Wednesday, December 29, 2010

OLW 34 - Using One Stamp

Now that the holidays are over, I'm finding a little more time to play.  I haven't played in the One Layer Wednesday challenge in several weeks and I've really missed it!  This week's challenge is hosted by Jennifer Styles at Styles Ink.  Our challenge is to make a card using ONLY ONE image stamp and a maximum of two ink colours. You may use the same image repeatedly, but you may only use the one image. You may also use one sentiment stamp if you choose. Oh, and no embellishments.

So...I hope I've stuck to the challenge...I used one heart stamp, then I doodled the "heartbeat" with a red pen and stamped the sentiment in red.  Maybe the "heartbeat" line is stretching the challenge a bit, but the card just needed it.

Stamps are from Flourishes and are stamped in SU Real Red ink.  I thought I might use this card from my hubby for Valentine's Day.  The sentiment stamped inside says:  "Some moments are worth holding in your heart forever".

That's my take on the let's see yours!  Until next time....


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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Magic of Christmas

Today, I finally sat down to scrapbook again.  I don't think I've completed a layout since the week before Thanksgiving!  And let me tell you, I took all day long with this layout. It was like I'd forgotten what to do.  In the weeks prior to Thanksgiving and before Christmas, I spent most of my time making my Christmas cards.  I send out about 50 cards each year and for some reason, I want them all to be different.  I just can't seem to create one card over and over.  Then, of course, I have the MOST difficult time deciding who gets which card! LOL!

Geesh! I'm rambling!'s the layout I've been working on all day today. 

I used the Bo Bunny Christmas papers for this layout. I had purchased two sheets of the background paper, just so I could cut out the ornaments and pop them up...and that's exactly what I did. I also added a little glitter to the ornaments with Stickles. I rounded the corner of the rectangle photo and then cut the other photo in an oval shape with my coluzzle. The snowman ornament was stamped with a Flourishes stamp and colored with Copics. I added some bling buttons and a bit of sparkle to the snowman with Stickles too. The snowflakes were punched with MS and EK Success punches. Title chipboard letters are Thickers and the other title letters were done on the computer. I cut a bit of the greenery with an Xacto knife so that I could slide the photo under it. Journaling is under the photo with the ribbon pull and reads:

Allen, I had to beg you to sit still for a minute so that I could get a few photos of you and the Christmas tree. I finally found the magic phrase to get you to work with me… “Remember Allen, Santa Claus is watching you.” That phrase worked like a charm! You sat so still and you were so patient while I snapped away with the camera. Now THAT’S magic!   (December 20, 2010)

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Merry Christmas to ALL!!

Tomorrow, I'll be 60 years old.  I can't believe it!  Where has the time gone? Have I accomplished anything noteworthy in my 60 years?  I think so.  I have wonderful children, beautiful grandchildren, and my health. How rich can one person be?! 

On December 11, my children surprised me with a birthday party.  Now....I KNEW I would be having a party, I just thought it was going to be on my actual birthday on the they REALLY surprised me.  About 50 people came to help me celebrate.  I was almost speechless!  I know...who would have thought! LOL!  One of my brothers drove almost 3 hours to be there.  I had all the children and most of the grandchildren, friends from the neighborhood, and friends from work.  What a wonderful time we had.  To make it even more special, when we were talking about a birthday party, I had told my kids that I didn't really want gifts (you know the gag type gifts I'm talking about!), but that I would love it if people would bring non-perishable foods that we could donate to a food pantry.  Well....we ended up with about 3 laundry baskets FULL of food to donate.  It couldn't have been any better! 

Now, in a couple of days it will be Christmas.  It seems to come a little faster each year.  This week has been especially busy for me.  I finished all my Christmas shopping on Monday.  Tuesday, I wrapped presents for about 4 hours, and today, I spend the day baking....peanut brittle, cheese straws, pecan brittle, toffee bars, M&M cookies, fudge, and peanut butter Ritz crackers dipped in chocolate! Whew!!

Now, I think I'll go prop my feet up and rest.  Tomorrow...since it's my birthday, I think I'll pamper myself a bit and get a pedicure and manicure.  Ahhhh.....

I should be back to posting regularly by the first of the year.  To all my followers, and to those of you who visit my blog regularly....

Have a very Merry Christmas and and safe, healthy and prosperous New Year!


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Friday, December 3, 2010

DRS Designs and Ornaments Galore

I was recently asked by Sue at DRS Designs Rubber Stamps to design a card using their stamps .  Actually, I made two cards because I had two different ideas rattling around in my head!  Sue sent me a few of their stamps and this is what I've created with them.  The stamps are red rubber unmounted stamps and I was really pleased with the crisp, clear image you get with them.  


For this first card I stamped the image on heavy white card stock, colored the image with Copic markers and then added a bit of glitter to each of the ornaments.  I used a Spellbinder die to cut the image out, then backed it with some shiny, textured red paper.  The layer behind the shape was embossed with a dotted Swiss embossing folder and also backed with the shiny, textured red paper.  I used a white card base, layered the embossed layer, then put the ornament layer on with pop dots.  Tied gold cord around about three times and added a bow...all done!

This is the inside of the dotted Swiss card.  The sentiment and the "Merry Christmas" are two separate stamps.

I had a difficult time getting this second card from inside my head to the paper, although I am please with the final outcome.  I was inspired by this design from a card I saw at Splitcoast Stampers designed by Kathy.  I wanted it to look like ornaments hanging from the tree on the inside of a window.  I added lots of stickles for "frost" on the windows.  The snowflakes were cut with the Silhouette and I added just a touch of glitter to each snowflake.The Merry Christmas sign was made with the stamp I used inside the other card...I just punched it out with a ticket punch and added gold leafing to the edges. The holly leaves were also cut with the Silhouette and I added three small red bling for the berries.

I added a portion of the Ornaments Galore stamp on the inside of the card and colored them with my Copic markers. 

Thanks so much for stopping by! If you get a chance, head over to DRS Designs and check out all the great stamps they have.  I must admit, I had a VERY difficult time choosing the stamp I wanted to use for my card.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

OWL-30 - Inspiration Card

The one layer Wednesday Challenge this week is hosted by Jennifer Styles at Styles Ink.  The challenge this week was to use any of the images seen here as the inspiration for a one-layer card. We could use the colors, the layout or just the overall “feel” of a card as the starting point of our creation.  I must admit I was totally stumped at first....then (light bulb!!) I remembered a stamp I've had for several years of carolers.  Perfect for this challenge!! YAY!!

This is the inspiration for my card:

Here's my take on the challenge:

I stamped the image twice across the card with black Memento ink.  I colored the image with Prismacolor pencils (I haven't used my Prismacolor pencils but a couple of times - and I love them now!!).  I drew a line across the bottom to "ground" the carolers...because without the line...they were just floating...LOL!  I was going to add a sentiment, but just couldn't find a good place to put it.

That's it for this challenge...Thanks so much for stopping by!  Until next time...


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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Yummy Southern Goodness

WOW!  I've had a great weekend scrapping...unfortunately, I've only managed to finish two layouts! I can envision something I want to do...but getting it on paper is a lot more difficult that I think it's going to be.  Anyway,  in October each year, we usually go up to Jay, Florida for the annual peanut festival.  A bit of a redneck atmosphere, but still it's fun.  These are just a few of the photos that I captured that day.  After's all about the peanuts!

For this layout, I used a red card stock background along with papers from Cosmo Cricket (Early Bird Collection). I added a piece of yellow rickrack under the three top photos and layered them on a piece of CC that has a border punched with a Martha Stewart punch. The "Y" and the Enjoy tags were created in my Silhouette software and then I cut them out. I made the boiled peanut sign in Word, printed it and cut it out. The post was embossed with a Papertrey Ink "woodgrain" embossing template and pop dotted for added dimension. I cut two sections of "grass" on the Silhouette and then layered one piece behind the post and one piece in front of the post. The peanuts tumbling from the photo were printed on plain card stock from a photo and then cut out. I pop-dotted a few of the peanuts for added dimension. I wanted it to look like the peanuts were falling out of the bag of peanuts in the photo. The title work "Yummy" is black Thickers, and the tag "southern goodness" was printed from Word and punched out with a ticket punch. I added a couple of black doodled lines to the red background layer. Journaling was printed on the computer and then cut into strips to adhere to the bottom of the layout.

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

She's a "Mama's Girl"

I've finally scrapped a layout.  It's been a while and I thought I had lost my mojo...still not sure I've found it! LOL! I took these precious photos of my daughter, Kimberly, holding her daughter, Maggie, just a few months ago. At the time, Maggie was just 9 or 10 months old and wasn't walking. Last weekend, we went up for her first birthday! I can't believe how fast time she's walking all over the house!

I used My Mind's Eye papers for this layout.  This particular collection has a lot of glitter on it.  I used a kraft background for this layout. I cut the edges of the pink paper with a pair of wavy deco scissors and inked them heavily. The blooms are Prima and I colored the edges with a Copic marker then added a little glitter to the edges. The small flowers were punched with a tiny flower punch so that the brown glittery circle would be the center of the flower. I curled the edges of the little flowers and then added a dot of pink 3D paint for the center. Bling is also from Prima. I used one big swirl and cut it into sections that would fit where I wanted it. Title letters are Thickers. I added a ribbon border with bows at each end. The scalloped edge was punched with a MS scalloped scallop punch. The Love quote is a stamp that I stamped on the dark pink paper and then backed it with a little brown and punched the corners with a SU ticket corner punch. The Love You tag was made by stamping the sentiment (Hero Arts) and then punching it with a scalloped circle punch and then punching the pink backing with a little larger punch. I also stamped a "word" stamp in the upper left corner of the layout. I also added a little doodling to the light pink mat. Journaling is tucked behind the left photo with the ribbon bow and reads:

Maggie, you are definitely a Mama’s girl. If she’s in the room, you always make a beeline to her. I don’t get to see you often, but it didn’t take me long to figure out that you would only come to me if your Mama wasn’t in the room. I have to be really quick if I want to steal any kisses!
Photos 9/7/2010
Journaling 11/20/2010

Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment.  Until next time....


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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

OLW29 - Classic Beauties Inspiration

This week's OLW challenge hosted by Susan at Simplicity is to get inspired by last Sunday's post of Sunday Sweets on the Cake Wrecks blog.  I was actually inspired by three of the cakes...the lacy designs, the big blooms, and the gorgeous blue cake.  Here's my take on the challenge this week:

I used a solid white card base for my card.  I used three narrow embossing templates for the "icing" - a dotted border and then I used the zigzag border above and below the dots.  I then embossed a piece of paper to use as a mask over the top zigzag and stamped my big flower (Techniques Tuesday).  The sentiment is from PTI and is embossed with white EP. I decided not to color the flower, I just highlighted it with some Copics.  THEN...I colored the background around the flower and the "icing" with the BOO Copic marker. 

That's my take this week. Check out the Sunday Sweets on the Cake Wrecks blog and get inspired to create a one layer card and join in the challenge at Simplicity.

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Flourishes - Timeless Tuesday Challenge

It's time for the Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge.  The challenge this Tuesday was to make a Christmas card.  Well, I'm on it! I've been making cards constantly for the past few weeks every chance I get.  I usually send about 50 - 60 cards to family and friends and I'm still about 10-15 cards short.  Each of these cards were designed using a Flourishes stamp.  Their stamps are absolutely gorgeous!


This first card was made with a white card base. I used a Sizzix embossing folder for the dotted background and layered that on a piece of red cardstock.  The image is from the Flourishes Christmas Classics stamp collection and was stamped with Memento ink and colored with Copic markers. I cut it out with a Spellbinder die, then added a red backing that I trimmed with my scalloped scissors.  I added a red ribbon and bow...all done! 

This snowman card is a one layer card stamped with Flourishes Warm Winter Wishes stamps.  Colored with Copic markers and then I added a little glitter (stickles) to the snowflakes and to the snowman.  Very simple, but I love the way it turned out!

This next card was made using the Flourishes Christmas Classics stamp set.  I stamped the stockings with Memento ink, then colored them with Copic Markers.  I drew a mantle above the stockings and cut everything out with an exacto knife.  The red brick fireplace was embossed with the Tim Holtz brick embossing folder.  I cut out the "fireplace" and then hand drew some bricks on the white cardstock and highlighted them with a Copics marker.  I smudged the edges of the fireplace with a little black "soot", then added a few hand drawn logs and flames.  The logs were cut from brown cardstock and highlighted with a few doodles.  The flames were drawn with a black pen, colored with Copics, cut out and mounted on pop dots.  Lot of work in this card, but I love the results!

This card was designed using a white card base.  The snowflake embossed piece was pop-dotted on the card base.  The ornament is from the Flourishes All That Glitters stamp collection and was stamped with Memento inks and colored with Copics.  I used a gold cord to hang the ornament.  The white top on the ornament was covered with some stickles for a little sparkle.  I colored the top of the ornament with a gold gel pen. The sentiment is from PaperTrey Ink.

This last card was designed with a solid white card base.  The embossed piece (Merry Christmas) was done with a Sizzix (Basic Grey) embossing folder.  I added a striped piece (Die Cuts with a View) across the bottom and mounted both on a piece of red cardstock.  The image is from the Flourishes Christmas Classics stamp collection and was stamped with Memento black ink and colored with Copic markers.  I cut it out using a Spellbinder die and then backed it with a piece of red cardstock that I cut by hand.  Added a pretty red ribbon and bow...all done!

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

OLW28 - Five Colors

It's time once again for the One Layer Wednesday challenge. This week the challenge is hosted by Jennifer Styles at Styles Ink.  The challenge this week was to use FIVE different colors of ink on the card, not including black or white.  I really struggled with this one.  I couldn't think of a thing to do using so many colors until I was digging through my Christmas stamps and found these two pretty ornament stamps from Flourishes.  My brain is stuck on making Christmas cards right now because I still don't have enough finished to send out!

The tree limb was stamped in green and is also from the same stamp set. I stamped the large ornament twice - once in red and once in a pumpkin color.  The small ornament, I stamped in purple, teal, and a bright blue.  The sentiment is from PTI and I also stamped it in the teal color.  The gold hanging cords was drawn with a gold gel pen. Not being able to leave well enough alone, I went back and highlighted the swirls with a little diamond stickles and colored the top of each ornament with some pearl-ex mixed with a little water.  Looking back at this, I realized I used six different colors! Yay, me!!

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Friday, November 5, 2010

OLW27 - Christmas Kindness

The One Layer Wednesday this week is at Simplicity's Blog.  We were asked to create a Christmas (or holiday) card and send it to group of gals that make cards for the ND State Penitentiary inmates to send to their families and friends. The restrictions for this card is that it must be a one layer card with no metal (brads, wire, etc.), no gemstones or pearls, and limited glitter .  The addition of flock, ribbon, embossing, and punched shapes are okay.  Here's my card for the challenge:

For my card I used a white card base.  I embossed the image of a Christmas ornament using a Quickutz die with the Cuttlebug and embossing mats.  I masked off the area of the ornament, and then used a circle mask for the moon, and a torn piece of paper for the ground.  I inked the sky with two shades of blue ink from Ranger Ink.  I used a Copics marker to add highlight to the ground (snow).  The two trees were cut with a QK die.  The little Santa and reindeer stamp is from my stash and I have no idea who makes it. I believe it was part of a set that you could use to put in a snow globe.  The sentiment is a PTI stamp from the Vintage Ornament Collection. I colored the top of the ornament with a gold marker and added a gold ribbon bow. The tiny little stars were done by dotting the blue with a white gel pen.

That's all for today. Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate your visit and your nice comments! Until next time.....


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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Anything Goes But Buttons and Bows

The Flourishes Timeless Tuesday challenge this week was to design a card (with Flourishes stamps if you have them) but to use NO buttons or bows.  Sounds easy, right?  I thought to myself, sure, I can do this...until I tried it! LOL!  I kept wanting to add a little ribbon bow on both these cards!

For this first card I stamped the beautiful poinsettia and leaves from the Poinsettia and Boxwood Collection.  I colored the poinsettia and leaves with Copics .  The snowflake background is a Cuttlebug embossing folder.  I pop-dotted the embossed layer, added a few randomly placed bling on the snowflakes, and then pop-dotted the poinsettia on top.  The sentiment is also a Flourishes stamp from the Christmas Music Collection. To add a little extra sparkle, I added a thin line with a gold leafing pen around the outside edges of the card.

For the second card, I used the Wreath Collection.  I colored the wreath with Copics and then cut it out.  I stamped "joy" in the center of the wreath with a stamp from PTI.  I added a little stickles on the wreath on the red berries and I added white 3D paint for the little sprigs of white. Once again I used the embossing folder from Cuttlebug for the background.  Background is on pop dots as is the wreath.  On this card, I also added sparkle by adding a thin line with a gold leafing pen around the outside edges of the card.

Note:  I found that the wreath look more finished when I used the Copics brush to go around the outside edges so that the white card stock doesn't show.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

OLW25 - Black and White and Red All Over

It's time once again for the One Layer Wednesday challenge.  This week the challenge is hosted by Jennifer Styles at Styles Ink .  Our challenge this week was to design a card that is black, white, and red.  Sounds easy, huh?...NOT!  Anyone want to guess how many times I had to do this to get it right?  LOL!

For my card, I chose to use a red card base.  I stamped the image from Inkadinkado in black Memento ink. The sentiment was stamped with a SU stamp with embossing ink and then embossed with white EP.  ( guess how many times I had to try before I got the embossing right!).  Can I just say that when I embossed it on scrap paper before putting it on my card, the embossing was impeccable!  How can that be?

That's it for this challenge...on to the next challenge. Thanks so much for stopping by!  Until next time.....


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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Day 2 - Meet the Designers

It's day 2 of the Meet the Designers at Bella Blvd.  Today the post is layouts each of us made using a sketch provided by Bella Blvd.  I used the Hello Beautiful Collection for my layout.

The photos are of my grandson, Adam, and were taken at Pensacola Beach last summer.  He just looked so cool with his sunglasses on!  I cut 3 inch squares and rounded the corners. The tabs of yellow were cut with a Spellbinder die and cut in half.  The title work was cut on the Silhouette.  The journaling block was a Bella Blvd Stamp.  That big scalloped border across the bottom is punched with a Martha Stewart deep edge punch.  The strip "Baby it's hot outside" was cut from the patterned paper.

I think this is a great sketch...and I might just use it again!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Until next time.....


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Monday, October 25, 2010

Bella Blvd - October Designers

A few months ago I was selected as a Bella Artista for Bella Blvd. I was so excited! Within just a short period of time, I received a box full of Bella goodies to play with. Today, I'm one of the featured Artistas on the Bella Blog. Hop on over and check out the other Artista's work!

Here's a layout that I created for Bella using the Man of the House Collection. These papers are perfect for "guy" layouts. I scrapped some photos of my cute little grandson, Adam. I love these photos of Adam. He's taken off his shirt and is working so hard to show me how he can move that big log! What a Guy! Even the labels worked perfectly with these photos!

More to come at Bella Blvd in the days ahead. Thanks for stopping by...Until next time...


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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

OLW25 - Birds and the Bees (and Flowers and Trees)

It's time again for the One Layer Wednesday Challenge. This week the challenge is once again hosted by Jennifer Styles at Styles Ink. Our challenge this week is to create a card of any theme and to incorporate two of the four things mentioned in the title of this blog. We're also to include a sentiment. I chose to include the bird and the flowers. Here's my take:

I used Flourishes stamps Humming Along for my card. I colored the flowers and the humming bird with Copics, then added a little shadow around the images with the Copic (c-1). The sentiment is Papertrey Ink's Through the Trees.

I'd love to tell you that I got it right the first time...but I'd be lying. only took me 3 tries to get it right. Actually, I finished a card and thought I was finished, then decided to add a little Twinkling H2O...and guess what?! I totally messed the card up! Grrrr..... Hate when I do that! Anyway, this is the finished product, and I'm definitely going to leave it alone now.

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A Fit for Two - Challenges that is...

Here's a card that I made today that actually fits two different challenges. YAY me!! I love it when I can combine two challenges. The design of the card is based on a sketch at the Card Patterns blog. It's really a great sketch and fit perfect for the challenge over at Flourishes - Timeless Tuesday Challenge which was to make the sentiment the focal point of the design.

For this card, I used a red cardstock base. The three panels are done with some red textured paper from my scrap bin - each section mounted on gold cardstock (slick finish). The sentiment is from the Flourishes Christmas Wreath set and was stamped on white cardstock from Flourishes . I cut the oval panel with a petite oval Spellbinder die, and then used the companion scalloped petite oval from Spellbinder for the backing. I punched a couple of snowflakes with a Martha Stewart punch and added a little sparkle with stickles. The poinsetta and leaf are Prima blooms. The gold ribbon is a metallic ribbon and added just the right amount of elegance. It's difficult to see on here, but I also sponged some Galaxy gold ink on the oval cut with the Spellbinder and then added a thin line around the outside edges with a gold pen. I even finished the inside of the card.

Now...adding it to my stack of Christmas cards that I've finished. Maybe this year I won't be rushing to finish cards two weeks before Christmas!

Thanks so much for stopping by. Love your comments and appreciate you taking the time to leave a little luv. Until next time....


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Sunday, October 17, 2010

OLW - The FUN Continues!

First of all...when I read that Susan at Simplicity needed to take a break from the OLW...(you know how life interferes with our fun sometimes)...I was so sad. This challenge has a way of keeping me challenged...and at the same time, I get to make so many beautiful cards...which in turn feeds my paper/stamping addiction! Susan was planning to be back in a couple of weeks, then we were going to have challenges every 2 weeks. THEN....Jennifer Styles at Styles Ink stepped up to the plate and offered to help out with the challenges....and Wa-La! We'll continue our weekly challenges.

The requirements this week (at Styles Ink) was to create a holiday card using NO white, NO cream, NO red, and NO green. Geesh! This is a difficult one for me...mostly because I think holidays are red and green! Therefore, I'm a little late with my OLW challenge because I have had a very difficult time making a card that fit the challenge requirements!'s what I came up with:

This card is NOT's actually a soft yellow. Couldn't get the camera to give me a true image. Of course, it's probably not the camera...I'm sure it's a USER problem! LOL!

I can't remember who makes the lamp post stamp. I took it out of the package and now I don't have a clue who makes it! It's a beautiful stamp though, as are all in the package. The Sentiment is from PTI stamps. I love PTI stamps! I stamped the image in Memento Cocoa, then I inked my stamp up with Galaxy Gold pigment ink and stamped again over the brown. I couldn't get it to show up, but there is a fine gold look to the brown ink now. It's really pretty, so I wish you could see it! Drat! I did the same thing with the sentiment stamp.

The "brick" path was drawn with a gold marker. At first, I just drew a line to ground the lamp...then I started doodling with it and messed it up, so I had to make bricks. I think I kinda like it now....

That's it for this time. Maybe next week will not be such a difficult challenge for me! LOL! Thanks so much for stopping by! Until next time....


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Monday, October 11, 2010

Creative Scrappers - Sketch 125

Here's my take on sketch 125 for Creative Scrappers. I used Basic Grey papers. The photo is of my grandson, Adam.

Here's the inspired...give it a try, then link it to the Creative Scrappers post for super prizes!

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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Flourishes - Details are Sketchy challenge

I decided to play along with the challenge at Flourishes this week. This week is a sketch challenge, and here's what I made with the sketch.

I used a white card base. All papers I used were from my scrap pile. The blueberry stamp is from Flourishes Berry Sweet collection. I stamped the blueberries on Flourishes white cardstock (it's a very thick cardstock and I LOVE it!). I colored the berries with Copic markers, then cut the berries out so that I could pop dot them on the white oval cut with the petite oval die from Spellbinders. The scallops behind the white oval was cut with the petite oval scallop die from Spellbinders. Added a little faux stitching to the blue mat.

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Friday, October 8, 2010

One Layer Wednesday 23 - Heavy Metal

The challenge this week at Simplicity was to make a card using something metallic on the card. Well, naturally, I couldn't make up my mind what I wanted to do, so I ended up making five different cards. Some I used the same stamp on, but kept trying different things. I think I ending up liking this first card best.

(You can click on the images to see them bigger)

I used Flourishes white cardstock for the base. The ornament is a Hero Arts stamp that I colored with my Copic pens. The metal on this card is the ornament top that I colored with a gold leafing pen and the line I drew across the base of the ornament to ground it. The sentiment is from PTIs Christmas sentiments.

The leaf card is just very simple. I added two metallic leaves from my stash, and then three red bling for berries. The sentiment is from the PTI Christmas sentiments. The next card is my least favorite of all the cards I made. I don't really like the border drawn in red. I think it distracts from the stamped image. The Santa face is a Delta stamp that I picked up at Michaels last year. The metal on this is the gold leafing I used for his glasses, and I added silver sparkles to the snowflakes and his beard.

These last two cards are also using the Santa stamp. I colored the face of Santa with copic pens and tried to make him have rosy cheeks. The glasses are highlighted with the gold leafing pen, and then I added Glossy Accents to make the glasses lens. For the first one, I cut a rectangle from the front of the card, then stamped the image on the inside of the card. Then edged the outside frame with a gold leafing pen. The sentiment is an old, old stamp...don't know who makes it. The last card was prepared the same...stamp wise...but then I added a gold border with the gold leafing pen. The sentiment is a Stampin Up stamp, I believe.

As you can see, I'm really getting a head start on my Christmas cards this year. If I can keep up the pace, I'll be finished before Thanksgiving! YAY!

Thanks for stopping by...I appreciate your comments. Which one of these cards do you like the best? I'd love to get your feedback! Until next time....


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