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!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Time/Clock Themed ATCs

I love ATCs (that is Artist Trading Cards, in case you are not familiar with the term) and always had a monthly swap going at Memories from the Attic. A few of the girls and I did a swap with the theme of Time or Clocks. One of the girls lives in Canada, so I received her ATCs for the Time swap and for the swap that is going on now. (More about that when I have a little more time, because I am hoping I can get some more of you to join the current swap, which means I am extending the deadline).

Right now I have a minute, so thought I would show you the 3 I did for the Time Theme. The first one is a real picture cut out from a magazine for teaching piano, published in the forties. I inked it (and all of these ATCs) with Ranger Tea Dye Distress Ink. I am not sure how well you can see the black epoxy writing strip that I adhered, but it says "Time stands still". Underneath I added some stickers to say NOT. lol My pardons to the lady in the photo!

Directly underneath that one is my fav of the three. The background is actual text, also taken from a magazine from the '40s. I then stamped the 3 partial clock faces in the same Tea Dye Distress Ink, heat embossed them with clear embossing powder, cut them out, inked the edges in grey, and adhered them to the background. I then cut out a Jenni Bowlin die cut with the black design and a quote by Thomas Edison saying "There is time for everything". The watch is a sticker from my stash.

The last ATC has a vintage photo of a child from a book of ATC images. It has an epoxy frame around it that says "A moment in time". The calendar portion and watch are from that same sticker sheet in my stash. I have my fav Tea Dye ink spread here and there. You can't see the original ATC, but I tried a technique I read about where you light a candle and make soot on your ATC. Then you stamp into the soot. I couldn't get enough soot to matter. I realized that the tutorial I read used Stampbord (sp?) for the original ATC, so I wonder if that is what made the soot technique work. I don't even know what Stampbord is, which is one reason I don't know if I am spelling it correctly. Maybe someone could clue me in!

As I mentioned earlier in this post and in a previous post, we have a swap open now . I need to go and see exactly how I worded the theme when I posted it here and MSW. So I'll be back with more info, and maybe you will be inspired to swap with us. I have birds and butterflies on the ATCs for this swap, so that should give you SOME idea of what we are doing!

Be sure and stop back by and see and have a blessed day!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Inky Impressions 2nd Design Team Call

I found out at that Inky Impressions is having another DT call! Yay!! I am not lucky enough to have any of their adorable stamps, just cause I don't have the $$$$ at this point. (Don't you hear me say that all the time? lol) This stamp company is not that old. I love it for lots of reasons. One is that it is a dream come true to actually have this company for the owner, Nicole. That is so exciting. The other thing I like is that she names the cute little girl stamps after her children! How sweet! The final reason is, of course, that I love their stamps and want them all! Everyone needs to have a look at them. If my internal link doesn't work, I have a link to them on my sidebar.

For this call they want a post of your fav card that has coloring and another project besides a card that has coloring. So I couldn't decide about my favorite card with coloring. There are 2 that you have seen just recently, so you are going to have to see them AGAIN!. OH NO! lol The thing is that I have only gotten a good Copic collection recently, and those are my favorite cards I've colored. I do have lots more, but they were colored with Prisma pencils (with GooGone - a technique that I like). I also have some colored with Perfect Pearls, which I also love. However, I have only gone crazy coloring since I discovered the Copics! Anway, here are these that you know:

The altered item was just made for my cousin Bobby's birthday. It is a little wooden holder that I got at AC Moore. I sanded it and then went crazy using a direct to ink technique and various colors of inks. One side has the words "Bible Verses for You" printed on a transparency and adhered. It also has a flower from Stampin Up that I colored with Copics and cut out, and a little squirrel from a Unity Stamp set that I colored, cut out, and adhered also. The other side has the coloring that is important for this DT call. It has a stamped image of a church that I colored with Copics, chalked the background, cut out and adhered. Also added 3 little jewels for bling. The whole Verse Holder has a ton of ribbons from my stash tied to the handles. So here it all is! I am very excited about the chance to be on this team (although I know the competition is unbelieveable), but I had to try!

I should add that the verses are from an old verse a day flip book. The cover is off, so I'm not sure who it is by. I am taking the verses and adhering them to white cardstock, about the size of an ATC. Hope ya'll like my card holder. You could use it to hold anything, of course. Btw, I did cover the inside with pp also. Now I have to go make more verse cards!

Wish me luck, girls and have a blessed day!