Thursday, August 26, 2010

OLW17 - Border Stamps

The most recent challenge from Susan Raihala's Simplicity blog was to create a one layer card using a border stamp. How difficult could that be, you ask? Oh yeah...I had trouble again! Now bear in mind - I have quite a few (okay...hundreds!) of stamps. I searched through all of them and I simply can't believe I only found three stamps that I would consider border stamps! What's up with that!? Does this mean I'll have to do a little stamp shopping? Oooooo....probably! LOL!

After much debate over which of the three border stamps I would use, I finally settled on this one (mostly because I've never used it before...GASP!). After stamping it in black on the white card base, it really looked a little blah. Maybe I should have tried another color, or used multiple colors across the stamp....who know! Anywho, to brighten it up, I decided to added a little bling and some glitter. Not sure I'm totally happy with the results...but hey! Another card is finished to add to my growing collection of cards. Soon I will have enough cards to get me through the gazillion birthdays we celebrate each year.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Leave me a comment. I'd love to know if you think the glitter is too much or just right....Until next time...


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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Creative Scrappers Reveal - Sketch #118

It's reveal day again at Creative Scrappers! This is sketch #118. A totally fun sketch! This is the first time I've made a banner. Turned out kinda cool too! LOL!

All papers are from Close To My Heart. The title "everyday" is a chipboard title that I've had forever, and I hand wrote the word "moments" below it. The little pinwheel flowers I cut from the patterned paper, then added a little doodling to the edges. Some of the flowers are also on pop dots. The scalloped edges on the banner were cut with a pair of decorative scissors. I added rub on letters on the banner and then drew a couple of little flowers on the end banner pieces. Banner pieces are attached to a pink ribbon. This is one of the photos I took a couple of years ago at a local park in town.

And here's the sketch....give it a try!

That's all for today. Thanks for stopping by! Until next time....


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Saturday, August 21, 2010

OLW16 - Create a Scene

Ha! Bet this subject caught your eye! Those who know me...well, they KNOW I would never "create a scene". However, in this case, I can definitely create a scene on a card. That's the challenge this week at Susan Raihala's Simplicity blog. I've missed a couple of weeks, but I'm back!

I created this card with the beautiful stamp set Beach Life from Flourishes. I actually had to do a little masking to get the water stamp around the chair and trees. I used three stamps from the collection to make this card....the chair, the trees and then the water background. Kind of proud of myself for being able to combine these three stamps to create my "scene". I then colored with a combination of water color pencils and a couple of Copic pens. I love this peaceful!

Mood when I finished....happy!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Until next time....


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Monday, August 9, 2010

***BIG NEWS***

Guess who's a new Bella Artista?....give up? ME! I'm so excited...and can't wait to get started. Check out the announcement and all the other fabulous Artistas on the team!

Ginger Williams

Gretchen McElveen

Julie Howard

Kerryn Fry

Kim Holmes

Laura Vegas

Mahlin Wiggur

Misty Willis

Rhonda Van Ginkel

Thanks for stopping by and sharing my excitement with me! Until next time...


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Sunday, August 8, 2010

Creative Scrapers - Sketch #116

It's time again for a new reveal from Creative Scrappers. This week is sketch #116 designed by Nichole . Here's my take on the sketch:

This sketch was a bit of a challenge for me. VERY open spaces...and I tried to stay true to the sketch. I used some Glimmer Mist in a royal blue, for the first time. It made my paper a little bubbly, but I finally managed to flatten it out again. The circles are drawn with a zig pen, and the three clear background squares behind the photo I did by making rectangles in word and overlapping them, then printed them on a transparency. The journaling block I made by cutting a pattern from a piece of copy paper, then tracing it onto my card stock for cutting. I used Thickers for the title....added some doodled lines around the edges and a little white doodling to the journaling block. Yep...this was totally out of the box for me...but I definitely enjoyed the challenge! Here's the sketch:

Now it's your turn...give the sketch a try. Then let me know where it is so I can come by and leave you a comment!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Until next time.....


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