Wednesday, December 23, 2009

My Christmas Tissue Box Cover with Tutorial

This week I made something I have been

planning on making for a MONTH, but I keep

putting it off. I made a cover for a box of tissue.

I know you can buy the ceramic kind in all the

home stores, but I wanted to make one out

of paper.

What I actually did was take the original box and

cover it with pp and embellishments. However, I

wanted to make something I could use over and

over. I was actually thinking about making

something that I could sell on ETSY or at some

of the local shops that sell homemade items.

So, I knew I had to make it so that it could be

opened when it ran out. Then when you buy a

new box of tissue, you simply open it, pull out the

tissue and put it in the lovely decorated box!

So, to begin, I took my first box of tissues, and

I carefully slid my thumb under one side to lift up

without ripping it, as in the first pic. The 2nd and

3rd pics simply show how the tissue looks as you

carefully (I keep saying that for a reason! If you

rip it, you will have to start all over!) open the side

all the way.

I then adhered pp from Reminisce on each
side of the box. Two of the sides are the same,
with the candy cane pp and a pre-tied bow on
opposite sides of the box. The two other
opposing sides have the Christmas tree pp.
One of these sides has the ornament that was cut out of pp which was in my stash. (This is the photo at the top of this post.) I have it adhered with pop dots, and it is adhered to the very Christmasy red ribbon with pearls that also runs along the top. (I just think it is so pretty!) Obviously I also added a snowflake (by K & Co.), and a little snowman embellishment with a circle punched piece of white glittered pp under it to help it stand out. I measured a square of the glittery pp to fit the top and used my circle cutter to cut out a hole in the middle to pull out the tissue. I added several red jewels of various sizes for some extra bling! My favorite side is the one with JOY on it. I adhered the red glittered chipboard letters to punched out circles of the white glittered pp, and then adhered them to the side that I had made into a flap to open and close. I added another bit of the ribbon across the top of this side also.
That's it! These are going to two blog challenges this week. Allsorts Challenge (Week 32)
wants to see anything but a card, and Practical Scrappers wants to see anything Christmas
one more time. (The links to both of these are in my sidebar.) I think this fits the bill for both!

Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed and merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Have a Beary Merry Christmas!

Wanted to show you a card I made using the adorable image given to us by Digital Delights by Louby Lou. The image is called "Christmas Bells Charlie", and we were lucky enough to get him as a freebie to use in their digi challenge at SNR's Card Universe. I didn't do the challenge, which was to make a tag or ornament, but I wanted to use this cute bear, so I made a card for the challenge this week at Practical Scrappers (the links to both of these sites are in my sidebar - you should definitely have a look!). Anyway, Practical Scrappers wants us to make anything to do with Christmas, so here is my card. Btw, I colored Charlie with copics, intentionally making the brown not smooth, so it would look more like fur. The green pp is from Creative Imaginations, and the pretty Christmas tree pp is from Reminisce. So here is my card:

Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed week!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

It's Christmas Time!

Hello everyone,

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend. It snowed here just slightly - just enough to be pretty and to make me wish for a white Christmas. I had Christmas on the brain because we are getting our tree tomorrow and also because I have been busy making Christmas creations. Wanted to show this this card I made that meets the criteria for 2 challenges. One is by Crafty Creations and the other is by Creative Inspirations. Both of these blogs are new to me, and I was really impressed by both! So here is the Christmas card and matching tag I made, which is what Creative Inspirations wanted this time.

I took a pic of the back of the tag too, which also matches.

The card also meets the criteria for Crafty Creations.

They wanted to see lace and distressing for their card

challenge this week. You can see the green lace on the left

side of the card. I distressed the edges of all the pp and cs

with my CTMH edge distressor and lots of inking. I did the

same for the tag, too. The Christmas tree stamp is from
Inkadinkado. To get the color I wanted,
I had to stamp it with clear embossing ink, and then used green embossing powder which I heat set. I colored in the garland with gold Smooch, and used a couple of shades of Copics for the red decorations. I also used a white pen to highlight the garland and throughout the tree, because it just looked too solid. The star on top was made with gold Stickles. The pp I used is Graphic 45, Webster's Pages (creme color), and My Little Yellow Bicycle (green).
The little stockings were in my stash. I was pretty happy with how this set turned out! Hope you like it too.

Thanks for looking and have a blessed weekend!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Catching Up Again! Christian Paper Crafts and My Sketch World

Olivia and Max -Beautiful Wonders is a perfect title for this pair!

Hello everyone. I cannot believe it has been this long since I have posted to this blog! I could have posted a smiley face and said Hello, at least. Unfortunately, my life and my brain has been scattered all over the place, and obviously I haven't blogged at all. I could blame Matt being home from school for Thanksgiving, but I didn't see him enough to blame him. Cant' blame Thanksgiving cause I didn't cook for a crowd this year. Poor dh didn't even get to come home for Thanksgiving. So, I'll stop looking for excuses, even though there are a few valid ones. I will take a minute to share a few things with you.

First, Cindy at Christian Paper Crafts needed some help on the forum. I asked what I could do and was very happy and honored when she asked if I would give the journaling questions for the Faith Journals we keep there. I did my first question today and will be doing them every Wed and Sat. Patter was doing them, but she has stepped down from CPC. Big shoes to fill! Fortunately, I only have to fill one little part of them! I have been praying for God to show me how I can get more involved in combining my love of scrappy things and stamping, etc. with my love of the Lord. This is a wonderful start!

Thought I would show you a card I did for them today. The reference for it is CPCCAS30. It is for their Case Card Saturday Challenge. I cased a card from their gallery done by Barb. She used a Tilda (from Magnolia) on her card, and used a Spellbinder's embossed oval for her sentiment. I am happy to say that I used a 50% off coupon and FINALLY got my first spellbinder's die. I got the Large Oval Nestabilities. I used them in my Sizzix BigKick and had no problem. I did have to use the Spellbinder's tan embossing mats and fold some cs to use as a shim, but it was a breeze. I'd be glad to help anyone that has questions about that process in their Sizzix. So here is my card:

I colored my Tilda with Copics and also a little Azure Smooch for part of the flowers. I chalked the backgrounds of the image & the sentiment. I used Stickles to outline the edge of the Spellbinder's embossed oval. The pp is My Mind's Eye. I really enjoy coloring with my Copics. It is so relaxing. I also love to do chalking. It is sooooo forgiving! Need to use my chalks more.

As you may know, MSW, along with Dixie Pieces, has been having a month long crop. The girls really got into it, and there are so many beautiful creations in the galleries there from the "Use Your Stash" crop. Everyone certainly did. My good friend Ginni had over 10,000 points, which means LOTS of creations! There were a few people that had even more points than Ginni. Everyone should go to the gallery and have a look. Leave some luv while you are at it! (I still need to do that). I only had time to do a few creations for the crop, but here are a couple of the cards I made and also the lo I made of my darling neice and nephew, Olivia and Max, which is at the top of this post.
This card was made for a distressing challenge. I think you can see where I used my CTMH edge distresser and inked the edges. The image is a free image from an old Stampington magazine! I love it!

The next card was made for a challenge where a transparency had to be used on the card. I used some Hamblen transparencies on some holiday silver cs.

I made a few more creations, including a lo of Missy when she was in kindergarten. However, I am just out of time. I hope to get back here tomorrow and show you a couple of other things, including the lo of Missy. I KNOW she wants everyone to see a photo of her in kindergarten!
Have a blessed night!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Our Daily Bread's Show Us the Shimmer November Challenge

For their blog challenge this month, Our Daily Bread would like us to make a holiday card with some sort of Shimmer. The winner gets $30 worth of goodies from their store! What an awesome prize. I love all of their stamps, and I mean just that - I love ALL of their stamps. I am only fortunate enough to have one set, so I could make great use of that prize money! I can only hope that they are doing a random drawing, but I am not sure.

So here is my card. The snowman stamp is from Stampington, and the sentiment stamp is from Inkadinkado. The sentiment says, "O Come Let Us Adore Him" which might not seem to go with the snowman, but since he is carrying a basket of gifts, I decided he was going to see the baby Jesus!

I know you can't see the shimmer very well in this picture, but trust me, there is quite a bit of shimmer on the card. The gold ribbon that I adhered to the top of the red panel is pretty obviously a shiny gold, and you can see the blue jewel brad in the middle of the holly flower. Also the sentiment turned out with a very pretty gold shimmer. I stamped it with a gold pigment ink and then heat embossed it with some shimmery gold embossing powder. Here is a close up:

I adhered 3 shimmery red jewels to the panel, and then adhered it to a dark blue cs panel. I adhered it with pop dots for dimension.

I really had fun coloring the snowman. I colored most of him with Copics, but to get that shimmer I also colored him in with Twinkling H2Os and 2 colors of Smooch - Azure (blue) and Green Apple. I used Gold Stickles for the little star and to highlight around it. One of my favorite things to play with was painting the bottom of the snowman using Pearl White Lumiere's. I just love the consistency of it, and it turned out so pretty and totally shimmery in real life. If you haven't tried Lumiere paint, you need to! It is a metallic acrylic paint. You can use it alone or with water. I always like the way it looks everytime I have seen it used in a project. I think it maybe very similiar to Shimmerz. ??? I am not sure about that but would love to find out! I have never tried the Shimmerz. I just know they always look great and come in so many pretty colors. They are on my wishlist! Back to my snowman, I used chalks for the background of the white panel, adhered some cute little trees cut out from some pp and also adhered a little blue jewel in each corner of the panel. More gleam! I matted that panel with the dark blue cs and adhered with pop dots.

I did TRY to take a closeup of the shimmery portions of my snowman. This next picture shows the gold Stickles and the green Smooch on the "tree".

There's that shine! One more pic. It is blurry, but does show the White Luminere's, as well as more stickles on the tree on Mr. Snowman's coat and Twinkling H2O's I used to paint the little houses and lights coming from the windows. You can get the idea, at least.

I had so much fun making this. So glad Our Daily Bread gave us this challenge Thanks for looking at my card and have a blessed day!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

My latest creation for ETSY - Christmas Refrigerator Magnets

This is going to be a really short post, I promise. I was going to wait and show you several of the items I am making to sell on ETSY, but some of you have asked about my refrigerator magnets. Yes Matt, it's true. There are people in the world that are actually interested in these things. : )

Matt is my ds who can't manuever through the house when he is home, due to my crafty materials and creations all over the place! Anyway, I made this set of 3 frig magnets. I am actually making more, but these are OOAK. There won't be any more like this!

Besides thinking these are cute (after all, I made them), I really like these magnets because they are sturdy. They are 3" x 3" and obviously flat, so if you want to use them to hold important reminders like PAY THE ELECTRIC BILL!", then these magnets will keep things in place. What? You can't see what's on the frig cause you have no lights? Why? Oh, because your reminder dropped to the floor from that flimsy magnet that was supposed to be holding it up! I see. That won't happen with these adorable magnets!

How was that for a sales pitch? lol

Thanks for stopping by and looking at
my love, peace and joy magnets! The link to my ETSY store, Dreamersboutique, is in my sidebar
if you are interesting in purchasing these. I will
have lots more holiday items up soon!
Have a blessed day,

Sunday, November 1, 2009

It's November and Time to Catch Up!

I cannot believe that the whole month of October went by, and I didn't even post ONE blog entry! Shame on me! So here's a quick catch up. First let me say that Kent left for his new job, so helping him get ready to go, and then taking care of things here by myself have kept me very busy. So there is my excuse. Now there are a few things I want to show you. First, here are two layouts I did for MSW. One is of Matt when he was a toddler, and the other is of my great nephew Max. The one of Max is actually a change from the one I posted in the MSW gallery. I decided it was a little overdone, so I got rid of a few embellies. Btw, the lo of Max focuses on
his new baby photo and attached info from the hospital.

So first Matt: I stole Guns and Roses' title - Sweet Child O' Mine!

Now next comes sweet new baby lo of Max:

I will be doing more baby lo's, because other's in our family have had a new baby - Heather and Blake had a beautiful baby girl named Olivia! I'll be working on those lo's very soon, I hope!

Next, I want to show you a few cards I made recently. Two of them were made for the MSW World Card Making Day Crop. The first is a Christmas card that I was pretty happy with. It was Lucy's Sketch 1 for the crop. I love all of Lucy's sketches!

Here is one more made from one of Lucy's sketches. We had to make a boy or girl card, and I chose girl, so I could use PINK! : )

One more card - it was actually a birthday card I made for Kent. He had a birthday on the 13th!
I love the cupcake stamp! I colored it with copics. The "cherish" stamp is by Heidi Swapp, and I thought it was just perfect! I thought this was a pretty good guy card!

I was going to show you the Christmas refrigerator magnets I made to sell on ETSY, but I am wearing down. I'll save that for tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed day!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Autumn Colors

Hello everyone. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend. I have been busy making creations for the big crop going on at MSW! There are so many awesome challenges going on. I thought I would take a minute though, so show you a card I made for two different challenges elsewhere.

I found a blog that I didn't know about. It is called Creative Inspirations, and right now they are on their 28th challenge, which happens to be to make a card or altered item about Autumn. This worked out well for me, because I already had a card in the works for Christian Paper Creations. I was working on their latest color challenge. That would be CPC-CM23. The colors we are supposed to use are Turquoise, Pumpkin and Cocoa. Sounds yummy, right? I hope my card fits the bill. I have all the required colors but do have a little bit of green around my pumpkins. I hope they will let me slide by! So here is my card:

The base pp is brown with a shiny orange. I wish you could see it irl to see the shine and texture. It is by SEI. The pp adhered next with the turquoise, orange (pumpkin) and more brown is by My Mind's Eye. They have been making gorgeous pp lately. I stamped my images on a cream Basic Grey pp (one side of a two-sided paper). The pumpkins and sentiment (except for the word FALL) are Darcy Clear Stamps. I stamped those with a mixture of orange and rust inks, and of course green for the leaves and swirls. The orange leaves are stamps from River City Stamps. I stamped them with a rust color, colored them in with Copics, cut them out, and fluffed them up before adhering them for some dimension. The word FALL is a Pink Paislee stamp. The flowers are Primas. They are actually turqoise, even though they look more blue. Brown flowers layered on top were attached with copper colored brads.

The link to both of the sites for these challenges are in my sidebar if you would like to take a peek. I am just learning about Creavtive Inspirations, but it looks like a really fun challenge blog with lots of talent. Christian Paper Crafts is a site with a forum etc. There are some wonderful Bible studies going on right now, along with their fun stamping and other crafting challenges. In fact, we will be starting a new book at the first of October called Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World. There is a wonderful group of ladies there who would love to have you join in!

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you all have a blessed Sunday!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Counting my Blessing

Since I have been counting my blessings this week for so many things, but the big one right now being that my dh passed his trucking test and has his CDL. He also has 2 jobs lined up! So when I decided to do the color challenge this week at SPCC (the link is in my side bar - you can't miss it!), I had already wanted my card to have something to do with blessings or being thankful. The colors this week are a combo I really like. Here is this week's challenge:

I always love to work with black and white, and any shade of red is a favorite of mine. In fact, I do alot more reddish lo's and cards than I had realized until I started looking through my slideshow the other day. So here is another!

I started my card for this challenge with a rust color base card. I used black and white Creative Imaginations pp with scalloped edges to adher to my base card. I took a piece of white lace from my stash and tied it on the side of the card. I put a gold and rust jewel over where the lace is tied. I took my 3 in. scalloped punch and punched out a piece of the same rust cs I used for the base card. I made a flower in a lighter shade of rust using a Sizzix die and adhered that to the scallop that I placed in the middle of the card. I then found a white paper flower in my stash and adhered it to make the next layer. I topped it off with a rust colored button tied with black floss. The cute little owl is an embellishment from K & Co., and the leaves were stamps from River City Rubber Works. I stamped them on some rust pp, touched them up with Copics and cut them out. "Blessings" is a rub on I found in my stash and used on the same rust cs. It seemed to be the perfect size for the card, and also a perfect sentiment that could be used in several different ways when sending the card to a special someone.
I had to cut off the left edge of the card where you can see the lace stretch out when I scanned it, but I think you can imagine how the other end of the lace would hang off the left side a little bit. Anyway, I hope you liked my card. Be sure and stop by SPCC and see all of the great creations the DT have done.
Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed day!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Some Scrappy Things For Sale!

Hi ya'll. No, it's not Paul Deen, it's just me! I have been busy today, planning some ideas for my cardmaking and how I might actually SELL a few more of them, along with my mini-albums, and my custom albums, too.

One thing I am in the process of doing is updating my ETSY store. Sam is no longer involved in the shop with me, so I finally changed all of that. Then I have been feeling well enough to organize my scrappy stuff, at least a little bit. I have just a few supplies that I need to sell, so before I post those on ETSY or Craig's list or elsewhere, I thought I'd see if any of you are interested in what I have for sale. So, here the things now, in no particular order. There may be more later on, as I go through and organize my stuff. So.............

1. I have a BRAND NEW STampin' Up Garden Whimsey Stamp Set. Here is a pic (from Stampin' Up) of what the set looks like.

Aren't these adorable? I don't know why I haven't used them. I have other stamps that are similar, and seems that I pick those. One thing is that I am always in a rush, and I mean these are BRAND new - I haven't cut out the rubber or mounted them onto the wood (which comes in the set) or adhered the pics to the matching stamp yet. Here is a link to SCS. This link goes to cards made using this stamp set. They are so pretty that I almost changed my mind! But have a look here:

So this set sells new for $23.95 (last I looked). I am selling it for $17, which is a little more than 25% off. Yay! Can't sell for less than that cause i keep starting to change my mind! lol Also, we have to add shipping. We can figure that out. I am getting ready to go to the P.O. and will see what it weighs. I know flat rate Priority is $4.95, but you dont' have to do that.

You need to comment here if you want any of these (or email me). First come, first served!

2. I have 2 My Acrylix stamp sets from Close To My Heart (CTMH). They are both brand new sets also. They are nice thick clear stamps that must be mounted on an acrylic block. They come in the nice frosted looking plastic envelope holders that all of these CTMH sets come in.

2a. The first is really nice. It is called Summertime. It is a "D" stamp, which means it is one of their larger sets. It actually has 4 3 inch wide stamps in the set. Each one has several fun images on it that are about summer. I have never used this because I used to sell CTMH, and I have a duplicate of it. Here is a pic, but I will have to come back with pics of examples of the stamp used:

Can you tell how these are 4 separate stamps? But actually, if you used markers, you could ink only partial parts of a stamp, rather than the whole thing. These are really cute, and I just read that this set WILL BE RETIRED IN DECEMBER! This also sells for $23.95 last I looked, and I am selling THIS one for $15.00 plus shipping. BARGAIN!! Shipping should not be expensive since this package will not be heavy! Rember this comes in the cute little storage envelope and a foam pad, which CTMH suggests putting under your stamping project. Go go a CTMH site where you can shop their store online and you will see what I mean about the envelope etc.

2b. I have another CTMH stamp for Christmas!!! It is a B set, which means it is smaller. It is called Merry Little Christmas. It has never been used either, and I think it is RETIRED! It is adorable little mice getting ready for Chistmas. There are actually 7 stamps in this set. I will have to come back with a picture because I HAVE to go make a card for a challenge due for Stamping Sisters in Christ. Just have to do it! Ok, I am back. I scanned this pic from an old CTMH magazine. That way you can see the set clearly, plus there is a card they made using stamps from the set to give you a better idea about them. It comes in the same little envelope. I am selling it for $8.00 plus shipping. Again, this is ALMOST 50% OFF! Yay!

btw, I will combing shipping!

Aren't these mice cute?

I will be back with info on some Sizzix alphas I think I am going to break down and sell. Still not sure if I want to sell all of them!
One of them is the Fruit Smoothie set. It comes in the plastic case. Originally sells for $149.00.
The other is the Brushed Box set. It also comes in the plastic case. Originally sells for $149.00.
Actually, I don't know if either of these is retired. If you are interested, I will speed up my decision on pricing.
I am also selling my Sizzix Sidekick, which is used but is in fine condition. It is the original red one that sells for $39.95. I am selling it for $15.00. I don't have the original box.
I am also selling my original Sizzix die cutter. I have a BigKick now. I will get back with pics and the price for the original Sizzix. So I am off to finish my card (at the last second as usual) and continue prasing the Lord because my dh passed his DOT test for his CDL license!!!! This just happened yesterday! A true answer to prayer!

Thanks for looking at my sale items, girls and have a blessed evening!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

One Card - Two Challenges

Well, it was football time in TN today, and unfortunately the Vols lost to UCLA. Since I don't get to gloat about our win, I will show the card I made while watching the game - well, after I kind of stopped watching the game. My card is based on this sketch at Card Patterns:

I chose this sketch because I was looking for a challenge to combine with this week's color challenge at Christian Paper Crafts Magazine (The link for this and Card Patterns are both in my sidebar.) The colors we are supposed to use are Teal, Olive Green, and Eggplant. I tend to have more difficulty with color challenges than other types of challenges, so I wanted a sketch that was not too involved. I thought this was a good combination. So here is my card:

The purple (eggplant) and olive green pp's are from Basic Grey's Wisteria line. The next panel of teal pp is Bobunny. I wanted some more eggplant to balance things out, so the next panel is simply a piece of white cs stamped with a flower stamp from October Afternoon using purple ink and heat embossed with clear ep. Teal jewels are placed in the center of 2 of the flowers. The "Sleepy Owl" is by Inkadinkado. I stamped it with purple ink, heat embossed with clear ep, and colored it in with Copics. I cut it out & adhered it to a chalked panel for dimension and so it would show up clearly against the background. I inked the edges of the panel and adhered it with Pop Dots. "Inspire" is a rub-on placed on the olive green paper. The flowers on the side are from Stampin Up. I stamped them with Black Tuxedo Memento Ink, colored them with Copics, cut them out, and folded up the petals for dimension before adhering them with gluedots.
I ended up being pretty happy with my final product. What do you think? I would love your comments! Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed weekend!

Monday, September 7, 2009

My First Autumn Card This Year

This card is the first one I have made this year that has to do with Fall, or Autumn. I love the word "Autumn". I get all kind of images of warm red, orange and yellow leaves in my mind. I can see the crisp look that comes from the sun shining at a different angle. I can feel the slight chill - that slight chill that comes before it begins to get really cold. Now, that is a whole different story. That means that I want to move to the beach and forget winter! But for now, we'll think about Autumn.

I have really been doing lots of stamping lately. I have been devouring every stamping magazine and info online that deals with new stamping techniques. So the card challenge this week at Inspirational Card sketches (link is in my sidebar) was to use this sketch:

What a great sketch! Then..... the challenge at Stamp Something (link in my sidebar, also) is to pick our favorite stamp and use it to make a card. There was also a suggestion to use a punch or diecut when making our card.

However, I could NEVER decide on my fav stamp! So, I picked a stamp by Magnolia that I LOVE. I have had it quite awhile. A very generous online scrappy buddy gave it to me in a swap, along with another Magnolia stamp. This stamp sooo makes me think of Autumn!

So the papers I used seemed like Autumn to me, as well. The background paper is a beautiful sheet from K&Co. It has a touch of glitter in it. The middle panel with the trees is from Bobunny. Don't you love it? The image was stamped on a scrap of Cosmo Cricket with Tuxedo Black Memento ink. I colored it in with a few Copics. The word "Autumn" is a stamp from River City Stamps, and the 2 brackets are Bobunny. The felt ribbon is from my stash, as are the little jewels, which I added for a little bling. Oh yes, underneath the Cosmo Cricket piece is s square of black polka-dotted Rusty Pickle. I used a Martha Stewart Border Punch on the bottom of it, which was also a suggestion from Stamp Something. I thought it really set off the border part of the Magnolia stamp, too. Btw, I raised the sentiment and stamped image with Pop Dots.
Hope you like my Autumn card! Thanks for looking and have a blessed day!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

A Few Creations from the MSW Crop

I have not been keeping up with my blog, that's obvious! I have been frantically trying to finish the 15 minimum challenges for the My Sketch World ABC Summer Crop, which I did at literally the last minute! Doesn't that sound like the Lynn you know? : ) Lots of the girls finished over twenty of the challenges and Ginni, Lois, and Skippy finished them all! Amazing!

Since I haven't kept up with anything else, including this blog, I thought I would show you some of what I have been doing. I wanted you to see the lo (layout) I did of my niece, Heather's, new baby - Max. The lo was based on Lucy's August Sketch. Max was born August 2nd. So this was his "Welcome" lo from me! I will be doing more lo's of Max and of he and big sis, Olivia, soon!

Also, here are some cards I did. Not going to post all of them, just a few of my fav's except for a couple that are getting mailed out to someone. Don't want anyone to see his or her card ahead of time! Remember, this was an ABC Challenge. So, this Happy Birthday card was for H.

The stamp is from Stampington. I LOVE their stamps. The base card was done with Perfect Pearls. The image was colored with Prisma Pencils blended with GooGone. Lots of artists used GooGone in place of OMS, which is what I did. I used a Q-tip to chalk the background of the image panel.

The next card was made for V is for Violet. I made the
background by dabbing Ranger Alcohol Inks on a
glossy cardstock. I love playing with alcohol inks. This is
something Tim Holtz and I definitely agree on! The flowers
are Primas. The top panel is stamped with a Hero Arts

Two more cards to show you. One is T is for Turquoise Thank You. I stamped 2 panels with another Stampington Stamp for this one. The great thing about Stampington stamps is that they are pretty much wonderful all by themselves! I just used some ribbon from my stash and did distress the whole thing quite heavily with Ranger Inks. The sentiment is from MSE.

This last card is one I was really happy with,
even though
it is relatively simple looking.

It was made for F is for Four
Flowers. The background pp is
Basic Grey Lemonade. The
left border is from Bobunny.

The stamps are from Hero
Arts and one of the flowers is from
Autumn Leaves. I stamped each
flower on watercolor paper, colored
them with watercolor pencils and
sprayed them with Glimmer Mist.
This is a technique I hadn't tried
before, and I will definitely do
I wish you could see the shimmer
on the flowers like you can see IRL.

One last creation! I saved MY baby for last. No, not Matt. My OTHER baby - Cotton. This lo was for Q is for Quiet. This is a photo I took of Cotton on my loveseat this past July. He was about to doze off. Ahhhhhhhh...................isn't he cute? Not as cute as I hope Matt is reading this and getting embarrassed! I can do a better job than this, though! So, on to Cotton.........

Whew......that's all for tonight! This will teach me not to get behind on blogging! Thanks for stopping by, and I hope everyone has a blessed Friday!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

SPCC Challenge 11

Look at the scrumptious colors for this week's challenge at SPCC (Scrapmaster's Paradise Color Combo). So rich and pretty , but they still felt like a challenge for me. I think I have trouble with being limited to 3 colors - no matter how pretty. I don't have the Stampin Up colors, but I came as close as I could.

I used Daisy D's pp on a brown card base. Used brown ribbon from my stash and added 3 K & Co. pearls on it for some bling. I used CTMH's Daisy White Ink to stamp the round flower element from Inkadinkado and the sentiment from CTMH on brown cs, cut them out and adhered them. (I used popdots to adhere the sentiment.) Used a Martha Stewart Border punch on the bottom edge of the pp and added one white button just cause I liked it! lol
Hope you like it too! Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed Sunday!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

R is for Red, Ribbons and Rub Ons Challenge

I made this card for the ABC Summer Crop at My Sketch World (link on my sidebar!). There have been so many amazing cards and lo's done for this crop. I really hope I can catch up here as the month ends. I have been so busy and STRESSED with Matt going to Liberty and dh going to trucking school that I am still so far behind on so many challenges! The good news is that Matt seems to be getting settled in at Liberty and making friends. Talk about an answer to prayer! (I want to thank all of you who have been praying for him!) Kent has already finished his first week and doing well on all the tests. He is actually home for the weekend. After that, he has two weeks left at school. We are praying that he is able to find a job where he will be able to come home on a regular basis. So many truckers are away from home A LOT their first year. However, we have really been blessed that it worked out for him to go to this training in the first place. So I will try not to worry and leave this in the hands of our awesome God!

As you can see in the title, for the letter R, Suzann's challenge was for us to make a card using red, ribbons and rub ons. I thought that this was such a cute idea for this challenge! I took a brown base card, layered it with a multi-colored pp and then the red pp. I distressed the edges quite a bit, adhered 2 ribbons (from Prima) at the bottom of the card, and cut up a third ribbon from Making Memories to make the red and white "flower" with a red brad in the center. The large owl is a rub on from Glitz, and the little flowers and butterfly are Fancy Pants rub ons. The 2nd owl was made by using a stamp from Inkadinkado. I stamped, heat embossed it, cut it out, and adhered with popdots. The sentiment (from Sassafras Lass) was also stamped and heat embossed. I used extra fine clear embossing powder on each stamp, btw. The white chipboard flower was from my stash, along with the red jewel which I glued to the middle.

Thanks for looking and have a blessed day!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Lime and Lace Card for MSW Summer Crop Challenge

Just wanted to show you this card I made for the My Sketch World ABC Summer Crop. This is for the letter L, which stands for Lime and Lace. I thought Suzann came up with such a cute idea for this. I love the idea of lime green and lace together.
I used pp from My Mind's Eye on a pink base card. Top lace ribbon is from K & Co., other lace ribbon is from my stash. Strawberry and cherries stamps are from October Afternoon. I inked them with red ink from SU & heat embossed with clear ep. I added Glossy Accents to the edges and colored in the stem with a green Copic. Cut out the images and adhered with popdots for some dimension. The flower is from Prima, and the small flower brad is from Making Memories. Threading Water border punch was used on the bottom edge. Chipboard sentiment and button are from my stash. I ended up being happy with my little card. I really love those October Afternoon stamps. They come from a cute little set called Cherry Hill.
Off to do a lo for From Here to Scrapternity. Still have a project to do for Samantha at SPCC. Plus need to start on her challenge this week. Have you seen the prize she has? A set of 12 - YES 12!!) new Copics. I NEED those, ya know. The links to all of these sites are in my sidebar if you want to have a peek.
Thanks for looking and have a blessed day!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Layouts for a Change

Just thought I would show you what I have been working on the last couple of days. No cards right now. I am trying to get some challenges done for the ABC Summer Crop at My Sketch World. You can't miss that big link in my sidebar if you'd like to see what's going on there. Lots of cool challenges and marvelous creations. This challenge I did was for the letter I, which is for Inky. The words "Biltmore House" are stamped, and I directly inked the large chipboard flower from Fancy Pants, then covered the stem with Glossy Accents. I have been wanting to do a lo of those pics of Matt (my ds) from that Biltmore trip. He was only 3 and was scared of those huge statues. What a mean mother I was to make him pose there! Of course, he wanted to pose next to them till he got up close and personal with them! lol They made him look even smaller!

The next lo is for an ad challenge at From Here to Scrapternity (the link is also in my sidebar). I really loved the ad, which was a vintage sort of pic of a lady holding a bday cake, with some text down in the lower right hand corner. The color was a lovely mixture of tones of a kind of rich burgandy. So here is my take on the challenge:

The photo is of my mom and her friend. My mom is on the right. She is 19 years old in 1941 and so pretty. I was happy with my colors inspired by the ad. I love the BG lace doily pp. I also love my Prima flowers. I took the sticker of the watch from Crafty Secrets and layered it on top of a chipboard circle that I cut with a circle punch, then put that on pop dots for dimension. The journaling diecut is from K & Co. I colored the design on it with my Copics. Have to use my growing collection of Copics whenever I can! I am trying to find all of the photos I can of my mom when she was younger, scrap those and get them in one album for Matt. She passed away in 2001, and we all miss her. I treasure every photo I have of her and only hope my lo's can begin to do them justice!

Be sure and stop by FH2S and check out their other challenges and the friendly folks. (You'll find those at both sites!) Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed day!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

One Card for Three Challenges (again!)

The card I did this week started out originally with this sketch by Martine from the Just Magnolia Challenge Blog. I love the sketch and their DT did a beautiful job with it, as usual. I made an actual tag with my Tilda stamp. You can pull it out of the card, write a message on the back or whatever you like. I am a tag lover anyway!

I am also using my card for the challenge at Allsorts Challenge Blog. The challenge for this week is to make something Vintage. I believe with the distressing and lace and flowers, my card will fit the bill. Their DT did some amazing totally vintage cards! Have a look!

Finally, this card fits the challenge at a blog I have just found, A Spoon Full of Sugar . Their challenge this week is "Floral Fantasy". They want to see flowers and I have those for sure! Their DT made beautiful cards also, and I was especially blown away by the card done by their Guest DT member, Fran. Wow! Her card is amazing! Drop by and have a look! So, here is my card:

I colored my Tilda with Copics and shaded in the background with chalk. I cut the tag out with my Sizzix. The hot pink dotted pp is from a company that is new to me - Best Creation, Inc. I bought it in several different patterns from my lss. It is all gorgeous! The other pp is Basic Grey, from their Lemonade collection. The pink flowers are Primas and the blue are from my stash. The lacy ribbon is from K & Co., along with 2 hot pink jewels from my stash. The brad in the middle is from Making Memories. The sentiment is a clear sticker from my stash, adhered to some pink cs. I inked the edges of everything with various inks (kept changing my mind!).
Am off to work on challenges for My Sketch World's month long crop, and also some challenges from a new favorite site I found, From Here to Scrapternity. Such a friendly place! I also need to work on something for Samantha from SPCC. So......I'm gone..........
Thanks for looking and have a blessed day!