Friday, April 30, 2010

The Mouse is in the House

Once again, Waltzingmouse stamps are having a give away! WMS is giving away 8 stamp sets from the new release that debuts on May 1st. All I have to do is follow a sketch and enter my card into the challenge. Wish me luck! Claire's stamp sets are unique, many are Nestie friendly, too!
The heart and the sentiment are from the WMS sets, Celtic Heritage and Irish Blessings. On the black I stamped in Versamark and then rubbed white chalk over it. You can barely see it in the picture, but IRL you can see the square design and the rope border that runs horizontally across the black back ground paper. The red circle is glossy paper and an embossing resist technique that I brayered over in Riding Hood Red and then ran through the CB with an ef. Took a q-tip pounced it in Black Soot distressing ink and sort of colored the raised areas. The heart with scallop circle is cut and punched from shimmery white paper from  a LSS. The ribbon was hit a few times with the Black Soot q-tip, too!
Thanks for coming by!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Forecast: Rain

I am trying not to be last minute for the D2D challenge, like last week when I had like several minutes to spare til the deadline. This little bird is so cute, I could hardly resist coloring him in. Yes, it's a he. Girls that I know wouldn't be stepping in puddles...LOL Even with their galoshes on!!!
Wow! does this picture of this card look a little off kilter? You Betcha, cuz it's more than a's an
 Easel card. I have a difficult time getting the easel card to look like a regular card when it is closed. I should think about getting a frog!! Isn't that the name of the florist thingy that they put in the bottom of a container to hold the flowers in a vertical position? Tomorrow's forecast: Brighter than today! is a senti from SU set rightly named, 'Brighter Tomorrows'! I had white ribbon like the gold but it just kinda got lost in the colors, so switched to gold the the sun on the water!
Keeping it short today! Thanks for coming by!

OSAAT - flowers
Stampin' Royalty -#17 Punches
Simple Doodles - something old- my sun punch
ResQ challenge - umbrellas

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Verve Challenge at SCS

Every month over at Splitcoaststampers Verve has a challenge, a four week challenge. You can check it out by clicking on SCS. A challenge each week in the month. since I won that Verve stamp set, I thought that I would do their challenges. Verve gives you a sketch and three inspiration rooms. Here's my week four.
I got my inspiration from room #2, but not the color scheme. I found the circle paper and used the ribbons to create the stripes, circles, and red wall to make my card.

STAMPS: Verve, Feel the Sun
PAPER: Stash, torn paper from medical journal, black; SU T.Turquoise, Ruby Red, Natural Ivory
INK: Old Paper from THoltz, SU Gable Green and Taken with Teal
TOOLS: SU border punch, ticket punch

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

CTMH and a little Mojo works wonders.

I needed to get back from the wonderful woods and create something. I would love to do a CTMH challenge every week and am aiming for that goal. the challenge at Heart2Heart is 2 ribbons and the Monday Mojo is a sketch. Here's the sketch, Mojo136:
Then here's my card.

Every thing is CTMH except the ribbon and the buttons. My chocolate ribbon tied with the gold was determined to be on the right side, so I changed the sketch a wee bit. The CTMH paper was a gift from a friend so I can't tell you the name of it.
Thanks for coming by!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Some Pics of our getaway

These are some pics of the springs and surrounding area.

Then the final pic is of a talisman hanging from a tree in Rebecca Charles family cemetery, near the springs.
I had my MPs set too high and only could capture a few more pics. The gang got some more and will share them as I receive them. It was fun to get away with family and friends to laugh, relax, and share good old times as well as the new ones we created this past weekend.

Wait til you see the prize!

The previous challenge at Daisy Doodles, Pink Plus 1, is up for voting til 7 PM tonight. Scroll down a bit once you get there and you'll see the poll. Vote for the one you like the most.
Meanwhile, to the present challenge at DD.

If you haven't been to Daisy Doodles, go now. They are having a challenge, 'Anything but a card', and I made the prize! It's a password book using Jules' Daisy Doodles Card kit that can be purchased here or here. If you are having trouble linking to DD stores go to Daisy Doodles Stamps and you can find the stores on the left side bar.

I put a ribbon loop in the binder ring to allow it to hang above my the craft table. And here's the best part...this password book could be yours. It could be hanging on your hook in your craft area or near your computer. Here's a pic of one of the inside pages.

I'll show you some tricks about making this book during the week. I neglected, can you believe it, to take pictures while I was making the book. Now I have to make another, no bahh, here, just a big whoo hoo!

Would you like this on your desk to help you remember all of your passwords? You only have to do two things. One, make anything but a card. Two, post it on Daisy Doodles Challenge Blog by May 8th.
Ideas for anything but a card: scrap book page, decorate a picture frame, candy holder, mini scrap book, put your art in a picture frame, altered book, bookmark, etc. Just remember to use the left side of your brain and you'll come up with something fantastic.
ED Note: the directions for this book will be posted on May 11, the day after the prize is awarded.
Whatever you make, if you keep Moms in mind you'll have a nice Mother's Day gift for May 9th. Your "MOM" could be any mom, mother in law, your daughter that is a mom, etc. Sky's the limit!

The paper inside and outside the book is digital paper from Daisy Doodles. The flower and butterfly are from the pink card kit, also, digital. All the ribbon is SU..

The print on the pages is a Just Rite stamp. I used the horizontal wooden stamper and a small font to make my own.

Thanks for coming by!
And don't forget to vote for the card you like best at DD.

STAMPS: Flower and butterfly are Daisy Doodles
INK: T Holtz distressing inks, black
PAPER: Digital prints from Daisy Doodles

Sew Many Cards Challenge  - anything goes
For Fun Challenges - ABAC
One Stitch at a Time - flowers
Digital Tuesday - April Flowers
Dare U 2 Digi - flowers
Creatalicious - Flowers and Wings
Penny's - Anything goes
Our Creative Corner - Blossoms
Simple Doodles - Not a spring chick anymore (old 3 x 5 cards for pages inside)
Pile it on - Make it sweet!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Monday is the big day!

Big day over at Daisy Doodles! Anything but a card is going to be the new challenge and I have my ABAC already to go.
There's part of it, just a little glimpse. Look at the sparkle.
Here below what you see is
just a little blurry....right? Yeppers, it's!

That's all you are going to get for now!
No begging, no pleading, no telling!
You will like it!
It's my Anything But A Card for Daisy Doodles on Monday, April 26, 2010.
My post will be up for you to see at Midnight plus one, EST. 12:01 AM on 04.26.10
Daisy Doodles challenge will start on Monday, and Jules is planning on giving a prize to the lucky winner!
Want to be the winner? Go see what's happening here and you can find out how to play and be a winner. 
If you don't play, you can't win!
Thanks for coming by!

Friday, April 23, 2010

It's that time

It's time to get cracking over at Daisy Doodles. April 24th is the last day to get your card up for the pink plus one challenge there. Make a card, any card, any sketch just make it all pink plus one other color. You can see my card over there and the rest of the Design Teams'. Or click here and see my card, my pink plus one!
You can buy your favorite digital images or paper or card elements.  Just head on over to the store and you can find on the left side bar the stores that sell Daisy Doodles.  Here's a sample of her pink pack.
 Here's a sample of the yellow card kit.

What a gorgeous color! Did you check out that daffodil?
Thanks for coming by!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Some One Special

For that someone special and CTMH. Over at Heart2Heart there is yet another challenge and this week it is a sketch challenge.

Here's the sketch

And here's my card.
 Here's a pic of the flower, stamped and not yet cut out.
Just layer your tissue paper and make about 10 - 12 layers, stamp the top one, add a brad to hold the layers together, and cut out. It doesn't need to be perfect cuz no one will be able to tell. One layer at a time bring together towards the brad so the paper looks like it is standing straight is. Continue to next layers and so on and so forth. The only color will be the top and maybe the second layer where the color ran through. You flower should look like a wad of paper with the brad 'legs' sticking out. Now take your fingers and gently open the layers, but not all the way. Your inked layer(s) will be still standing up and covering your brad. Now take your ink pad or sponge and ink up the rest of the edges. I can not remember where I saw this, this was not my idea. If I find the blog where I saw it, I will post it here. I used three CTMH stamp sets, and CTMH paper to get this card done. The tissue paper is recycled from a gift from my bday in January.
Editor's note: I found this tissue flower but not quite the same. I'll keep looking.
Thanks for coming by!

Another ED note: Helen asked about mailing cards like this one...drop down into comments and see my answer!

Heart2heart- sketch

STAMPS: Delightful things, Be True, Neighborhood
PAPER: CTMH, tissue paper
TOOLS: Spellbinders, Cuttlebug, SU punch,
INCIDENTALS: CTMH Sassy Strands - that I won from Juli Clark- Whoo Hoo

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

I need a get well card

There are a few things that I need, and this card will suffice for the GWC.
This image has been colored, die cut and sitting on my craft table for a couple of days. He needed a home!
I made a quilt pattern with Scor Pal, pierced some holes, sewed some metallic thread on it and went looking for a challenge. found one over at Mojo Monday. Since this fella was made by Faith over at Delightful Inspiration I thought I might put him in her challenge, too. Speedy is the first part of Speedy recovery which is on the inside.
Thanks for coming by!

Polka doodles - Animal Magic
Mojo Monday - sketch

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Free stamp set!

I won the stamp set over at Verve, 'Feel the Sun', so I just had to use it on this card.
Of Course, it helped that there was a Verve Challenge, too! Here.
Here's the sketch and I used room number one as my  inspiration,
blues, brown, and white.
I turned the sketch 90 degrees and changed it up a bit, but you can still see the sketch...right?
I have been wanting to do the ruffled ribbon, but it was too late to sew it so I just used my Scor Tape to hold the ruffles in place. I used the largest flower stamp in the set in Classic White to make a pattern on Close to Cocoa. There was a lot of distressing going on both with ink and the tool. The textured BG** is textured paper then I stamped the white flowers again and wiped off the ink after about 30 minutes, ran some Vintage Photo distressing ink over the top and it picked up the erased flowers leaving just a tell tale sign of them. More sponged on inks, Broken China, Weathered Wood and direct to paper WWood, and more of it.
The image is the sentiment from the ss*** and I stamped, yet again, the flower using Broken China and second generation so it wouldn't take away from the verse. The last but most cool thing - I took a used paper towel that was siting on my ct* for excess glue and dabbed it in the WWood and then on the verse and it gave it a tiny honey combed appearance. It looks really neat IRL.
Thanks for coming by!
* craft table
** back ground
*** stamp set

No RX, it was explained well enough in the body of the post. Any questions regarding anything you see here, just leave it in the comments. Just one more thing - the distress inks are juicier than you think and I had a hard time getting my sentiment to stamp well using them. I used SU Close to Cocoa to stamp that image.
Paper towels, in case you are wondering...Bounty, select-a-size, plain white.The same paper towel was used for all the sponging with the exception of direct to paper technique and it had been used---it's my glue wiper upper.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Daisies and a butterfly

I just love this next card. Daisy Doodle design called appropriately, Daisy. This daisy image is available from
CMW and Scrappetizing. You can find both on Daisy Doodles.

I could tell you to grab a cup of coffee or tea and sit awhile, but I won't tell you about the paper behind the torn cs. Just that it's from a spiral book related to the medical field. I sponged different colors of distressing inks on the page and then used that to piece my images and punch out the paper for the flower up top. Then another page was sponged in distressing inks and that is the back drop. The leaves, flowers and butterfly are pieced and the stems and grass are colored with SU markers and some distressing ink. Sponged the bottom with distressing ink, too. Made the leaf with C Celery paper and an oval punch, broke down the paper with a bone folder and sewed four layers together, distressed and sponged. Sewing, ribbon, torn layer and this card's done.
Thanks for coming by!
Here's a close up of the flower. Isn't it lovely?

Toodles Doodles.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Dancing with the Stars

I'm practicing the waltz,waltzing with the mouse, of course! Today the Mouse is the star and he can Waltz with the best of them - Maks, Tony, Cheryl, Edyta and the stars, well he can out step Brooke, Evan, and Carrie Ann!
Let's start dancing. If you dance on over to The Waltzingmouse House you can see all the terrific ideas and projects on that forum and you don't even have to 'hop' from blog to blog. Claire has it set up that you can waltz from one crafter to another in the comfort of your chair and not one worry if your server can't dance!
The theme of the WMS waltz is Mother's Day! Your card/project can be for a Mom, MIL, new Mom, an expectant Mom, even some one that's like a Mom to you. I have a dear Aunt that has relocated and did not get a birthday card from me due to lack of address, sooo.......this will be a late bday, early Mother's Day card. The inside is finished with..."birthday"!She really likes the cards that I make so she will be thrilled. She's my late Mom's baby sister and the only one remaining of her generation. She's also my Godmother, so that makes her extra special. Guess I better hunt her down on the internet and get her address!!!
I made my own vase with the stamps from Celtic Heritage. the flowers...any one recognize them? Correct, they are the shamrocks that were freebies for the St Patrick's Day Blogging dance/waltz! I just couldn't do them green again so I used that artistic license that I pay so much $ for and did them in blue and yellow using my WC markers. My card base is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches in Pacific Point CS, with Barely Banana and the EF from SU. I stamped my images on GP CS and added a cut out of the top piece, then used label 5 to cut it out (sprayed the label and image with homemade glimmery paint), let it dry, and then sewed it all down, one layer at a time.  My sentiment is attached to a piece of acetate and will push it down into the flowers more when it comes time to mail it! I sprinkled some Dazzling diamonds in the center of each flower. There's plenty of shimmer and sparkle, IRL. I just had to have a bumblebee so there is one wee stamp that is not WMS, artistic license comes in handy once again!  To get over to The Waltzingmouse click on the name.
Thanks for coming by! I'm over at WMS, dancing and looking for watermarks that could win me a prize!!!
See ya there!!

ABC Challenge - lots of sparkle*
Sweet Stampin challenge blog-In Stitches

Friday, April 16, 2010

Come see the new hop.

 WMS is having another blog hop right from the forum, The Waltzingmouse House. Go get the info HERE.
It's a Mother's Day theme, but your project can be for a new mom, MIL, some one that's like a Mom to you, get the drift? The hop/waltz is tomorrow so you have all day to come up with a project and it doesn't have to be posted til 10 AM EST. All the details are there on Claire's WMS blog.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Sympathy card

Rhonda and I were talking today about sympathy cards and how hard they are to make. They aren't cards that we make to keep in our stash yet when one is needed there is not much notice. So we both are on the same wave do a sympathy card, now, not when we need it down the road.
I made mine into an easel card. They are so much in style right now. Every one is making easel cards. They are so much easier than you think and the receiver of the card loves them cuz they prop up so nicely for viewing.
This is a Daisy Doodle image set, the flower and the sentiment, called 'Sympathy'. That should be easy to remember when you want to go purchase it at Scrappetizing or CMW.

I printed the sentiment on GP cs and the flower on acetate. Remember to place the image down, if it's up it will rub off with anything that it touches. I laid a stem and butterfly under the acetate and used two glue dots to adhere it to the CTMH textured paper. All paper is CTMH as is the rick rack.
Rhonda hasn't made her sympathy card yet, so check back on her blog!

There's another challenge over at Daisy Doodles, it's pink plus one. If you head over there you can see my pink plus 1. In case you missed the post of it on Sunday, April 11, 2010.

Here's a pic of the card closed It's 5 1/2 inch square card. an easel can be any size that you want. It seems like most of the ones you see are square. However, I made an A2 into an easel Here......and.......HERE. Cheryl made one... for She Stamps. If you scroll down a bit you'll see Cheryl's easel card and super easy directions to make you own.
Signing off...thanks for coming by!

Flutterby Wednesdays - sky's the limit- butterfly
The Creative Cottage  - wings

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

One, two, three

There's a challenge over at Heart 2 Heart and since I won the last challenge there I decided to go back. As a matter of fact, I'll keep doing those challenges, that way I can keep my hands in the CTMH images. I own about a dozen or so of their stamp sets, it's not rubber, but the next best thing...right? Don't get me wrong I am having a blast with the digital images and even on a design team with digi's..Daisy Doodles, in case you haven't noticed...LOL  My first love is rubber and the acrylic/clear are filling the void, for now!!!!
Here's the badge from Heart 2 Heart and I shall wear it proudly! Now for the card I made - it had to be 1, 2, 3. One stamped image, my sentiment, 2 patterned papers, and 3 embellishments 1 ribbon, one flourish, and one set of  brown faux brads.
Ok, so maybe there's 2 pieces of ribbon, in my mind that's one ribbon, two pieces!!! Artistic license...right?
The Stamp set is Delightful Things and the rest is pretty self explanatory. any one need to know more? Just ask in the comment section. I read all comments, reply to those that deem it necessary, and just love to hear from everyone. I warms my heart to see who is visiting and commenting, so please feel free to leave something behind!! Thanks for coming by!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Free Copic markers

Hurry, go now, do not delay. You know that you want them!!!

Ciao markers feature a Super Brush nib on one end and a Medium Broad nib on the other. The alcohol based inks are permanent, non-toxic, low odor and acid-free. They will not damage paper when blending and layering colors and can be used on many surfaces such as paper, leather, wood, plastics and more. Ciao markers have a 3-year shelf life and are guaranteed for color consistency. They are not compatible with the Copic Airbrush system.

Colors include:YG06, G17, BG09, B29, E29, 100, BV08, V09, RV04, R29, YR07, and Y06.

If you are interested in winning this set of markers that includes a case all you have to do is head right on over to ABC Toys and Crafts, grab the info and advertise their Blog candy on your Blog with a link back to ABC's blog.
This is a $52.00 value that could be yours!!
Contest Ends April 17th.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Sweetest Little Peep

Today marks the first day of the April Challenge over at Delightful Inspiration.
As it is now 11:43 PM I have until 11:59 PM to get this over to Faith's blog!!
The idea for this challenge was in my head and just needed to get it to print out: done. Score it: done. Line up all the cut outs: done. sponge: done. Glue adorable yellow chick to card base: done. Add some embellishments: done. Glue: done. Photograph: done. Get it to D2D on time:: ?????
Image is Faith's Sweet Peep and isn't he just the cutest thing ever, just hanging out under that big daisy.
The wee chick in the 'window' is actually on the inside of the card.
ED Note: Had nine minutes to spare and came back here to add the inside and this note.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

New and Different

I tried a CTMH challenge today and it's the last day to get it there. I have til 10 PM and it's 8:30 PM now.

Ok, Houston, we have a problem...the color isn't even close!!!!! Get over to Heart 2 Heart and see the colors that are supposed to be on this card. the blue that you see is a green, the peachy color is a yellow and the darker color...are you ready is Chocolate!!!! The paper as a back drop is SU Crushed Curry. I had bought three packs of CTMH textured 12 x 12 when it was on sale earlier this year.
I'm gonna go take another photo of this card and see what I come up with in the color department.

Here ya go, now that's better! I changed the paper back drop. I quick slid a piece of DP that was white on the back behind the holder. Could that really be the difference? Let me move on.

No embellishments. It's going in the mail and the last time I was at the post office, I learned one very important thing! They run it through their fingers and ask, "Is there a button in there?" I said yes, cuz why would I lie and she ups the price! So, you all get a card from me and it's all plain and stuff, don't get thinking that you are not card worthy. I'm not spending money to put a button on a card. it just goes against my principles. The card that the post woman fingered had card board in the envie in front of the entire card, and she felt a button? I think they are on to us? No matter, no worries, let's move along. ECO, echo, echo.
I have rambled on long enough...some specifics on the card.....paper from CTMH, Key Lime (SHB Sweet leaf), Sunflower and Chocolate; the stamp set, a new one, "Piece of Cake" that I got on the cheap for spending money on the paper and various other items. It's the February stamp of the month and the more $$ you spend the more savings you get!! You should see the April stamp of the month, " Flower Pot"...nice.
Used my Japanese screw punch to make holes in the cs and filled some of the holes with coordinating paper hole fillers..LOL. I made my own DP with the elements from the same stamp set. Plus, one small dot stamp from "Delightful Things".
I gotta get this finished and go link it. thanks for coming by!

This card qualifies for  challenges listed:
Stamptacular Sunday- Spots and dots

Thank you to Juli Clark for being the sponsor over at Heart2Heart! Go check out her blog here, and you can see the big prize!!!!

A Color Challenge at Daisy Doodles and it's PINK

Daisy doodles has a challenge every two weeks and this challenge is everything pink plus one. I chose shades of pinks for more variety, added white and sponged with Rangers distress ink pad, Old Paper, which makes it look a wee bit green on the edges. IRL.  I wanted to be different with this card since Pink was the theme so I printed out Daisy Doodles elements from an element pkg and cut out two different sizes. On the large flower, I cut into the middle on the full petals so it would curl up a bit as I pressed it with my largest stylus and added flower soft in the center. The two smaller flowers were printed using the contact sheet size on my printer, cut out and circled the centers with a smaller stylus making them cup like.
No coloring, just cutting, stamping and punching. The sentiment is from The Cats Pajamas, a stamp set that I won earlier this year. The card base is Pink Passion, the same color as the paper behind the card. the flowered paper is from Daisy Doodles pink card pack the same one as the flowers. The card packs and elements will be available soon. 
Thanks for coming by!
Stop over at Daisy Doodles, see what's going on and join in on the challenge on Monday.

EDitor's Note: Card kits are now available at Daisy Doodle's Store's, Scrappetizing and CMW Cardmakingworld

The Creative Cottage - buttons and bow
My Time To Craft - Spots on paper, the oval die is spotty
Stampin' for the Weekend - Ribbons and bows
One Stitch at a Time - Anything goes (missed the dead line)
SSDS wk 35 - birthday
Simple Doodles - anything goes
Meljens Designs - girly colors
Cute Card Thursday #107 - Mono Mania*

Saturday, April 10, 2010

MS. Brightside Award comes to Cardology, Etc.

I rec'd this award from Cheryl, my SBS29 sister of creation, today. Her blog is She Stamps. I have referred to her before as she creates awesome cards! I must list a few things about myself. Ten things that make me happy and five things you may not know about me. Well, while I like to make lists, I don't like to list things about myself. So no list - like order- just a few words. I am happy! I am a very happy person. I try to find the positive side to every thing. The glass half full rather than half empty. I will tell you I'm fine even if I'm not! I hate to be late, but more often than not I am late for almost every thing. Just ask my sister! that's probably part of my procrastination plan. Like Cheryl, I saw the Dragon movie. I took two grand daughters to the movies last week to see 'How to train your Dragon", and I agree with Cheryl, it was a good movie and the girls enjoyed it. I prefer to type 'prolly' instead of probably, and 'cuz' instead of because. I'd rather eat a homemade cookie, but I am a cookie-aholic! My few words are up!
Thank you Cheryl for giving me this great award! I shall pass it on to the first five people that grab it.
There you go, you five, grab it and list 10 things that make you happy, 5 pieces of trivia about you, and list with links five people that you would like to have this award.  The five people that I think will see this first doesn't necessarily have to be the five, I'm just saying - Cec, Mary, Meg, Lawren, and Jane.
Thanks for coming by!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Daisy Doodles adds another prize up for grabs

Looking for some inspiration without any perspiration?
here's the sketch and you can use any image you like!

daisy doodles is offering a new digital image

Jules is adding this image as part of a prize package on her challenge blog here. The Challenge this week is a sketch and your image can be anything or anyone's! go check out Jules' blog and her challenge blog. You can get from one to the other, just check out her tabs at the top under her header.
This wee house looks like the home of some little people to me. Wouldn't the princess with an apple look right at home in the upstairs bedroom taking a nap after a full house cleaning!
I can't wait to see who wins this adorable sweet home. Daisy Doodles images are so versatile. did you see the truck that I posted? Here it is. the digger is up for posting some time this week.
thanks for stopping by! 
there's more to see today!
Oops! Sorry! I can't post my card for this challenge til 7 PM on April 11th, just wait!!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Happy Birthday, Honey!!

That's what the sentiment says on this card.  I chose the coffee press to show off the Cat's Pajamas sketch this week. The coffee press is from Daisy Doodles.

As most of you know, I follow Jen's blog almost as close as my own. She has a style that I enjoy and  admire and a blog that has something for everyone.

I used a TCP sentiment Happy Birthday... and a pot of Honey. My little brown buttons get a little lost in the printed DP. Perhaps a close up and you can see them better. I added GA to the presses's top to make it look like glass. there's stitching all around the card in a coffee brown color. And I made the coffee ring stains using a cup and guess! The rings did not show up very well so I added a little Ranger distress ink, Tea Dye to the bottom of the cup and voila, got what I wanted. I actually used the new Prisma Color pencils and OMS for the press. I used the colorless pencil to outline all the image to keep the ink from the printer from bleeding into my coloring. Got that tidbit from Rhonda and her blog. Distressed the smaller pieces after sewing them on in a crooked manner. Sometimes sewing straight just doesn't work for me, especially with the coffee stains.
Before I go, this card is 4 x 8 inches. The DP is from Hot Off the Press and it came in 8 x 8 sheets. Card base is white and sponged, then River Rock cs (3 7/8 x 7 7/8) on top of that.
Thanks for coming by!

Challenges that I linked up with are:

Wednesday, April 7, 2010


The Greeting Farm Royal Battle week two - 'Swimming by to say Hi!' Ian made it to week three.
The pressure is on. The competition is crafty and tough to beat.

Ink Tossers made the cut! Thank you, we say, to all of our loyal supporters.
This next test of creation will be scrap book pages.
Since Trish and I already have entries in the contest we can not have a scrap book page entered. Fair is fair! we can play along and create a LO if we want to, it just can't be an entry. I think I just might try it, for the practice. You know if I do make a lay out you will be the first to see it.

It's a great feeling that our friends and family pulled through and voted and got us to the next cut!! Whoo hoo!

Stay tuned....and have no fear. We will be asking for your vote come Sunday, April 11!
If you haven't voted yet...head on over to The Greeting Farm and register...NOW! That way when it's voting time you will be ready to vote. Go register...go back to your email, where your next step will be to register. Just follow the directions that they provide and you'll get it done! OR as my brother says, "Git 'er dun!!!!

Not at........... all pink!

Happy Birthday, Hugs and Kisses, Thinking of you, Missing you, Love you....pick one and this card will fit the scheme of your desire!
Pink, that's what i wanted all pink, but I just couldn't do it. I like monochromatic, but I just couldn't wrap my head around all pink today! what could a little purple and green and white hurt? I embossed the flowers in white along the bottom. I used a stamp set that was a gift last week from Cindy called Botanical Blooms, and the senti from All Holidays. I paper pierced a you can see. I tried a SFYTT over at Jen's again. I can't help it, her sketches are great, and i just adore her blog and every thing in it! Two different color of purple paper (BOTD) stamped with same images from stamp set, cut out and 'glue dotted' on!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Digger, or for the real diggers...a backhoe!

Here's the digger that you were looking for...exploring! digger is a Daisy Doodle image - check out Jules' blog.
This is card is not part of a  blogging challenge. I took it on as a challenge to me. My comfort zone is cute, floral, earthy. Well, I guess this card is definitely earthy!!!! But not my style. It was fun and different and that made it a great challenge.
yes, this one I colored with SU watercolor crayons and blender pen. To prevent smearing, I sprayed  digger with a fixative, a clear acrylic sealer by Plaid in a matte finish. Not knowing a thing about diggers is real life it was hard to know what to color and what not to, so I just used artistic license and had fun. Pencils, only needed four, two yellow a gray and a black. I printed the digger on plain copy paper, also, and cut it out leaving an edge all the way around and cutting out the center and used that as a mask. Holding the mask down over the cs image I sponged on three ink colors (see below) then used Itty Bitty backgrounds to get my sand look using CCaramel, River Rock, and Basis Gray. This way I did not have to cut out my image. There were so many corners and such that I knew it would be difficult at best to cut out the entire image. Cutting it out with a border is so much easier. I layered with a smoky gray scrap that was nearby, more mustard, a textured Bazzill yellow (that has the tiny gray stamped dots), and the black card base. is this a manly card for a guy that operates a back hoe, or what? My husband can operate a backhoe like he was born on one! It's amazing to see him work the equipment, he makes it look so easy and then I tried, yea, not so good at my first attempt. There will be no second try for me. I can say been there, done that!! and I wasn't even on one that big!

I have a blog for my cards, but it has become a memory storer! funny how the little things that we do or try become such huge memories when we get older!
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STAMPS: Itty Bitty Backgrounds,  sent from  See D's, 'A Word or Two'
INK: C Caramel, River Rock, More Mustard, Basic Gray
PENCILS: SU yellows, black, gray water color pencil, blender pen
PAPER: MMustard, yellow, black, smoky gray, white
TECHNIQUE: masking, sponging

I just had to hook up with a few challenges to get Jules image seen out there in the digi world.
totally paper Rhonda
Midnight Madness...sketch

Monday, April 5, 2010

The light...and no coloring!

He is the light of the world.
No Coloring! I said, "No Coloring." Not one marker or pencil was used in the making of this card. Only ink pads and....sponges. I am not a very good colorer, IMHO (in my humble opinion), so I have to come up with different ideas to get color to paper on the digital images. For example, the light - I used to scraps of paper laid them over the black lines and sponged on Summer Sun. Nearly impossible to mask the waves, so I cut out the white caps and glued them over the Pacific Point and Certain Celery sea. Thre's a Soft Sky sky and Red Riding Hood top of the light house, with Garden Green hill leading to the water and light house. My lighthouse is white and sitting right in the water as the tide has risen and the sea is rough. This image is from Faith of Delightful Inspiration. I believe that I need a 12 step program. I am addicted to Faith's digis, now.
the rest of the card is self explanatory so I will leave you with a short post.
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Daisy Doodles Design Team....... "Keep on Truckin'

With a closet full of rubber and acrylic stamps who ever thought that I would become a digital design team ...nut? Rhonda and Tammy got me hooked on Jule's designs and the next thing you know I'm coloring digi's with my SU water color pencils and using the blender pen. Then I broke out my SU water color crayons and an aquapainter. Then, I thought, why not buy some Prismacolor pencils and OMS with my 50% off coupon at my namesakes! That is another story! later. Here, is not my first card using one of Jule's designs, but the first on the team! Last week Jule's put out a call for some of her design team to make cards for certain images. I chose the truck and digger, and a coffee press. Here's the truck, using SU wc pencils and a blender pen, love that pen!
the bg is Lovely as a Tree, first, second and third generation for depth using handsome Hunter. The grass, you're gonna love this! It's the remnant of the hand punch. I have a Fiskars punch of a hand. I punched all along the edge of a piece of green cs the top part of the 'hand' and then cut it off, scored it along the bottom, folded it under and glued to the back of the background. The sky is just a piece of stationery that was left over from the old days, about 12 years ago! I have a file box that gets shoved into it's hole and comes out every once in a while. I was in that box for a special color last week, Mint Melody, a retired color from SU. I remembered that sky paper and that box came out of it's little hole, again.
And I wonder why I have such a hard time getting rid of things!!!
Isn't that your mantra...I may use that some day, or I may NEED that some day!
ladies and gentlemen, I say...PURGE but be careful what goes and what stays. If it has a little home and not in the way and something else isn't screaming to get in there...KEEP IT!. I say! Hoarders...those stickers are not coming back, save a few nostalgic ones for a retro card or LO, but the others...give to the children, be it your own, grands, or a school, but get them out, use 'em or lose 'em.
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