Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Please vote for Ink Tossers

There's a contest over at The Greeting Farm. I am on a team with three other gals. it runs 5 weeks and this is week one. One of my team mates, Trisha made the card that got entered into the contest. I'm begging you to please go vote for us...Ink Tossers. The link that I provided should take you right to the directions on how to sign in, get registered, and vote. Each person can vote three times! We, the ink tossers are not allowed to vote for our selves.
Here's the card that I made, it wasn't retro enough so it hit the cutting room floor.

 here it is without the senti.

I thought it was a cute card, but all four of our cards were good. We voted and I didn't win and I'm OK with that, cuz there can only be one card per team entered into the contest. If we don't get cut this week, Wednesday, then we proceed to week two and we'll know what the next challenge is this Wednesday. Trisha's card is so adorable, retro and she stuck with the color combo TGF gave us. Voting is open through Tuesday, so please go begging! On my knees praying that you'll go vote for the Ink Tossers.
Go, vote, go vote, go vote, now.
the directions are clear on how to register and please.....go to the Greeting
Thanks for coming by....gotta go get some Easter cards done!!!!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Just another challenge

 Don't like to color and love the Daisy Doodles digital images? Color no more, paper piecing is here to stay! Fun, easy, colorful (pun intended) so many different ways to incorporate digitals into your crafting life!

I was asked to be the guest designer on Daisy Doodles.  Once you are there, at the top you will see challenge blog, just click there. My pic should be on Monday's blog!
I was sent a digital image and a sketch to follow. here's the sketch:
 And here's my card using 'roses'. This is a digital image that I copied out about six times and glued at least 6 layers on the larger rose to give it depth. It really looks good IRL. And it is thick. It will need an envelope box for mailing or be a hand over card. It is a 5 1/2 " square card and I'll show you the inside, too!
Here's the part where you go get your coffee, or popcorn and soda, you dieters go get a piece of gum.
There are three layers of leaves that I used to paper piece onto a scrap of green paper.
Here's a pic of all the copies I made to paper piece this rose set.

 Cheryl was the sistah that got me 'hooked' on paper piecing and I will once more link you to her blog here.
I run the plain copy paper through the printer and then tape down the paper to the portion of the pic that I want to be that color. the yellow sheet was my back up plan and that's the paper that I used. the assortment of yellows and golds that I originally chose just didn't work for me. The printed green leaves had already been cut out when I realized that i should take pics.

I use a marker to color the portion of the leaves so the yellow doesn't show. then I glue the leaves over the yellow image.
 I cut the leaves out and leave (no pun intended) the middle (it will be covered) as it's easier to handle and glue down. Then i just cut out portions of the flowers and glue as I go. It can not be seen...all the layers that are there. It really is lovely IRL, but i said that already, just checking to see if you are paying attention. i painted the flowers with a Frost White shimmer once they were all dry (glue). I dripped glue down the side and added chunky glitter to the edges of the roses. A little glitter pen in some spots, just to add more sparkle. the lace was added to be included in another challenge over at Caardvarks.  here's a pic of a side view, imagine all the layers...

This is a better pic where you can see the glitter, white on the flowers and green on the tips of the leaves. All the sparkle is for a challenge over at the Creative Cottage.

One more pic of the inside and we're almost done with this post.

I will eventually add some flowers to the inside once I decide who will be receiving this rosey card.

                      Get your Daisy Doodles 'Roses' at Scrappetizing! ...huge sale, now! 
They're on page four 
I picked yellow because I thought that I had more shades to make the roses. Emily gems says yellow symbolizes wisdom, joy, and happiness.
 On that note................thanks for coming by and sharing your coffee, popcorn and soda!

STAMPS: Digital image fro Daisy Doodles, Warm Words-sparkle
PAPER: Rose Red, So Saffron, Barely Banana, Dsp from Luxe designs (my stash of 'old' paper)
INK: Printer and Black Soot for Sentiment, Tim Holtz Distressed inks-antique linen 
TOOLS: MS border punch-inside, paint
INCIDENTALS: Sakura glitter pen, bling from BOTD, chunky glitter, lace trim from Wright's

 Some other challenges
Caardvarks - lace
Stamping Around - Anya's inspiration
The Creative Cottage - sparkle
Simon Says Stamp - spring and glitter
365 Cards - 8 elements
Lots To Do - vintage, lace
Paper Cutz -  Easter

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Verve set

I used 2 Verve sets that  had won over at Jen del Muro's earlier this month. I took the stamps and made my own bg paper and a sketch from Mojo Mondays.

I took the wide oval punch and placed some circles behind it to look like a scallop then punched holes out of the marigold Morning and glued those to the top of the Tangerine tango circle scallops.  Used the Verve Bountiful Backgrounds and Party Time to make my images, bgs, and frames. It's a very versatile set as I was determined to make all my own papers for this project. The flowers were a gift from Cheryl earlier this week - I won one of her challenges! I stamped one to be 'different' with the same set.

here's the same card minus four flowers.

I like them both but lean a little towards less flowers. What's your opinion?
Thanks for coming by...leave a little sugar......
I always value your opinion!

Verves - flower parade
ABC - missed the deadline...oooops.
365 - day 27

Saturday, March 27, 2010

new little fella

Baby Lawes was born earlier than the plan!

Jendel Muro has another Sketch For You To Try. hop right on over to her blog and see the sketch.
Little Cole was born at 32 weeks and he is fighting for his wee life and he's going to make it. thought a tough little boy card would be just the thing to keep up their spirits.
I used my Just Rite stamp set to add the baby's name and vital statistics.

Friday, March 26, 2010

mail call

I got this in the mail today. isn't it too cute. The little one waiting for the rain is paper pieced, her boots, slicker, and umbrella. thank you, joanne. Her name is Joanne, too!
the next card came in the mail today, also. Seems i won another challenge over at Cheryl's blog earlier this week and i got a large envie full of wonderful stuff to make more cards. When does the giving end?...hopefully never! i will continue to make cards and enter challenges and try to win as many as the good Lord will allow.
wish he'd hear my prayers regarding the lottery. John needs to quit working and that windfall would allow him to retire and relax before he's eligible for SS & MCR. Ok, TMI, let's get back to card making and gift giving and prizes!
Isn't that the sweetest lil card/ it's only 3 x 3. the square behind the flower was stamped on and then the flower stamped right on top. How clever of Cheryl.
she sent in the large envy-Sweet pea flower soft, and Polar White flower soft; images stamped on cardstock so I can make more cards; a cuttlebug set of dies called 'Stamps'; some Shrinky dink paper; some glossy paper for digital embossing (will have to get her to teach me about that one); a funky pinkish-purply mat called an absorber that when wet will clean my stamps; two packs of punched embossed  flowers, one white, one ivory. All I had to do was post a picture of a card on her blog.There's a link above for you to go check it out, or click here.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Garden Fairy

 Flowers are the harbinger of spring.

This is a new image from Delightful Inspiration. Faith makes some awesome images and this fairy is the proof.
I just love to make easel cards. this 'garden fairy' was so big and I needed to add some flowers....duh, and an easel gave me just a bit more real estate to do that. There are water drops on two of the flowers and of course the water from the can. Get a close up. This darling easel card was the inspiration of one of my SBS sistahs, Susan, who has challenged us to make a spring card using pink, green and yellow.
I paper pieced her wings and dress, added some stickles, a gem in the flower, and plenty of rick rack. This card is 5 1/2" by 3" with some extra fractions hanging over with the sun and leaves, so it will fit in an A2 envie.
Thanks for coming by!
Leave a little sugar, I'd love to hear your comments.

Delightful Inspiration- the image
AiFactory - an easel card 
Lots to do - springtime.
The Creative Cottage - sparkle, thanks Tracey 
Flutterby Wednesdays  - fairies
ABC - flowers
Verve's Parade - flowers

Friday, March 19, 2010

My Blue Belle

Oh, I don't know how to spell it!!! My favorite ice cream is Blue Bell. I don't need to know how to spell it!
i eat it. I don't go to spelling bees in Washington, DC. i eat BB ice cream. It's still one half gallon, not 1.5 or 1.75, but that's not why I like it. It is the best tasting, melt in your mouth ice cream...ever. It's not too creamy, it's not 'gritty'. Oh, go buy some for your self. If your not sure which flavor try mint chocolate chip. MMMMM. the coffee is good and there's another coffee flavor that I can't remember the name. I bought it in the real small size at Target once and haven't seen it since. yes, buy the real small size to try out a new flave.
Are you wondering where I am going with this? Prolly not since I do tend to go off on a tangent that has nothing to do with making a card....BUT       YOU      ARE        WRONG. This is all about a card.

                             MINT                 CHOCOLATE                          CHIP

and here it is my version of MCC

Splitcoast stampers has a challenge called CAS58. A crafter is required to create a card with brown and green and they call it MCC. Right up my fat cells alley, yessireeee! Used the Medallion and stamped it twice, once with CC and once with Mint Melody, a retired ink from SU. Cut, distressed and sponged the green, punched out the brown center, now covered with Chocolate satin ribbon and MM paper. Used the Vintage Vogue for the sentiment and a little CC ink got on the cs unintentionally and was covered with a MM butterfly from Beautiful Wings. Poked two holes in the small brown circle and tied some DMC to it and popped it up. Inside, there is a matching MM liner for a message or sentiment. clean and simple. I used the sketch from Jen del Muro's SFYTT here. 
I offset the white cs to preserve the integrity of the circle yet stay inside the dimension of the  4 1/4 x 5 1/2' card.

Thanks for coming by!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Basket of flowers for a happy bday

Paper pieced another digital image. This is better than coloring with pencils. It takes longer than coloring, but it is more satisfying to me. I suppose that it may be the layering that's involved that has me loving it.
First, I laid the basket weave down over the base, then I cut out the C. Celery, then the individual flowers. I took my finger craft knife and cut the green leaves so they would pop up, out and over the flowers. then I glued down the flowers and glitter penned the centers. I used scrap coordinating papers to match the flowers and punched out more flowers in the same papers. the papers are SU and were scraps from the larger pieces.
My image was cut from a Nestie, label 5 and sponged with TH Tea Dye. Ranger's Tim Holtz distressing inks are right next to my work area, I just have to have them close by. The center of the tiny punched out flowers I used a sepia glossy Accents covered with SU's dazzling diamonds. Yes, I have glitter all over me and the desk.
Thanks for coming by!

This meets a few challenges' requirements
Designed2Delight..... Use their free image
Daisy Doodles... Artist's choice
Cute Daisy Mae ....... anything goes
Paper Cutz .......Ch#32 - green
Fussy and Fancy.....#6 - green

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Waltzingmouse Blog Hop

The hop has started. To see all the entrants and count leprechauns go see WMS  and find out what all the hub bub is about.

Welcome to the hop!!!!

March 17, 2010 and it's St Patrick's Day all over the world.

Here's my card using the freebie that Claire offered here. It's green and purple with a real safety pin holding the ribbon in place.

The position of the image on my cs from the printer made it impossible to get a perfect cut with the die. I had already colored it so there was no going back. I cut the purple cs out using the SU Big Note die and glued it over the white cs. Clean and simple was my objective.
Green shamrocks, of course, and purple for loyalty. My paternal ancestors were from Ireland, the Duffy's.

*ED Note: Purple is royalty not loyalty, so sorry for the error.


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Praying for you

I have a special person that needs a very special card.
It's for a challenge at SCS that needs to send a little encouragement to a friend or family member.
 I took three pages from the Summer Stack, DCWV, my Craft Lounge stamps - Hello Spring, and SU  - So Many Sayings. I used the sketch from OCL

Sunday, March 14, 2010

An Award for ME and.....

This award was sent to me and I want to share it with all of you.

Received this from a blogger, Cheryl, one of my great sisters from SBS29. She Stamps is her blog and she has some awesome cards to see. Thank you, Cheryl for presenting me with with award. My blog is just five months old and already I have received two awards. I couldn't have rec'd them without you all.

To keep this Beautiful Blogger award I must pass it on to all my followers for their dedication to leaving comments here and putting smiles on my face every day. It means so much to me to have each and every one of you take your time to stop by and say hi. When you take this award you may pass it on to others, and you may list a few things about yourself that might interest your followers. Enjoy the award as I did and remember to Pay it Forward.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Chick chick here, chick chick there

My image here isn't good. You need to go see this in person. It's free in March only. It's on the sidebar or you can scroll down for a bigger look see on their site.

Friday, March 12, 2010

SFYTT prize collection

Having trouble finding the cards from my other sisters on SBS29. they're in the library files, just not letting me find them, so  while I keep looking........
Want to see some of the loot I won from Sketch for you to try?

Yes?....... here goes.

This is what came in the box from Jen del Muro.
In separate envelopes: Jacksonville embellishments......

and then Verve and Taylored Expressions........... shot together in one photo

There were all together more than 20  large stamp sets, 14 small sets, 10 packs of paper, 3 ink pads, four jars of Fluff, a glue pen, a Spellbinders Impressabilities 'Paisley', a card kit with all the elements needed, and at least 15 small packages of various and sundry items.A stamp set I got to order from There She Goes 'Aim for the Clouds'. From MFT I got to order a roll of Scor tape 1/8" and a stamp set called' Meet me at the Cafe'; that should arrive next week. Over all it was a huge amount of stamping paraphernalia and I am thankful to Jen , well her husband for picking my numbers.

To Shelly, my sister of creation in SBS29, many thanks for your blog candy. Here's a shot----

gotta run. meeting the girls........thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Here are some SBS29 cards

My blogging sisters are generous and share with all of us.
Here are some of the cards that I have received from them.
Cheryl's card, a branch with flower soft

Flower soft is new to me, while I have been hearing about it I have never seen it til now. It looks like chopped up tulle. Cheryl's FS on her card is a multi-color. Its got white, three shades of pink, and three shades of green from a real dark to a celery color. It looks like she just inked up a spot on the branch with glue and put the flower soft on. It's dimensional and adds a real flowery look to her image.To me, this is a clean and simple card and just lovely in it's simplicity! For more of Cheryl's scrumptious work go check out her blog.

Next up is Cindy's card. Just check out the flip flops on the Flamingo!!

The letters if you can click on the pic and see a close up, are backed with a hologram silver. So cool and the same with the sentiment. Cindy is a Stampin Up Demo and you can see her awesome artwork here.

Last, but not least is Shelly. Here is one of her cards that came with the blog candy that I won.

HERE is another card that she sent. Shelly's, My Creative Rumblings, is a super blog to check out. Shellys style is eclectic. There you will find clean and simple, layers of color, stamped images and digi's. I little of everything for everyone.
Posting my blogging sister's cards is great there is no RX for me to post. have fun checking out their blogs and tomorrow there will be more of the same.
Thanks for coming by!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Green, green and more green

I made this card some time ago and just never sent it out. I like monochromatic. I don't like green. How did this card come about? I have no clue, but here it is. For Cheryl and the green challenge.
Chip board, ribbon and a tiny sentiment. Everything is SU. I hit the CCelery organdy ribbon with the heat gun and it curled it up. Just love that, don't you? .....the heated curling ribbon, that is!!!
The Pixie Cottage is also looking for cards with green and giving away a free digi, a rainy day image that is sure to put a smile on your face.
Thanks for coming by!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Someone needs our prayers

Her name is Lindsay and here's part of her story.

3. Carla took Lindsay to the doctor about 2 weeks ago because Lindsay's lymph nodes were swollen and a biopsy had been recommended. They went in early in the morning and by that afternoon had a pretty good indication that Lindsay's pregnancy was going to change from one of the happiest times in her life to one of the scariest, worrisome, and challenging times in her life.

For part one and two and the following ones click here.

I was in tears over this story as I, too, have a DTR named Lindsay. My heart and prayers go out to her and her family.

This is my card for Lindsay...

with the inside on the right. My birds represent the three souls that are affected in life right now, Mom, Dad, and baby. The stamp set is from Delightful Inspiration, and is called 'Balancing Act'. How appropriate as the birds, like Lindsay, balance in life, on one another to sustain life and God's providence.
Keeping it short, I don't have enough tissues for all of you!
Please take this extra moment and pray for Lindsay and her unborn baby that God may shine His light on 
them, to bring them internal peace, and faith that will sustain them on their journey.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Easter Bunny

More later, got to get this on D2D to get digi for free
Later: I wasn't going to do this challenge, but the more I thought about this adorable bunny the more I wanted him. Then with St Patrick's Day coming up I didn't want to miss out on anything so I finally decided to go for it. It's not my best coloring job, but it's done and I can get the next digital image for free from Design2Delight Digital Stamps. Plus, I needed a green card for another challenge. The colors of the ribbons look better IRL. The whole card looks better IRL.
Thanks for coming by!
Stamps: D2D digitals
Paper: stash
Ink: computer
Tools: watercolor pencils, blender pen
Incidentals: Ribbon, MS fence border punch, slit punch

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Down but not dirty

DDH is here with her family and we have been busy. Secret road trip with my brother Bill on Saturday and then wham -DDH has some stomach/intestinal bug and I have a terrible cold. And we were planning on taking the kids to the carnival. Every year BSS puts on their Spring Carnival for three days. It's the church/school where the kids went and it's just at the end of our street. H and her fam came just for the funnel cakes, well, the kids came for the rides. Bert and I took the kids up for lunch of hot dogs and fries and then he brought me back with the baby for her nap. H is in bed and getting plenty of sleep with the kids not here. I'll head back up when Lizzie wakes up and let her ride on the merry go round one more time. I'll bet the tickets for the rides and food will be all gone. Bert goes just for the food!!!!! but then again don't we all love the smell of the food? The school has their own food booths and that's what we go for, it's the same food every year and it's always scrumptious. Italian sausage with the onions and green peppers - John's fave. Of course, hamburgers and hot dogs, french fries and thinly sliced potatoes on a plate piled high. and Me, I can't eat any fried foods- well maybe one bite or two. And the home made goods that the parishioners make and bring to sell to make more $$$$. The funnel cakes with powdered sugar an inch thick. Frozen Italian ices. Pizza and beer. the wine toss where any lucky thrower can go home with a bottle or two. the little games for thee wee ones. Winning a goldfish so Mom and Dad have to buy something for it to live in. Afterall, how long can a goldfish live in that tied plastic bag! then the 'carney' food.  that's all Em wanted was the candy cotton candy, doesn't all that smell so good combined together. The neighbors must be starving for those three days.
Mojo is down for the weekend. It will be back on Monday. I have projects that are 'due' and can't wait to share them.
Go boil a hot dog and try to remember the fragrance emanating from the carnival you attended.
See ya tomorrow!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Kiss Me, I'm Irish

Cheryl,a sister of SBS29, challenged our group to make a green card for March. Fitting, as she has Irish ancestors like so many of us do. I wanted some green, naturally for the challenge and thought I'd add some  embossing to symbolize what we may find at the end of our rainbow -- GOLD. I needed to cover the birds on the stamp and used gold metallic paper to cut circles after I punched out the shamrocks in gold. I replaced the punched out gold with another green to add some more color.
The ribbon made the third green and I tied a knot and added more shamrocks to that. The sentiment, you guessed it, gold embossing, too!
I tied this card into the Pixie Cottage Challenge that required green!!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Plastic cases for storage

I was sharing this info with the WMS forum late the other nite and thought someone visiting here might like to know the dish on storing my WMS clear stamp sets.
These are the Stampin Up clear boxes that I use now! They are not expensive and are available in the newest Mini catalog. Anyone interested in purchasing Stampin Up Clear-Mount Cases can contact Cindy here.
Here are the cases with my WMS sets in them with the label that's provided with WMS.
There is a plastic sheet attached to the outside of the case. When the case is open the sheet comes away from the case enabling you to place your image sheet right in there. You are looking at the open case on the outside with my image sheet/labels facing you. Claire at WMS serves up  lots of stamps on every set. Her 6 x 8 sheets of stamps are stock full of fabulous images and she carries several sets that are Nestie friendly. I have her button on the left sidebar or you can click right here. Visit her blog while you are there too. Many creations to drool over with hops to share and candy to win. 
Inside pic of the same stamp set:
There's plenty of room in there with space to spare.
That's all the advertising that I'm doing today.
Thanks for coming by!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Rainy Day Freddy

Daisy Doodles starts a new challenge every month. This one starts with any teddy that you have and once you enter you can win a free digital stamp/image. I am starting a file folder now that I am collecting so many. who would have thought that I would be coloring a digital image and not stamping?
There are rain drops on the umbrella and all around Freddy, some pearl drops in the pink flowers, and GA on his boots and slicker. I colored the second umbrella and popped it up over the original. It looks cute with the three dimensional IRL. Stamping Around had a color challenge that fit the bright yellow on Freddy's slicker so I went with that. There is also a WMS prize to go with that SA challenge. I'm all about winning stamp sets or anything for that matter. 'After the showers' is from the set, Brighter tomorrows. Inside i stamped the rest of that sentiment, 'the smell of flowers'. I'll add some stamped flowers and it's done. The longest part of making this card was waiting for the GA to dry.

STAMPS: Brighter Tomorrows
PAPER: B banana, Pretty in Pink, C Celery DSP, white, P passion
TOOLS: triple flower punch, word window punch, sponges, black marker for sentiment, Label five nesties
INCIDENTALS: Ribbon. Liquid pearls
Thanks for coming by!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

I won

I won this clear stamp set at Pink Persimmon.
I'm not going to show you the stamp set. if you want to see it click above and there it will be for you on the Pink Persimmon. i can't show you everything. somethings you have to go get  yourself...LOL. where's your Mom? If my Mom was here would she know how to find her way around the internet? Well, I can tell you she was a crafter. she knew her way around a pair of pliers (for crafting), pipe cleaners, ribbon, Sobo glue (the only adhesive my Mother ever bought), sequins (that was her bling) and tulle, just to name a few crafting items that were available in her time. My Mom could sew, she taught me how to sew on her machine (Singer circa 1000BC). I learned how to make clothes for my Barbie doll. (Yes, we /I had Barbies back then.) She would save the Wright's trim labels and we would send our quarter and four labels to Wright's and they would send us fabulous lengths of trims and loads of them. I remember the last time I had Wright's mail me trims was about 8 years ago and it cost $1.25 back then. I emailed them, Wright's, this year to see if they still have that offer, sadly, they responded that they do not. I still have some of the latest trims in a box and i pull one out every once in a while and put it on a card or scrap book page. Must remember to state that it's a Wright's trim next time I use some!
all this nostalgia because i brought up your MOM.
thanks for coming by!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Prima has a surprise for you

 Prima has a really huge surprise for you.......
                                ( Click the purple curtain to reveal a secret)

...but we can’t reveal it just yet! We know you’re going to love it! And don’t worry-we promise to share the big news with you soon. It’s really hard not to spill the beans, but we are sworn to secrecy. So, in the meantime, we have an exciting opportunity for you to win BIG and it’s open to everyone! There are two fabulous prize baskets worth $100 up for grabs. Prima will choose one winner from the US and one International winner.
You must go to Prima's marketing blog to enter to win. click on the top of the post just above the curtain.
You must go and sign in at Prima Sunday February 28th.

Cool Dude

The last of SFYTT from Jen del Muro's challenge to win lots of blog candy.
Here's my entry: A masculine sentiment for a masculine kinda guy.

This was a quick card. I pulled my scrap file that holds all patterned DSP and picked out three that were from the same pack so I knew that they would co-ordinate. Add some only orange and River Rock, stamp sentiment with Close to cocoa and i made a card in record time. I was just saying today to Rhonda, Cheryl, Cindy, and Tammy that I work well under pressure.
this challenge was in four parts and lasted the month of February. Jen's prize is huge and I hope that I might win it. My luck is up as I have won recently.
Thanks for coming by!

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