Thursday, September 29, 2011

Getting Ready for Halloween

The Challenge over that Art Impressions #34, is sparked by lots of fun inspiration!  I normally only make a few Halloween cards each year, thus I do not own any AI stamps for this holiday.  I still wanted to participate, so I used a combo of stamps and digis.

Again I used Pure Luxury card stock from Gina K. Designs for my base.  The digital kit I used was from Liz-quis Scraps.  These pieces printed out really nice and were easy to size.  My huge spiderweb is from Rubbernecker Stamps, and I outlined it with Diamond Stickles.  I added orange gems as my accents.

On the inside, I also used digi parts but added spiders from Sticko, a sentiment from Impression Obsessions, and a fall flower gem from Jolee's.

I am thinking it came out kinda cute!  If you want to see this weeks House Mouse entry from earlier today, please click here.

House Mouse #105 Christmas Sparkle

This week, the challenge at House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge, is Christmas Sparkle.  After much scrounging around, I found this holiday stamp which I got in a lot, and someone had unmounted it.  Soooooo, I don't have a name for it.  If anyone knows, please let me know so I can mark it.

My card is Ocean Mist, Fresh Avocado, and Pure White card stock from Gina K. Designs.  My dp is a scrap.  I ran my diecut oval through the Cuttlebug, using the 5x7 Holly Stripe EF.  The coloring was done with Copics, and the sponging is with VersaMagic ink.  I used a sentiment from Hero Arts.  I added my favorite Stickles (Diamond), to the holly leaves and flakes, and Crystal Effects to the berries.  Glad I was able to get the sparkle to show this time, cause we all know how stubborn the photos can be with that.

Thanks for stopping by, and I may be back with another entry, since I have the day to myself!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

September Challenge for the Roses

     Good Morning!  I must admit that this creation just happened this morning.  Since I have been in frantic mode lately, I looked at the date for this challenge that was posted on the Rose's web site, and all I saw was the 30th.  What I neglected to realize was that the 30th is a Friday, and we do the Rose's Challenge on the last Sunday of the month.  My bad!

     This month Betty Rose was in charge of choosing what we had to create.  She chose for us to use ribbon in some way.  I was able to combine my creation with a challenge over at Stamp TV, where we had to case a member of the design team.  This time it was Deb Felts and here is the link to what I cased. .  I hope she is not insulted by my attempt.

     Since Friday was the first day of Fall, I decided to do just one of Debs season tags.  Her tags are just gorgeous!!!!

     I started with a large tag and using all stamps from Gina K. Designs, started to make my scene.  The stamp sets used are Farm Life and The Giving Tree, by Theresa Momber.  I also used a set designed by Gina called Elegant Elements.  Coloring was done with a combo of colored pencils and Copics.  Sponging was achieved with Versa Magic and Memento inks.  My beautiful fall ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon, and is topped with a textured button tied with twine.

     Please be sure to visit the other Rose's in our bouquet:

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Speedy the Cat's Friends Challenge #74 Things with Wings

I had a few extra minutes this morning to play, and when I saw the challenge over at the Speedy the Cat blog, I knew I had to play along.  My challenge entering has been to a minimum lately, due to the wedding planning, sorry.  Here is my take on the "Things with Wings" challenge.

I created a matchbook style card in monochromatic tones.  The colors are pure white and rich razzleberry.  The Mark's Finest set that I used for my bird is called Tropical Vacation.  I just love this set and all of its sayings!  I cut out my bird using one of the Spellbinders, Fancy Tags Three dies.  The leaves and sentiment are popped, and purple pearls are added as accents.

I may just be able to add slip this into the bride and grooms suitcase, before they whisk away on their tropical honeymoon!

Have a wonderful Saturday, everyone!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Join the Celebration at House Mouse Monday!

Well, my friends, it is time for a really big celebration, with tons of prizes and gorgeous inspiration!  It is the 3rd Birthday Celebration over at the House Mouse Monday Challenge site!  Go check it out!  Make sure to read all of the rules. You still have some time to join in the hop, and make a creation for the prizes!

For my entry, I chose to use an adorable House Mouse stamp called "A Gouda Birthday".  My coloring was done with Copic markers and I used Antique Linen Distress Ink to blend my edges.  My sentiment was computer generated, as I did not have the one that went with my mouse.  There is sparkle added (sorry it just won't show) to the cheese wrapper, candle, and air wisps.  My card stock is Pure Luxury from GKD, and the designer paper is digital.  I added a Prima with some die cut leaves as my flower accent.

Thanks for taking a look, and Happy 3rd Birthday to one of my very favorite challenge sites!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Art Impressions #32 Favorite Stamp

Hi, friends!  This week, on the Art Impressions Challenge Blog, the design team has asked us to use our favorite AI stamp.  That was one of the hardest choices I have had to make.  I thought and thought, and decided that this super get well stamp has seen a lot of ink since I have owned it.  It is just perfect for those men that land in the hospital unexpectedly.  It always seems to give them a chuckle  The stamp is # U-2394. 

After paper piecing the chair, I used Copic markers to color the rest of this fellows clothing and skin.  I cut out my pieces, and popped them up for dimension.  My papers are a digital set from Lindsay J., and was a freebie from one of the National Scrapbook Day celebrations.  I used Distress Inks to blend my edges, and added buttons with bakers twine knots.  No matter how I create with him, he always comes out great!

Thanks for stopping by.  We are expecting more flooding rains starting tonight, and I pray for those who are just getting life back to normal.  The ground just can't hold anymore, and with another 3+ inches, it has no where to go but up.  Be careful out there!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Check the Shower Off the List!

Just wanted to stop in and share a few photos from Dee's shower.  A grand time was had by all, with lots of good food and warm wishes for the bride to be.

She was so surprised!  They got her to the hall on the pretense that she was helping to decorate for her Maid of Honor's  Mom's 50th birthday.

I am sure I will receive more photos from other cameras, but these were ones her godmother got to me yesterday.

From left to right, let me introduce the bridal party.  Christina, Kristy (maid of honor), Dee, Laura, and Danielle (Shaun's sister).

These ladies did a wonderful job!

Thanks for taking a peek, and I hope to decompress today and get back in the swing as the week progresses!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Little Details

I was given permission by the bride to share one of the projects we have been working on.  We had spent the previous weekend trying to come up with a design, but nothing suited.  When I knew she was coming home again this past weekend, I started trying to come up with something, so we could get them completed.  She got excited when she saw this design.  Phew! 

I can't wait until I can share the whole table design with you!  Carol and Olga, you will be very proud of me.  I dusted off the Cricut to make the numbers!  It still worked!

Table numbers are now checked off the "to do" list!   Have a marvelous day!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Art Impressions Challenge # 31 Back To School

All I could think of when I saw this weeks challenge, is the Staples commercial where they sing the back to school jingle.  Ha Ha, I truly do not miss getting the kiddies ready with all of their goodies, but the worst was the first night they came home with all the forms.  Forms, forms, forms, in triplicate!  That is when I thought of my AI, Sylvia stamp, 3 J-1550.  She is a frazzled mess, like most moms.

Here is a link to this fun challenge on the Art Impressions blog.  I used Pure Luxury card stock in Tanned Leather, Ripe Avocado, and Sweet Corn.  The designer paper is a digital, and cut some of the images out and made them raised.  Copic markers were used to color Sylvia, and Rusty Hinge Distress Ink was used around the edges.  My ribbon is from Michaels and the brad says Home Work in the shape of a copy book.  My sentiment is computer generated.

I have gone and done something painful to my right wrist, and this could not have come at a worse time.  So, inbetween using a wrist brace and lots of Advil, I try to get some little things done.  I miss posting daily, but it won't be long til I am back at it. I was a very productive weekend, and we were able to cross many wedding chores off the list. Have a wonderful day, and thanks for stopping around!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

I Received an Award!

I was so surprised when I visited Payne Holler Cards, and saw that Linda had gifted me with this wonderful badge!  She is such a sweetie.  As with most of these, there are questions, and a list to regift to.  Here we go!

Q1) Name your favorite colour?  blue
Q2) Name your favorite song? Amazing Grace
Q3) Name your favorite dessert? a good homemade cookie
Q4) What annoys you at the moment? Dr.'s that don't listen to you
Q5) Your favorite pet? our current dog, Jessie Girl
Q6) Black or White? LOL, I choose white...thinking about the icing on my DD's wedding cake
Q7) Your biggest fear? driving in bad traffic
Q8) Best Feature? Do I have one?
Q9) Everyday attitude? Happily frazzled!
Q10) What is perfection? a happy marriage of 34 years
Q11) Guilty Pleasure? I can't resist pretty designer papers
Q12) When you're upset you? Cry

Well there you have it, what all inquiring minds want to know! Now I must pass this beauty on, so here goes!
Betty B.
Theresa P.
Patti J.

Thanks a zillion, Linda! 
Praying for all the families and friends in the flooding areas.  Hang in there.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

It's That Time Again!

     It's time for  this weeks Art Impressions Challenge!  It is called Lots of Dots, and it was such fun to create!  I was fortunate enough to have my DD come home this weekend and bring me all of her Art Impression stamps to use.  Woo Hoo, now I have more to choose from!

The AI stamps I used are:

     I did a narrow card and it will be a thank you for some friends we dined with the other night!  The base is soft suede from SU!, with white card stock and a perfectly matched polka dot scrap I found hiding in my stash.  The images were stamped in tuxedo black, Memento ink, and colored with Copic Markers.  Sponging was created with VersaMagic inks, and images were cut out and layered with Spellbinders Big Scalloped Ovals dies.  Some shimmer was added with a Sakura clear star pen.  For accents, I used twine and a red button to coordinate with my cheese, and add a pop of color. 

     It is raining with a chance of flooding again.  Mother Nature is sure not happy this summer!  It was another weekend of wedding chores.  Time is moving so quickly!  I am just happy to be able to squeak in the couple challenges I am trying to be faithful to.  Thanks for stopping by, and all the notes of encouragement I have been receiving!