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!