Friday, October 30, 2009

Everything but the Kitchen Sink Challenge number 2

Hi Friends,

Well, today is the day for the second installment of the Everything but the Kitchen Sink Challenge. And this one was a doozy. As you can see, the challenge was to use TP. At first I had no idea what to do with this. Then an idea came to me, and I just went with it... TP flowers.

I made the flower by cutting multiple circles of tp in varying sizes and scraping the edges (distressing if you will) in Raspberry fizz ink and after doing the layers, I gathered the middle and tied them in the back to get the ruffly look.
The really cool thing about this challenge is all the different takes by the Design Team. You must go check out their blogs: Courtney, Winter, Kelley, Ann and Kelly Marie. As before, we are inviting you to play along. This time, Kelly Marie is offering an adorable prize package of some cute stamps. Go to her blog for details but the prize package is pictured below:

I mean look at the cuteness here. The Amuse set covers all holidays. It is a one stop shop for your stamping needs!!! Awesomeness.
So come and play along, we cannot wait to see what you come up with. This time, we'll have one winner who will get these fun stamps, but also 5 domestic divas. There were just too many great cards before not to call them out.

We can't wait to see what you come up with.
Big hugs!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Raspberry Suite Challenge

Hi again

Two posts so close together... It's because I put off posting. My computer has been giving me fits lately. Trying to figure it out, but in the meantime, it's slow and frustrating

This entry is for the Raspberry Suite Challenge #18. I love these colors. I have to admit that I'm not in love with the card though. I wanted to play with the Giga guidelines, so I broke it in on this challenge.Have a great night friends

Play Date Cafe

HI All
I'm joining in on a new challenge. It's called the Play Date Cafe, and the first week's challenge features beautiful autumnal colors. I had to play along. Here is my submission for the challenge.

This has to be short. I've got another post coming. Gotta post my entry for the Raspberry Suite challenge



Sunday, October 25, 2009

Paper Tearing

Hi Friends,

How was your weekend? I hope you enjoyed it. Don't they always go by so fast? I am taking tomorrow off (gotta start using up the vacation time so that I do not lose it). I love taking Mondays off. They are my least favorite day of the week, so it seems a wise choice to me to stay home. I'm actually meeting two wonderful friends for lunch tomorrow, so I have that to look forward to as well!
Onto today's card, I made this for the latest Hero Arts challenge to incorporate paper tearing into your card. My first thought was snow banks, so this is what I came up with. The photo doesn't do the glitter justice, but the snow banks are covered in glitter to add some sparkle. Hope you like!

Paper: Stampin' Up
Ink: Versamark, Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Hero Arts Clouds and Owl Christmas
Other; Bling: Recollections, Copic Markers

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Just because

Hi my friends

How is your week going so far? Personally, I feel as if I've worked a full week already. This post is going to be a short one because I'm ready for bed.
This colors for this card were inspired by the flowers. I just love those floradoodles. Aren't they just so fun? Of course, I had to use my swiss dots folder. I use that thing so much. It was the best $4.95 I've spent I think!

Sorry this is so short, but I really must go to bed. I'd love to hear from you!


Saturday, October 17, 2009

Owl Crazy --- CPS sketch

Hi Friends,

Yay! It's Saturday. Oh, how I love the weekends. This morning, I got up to participate in the CPS sketch challenge. I have had so much trouble crafting during the week recently because I'm so tired when I get home. Work is really wearing me out. So it was really nice just to get up this morning and craft a little bit. I have chores to get done, but I am glad I spent a little time doing something fun.

You're going to be seeing a trend. Owls, I've caught the bug. I know they've been trendy for awhile, but I didn't jump on the bandwagon at first. (I'm always behind!) But now I'm in love. For today's card, I used a technique that Jennifer McGuire discussed on her blog awhile back. She stamped an owl on the back of the paper and then cut it out. So I used that idea as the basis of my owl. I've made several of these guys, so you will be seeing more. (I also have another card for this sketch but turned on its side). Anyway, onto the card:

I had to put the googly eyes on there. My husband thinks all cards are better with googly eyes! This card is very fallish, so I plan to send it to someone who has a fall birthday.
What are you plans for the weekend? I hope you all enjoy your weekend

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Thinking of you

Hi Friends,

How are you today? Who is staying up for the Papertrey release? Unfortunately, I won't be. I have an early morning meeting tomorrow and need a full night of rest. Tonight's post is also going to be short and sweet because I got a last minute request for a Boss's day card that needs to get done.

We broke down and turned on the heat today. I hate turning it on so early in the season. Truthfully, we could've turned it on sooner because it's gotten cold so early, but I fought it since it's just now October.

Onto tonight's card. I hope you enjoy. I went back to the clear embossing I love. I think that just adds such a nice punch to cards. Hope you like.
I wanted to say congrats to the first Everything but the Kitchen Sink Challenge winner, Randee. There were so many wonderful entries, we were just in awe of the amazing creativity. I hope that you will check back on the 31st for the next month's installment... I'm already thinking of what I'm going to do.

Take care friends!


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Just a note

Hi Friends,

How are you? I hope your week is off to a good start! I'm loving fall. This time of year is one of my favorites. I love seeing the leaves change, the cooler temperatures, and seeing the holidays in the not so distant future :) Having said that, I feel like I'm already behind on holiday preparations.

Today's card is one I made when my friend, Demaree, visited from Chicago. I just love this paper (it was in a pad from Archiver's they gave out if you spent $50 --which isn't difficult to do, as I am sure you know!) And I think the deer is so darling. It's a pretty simple card really, but sometimes, simple is the way to go.

Well, my dear friends, I've got bible study tomorrow night and some more prepping to do for that. Have a wonderful evening/day:)

Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, October 10, 2009

Three challenges

Hi Friends,
I hope you are enjoying your weekend. Anyone have any exciting plans? We're having a beautiful crisp fall day, and we're busy doing things around the house. Carlin is preparing to teach tomorrow at church, and I've been picking up, running errands. I hope to get in some crafty time. I have a list of "to-dos," so I hope to mark some of those off the list.
Today's card actually meets the requirements for 3, yes, 3 challenges!! I am so excited because I've not played with many challenges lately (except the "Everything but the Kitchen Sink" challenge.) It meets the Color Throwdown #63 (see swatch below), the Moxie Fab Gradient is Radiant, and the Cardvaarks Ribbon challenge.
I played with my Copics again to color in the flower, and then I stitched the ribbon by hand using some DMC floss after tacking down the ribbon down in an accordian fold using some red line tape.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I would love to hear your latest plans :)


Supplies used

Stamps: Paper trey inc. Beautiful blooms
Paper: PTI Kraft and white, Stampin' Up! Crushed Curry
Ink: Memento black, SU! Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Copics, SU! Old Olive ribbon, SU! Corner Rounder

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Christmas preview

Hi Friends,

So, I've told you before that I've been working on Christmas cards. I thought that I'd share one tonight. Please excuse the fact that I've not prettied it up. My computer has been giving me fits tonight, so I just decided to post one that didn't require a lot of editing (but would've looked better with some).

I found this Owl Christmas by Hero Arts at Michaels awhile back, and I resisted for awhile. However, it called to me, I think. So finally with a coupon in hand, I caved in and purchased the set. And I absolutely think it's the cutest set. This is just one card I've made with it. The set contains 4 different owls, and they are all so cute.

This card was made before I got my Copics, so I think I may have to break out the set again and try coloring them in with my Copics.... I just love coloring. I'm still a kid at heart.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you are all having a good week, and don't forget to participate in the Kitchen Sink Challenge. You have until October 9th to get your entries in. Check Courtney's blog for the deets.

Blessings to you all


Monday, October 5, 2009

Raspberry Suite Challenge

Hi all,
Once again, I'm trying to sneak in my submission for the Raspberry Suite Challenge. I hope it's not too late.

Since I'm so close to the cut off, this post will be short.

Thanks for stopping by


Sunday, October 4, 2009

Happy Belated World Card-Making Day

Hi Friends,

I hope you all had a great day celebrating World Card-Making Day. I made several cards, photographed them, and now my camera battery is dead and being charged. I will be sharing some of those creations later.

I thought I'd share something I made awhile back for my nephew's birthday. I just invested (and I do mean invested) in some Copic markers. I was able to use a gift card I got from work, so it's really not money out of my pocket which eased the pain somewhat. ANYWAY, this is one of my first attempts at using my copics. The card layout isn't anything spectacular, not a lot of bling, or any for that matter. I figured it is for an 8 year old boy, he's not going to care or appreciate the effort. He's going to be more into what the gift is (especially since we got him Mario Cart for his new Wii).

Enough of my rambling, here is the card

Aren't those robots too cute. I figured an 8 year old boy would like them. I didn't have the foresight to take a photo of the copics I used.. Next time, I'll do better!
Thanks for stopping by, have a blessed Sunday.
Oh, and GO COLTS
Ink: Memento black,
Paper: SU! Brocade Blue, PTI White
Stamps: Recollections Robots