Thursday, February 25, 2010

SFYTT Cosmo Dragonfly

Today I have played with a sketch challenge from the I Heart 2 Stamp site. They have amazing blog candy with sketches (SFYTT) every Saturday in February. I got in on this a wee bit late but hey, I got one done on time!
This was created using Cosmo Cricket papers. I just love this collection. I am sorry, but I do not know the name of it. There was a 9000 piece kit that my DD bought for me at the Tuesday Morning outlet. The whole thing is lots of coraly reds and teals. How fun is that? I added grosgrain ribbons and some diamond Stickles to complete this creation.

I will also be sending this on for the Taylored Expressions Dragonfly Card Drive, which ends March 25. You can find the details here.

It is snowing again today, so I guess I will be playing ! Stop back if you get a chance.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

CPS 155 & FTTC55 Double Duty

Yes, here I am , back with another challenge. Actually, I am doing double duty on this one! I don't get to do that very often, so lets see how this works out. The first challenge I am entering is Flourishes Timeless Tuesday 55 which is to use flowers. Flourishes has some of the most beautiful flower stamps so that part was easy. My second challenge is for Card Positioning System (CPS 155), who has a wonderful sketch for us this week.

Now for the details.......

Stamps: Flourishes Calendar Set 2, Taglines

Papers: K&Co, Basic Grey

Copics: 0, B00, B02, C1, Y15, YG13, YG17

Embellies: K&Co

Penny Black Week 89 Color Challenge

The weather stays miserable but it lets me enjoy working on challenges. This week there is a color challenge over at the Penny Black Saturday Challenge blog. Such light, Springy colors, put the joy of a new season within sight. Pink, green, and yellow are my tools.

My Penny Black stamp of choice was one that had been hidden in my stash. Everything old is new again, lol. It is a stamp by Jehane Boden Spiers from 2004, called Leaf/Sprig 2926H. I stamped it in SU Mellow Moss ink and colored and blended with oms and colored pencils. My papers are a combo from Basic Grey, K&Co, and scrap stash. I used two MS punches. The doily border which I love and the new large mum which will become a fast favorite. The buttons were self adhesive and from Target. The little journaling block is from Cosmo Cricket.

Thanks for stopping by.

JUGS #21 Color Challenge

The ladies over at Just Us Girls challenge site have come up with another wonderful color challenge for us to try. It is so hard to believe that it is week #21 already!
These colors were very well suited to the Basic Grey, Indian Summer paper collection. I did let those papers do most of the work. My card base and image backgrounds are all ivory Pure Luxury card stock from Gina K. Designs.I edged the images with SU cameo coral ink, and then I stamped the images and sponged with Memento, rich cocoa. I colored in my images with a water brush and cameo coral ink with touches of Copic marker. To bring in the raspberry, I used thin strips and raspberry and coral Prima's. My only other accents are lines of pinkish pearls. Oh, lets not forget the stamps! The bird cage is an SU image and my sweet little birdie and sentiment are from the newest release by Asela Hopkins for Gina K. Designs, called Dream Birds. I love this set!

Monday, February 22, 2010

TMITA Lucky Bear

This sweet little digi is for the "There's Magic In The Air" challenge this week. He is feeling a wee bit distressed, because that is part of the requirements. Isn't he a cutie? His name is "Lucky Bear".

My papers are all digital that I have had for ages. The background paper is from Cutie Cupid Freebie Papers. I colored my image with Copic Markers and the #'s are E31, E35, G19, YG11, YG17, YR21. I sponged with olive chalk ink. My distressed edges were made with Fiber Scraps EZ Walnut Ink Tintz and the color is Moss. My only embellishments are 3 kelly green brads. My sentiment is an unmounted unknown.

We are having a bit of an ice storm right now. My fingers are crossed that it passes fast and does not build up on anything. Have a warm, safe evening.

Friday, February 19, 2010

The sun is shining and a wee bit of the snow is melting. It is a great day to play with new stamps. I received my order of Gina K. Design stamps from the latest release. They are all cut out and ready to roll. I wanted to incorporate a challenge while I was playing and saw the new Inspire11 challenge, over at Stamp TV, that Gina created. We are supposed to show what our style is.

That was kinda easy for me, because I like to combine stamps and make scenes. I love, love, love, my Gina K. stamps, but I must also get use out of my many others. It is so fun to plan what to combine! This card has me using Theresa Momber's new set called Hang In There. The only extra I added was the swamp stamp that is an oldie but goodie. It is from 1994/ Visual Image Printary. I have used it many times with different frogs and critters.

My card base is Kraft Pure Luxury card stock from GKD. Issued a print from Basic Grey Origins, and piece of apple green card stock for matting. Everything is colored with my Copic markers and I added accents of opaque white gel pen. I sponged the edges with Memento, rich cocoa and Colorbox ice blue, chalk ink.

I really hope you like my creation! This is my style.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Time To Work on Easter?

It seems like all we have to do is blink and it is time for another holiday. I usually get stalled around Valentines Day, squeak in a few cards for St. Patty's Day and then hibernate until it is 2 days before Easter. I wake in a panic, wondering where all the time has gone. As in past years, I vow that this will not happen again. (Crossing my fingers, toes, and eyes) My yearly stamp shows are late March and Early April, so that might keep me alert. My DD is moving into her first home in mid April, so that will be exciting also. Yep, it is time to work on my Easter projects.
Here is one that I made using an adorable stamp from Outlines. I just love all the yellows. The dp is from my scrap bin. The Happy Easter sentiment is from the dollar bin at Michaels. Everything was colored with Copic markers and I added mini brads and a Prima as my accents.

Hope to see you again real soon!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

TMITA Lace and Circle Challenge

The latest challenge over at There's Magic In The Air is brought to us by Selma Stevenson. We are to include a circle, lace, and one of Nina May's images that we have collected. I was so fortunate to have won a challenge a few weeks back, and my prize was this wonderful cupcake!

I had not used it as of yet and thought it would be perfect . For my lace I used a round paper doily. My accents are adhesive purple gems from Darcie's. My bow is a cotton gingham. I used fancy tags to cut my sentiment, which is from Lockhart Stamp Co. I colored with my Copic markers and the colors used are #0, B00, BG05, C1, V04, V12, Y15, Y19, YG06.

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Wishful Thinking!

I just can not believe we are expecting more snow starting this evening. I am going to drag out every Spring stamp I own, to keep my head in a good place. All I want is a good day with temps in the 40's so that maybe it will melt enough to let it slide off the roof. Oh well.

So during my day dreaming and wishful thinking, I made this card. Actually, my DD was home this weekend for her birthday, and she started coloring this wonderful basket of flowers by PSX. It is #K-1626/1995. They use to have the most amazing images! She had to leave and head back home and asked me to finish it. I think we used a dab of every Copic marker I owned.

The papers are from my scrap pile. I added pearls and MS butterfly punches. I used letter stickers to spell JOY, and SU! corner punches as accents. Can you smell the hyacinths and tulips? I think I will turn my house into a flowers shop during the Easter season, so I can breathe in the freshness of it all!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Oh My Stars!

This little cutie is for two different challenges for this week. My first is Gina K.'s Inspire 10 challenge, over at Stamp TV, that has to include stars. The three stars down the side of my image are from GKD,Lazy Days Of Summer, stamp set. I stamped them in Night of Navy SU!
ink, and then added yellow bands.

My second challenge is for Card Positioning Systems, and is a sketch challenge (#154-part1). It was such a fun sketch to work with!

My designer papers are all from Making Memories, Just Chillin' collection. I have shown the colors of Copic Markers that I used and I tried to give my little bear texture, so that he looked stuffed. I found navy star buttons that I laced with yellow ribbon. Touches of diamond Stickles were added for sparkle. The bear stamp is an unknown, and I did a bit of paper piecing to create the wall behind him.

I am ever so glad to be back to stamping today, as I did a real blooper and put my hand down on a hot stove burner, yesterday. Can you say major OUCH? Quick reaction kept blistering to a minimum. We just so happened to have prescription burn cream in the house from a burn my daughter received, and we slathered it on after many minutes in icy water. I can actually close my hand today and the skin looks like it will peel but not deeply. I was very lucky.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you enjoy what I made.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

So Thoughtful

I decided today, that I need to keep more of this kind of card on hand. Seems that I just need to send a handmade thank you more often. You know, those little acts of kindness that sneak up on you from dear friends.
This is a card of many unknowns. My stamps are unmounteds I bought in a lot. What I did to the lettering was an experiment. I stamped it in Melon Mambo ink form SU! I decided to accent the butterflies as well as the sentiment with my opaque white gel pen. It did bleed a wee bit but it still looked okay. Then I did a triple play and accented again with diamond Stickles. My card stock is soft sand and I did piercing with my SU mat pack. I used Pop Dots on the butterflies and a few olive brads as accents.
Well, thanks for looking and hope all is well in your little part of the world!

Monday, February 8, 2010

FTTC 52f My Favorite Flourishes Set

It was such a tough decision, but I chose Seaside Life as my favorite Flourishes set. If you saw how discolored I have made these seashells, you would giggle! I just love nature and beachy things. This is the last of the Timeless Tuesday Anniversary challenges, and it is been a real pleasure for me, as I never got to do them the first time. This challenge is being hosted by Maki.
I created my own background paper using some of the smaller shells. My sponging has been done with an olive chalk ink. I decided to do a photo of the Copic markers that I used, since there were so many. All of the images were stamped in Rich Cocoa ink by Memento. I just adore the look of these shells each and every time I stamp them. Nothing is better then clean sharp images. I used Green Apple Pure Luxury card stock from Gina K Designs for my middle band. I did lots of cutting and popping to get dimension. Olive green pearls are my only embellishments.
Have a wonderful, crafty day.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

FTTC 52e Frame Challenge

I found this great lightweight chipboard frame, and just knew it was made for this Challenge. I am so close to completing all of the Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Anniversary Challenges, that I can feel the finish line! They have been so fun to do and this one is hosted by Kimberly.
The Flourishes sets that I used for this card, are Clouds and Angelic Love. I just love this little cherub. I tied the rustic texture of the wooden frame with the sweet softness of flowers and clouds. My images were colored with Copics #'sC1, C3, B00, E00, E35, Y21, and Y23. My flower is a Prima and I added blue organza ribbon and soft blue gems. I also added som Champagne Stickles to the wings and the Prima. My black card stock is Pure Luxury, from Gina K. Designs.
I have one more to go....... and I do believe I have saved the hardest for last! I have to choose my favorite Flourishes set and use it!

FTTC 52d Primarily Pink

Silke Ledlow is hosting a challenge for the Timeless Tuesday Anniversary. We have to use pink as a major part of our creation. My pink is Melon Mambo and my secondary color which is a neutral is Going Gray. They are both from SU!

The Flourish sets that I used, are Lace Edges and Wedding Essentials. My dp is from Making Memories It is very simple in design but there was lots of cutting, sponging, and pearls.

Hope you are having a wonderful Sunday. If you are a football fan, enjoy the game.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Timeless Tuesday FTTC 52C Fruity Challenge

I am slowly working my way through the Flourishes, Timeless Tuesday, Anniversary challenges. We had to create a card with fruit stamps or use citrus colors. This luscious challenge is brought to us by DT member, Dee Jackson. This is the first time I did not have Flourishes stamps that would work for the challenge.

My stamp is from Rubber Soul. I also stamped some small lemons from the SU! set called Citrus and Such. I then used the Quickie Glue pen on the wedges and sprinkled them with fine glitter. Some of my lettering was done with MM rubons. The dp I used was from Basic Grey, Lemonade. The flower is from a rogue scrap of dp. How lucky was I to have bought accent pearls in soft fruity colors, last week? I have shown the Copic markers that I used to color my image. I don't know about you, but I see lemon, lime, peach or mango, and watermelon! YUM!

Snow Pictures

Just wanted to share a few snow pictures with all of you. It seems to have stopped now and we have approx. 20 inches.

My Jessie girl wants to know where the steps to the deck have gone! Brrrrrrr!

Hey, and guess what? We are expecting another storm Tuesday night, into Wednesday! Can ya tell how thrilled I am?

FTTC 52b Anniversary Challenge Cut Out & Pop

This is another one of the Anniversary challenges over at the Flourishes blog. We were asked to create a card that has parts cut out and popped up. Holy dimensionals! It is being hosted by DT member Betty Wright.

Well, here is what I came up with. I used 2 Flourishes sets. One is the new Lace Edges set that I used to create my popped border. The other is an old favorite called Poppy Patch. I colored my image with Copic markers #'s 0, C1, R22, Yg03, YG93, YG95, YR02, YR16. My dp is from DCWV. The candy dots are from Colorbok. Besides the border having popped areas, I also popped the flower head and the one leaf that is overhanging. I thought it had a bit of an oriental feel.

Snow update: 20 inches and still snowing! I will post photos later.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Time for a new I.O. Challange

I am so glad I have time to do the challenge over at Impression Obsession. It is called "Shades of Green".
I used my CL156, Smell the Coffee set designed by Leigh Hannan. It is such a modern, upbeat set! My dp is from the new Basic Grey, Origins collection. I used a Cuttlebug border embossing folder on my strip that was accented by darker green grograin ribbon and green pearls. My images were colored with Copic markers in color #'s E00, E31, G05, G19, W1, YG06, YG11, YG13. The cups were coated with Crystal Effects and the steam is sparkling with diamond Stickles.
Well, it has begun to snow! Hope all my Nor-Easter friends are in for the night, safe and warm. See you soon!

Timeless Tuesday Anniversary Challenge "52A"

Hi, it's me again with another post! Don't you just love days where you can play and play all day long? Still waiting for the storm to start and the news just upped our totals to 18-24 inches.

Anyway, Over on the Flourishes blog, they are celebrating their Timeless Tuesday Anniversary with tons of challenges and prizes. This is the first one listed and I am going to try and work my way through the list while it is snowing. LOL!

I used the Flourishes set called Strawberries #57 to create this card. This challenge is a sketch challenge by Cindy Haffner. I colored my images with Copics color #'s 0, C1, R37, R39, RV34, Y17, YG11, YG93, YG95. My sponging was done with olive Versamagic. My Dp is from K&Co and Flavia. I halved a SU scallop punch and used it as an accent. I cut my pieces out using circle and fancy tag Nestabilities. My only dimensional accents are olive colored pearls.

Have a great evening, and you may just see me again soon!

PBSC Week83 Someone Special

This week that Penny Black Saturday Challenge is to make a card for someone special. I created this for a friend across the ocean, so I tried to make it pretty without many high embellishments. I hope she likes it!
The PB stamp that I chose to use, is called A Gift For You and is from 1999 as part of the Margaret Sherry Collection. I colored my image with Copic Markers in color #'s 0, C1, C3, B00, B02, E00, E02, E35, RV10, V15, W1, and W3. I used scalloped and regular square Nestabilities as well as 2 sizes of ovals. I added a strip of iridescent blue ribbon for some sparkle under my sentiment. For accents, I used an enamel brad, blues sateen flowers with olive leaves, and a few purple gems that had a rather low profile.
I hope you enjoy and will stop by again soon!

What's Your Cup of Tea?

Oh my Flourishes! This was such a fun challenge! We were suppose to create a card based on our favorite drink. The girls at Flourishes get so creative! We were to take inspiration from that wonderful liquid that completes our day...... LOL. Well, here it is........ I love Fresca! That wonderful no-cal citrus goodness.

What do you think? Did I match the colors? Did I reflect the freshness that I feel when I drink in it's awesomeness?

I really am not sure of the papers I used on this challenge. I pulled them from my scrap bin. The stamps are from Flourishes, "Beach Life". I colored with Copics and a few colored pencils to blend colors. The ribbon is from Michaels dollar bin. A few glittery blue gems were used to add some sparkle.
Well, the East coast storm we are expecting, is on our door step. They say it is going to be a wild and woolly ride. What is so scary, is that they change what they say every 5 minutes. It is like no one wants to commit. They say that the New Jersey southern shore is going to have true blizzard conditions. They are predicting 50 mph winds and a chance of 2 feet of snow. Hummm.... wind equals drifting.... if 2 feet of snow drifts, how big do the drifts get? 6 feet? 8 feet? Glad I'm not there. Hence another reason for a beachy card.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

The New Sketch on StampTV

I just had to jump right on this new sketch! Jennie Harper does such a great job of keeping us challenged over at Stamp TV. I rarely make square cards, mostly because I hate giving the PO double postage because of the shape. I am totally not a cheapo, but if it weighs next to nothing, what the heck?
We have a BIG snowstorm coming tomorrow, so I am thinking spring as much as I can. I am so sick of this weather!
My card base is a purple textured card stock which I sanded on the edges. I used 2 different sizes of square punches and alternated pattern and color to do my 3-3-3 pattern. The embroidered flowers are Mary Engelbreit. I used a chipboard frame and centered a sentiment and random hearts from Nina Brackett's newest sets, Heartily Yours and Heartily Yours Additions, which were stamped in chalk ink. I stamped a pattern on some MS butterfly punches. Pearls, gems, and stitched ribbon are my embellishments. I decided to use a simple Happy Anniversary stamp on a white decorated panel on the inside.
Thanks for dropping in for a visit, and I will try to make my postings a little closer together. My mojo has been missing. I think it climbed into an envelope and card I sent to a friend for her birthday! She needs to send it back.