Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Merry Christmas!

I will be off working the next 3 days and won't be posting so wishing you all a Merry Christmas early. Enjoy the day with your families. I was good to myself this last week and bought myself a few little gifts I have been wanting. They are all here but 1 and I look forward to playing with them during my vacation after Christmas. Hope all of you bought yourselves something little to make you smile. You know how a new stamp will do that. I want to share with you a picture. This is what I found this morning when I went to get in my car. The hubby needs to have a talk with his birds.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Playing with Speedy the Cats Friends

I had a squirrel left over from last weeks Speedy the Cats Friends challenge and it worked with this weeks Mustard, Blue & Green color challenge. I tried to layer various Nestabilities shapes. Punched slots in the tiny square forming a button.

Here are the details:
  • Ink - Archival Jet Black-- Alcohol inks were used on the large scalloped square.
  • Stamp - Marks Finest Papers
  • Paper - More Mustard, Garden Green, Bashful Blue, White Glossy. DP in background is from SU

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A change of Theme

I don't know about you but I am already tired of Christmas cards and winter cards and it's not even winter yet. LOL It is just too cold here in Florida. I moved to be warm. So today I just had to work with some springy colors and a new stamp . My first card is for The Speedy the Cats Friends challenge--Paper piecing. The little squirrel is stamped on paper and then cut out. The sentiment was also stamped on the same paper as the squirrel. I cut a 4" piece of the other DP and cut it into 2" squares to piece my background.

 Here are the details:

  • Stamps - Marks Finest Papers
  • Ink - Archival Jet Black
  • Paper - Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Cream - DP from Basic Grey & The Scrapperdashery

My next card is for 2 things at The Paper Craft Planet.  This is for this weeks Sketch Challenge and its for a swap I was in called RAK your Stash. Along with our RAK we sent our partners an image. When we received the one from them were to make a card with it and post the picture. My image came from Italy from a lady named Fiorella. Hope she likes what I did with it.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

3 Challenges for The Stamping Vacation

I had the opportunity to play a little at the Stamping Vacation this week. The first Challenge is called Animal Applause. We were to make a card with an animal that would be mostly Black & White. The zebra is from I Brake for Stamps, The Ink Blocks collection.
Next one is for the Start Here Challenge--Use Red glitter. Santa is an image I received in an image swap.

 Finally is the Name that Card Challenge. Snowy Christmas wishes. The snowman is an image I received in an image swap. The snowflake is from Spellbinders.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Red & Green

That's the challenge at Speedy the Cats Friends. I saw this idea a few days ago and thought it would be perfect for this challenge.

Here are the details:
  • Stamp - CTMH
  • Ink - Archival Jet Black, Distressed Fired Brick
  • Accessories - Cuttle bug, Pin dot Folder, Sizzlets leaf die, Red Stickles

The last of the Christmas cards yahoooooo!!!

First I have to tell you something exciting. I made the top 5 for the month of November at the Stamping Vacation with my card from the Hurry Santa post. It was the Build a Sketch Challenge. They take all the cards posted for the month for all of their daily challenges and pick the winners from them. I was really surprised and have had a big smile on my face all day. I've had the day off and have finished all my Christmas cards finally. I also finished my card for the Build a Sketch Challenge for this month. I'm really liking how it turned out. This is a really fun challenge. You should try it out.

Here are the details:
  • Stamp - Inkadinkado
  • Ink - Memento black and Summer Sky, Distressed Stormy Sky
  • Paper - White card stock
  • Accessories - Silver stickles and embossing powder, Snowflake Cuttlebug folder
Now on to my last Christmas Cards. As part of my duties as a Design Team member at Lets Ink It Up I have to look at all the ladies entries and visit their blogs. Last night looking at some of our entries for Challenge #7 I saw a card that called to me. I was so in love with the technique I had to give it a try today. What do you think.

Here are the details:
  • Stamps - I Brake for Stamps, Stampin Back from I Brake for Stamps
  • Ink - Archival Jet Black- Distressed Vintage Photo and Frayed Burlap, White pigment ink
  • Paper - Kraft and Black
  • Accessories - Red and Gold Stickles, Black ribbon from Walmart

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Let's Ink It Up Challenge #7

Hope you play along with this one. Check out the blog and see what the Design Team has come up with. The Challenge is to Make a Christmas card and be sure to add some sparkle or bling. Challenge closes on Dec. 19. There will be 2 winners and here is what you can win. Our first sponsor is Outlines Rubber Stamps. They are offering a Jewel It Kit valued at $20.00.

Crafty Ribbons is donating a 'Funky Christmas Ribbon Selection box.

Here is my card.

I used a sparkly paper for my background. Sparkly red ribbon topped with some metallic gold ribbon. The image is from I Brake for Stamps and it is embossed with a glittery red EP. Gold metallic ink around the edges and some added red & clear bling. The photo does not let you see all the sparkle. I know you are out there making Christmas cards. So get on over to Lets Ink It Up and enter your card. Remember it must be a stamped image and not a Digi and your card must  Sparkle or have Bling on it.

Glad this week is over

What a week since Thanksgiving Day. I started out that morning getting up to start the turkey only to break my toes. So hobbled through the day and I must say it was a wonderful day. Then came Friday and Saturday and I have to cram my broken toes into a shoe. Needless to say when I got home those evenings I went to bed. Sunday I sat down and addressed all my envelopes for the Christmas cards. And when I ran out of cards I still had envelopes. I don't know how that happened. I had such a huge pile. So since then I have had no time for card making or my beloved challenges. My husband has had truck problems and we have been running back and forth to a nearby town to a transmission shop dropping it off. Picking it up. Dropping it off because it still doesn't work and then picking it up again. One good thing out of all that I did not cook at all. We had several nice meals out. Then Thursday I took my mom shopping and came home to start more cards. I decided I needed to have some help with these cards since I will finally be starting my training for the new job starting on Monday.  So I went through my box which is what I slide everything that was on my desk into so my desk is always clean when I'm not home. Found some images and pieces. Then went through my image box. Found a number already colored in there. Next went through the paper bin and found all the scraps of Christmas paper I had left. And lastly I went through my stash of backgrounds in search of something usable in there.  With all that I sat down and started matching things up and slowly started putting cards together. These are totally different than all the others. I brought out all the stuff I never use. My dimensionals, Glossy Accents and ribbon. Oh what fun I had. The snowman card is actually paper I bought 4 years ago. I just added glitter to the scene. He is so cute. Don't know why I didn't use him before this. Well I have a few hours today to put a couple more together and then I start my challenges.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Hurry Santa

A friend of mine, Danielle, is a Design Team member for a blog called Stamping Vacation. They have a different challenge every day. I decided to join in on one called Build a Sketch. There is a list of pieces that you are to cut out and number them. Each time they do this challenge you use just the numbered pieces they list. You are to play with them forming your own sketch. Did that make sense to you. I finished my card and have my eye on a few more of their challenges to work on.
Here are the details:

  • Stamps - Santa*Inkadinkado -Sentiment*Penny Black
  • Paper - White, Real Red and Glorious Green--Designer paper - My Minds Eye
  • Ink - Memento Black, Barely Banana & Broken China
  • Accessories - SU Scalloped edge punch, red Stickles, Glitter pens

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Send in the Clowns

I am not a real clown person but when I saw these new stamps at I Brake for Stamps something called to me and I had to have a couple. Here are two I only have colored so far.

  They have such great faces don't they!! I have added another image to a card for The Play Date Cafe challenge for this week. Their colors were red, olive and turquoise.

 Here are details:

  • Stamps - The clowns* I Brake for Stamps by Rick St. Dennis -The verse* Flourishes  Kids at Play set. Flower*Fire Cracker designs by Pamela
  • Ink - Memento Black & Bamboo Leaves - SU Tempting Turquoise & Barely Banana
  • Paper - White, Turquoise, Red & Olive
  • Accessories - Gamsol, Prisma Pencils, Atyou Spica Glitter Pens, Cuddlebug folders & Nestabilities Oval

Thursday, November 18, 2010

A Mojo Christmas

Here's this weeks Mojo Monday Sketch. I also used the sketch for the challenge at the Brakefast Club which is you guessed it Christmas.

I changed the shape of the card to square to accommodate my image in the circle.  I also made this card which started out as my Mojo card but the Merry Christmas was way to big and I didn't want to cover any of it up. 

Here are the details for both cards:
  • Stamps - I Brake for Stamps
  • Paper - White, Real Red, Hunter Green--Designer paper from Memory Box & My Minds Eye
  • Ink - Archival Jet Black, Distressed Inks Vintage Photo and Fired Brick, Brilliance Blue
  • Accessories - Gold EP, Vera Mark, Prisma pencils. Martha Stewart punches for poinsettias

Snowflakes is the theme

Speedy the Cats Friends challenge this week is snowflakes as well as at The Stampin Bs. Love that the challenge blogs are cooperating with the chore before me. I've spent the afternoon finishing cards that needed the insides done. I'm ready to start addressing the envelopes and mailing will take place the day after Thanksgiving. Here's my card.

Here are the details:

  • Stamps -Marks Finest Papers ( it's actually an autumn stamp. Left the word autumn uninked.
  • Ink - Archival Jet Black
  • Paper - Glorious Green, White, Frosted Gold - designer paper unknown
  • Accessories - Cuttlebug Folder and snowflake die, Frosted Lace Stickles

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

A recipe card

Here's the recipe: Make a card featuring a tree or Ornament.
Use a die cut
Handmade embellishment
a touch of Bling
This is the challenge at The Paper Craft Star and I worked a long time trying to get this just right. Here is my card.
My die cut is an ornament from Spellbinders and my homemade embellishment is the little poinsettia I made from 2 flower punches.

Here are the details:
  • Stamp - Sparkle n Sprinkle
  • Ink - Archival Black, Adirondack Red Pepper, Meadow, Butterscotch and Brilliance Gold
  • Paper - Brushed Gold, Glorious Green, Real Red & White. Patterned paper from My Minds Eye
  • Accessories - Ornament die from Spellbinders, small 5 petal flower punch

Back to my Christmas cards

This card has no layers at all. I cut my card stock 4 1/4 x 11 for a bottom opening card. I used my Snowflake Cuddlebug folder to emboss the top and bottom of my card. For those asking how is that possible if this card has no layers, the snowflake design is also on the back of the card.  I then used my Scor-Pal to score a line where the design ends.  Stamped my image from CTMH in the blank space. I colored with dye ink right from the pad. That used to be the only way I ever colored. I haven't done it in so long. I need to get back to using this method. It is so easy and looks great. Then I hit the snowflakes with my Essential glue Pad and sprinkled glitter all over. The whole thing is covered with glitter. I used Stickles for my image. This card I am entering into the Scrappy Frog **Christmas Card** Challenge.

Here are the details:
  • Stamps - CTMH
  • Ink - Archival Blacck and various Adirondack dye ink pads
  • Paper - white card stock
  • Accessories - Essential Glue Pad, Sparkle n Sprinkle Sparkling Snow glitter, Cuddle bug Snowflake embossing folder, Frosted Lace Stickles

Sunday, November 14, 2010

One more Birthday card

I started this card a few weeks ago for a sketch challenge and just gave up and went a different direction. The panel however works for this challenge at Case Study. Here is the card we were to case.

Here is my card. I used similar colors and the large bling. The speckles are glitter. They are not showing up well. The background was in my stash.

Here's the details:
  • Stamps-Crafters Companion
  • Paper- White & Riding Hood Red
  • Ink- Archival Jet Black- several shades of Distressed Ink in reds and purples
  • Accessories- White Inksentials pen,chalk, Stardust Stickles

A break from Christmas

The challenge at The Play Date Cafe was to use these great colors. Isn't that the coolest looking building. I needed a Birthday card. So to the person receiving this card this is how I came up with color scheme. :O)  This is another one of my new stamps and also one of my favorite flowers. The flowers are colored with pencils. The background is chalked with pink and red and sealed.
Here are the details:
  • Stamps- I Brake For Stamps & CTMH
  • Paper- White, Pink Pirouette & Bravo Burgundy
  • Ink- Memento Black 
  • Accessories - Gamsol, Prisma pencil, chalks, Cuddlebug folder and Krylon Fixatif.

40 days till Christmas.

Are your cards finished. I haven't even counted mine but the stack is growing. Luckily a few of this weeks challenges have cooperated. Speedy the Cats friends challenge today is to make a card with snowflakes. Piece of cake! And I Brake for Stamps challenge over at the Brakefast Club was to use sparkly bling. This card should qualify for both. I sponged the background with blue and used the same blue to stamp my snowflakes. I then cut out my largest oval. Sponged it with the same blue while still in the die. Then removed it from the die and sponged with a darker blue. Put it in my Cuddlebug snowy village folder. Added a saying which actually says Autumn Season on it. I just didn't ink up the word autumn and it worked just fine for this card and about a dozen more I have on my desk to finish up this evening. I need to get myself some sayings for Christmas cards. Lots of Stickles for the added Bling.

Here are the details
  • Stamps - I Brake for Stamps & Marks Finest papers
  • Paper - White & Brilliant Blue
  • Ink - Archival Jet Black -Memento Summer Sky & Danube Blue
  • Accessories - Stardust Stickles, Nestabilities, SU Ticket Punch, Fiskars Snowflake Punch, Cuddlebug Snowy Village folder

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A Blue Christmas

Does this picture make you think of Christmas? Use this picture as inspiration for a Christmas card. Just what I need. That was the challenge at Paper Craft Star.
All I could think of was going to Sanibel and walking on the beach.  I pulled out a snowman I bought last year . I colored her and cut her out. Ripped paper and sponged with light blue and added Stickles. I also sponged the Embossed background and added Stickles to that.
Here are the details:
  • Stamp - High Hopes
  • Paper - White, Bashful Blue
  • Ink - Memento Black and Summer Sky -  Copic- W1
  • Accessories - Gamsol, Prisma Pencils, Cuttlebug and folder, Snowflake punch and Frosted Lace Stickles

Monday, November 8, 2010

A Case Study

Here is one last challenge card #13 before I run out the door for work. This is for The Case Study card this week. Here is the card we were to case.

Here is my card. I love making these poinsettias. Another Christmas card complete.

Here are the details:

  • Stamp - Sparkle n Sprinkle
  • Paper-White,Riding Hood Red,Olive-Designer Paper is from My Minds Eye
  • Ink - Archival Jet Black
  • Accessories - Martha Stewart Leaf & Flower punch, Sizzlits little leaves

Now this was a real challenge

Here are the colors I had to work with over at Pals Paper Arts. This would be hard for a normal card but for a Christmas card. Oh My!!! Now they didn't say to make a Christmas card but that's what I'm working on so set out to make this work and I had the perfect Santa to start with. What do you think?

Here are the details: 

  • Stamps - I Brake for Stamps from Stampin Back
  • Paper - Basic Grey,White, Sunny yellow and red- Designer paper were scraps in my box. Co. unknown
  • Inks - SU basic Grey and Memento Black
  • Accessories - Gamsol, Prisma Pencils, Nestabilities

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Lets Ink It Up Challenge #6


this is our first monthly challenge.

Use anything you like that is recycled, could be the whole project or just bits of your project, just so long as there is something recycled on your project.

There will be 2 winners this month.

Sponsor Blurb - Whimsy Stamps is a family owned business and online store located in the United States. We carry a line of whimsical and fun rubber stamps made from deeply etched red rubber and mounted on EZ mount foam. We also have a digital stamp collection with new releases on the 1st of each month. We've recently added an online gallery for our DT and registered users where you can find lots of samples using our stamps. We also have an inspirations blog with daily postings and product info and our featured stamper Saturdays!

Prize Package - ₤15 voucher to Bunny Zoe Crafts (equiv to approx A$22.00)
Sponsor Blurb -  Bunny Zoe's Crafts is a family run business based in the UK.  We pride ourselves on our fast dispatch and excellent customer service.  We stock many popular rubber stamp brands, Personalised Stamps and have a great selection of Designer Papers, Ribbons, Embellishments, Buttons and 160 different charms!!!!  We ship worldwide too at competitive prices!
The home of Wags n Whiskers Stamps.

So stop on over to Lets Ink It Up and see what the design team has come up with and enter your creation for a chance to win one of these great projects..  

A couple more challenges

This first one is for The Stampin Bs: Use an animal in a die cut. Is this not a gorgeous image! Another of my new stamps. The flowers are from that blog candy I had told you about earlier from Sky Blue Pink.

Here are the details:
  • Stamps - I Brake for Stamps from Stampin Back
  • Paper - White and Night of Navy
  • Ink - Memento Black and New Sprout
  • Acessories - Gamsol, Prisma Pencils, Nestabilities, Cuttlebug folders
Next we have the Mojo Monday Sketch and the challenge from The Play Date Cafe.  

The image is not new but I haven't used it a long long time. The background which was perfect I found in my stash. It is the Fossil Stone Technique.

Here are the details:
  • Stamps - I Brake for Stamps from Stampin Back and the sentiment is Inkadinkado
  • Paper - White, Certainly celery and Pumpkin Pie
  • Ink - Memento Black- Copics R17,G21.BG10.E08,Y15,YG03,YR68- Distressed inks Rusty Hinge and Spiced Marmalade
  • Accessories - Nestabilities, Spellbinder flourish die and SU Embosslits Beautiful Wings

Gots me some new stamps just in time for this weeks challenges

I haven't bought any new stamps for quite sometime so decided to treat myself. I was so excited when the package came I ordered more. Those should be here tomorrow so be prepared to see all my new rubber. This first card was for Paper Craft Star's Simon says challenge. I say was because when I went to upload it after hours of trying to figure out the layers the challenge had closed. I guess there is only a 2 or 3 day time limit. I will have to watch this the next time but I wanted to show you the card anyways. We were given the dimensions for the card and layers. Then you were to add a punch, buttons and ribbon.
        Here are the details:
  • Stamps - I Brake for Stamps
  • Card stock - white & Brocade Blue, Paper- My Minds Eye
  • Ink- memento Black and Copics R35,R37,R59,Y15,YG03,YG63G28,BG10
  • Accessories - Martha Stewart Punch, a corner rounder, Spellbinder Imbressibilities
This card is not for a challenge but the stamp is new. I won it in some blog candy. The prize came from the company Sky Blue Pink. They sell lots of embellishment type things. You'll see more in my next post. I was thrilled with the package I put together.The background is an old stenciled piece I had made. Didn't care for it and sprayed it with webbing and wha laa.

Here are the details:
  • Stamps - Tim Holtz
  • Ink - Archival Jet Black- Memento Summer Sky, Bahama Blue and Paris Dusk
  • Card Stock - White, Soft Sky and Glossy Black
  • Accessories - Silver Stickles and TomBow Markers
Here is one last farm picture. My husband loves those pigs and this one is sad and lonely because her roommate is on her honeymoon. So hubby was trying to show her a good time.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Finished for now.

Its been work but finally I have finished all my challenges for this week. Pals Paper Arts had a sketch which gave me fits. I debated doing it but I wasn't going to let it beat me. That top scalloped piece just wasn't working for me.

Over at Speedy the Cats Friends the challenge was to make a Christmas card. Works for me. One more down. It also helps that I don't like whats on TV on Sunday evenings. So while hubby is busy watching what he likes I have time to play at my desk.

Here are the details:
  • Stamps - High Hopes
  • Paper - white card stock- designer paper, My Minds Eye 
  • Ink - Memento Black,Sky Blue,Banana - Copics E00, E11, E33, W3, W5, B60, BV00,G21, YG41, B00, B02, Y02, Y06
  • Accessories - SU scalloped edge punch, Bling, Nestabilities.