Monday, April 30, 2012

April KOM Sketch at Unity

     Today is the last day to get in an entry for the KOM Sketch Challenge at Unity.  I had some time and my kit was staring at me, so I went for it.  As you can see by the sketch, it only called for a sentiment and the circle top,but I had to keep going.

Stamp kit used, Follow Your Own 4-12
Card stock, Bazzil
Designer paper, Basic Grey (Picadilly)
Die, Heartfelt Creations (Decorative Oval Window)
Inks, Distress, Copic, Sakura clear Stardust
Embossing, White Detail powder from Stampendous
Embellishments, DewDrops

     Thanks for taking a peek!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Our April Rose's Challenge

This month, our little band of stampers, is being hosted by the amazing Olga.  Her challenge for us is to create a Mother's Day Card, that includes a sentiment, a flower, and one or more die cuts. I don't make many of these, as I can only share them with friends who are Mothers.

My card starts with a golden yellow cards stock, layered with designer paper from Basic Grey's Picadilly collection.  I punched out two lattice borders and laced them with a thin sheer ribbon.  Next came a die cut from Cheery Lynn, called Fanciful Flourish. A big brown eyed susan was added with layered Prima's and a chocolate brad center.  The butterflies are courtesy of MS, and are top layered with vellum and amber gems.  Lastly, I used a sentiment from a Mother's Day set by Clear Dollar Stamps.  It was cut out with a new die I scored at 50% off via A.C.Moore.  Spellbinders, FleurDe Lis Squares was the name, and I popped it up for dimension.  Oh, I forgot, my sentiment was stamped with ripe persimmon Distress Ink, and the sponging was done with Crushed Curry ink from SU.  To find what all of the other Roses have created this month, please look on my side bar for links.

I would also like to enter this card in the weekly challenge #16 over at Joan's Gardens.  Here are the detail that are needed for their challenge.

Use the colors yellow or gold
Use some type of butterfly
Use a pattern paper
Use some type of scallops or lattice

That is it for me today.  Hope it is glorious in your little part of the world!  May there be nothing but blue skies and sun.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Howdy, Friday Friends!

It's time to link up for the Friday Friends with Flair hop!  Wait until you see all the fine work that is being offered for you viewing pleasure this week.  I jumped in with a little bit different style than I am use to.  It was really fun.

I decided to ink up more stamps from the April KOM, Follow Your Own.  The images that are included in this one, just rock!  Ivory and red card stock start things off, but then, I found this old, old, scrap of map paper in my bits and pieces bin.  I am not sure who made it, but it was screaming t me to stamp directly on it with my onyx black, Versafine.  I added some red cording, an epoxy brad, an a few gems.  I am still unsure about the inside.  I have some old ephemera quotes, and one is about exploring.  That might work.

Wow, that was a quick post.  Not much going on here in PA.  It has been chilly and gloomy the last couple days.  Hoping for some sun to start off the weekend.  Have a great day!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

House Mouse Monday- Anything Goes

     The actual title is "Grab some Tea for an Anything Goes Challenge" over at House Mouse Monday.  Did someone say tea?  Why, I just so happen to have a HM stamp with a tea cup!  Horray!

     The title of the stamp is"Feeling Rosy".  I found designer paper in a pack of Webster Pages that carried my tea theme.  I used 2 different patterns on top of my ivory and aqua card stock.  There were three different punches used.  A birch leaf, a large scalloped circle for my mouse, and half of an E.K.Success label that sports my sentiment from Clear Dollar Stamps.  There are colorful roses added to my leaves, and some double sided ribbon that I have been using sparingly since it is a favorite.  Coloring was done with Copic Markers and sparkle is by Sakura Stardust.

     A small circle punch was used to single out a tea cup for the inside.  The sentiment is from The Paper Garden.

     There you have it, a second post, and you thought I was goofing off, now didn't you?  LoL!  Have a wonderful evening.  Thanks for stopping by.

Art Impressions Challenge # 59, Anything Owls

     I hated to move the wedding photos down a notch, but it's time for some stamping!  I have not done an Art Impressions challenge for quite some time, and  I just wanted to take part this week. Anything Owls was such a cute theme! I do not own an owl by Art Impressions, but I made do with a combo of stamps from my collection.

     I started with an ivory base and layered on a gorgeous paper from Basic Grey's Indie Bloom collection.  Next, I created the border of flowers with a stamp from Annette Allen Watkins, by stamping in Versafine ink and clear embossing it.  This gave me a great raised image to color with my Copics.  The petals were then details with a clear Sakura Stardust pen for sparkle.  My little owl was also clear embossed, colored, and placed among the posies.  He is from Inkadinkado.  The sentiment is an ICling stamp and was punched with an E.K.Success punch.  There is a stitched ribbon from Gina K. Designs across the top for added interest, and the distressing was done with Antique Linen Distress Ink.

     That's it for me, right now.  I need to get to work.  I have another card to share later today.

     I want to thank you all for the kind words for the bride and groom, and myself.  It was such a happy day!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Oh, What A Weekend!

As most of you know, I was away this past weekend, to celebrate the marriage of my son, to his beautiful bride.  We had an amazing time, and I was able to gather a few photos that have been shared so you can get the idea of how it ll looked.  Everything was perfect!

Here is a photo of the happy couple!

Again the new Mr. & Mrs. Kelemen at their sweetheart table.

This wonderful treasure chest was made by my DH, and has Plexiglas with a slit for their cards.

Here are the favors that my DD and I worked on.  It was so much fun!  We used Melanie Muenchinger's stamp set called Gifts from the Sea.  The backs of the tags have the poem  "May you always have a shell in your pocket and sand in your shoes.  Love it!

The cake was amazing to see and eat.  It was marble with butter cream icing!  Yum!  Don't you just love the toppers?  They were a perfect choice for such a quirky couple.

Here is a view of the set tables.

Lastly, I would like to share a couple of shots of me dancing with my baby boy.  He did his very best to keep me from crying, which was one funny comment after the other.

The bride and groom are on their honeymoon cruise to Bermuda.  Thanks so much for letting me share with you.  Maybe after I rest today, I can get back into a more regular crafting schedule.  Perhaps there will be a good pic of me with my handsome hubby I can share at a later date.  Happy Monday!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Foxy Friends with Flair

     Happy Friday morning!  This is going to be a speedy post for you all today.  I am leaving in a little while for my DS's wedding!  I still have packing to do, but I sure did not want to miss my Friday, Friends with Flair hook up over at Unity.  Since my new KOM arrived last week, I had to be sure and ink up a couple of stamps from it.  Make sure you find time to visit all of the other fantastic designers who have linked up this week.

     The April KOM at Unity is called Follow Your Own.  It is full of some of the sweetest stamps I have received so far.  The little fox, the mushrooms and posies, and the great sentiment are all from the kit.  I used a scrap of turquoise for my base and designer paper from Sassafras's Sunshine Lollipops for my pattern.  Coloring was done with Copic Markers  For embellishments, I added a quilled flower, yellow gingham ribbon, and some pastel, glittered gel dots.

      I sure hope you likee!  Have a great weekend, and I will share some photos when I get back.

Sunday, April 15, 2012


     I have had some of these very vintage looking sets for years.  I will be honest and say that I don't think they have ever seen ink.  Back in the day, I knew what I liked, but when I got it home, I did not know how to use my purchase.  I drug out some sets from Lost Coast Designs and got to work trying to create a vintage looking man/boy card.  I knew I saw a challenge for it, but alas, the challenge was closed.  I will peek around today to see if I can find it a home. Yes, I am using it for my DS's BD card.  Shhhhhhh!  He is so focused on his wedding next weekend that he will never look here.  Ha Ha!

     My base is a rogue card stock in a brownish color.  The designer paper I chose is from Basic Grey's Little Black Dress.  The stamp sets are called Leonardo Accessories, and Word backgrounds for ATCs Set 1.  Both are from Lost Coast Designs. Everything is stamped and sponged with Memento tuxedo black and gathered twigs Distress Ink.  The letter stamps are from a 1$ bin set, and have been distressed.  That crazy laser cut corner piece is a sample I have had for ages called Fabulous Filagree, and it is from Lindy's Stamp Gang.  The embellishments are twine, gold stickies and an antique button.

   Stamping friend, Patti P. had a great suggestion on where to enter this card, but I did not use die cuts on the front.  Thanks, Patti!  My friend Carol, however, sent me to Shopping Our Stash Challenge #47, which is Vintage.  Thanks Carol, that worked perfectly!  Have a fantastic Sunday!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Friends with Flair Time!

     Here we are again!  There must be more than one Friday in a week, do ya think?  Time to strut our Unity stuff and hook up to the Friends with Flair linky.  This week, my card kind of happened by accident.  I started out to do the sketch of the month over at Unity, and when I was 3/4 finished, I realized that I had not been creating with a KOM, but with a Store Kit.  Ha!  Never fear, we always have Fridays!

     Here is how it went down.  The card consists of  kraft and white card stock, with my designer paper being from  Basic Grey's Picadilly collection. My images are from the Unity store kit called Moments in Bloom, and Naturally You from May 2010.  Love it!  The images were stamped in VersaFine onyx black and clear embossed.  I carefully colored with Copic Markers, and sponged my scene background with VersaMagic inks.   For embellishments, a half paper doily was added to the top and wrapped with stitched ribbon from American Crafts.  Tiny Prima flowers were added, as well as pearl centers.  I added sparkle to the butterfly and turtle shell with a Sakura Stardust Pen.

     Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend.  We are expecting a huge warm up here in PA, so me thinks there may be some outdoor time in my near future!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

A Cup Of Thanks

When I went to spend Easter at my DD's on Sunday, she told me to bring home some of her new SU! sets that  were feeling unloved, do to her busy work schedule.  I created this quick "thank you" card using one of those sets called Tea Shoppe.

My base is a purple card stock that I got ages ago at a stamp show.  I have been trying to use up all of the excess in this crammed stamp room.  Marco's Paper use to sell 1/2 sheets of different card stock in bulk.  This is from one of those piles.  My designer paper is doing most of the work for my card.  It is Basic Grey Koshi.  I added gems to some of the flowers, glued on a polka dot Prima, and popped on a tea cup from the SU! set.  I created a little banner strip for the sentiment.

I would like to enter this in :

Robyn's Fetish- Anything Goes
Make It Monday-Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by!  I may be a little bit scarce in the next week or so, as my DS's wedding is just 9 days away!  Lots to do!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter!

To all of my blogging and stamping friends, may you enjoy the warmth of family and loved ones as we rejoice on this Spring holiday!  Remember that jelly beans count as a vegetable today!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Friday Post

Good morning!  Today I would like to share with you a card I made using an Itty Bitty I recently won.  It is from Unity, for Webster Pages, and it is called Relax, Renew, Restore.  Since today is Friday, it is time for the Friends with Flair hop, over on the Unity Blog.

I started with Bazzill card stock .  The green is a pearlized one and it is so pretty.  The green check dp is a scrap, but the purple is from Basic Grey's Indie Bloom.  I used Marvy Markers to ink my stamps, and stamped directly onto my designer paper.  I used a Fantastix applicator and rubbed some of the marker ink onto the leaves to make them more pronounced.  I punched a couple of MS butterflies out of the same dp, only attached the bodies and bent the wings upward.  Green gems were used for the bodies.

I really liked the washed out, watercolor effect that I achieved. Please be sure to visit the Unity Blog for the line up of talented designers who linked up today. Thanks for stopping by, and I hope that your holiday weekend is full of family, friends, and food, from beginning to end.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Craft A Scene Challenge #4 Silhouettes

This morning I would like to share with you a card that I had great fun creating.  Since I have not had lots of time this week, I added a bit everyday until I was pleased.  The design team over at Craft A Scene have come up with an awesome challenge, to use silhouettes.  Here is what I came up with.

My image is from Far Far Hill.  I cut it out using a Spellbinders Label Seventeen, sponged with Memento inks, and drew an outline with a Zig fine point marker while the image was still in the die.  My base is soft sand card stock with a layer of white.  Both are Pure Luxury brand from Gina K. Designs.  The designer papers I decided to use are from Basic Grey's Little Black Dress collection.  My card is an easel design, which takes me out of my comfort zone, but I am pleased.

For my embellishments, I used Prima flowers, tons of Recollections pearls, and sheer blue ribbon.  I die cut two of the Cheery Lynn Designs Fanciful Flourish pieces, and took them apart to use randomly on the card.  I wanted to make sure you could see that I left a spot inside to jot a quick note.  The sentiment, which I used for a stand, is one from Clear Dollar Stamps.  I added a sweet little dragonfly charm for the lady to watch in her garden.

That is it for me today.  I hope everyone is looking forward to the holiday weekend.  After my DH had some surgery last Friday, he seems to be on the mend.  At least the Dr. reassured me that she saw no reason for emergency surgery in the near future.  That means all of your prayers and well wishes worked, and he will be able to be at our DS's wedding.  Thank you ever so much!