knotted the ribbon in several places before attaching it to my card. I'd seen this done on a card in the Sept./Oct. issue of Paper Crafts and really liked the way it looked. Then I added some red buttons (these are old buttons from a stash that my mom gave me) I used thin strips of card stock for my thread and glued them down with large glue dots.
The focal circle/sentiment was stamped with Chocolate Chip ink and I layered a cherry on the side. This is actually a punch (Mary Engelbreit Cherries) and I punched it out 3 time using (Chocolate Chip, Garden Green and Riding Hood Red cs) then assembled my cherry. The cherries were colored with a Red Spica Glitter Pen and raised with mounting tape. I added a strip of Chocolate Chip cs and 3 small red jewels to complete the card.
Following Hope's lead I decorated the inside as well. You'll see the circle is how the punch looks when you just use it without the little punched out pieces.
Now be sure to stop by all the "Sweeties" blogs and see how they were inspired and then go try this challenge out yourself. It's loads of fun and really helps your creativity to flow once you get started. I've been having a blast with these challenges.
Aug 29, 2009
THEY DID THE MASH, THEY DID THE MONSTER MASH...
I had some time today to play so I thought I would play along with this weeks TESC over on Taylor's Blog
I found this adorable Monster stamp (Studio G) in the $1 bin at JoAnn's and couldn't resist using it for this card. The stamp actually has a sentiment (Our Little Monster) on the side but I masked that off as I only wanted to use the monster by itself for my card. I stamped my monster twice on WW cs and once on some DP (SU-Ghostly Greetings-retired)and paper pieced his coat. He was colored with Prisma color pencils. I also cut his hair out and raised it up with mounting tape. I masked him off using Eclipse Tape and sponged Summer Sun ink around him and layered him onto Only Orange cs. and added 2 small purple button brads and some stitching on the side with black thread. His bolts were colored with a Silver Spica Glitter pen.
I added another piece of the Ghostly Greetings DP along with a punched spiderweb border and some stripped ribbon. This was layered to a fun and funky plaid (Karen Foster) and I stamped the sentiment (also Studio G and a $1 bin find at JoAnns)with Versamark and embossed with Black EP. This was layered to Lovely Lilac and Basic Black.
I'm thinking of giving this one to my hubby for Halloween this year.
Don't forget to drop by Taylor's blog and check out the other cards using this sketch and then why not give it a try yourself and leave a link to your card using the Mr. Linky feature on Taylor's blog.
Aug 28, 2009
It's FRIDAY...Doing the "Happy Dance"!!! - It's also time for the Blogger Challenge and this week our list mom gave us a sketch to follow. I wasn't sure how to interpret the middle portion but forged ahead with my take on the sketch.
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays and this year I may actually have a few cards to mail out. For this card I started with a new stamp I found at JoAnn's. It's from Inkadinkado Clear Mini Stamps. I just loved the look of it. I used my Labels 1 Nestabilitie Die and then with the card stock still in the die I sponged on Perfect Plum, Old Olive and Only Orange ink. Then I glued this down on some Old Olive cs and cut around it as I wanted a small border and the next size label die was to large. I distressed the edges with the Cutter Kit distressing tool from SU.
Next up I paired my image up with the SU Designer Paper, Cast-a-Spell. I added some Pumpkin Pie Striped ribbon, Plum Brads (non su), black thread and printed my sentiment on a Tag Nestabilitie Die. I also did some faux stitching and used a Black Spica Glitter pen to highlight the stitching. The 3 dots were done using Orange Peel Stickles.
Oh I almost forgot...Did you notice the smaller Crow on my focal panel? I found a cute Halloween set from Studio G that had that crow and couldn't believe how well it matched the one from Inkadinkado and for only $1 I just had to get it.
Be sure to stop by all the other BC members blogs and see what they've done with this sketch.
Aug 27, 2009
Welcome to 3CT Challenge. This week Kerry challenged the DT to come up with a card/project using a photo or computer image. This is something that I don't do very often with my cards so it was a bit of a challenge for me to come up with an idea that I liked.
I started off picking out a photo that I had taken of Coleen this summer riding her tricycle. I printed it out on card stock and then cut it out using a Nestabilitie Die. Then I picked out a stamp that I just knew would work with my photograph. If you recall this post the Tricycle image in another image in the Transportation Stamp Kit from TPC Studio. Don't you think it's perfect for my photo!
I based my card colors on Coleen's outfit. The card base is Whisper White layered with Tempting Turquoise, a piece of Summer Picnic DP (retired),and Lavender Lace. I punched out photo corners in Lovely Lilac and created a border of Real Red using the scallop punch. Then I wrapped the border with silver cording to coordinate with the silver of her handlebars. I stamped the Tricycle with Lavender Lace ink and used LL Eyelets (a forgotten embellishment these days it seems as you see so few using them on cards). The sentiment is also for the same stamp set and was stamping with Tempting Turquoise ink.
I've included the regular photo that I took of Coleen as it was hard to take a decent photo of the card and I wanted you to see the happy expression on her face. She really enjoys that tricycle. Next year we're thinking of a big bike for her 5th birthday.
Don't forget to visit Kerry's blog by clicking on the 3CT Blinkie on my sidebar, go to the Design Team's blogs too and leave them some comment lovin and then go forth and create your own Photogenic masterpiece and link back to Kerry's blog.
Aug 24, 2009
Oh My Stars!!! - Aren't those cupcakes heavenly. Don't you just love the bright, cheery colors, the puffy white clouds with their silver linings and the wonderful balloons floating through the air.
Since I don't own a single Hot Air Balloon image I decided to take a bit of different route with the inspiration photo. I decided to use a moon image as it's a celestial image and I felt it related to the them of the Air Balloons, just on a different level. I went with the bright colors of the stars and balloons as well.
The moon image (SU-Sun,Moon and Stars - retired)was colored with Prisma Color pencils and blended with gamsol. I masked the image and sponged on Ballet Blue ink. Then I highlighted the swirls with a Silve Spica Glitter pen and added a punched star (Folk Star) in Brushed Silver cs.
My card base is Ballet Blue layered with Whisper White, Summer Sun embossed with my new Star Cuttlebug Embossing Folder. I added a piece of SU Summer Picnic-retired DP and a border of Brushed Silver punch with my Wavy Border (EK Success) punch.
The sentiment was computer generated and then punched with Labels Nestabilitie Dies and tied with French Blue (SU retired) grosgrain ribbon. I mounted the image with foam tape.
I hope you enjoy my take on the inspiration photo and will want to try it out for yourself. Just vivit Hope's Blog and leave a link to your card there.
Aug 21, 2009
Hooray it's Friday! It's also Blogger Challenge Day and this week it's all about "Punches or Die Cuts"
I don't own a lot of Dies so I chose to go more of the "punchy" route with my card.
Since I love Halloween and had recently found this adorable Skelton stamp in the $1 bin at JoAnn's I couldn't resist buying it (and a few others)so I decided to put it to good use on todays card. I paired it up with SU's new DP (Cast-a-Spell)and my Martha Stewart Embossed Pumpkin row punch.
I based my layout on this sketch but decided to leave out the rectangle portion as it just wouldn't fit.
The spiders are also a punch (EK Success) and I added some stitching, dew drops amd raised up the pumpkin (colored with SU Markers) that the skelton is holding. I added some shimmer to the skelton with a Clear Spica Glitter Pen.
I hope you've enjoyed my Halloween Gets Punchy card. Don't forget to visit the other members blogs (click on the icon on my sidebar) and try this challenge out yourself. Have a wonderful weekend.
Aug 20, 2009
Hello and welcome to the latest challenge for Three Clover Thursday. This week it's all about Trains, Planes and Automobiles. - Your assignment should you chose to accept it is to create a card/project using some kind of a powered vehicle.
I wasn't to sure about this challenge at first because I have so few stamps in that category. Mainly I had a couple of train stamps because my dad enjoy building a model train set so I bought those stamps with him in mind. They really weren't what I was hoping to come up with for the challenge. I happened to be at our local JoAnn's purchasing some other craft items which I had already paid for when I decided to take a 2nd look at the stamps and found a wonderful stamp set (Transportation Stam Kit) by TPC Studio. Now you can go on-line to find this store and the stamp set is in the Down loadable catalog there. What was really great for me is that the stamp set was on sale at JoAnn's and I got it for only $5.99! I couldn't resist that kind of a bargain so I went back and made another purchase so I could have this fun little set in my hot little hands for this very challenge!
I wanted the "perfect" paper for my card but alas the LSS didn't have what I was hoping to find but I did come up with something that I think works just fine. (I've since discovered that the TPC Studio has the "perfect" paper for this stamp set in a collection) Now back to the card...
I found this sketch that I really liked and decided to do my card using it. I first stamped my airplane with Riding hood Red ink and the loopy trail with Tangerine Tango. Then I masked the airplane and sponged in the clouds with Baja Breeze ink. I stamped a second airplane and mounted it over the original with foam tape. This was layered onto a piece of Bazzill textured card stock. I rounded the corners with a small corner rounder. My card base is Riding hood Red layered with Tangerine Tango and then the DP (Cosmo Cricket).
I had thought about ribbon but it just didn't seem to be working for me and I had already decided on the punch circles with the red jewels but I knew the card just needed a little something "extra" and voila' the idea to use my new favorite punch popped into my head. What could be more perfect then Martha Stewart's Loopy punch, see how it resembles the loopy trail of the airplane - Genius huh! So there you have a look into my creative thoughts. After I was finished with the card I debated about whether or not I should have added some stitching to the loopy punched piece but I wasn't about to take the card apart and I hate sewing on the inside of cards so I left it as is.
Don't forget to check out the other DT members blogs and leave them some comment lovin' - Then get your motor's running and create your own transportation inspired project and link back on Kerry's Blog so we can all take a peek.
Aug 17, 2009
Hi! - Well it's the start of another week and time for me to post my latest card for Hope's Cupcake Inspiration Challenge. Oh before I forget check out the new "Blinkie" on my sidebar (Hope's Top 5) How cool is that!
Isn't that cupcake pretty. I loved the purple flowers and the butterflies and just how dainty and elegant the cupcake looked. So when I started my card I wanted to create something that was just that, (Dainty and Elegant). So do you think I achieved that?
I stamped the Butterfly with Versamark ink and embossed it with Detail Silver EP. If you look closely at the inspiration cupcakes they have a silver liner and some silver beads in the flower centers. Next I colored the image with Copic markers - Yes I actually own a small set but rarely use them. Why?...Well let's just say first I don't have enough colors to adequately work with them. Secondly I really need someone to come and teach me how to use these darn things. I just can't seem to get the hang of shading and blending with them. Lastly I'm pretty sure that I need a different sort of paper as SU's Whisper White seems to streak and I hate that look.
But I digress...let's get back to the card. After I colored the image I added some dots with (Itty Bitty Backgrounds) and a Bashful Blue ink pad. I also highlighted the butterflies wings with a Purple Spica Glitter pen. Then I cut it out and mounted it onto some dark purple card stock. (Source unknown but I think it's Bazzill textured card stock.)
I know the inspiration photo doesn't have any (green) in it but I found this already embossed piece of green card stock that looked so pretty so I decided to use it for my card. I lightly ran it over my white craft ink pad and then added some purple brads. I used some lace from a stash of stuff that my mom gave me. I added some lighter lavender brads and stamped the sentiment with Wisteria Chalk Ink.
Stamps: Hero Arts, SU
Ink: Silver Detail EP(SU) Wisteria Chalk Ink (Colorbox),
Paper: SU Whisper White, Textured Purples (Bazzill?)
Other: Textile Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Lace, Brads (Queen and Co.)
Aug 15, 2009
It's been awhile since I've played over on SCS with the Saturday Inspiration Challenge but I thought I would give it a try today.
I went to the Curiosity Shoppe and found this picture which I used as the inspiration for my card.
I also used the sketch on Taylor's Blog for Cupcake Friday and the Sew Simple Challenge on The Greeting Farm Blog for this card.
My card base is: Chocolate Chip layered with Kraft stamped with the Woodgrain BG in Creamy Caramel. I did some "faux stitching" around the sides and bottom of the cs and added 4 brown brads to the corners. Next I stamped a piece of Basic Gray Lemonade DP with the frond stamp from SU Paradise stamp set in White Craft ink and distressed the bottom edge and also machine stitched on the DP.
The Owl image is from The Greeting Farms-Deer Friend stamp set and the sentiment is from McSplendid Farm. I colored the Owl with Prisma Color Pencils and sponged some Cool Caribbean ink around the owl and stamped the sentiment with Chocolate Chip ink. I stamped the frond leaf again on white cs with the Cool Caribbean ink and cut it out. I mounted the leaf along with a brown button tied with hemp twine to complete my card.
I'm not sure if the faux stitching works or not but I'm leaving it as is. I love how the leaves stamped in the white turned out though on the DP.
Aug 14, 2009
HAPPY FRIDAY! - This weeks challenge for the BC Group was the theme, "It's Your Birthday" and you know some where someone is celebrating their birthday. If it's you and you just happen to be visiting my blog then this cards for you!
This card is a rather CAS design but I like it. I think the only thing I might have changed was maybe adding an emobossed white background but I had already finished the card when that idea occurred to me.
I started off picking out my paper this time around. I had this super fun striped patterned paper (Bubblegum Popsicle - BoBunny) that I just fell in love with. The reverse side is multi-color dots which are equally fun. Next I paired my paper up with a birthday sentiment image from (Inkadinkado's Birthday Fun stamps set). I recently won this set in a blog giveaway. It worked great for this weeks challenge.
The image was embossed with Basic Black EP and then I colored the letters with various Bold Bright markers. Next I highlighted each of the letters with a Spica Glitter pen for some extra shimmer. Hopefully you can see that if you click on the card for the larger version. I added a flower from (Hero Arts) and a striped cloth brad (source unknown) and 3 Green Galore Brads. The sentiment and frame are both Nestabilite Dies. I also used my MS Loopy Punch (love that punch).
That's it's plain and simple but a lot of fun. Now go check out the other members blogs and see how they celebrated this birthday theme.
Aug 13, 2009
Hope you all don't mind a 2nd post today but I have to tell you about this fabulous find. I just found this blog today through another blog and wow is this Giveaway fantastic. Go see for yourself. Plus don't forget to browse her blog as she has some wonderful stamped creations there as well.
Welcome! - It's time for a little fun over on Three Clovers Designs as it's Thursday and time for the 3CT Challenge. This week it's all about "Techie" stuff. We needed to use a Digital Image or Create a background using our computer. Well I'm so NOT a computer expert so creating my own background was out of the question. I have however embraced a few Digital images along the way so I started off finding one that I like for this weeks challenge and happened upon this cute Halloween image over on Dustin Pike's website found here: I couldn't resist since Halloween is one of my favorite holidays.
I started coloring my little "monster" and then decided upon some paper that I had in my stash but then I thought, "Hey why not look for some digital halloween paper." So I started searching and I found this website: Free Digital Scrapbooking and I found the perfect paper for my image. I had already started coloring it so I needed something that would go with the colors that I had already used on my monster. This fun plaid piece worked perfectly. After I colored the image I started assembling the card and sewed on my DP and a border made with my new Martha Stewart Halloween Spider Web punch (is that not cool or what!). Next I decided to print another sentiment to go with the monster's BEWARE warning and what could be better then things that go BUMP in the night. LOL! Lastly I wanted something to set everything off and decided to hit the local JoAnn's and found these wonderfully fun flatbacked spiders in just the colors I needed. Talk about a great find. I used mini glue dots to adhere them. All in all I had a blast with this card.
Be sure to see how clever and creative the rest of the DT was with this "Techie" challenge and then give it a try yourself. You can do so by clicking on the 3CT Blinkie on my sidebar. Have a great day.
Aug 12, 2009
Today I'm sharing a card with you that I recently created for a friend who wanted a Masculine Birthday card for a male friend of hers. I made two cards for her one of which can be found here - She liked both of the cards so much that she bought both of them!
Recently I saw another card using this set over on Leslie Miller's blog and just loved her card too. I realized that I hadn't yet posted my card after I saw her card, which you can see her card here:
For my card I stamped the Buck image (Noble Deer) with Basic Black ink and then colored the image with Prisma Colored Pencils and blended with Gamsol. Now here in the Pacific Northwest where I live we have a type of deer called a, White Tail so I decided to color my deer with the distinctive "white tail" that are found on the deer here in our mountains.
My card base is: Always Artichoke layered with Close To Cocoa and stamped with the new (SU Woodgrain Background) stamp in CTC ink. I stamped the sentiment (SU - It's Your Birthday) with Chocolate Chip ink and added 3 Artichoke brads. I added a strip of the AA cs layered with a piece of the now retired SU Designer Paper, (Parisian Breeze). I stamped and colored the pinecones in the same manner and then layered them with foam tape in the upper left hand corner to complete the card.
Aug 10, 2009
Hello! - It's time once again for one of my favorite features of the week, Hope's Cupcake Inspiration Challenge
This weeks featured cupcake photo has some lovely Pink Cupcakes with Clouds, Flowers and Rainbows. I was inspired by the Pink Color, Flowers and Clouds.
For my card I chose to use a bright pink (Pixie Pink), White and Brushed Silver.
My DP is by Doodlebug Design - Sweetheart Ribbon Stripe. I decided to try my hand at Paper Pleating. It's a rather fun technique but was a little tricky as I got confused at first on which way to fold my scored pleats. In the end it worked out fairly well. I did tape the back with scotch tape to hold in place while I machined stitched the top.
I wanted to use my new Loopy Punch (Martha Stewart) so I added a border underneath my pleated piece. I also tied on some Hot Pink Ribbon that I received in a Prize Package so I am not sure of the source for the ribbon.
My image is by Rubber Stampede (Cherry Blossom) and the sentiment is from PTI (Text Boxed). I stamped the image with Basic Black ink and colored with Prisma Color pencils. I used a Cloud Template and lightly sponged in some clouds with Bashful Blue nk. I added some Baby's Breath glitter (Art Institute) to the flower centers and 3 half pearls (SU Pretties Kit). I also embossed my White card stock with the Swiss Dots embossing folder and my Cuttlebug.
I hope you enjoy my take on the Inspiration Cupcakes. Now how about you give it a try this week and see how these cupcakes inspire you. Then leave a link on Hope's Blog so we can see what you've come up with. I'd love to see more players in this fun challenge.
Aug 6, 2009
Lemon Flower Very Sweet, But the fruit of the poor lemon is impossible to eat. Peter, Paul and Mary.
This week the Blogger Challenge Group was given a Color Challenge: Crushed Curry or (Yellow), Old Olive, Soft Suede (or Brown) and Neutrals as needed. For some strange reason an idea popped into my head to use an image that I had in my stash of colored images for this challenge. The problem was once I found it I realized that the colors were all wrong for the challenge so I decided to stamp another image and color it to meet the challenge requirements. I chose the Lemon image from Sun Ripened II (retired) which again I have to say I love this set and it's companion set and never plan to get rid of them.
Once I had decided on my image I paired it up with a Mojo Monday sketch from my files (I save them all) and from there I got started on my card. I decided to Water Color my image which is something I rarely do because I feel my technique isn't always the best. In this case though I am well pleased with the results. Yes the Lemon was watercolored with the Crushed Curry ink. If you spread it out on paper first before coloring your image you will get a nice yellow color to it. The leaves are Old Olive and Crushed Curry and the stem is the Soft Suede.
Out of all the new "In-Colors" this year, Soft Suede is my "least" favorite but I think that the touches I added of this color went really well with the other two colors. I highlighted parts of the flowers with a White PrismaColor Pencil and lightly dusted the lemon and the yellow portions of the flowers with Gold Aztec Pearl-Ex Powder for some subtle shimmer. Hopefully you can see a little of it in the close-up photo.
I used a piece of the retired Haiku (love that DP) and layered it to the Crushed Curry and Old Olive card base. I mounted my image on Soft Suede and Crushed Curry. The sentiment is from (The Greeting Farm - McSplendid Farm stamp set). I used friendship because after a little research I discovered that is some pagan religions the lemon symbolized, Friendship which I thought was lovely.
My ribbon is a piece of 5/8" White Satin ribbon that I dyed using a Soft Suede reinker. I added a Filgree Brad and a Fire Rhinestone Brad to complete the card.
So now it's your turn to visit the other Blogger Challenge members blogs and leave them some "comment lovin" - You can do so by clicking on the Blogger Challenge Icon on my sidebar.
Have a truly wonderful weekend.
Hey it's Thursday and you know what that means. Yep, it's time for another 3CloverThursday challenge over on Kerry's Blog (Three Clovers Designs).
This weeks theme is, Super Summery!
I just recently purchased this wonderful stamp set (The Great Outdoors - Inkadinkado) from Hope Stamp Eternal on-line store and made this card with it.
Now I have 2 "confessions" to make about this card.
Confession #1 - First off I know many people find summer the perfect time to go camping and find it to be very fun and relaxing. I have to confess it's been YEARS since I've been camping. Sleeping in a tent on the ground out in the "boon docks, toolie bushes or even the great outdoors" has just never really been my cup of tea. We use to camp when I was younger and I can remember many a camping trip spent with my parents and yes I had a good time but as I got older it wasn't as glamourous to be out in woods without the conviences of home like a good hot shower, my curling iron/hairblower, a nice warm/soft bed and let's not forget a real toilet (yuck going behind a bush with a roll of TP isn't exactly fun) so slowly but surely I decided camping wasn't for me. To me camping in an RV really isn't camping either so it was all or nothing in my book as far as camping goes.
Confession #2 - This card was actually made for an entirely different reason. I was asked to make a Birthday card for a guy who enjoys hunting, camping, the great outdoors etc...so I made this card and realized it would be the perfect card for this weeks "Summer" theme except for the fact that I had a birthday related sentiment on the card. So being the (clever) or perhaps (lazy) stamper that I am I carefully peeled off the B-Day sentiment and replaced it with the Summer sentiment, photograped the card and then put the birthday sentiment back on. I know horrible but hey, I just couldn't see stamping something else when this was already done and fit the theme so well.
So there you have it...I've confessed to my readers that I'm a "wuss" when it comes to camping out and I am also very "clever" (lazy) about making extra cards when a perfect card already exists!
Card Deets: Stamps: The Great Outdoors (Inkadinkado) and Summer sentiment (Hero Arts).
Card Stock: Basic Black, Ruby Red, Always Artichoke, Whisper White and DP (Mr. Campy - Cosmo Cricket).
Ink: Basic Black, Stampin Pastels
Other: Houndstooth Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, More Mustard Brads, Linen Thread, Foam Mounting Tape.
Aug 2, 2009
This week Hope found an adorable cupcake photo with of all things "Owls" on it as a request from a friend. I knew right away what stamp set I wanted to use for my card.
Awhile back I purchased a set of rubber stamps from Wordsworth Art Stamps (It's Your Day - retired) that had the perfect owl in it for my card. Next I paired my images up with
some paper by My Mind's Eye-Penny Lane collection.