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

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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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