Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
What is not to love about this sketch? It can be simple, complex and anywhere in between! I stayed fairly true to the sketch, which is not all that unusual for a MOJO sketch since I love them so much! I started out in a completely different direction and just didn't like where I was headed. So I stopped, took a deep breath and started over. LOL!
The colors I chose are Kraft, So Saffron, Taken with Teal, Ballet Blue and Whisper White. These happened to pile up on my desk last week and I just left them because I thought it was a fun color combo I could use. Initially I stamped my Saffron panel, then didn't like it so went with the Texturz Plate and embossed it. So glad I did, even if it is hard to capture in a photo.
I also embossed the Taken with Teal panel with the same plate, just opposite side. Finally, I stamped my main image using Ballet Blue ink (refill on my next order!) and Say it With Scallops stamp set. Punched out the normally square image with my circle punch, added some ribbon and jumbo brads and voila!
So what do you think? Leave me a comment and I will pick someone randomly (by closing my eyes and pointing probably- sorry, not real fancy around here) to send this to. Don't worry, I won't write in it- that way you can send it on to brighten someone else's day!
Thanks for stopping by!
Oops, forgot my supply list and also a note to tell you that I cannot, for the life of me, photo the vibrant colors well on this card! I've tried and tried... need some lessons on my Rebel!
Stamps: Say it with Scallops
Paper: Kraft, So Saffron, Taken with Teal, Ballet Blue, Whisper White
Accessories: Texturz Plates, Big Shot, Scallop circle punch, circle punches, Wide Brocade Grosgrain, jumbo brads.
Friday, March 27, 2009
I hope this isn't too early... our due date for this swap was Tuesday but I doubt anyone has gotten them back yet (namely because I might have been a bit late with mine). But since I'm out of town today I thought I'd post this for lack of anything else.
This version is a tiny bit different than the one I sent in. We only do card fronts and I had one left over so I mounted it to a Cameo Coral card base. The other little difference is the piercing on the top left corner. After I did this (on my sample here) I decided the look was not quite what I was going for, so I left it out. I really struggled with where I put the ribbon on this and in the end ran out with at least 4 or 5 to go. Thank heavens for my awesome ribbon scraps jar- I found one last scrap just enough to finish off those swaps!
The trees in the background are stamped in Versamark for a very soft subtle look. The greeting and deer are both stamped in chocolate chip craft ink and embossed in clear powder. The grass was done with the aquapainter and some ink from the ink pad lid. Scalloped circle was done with the Big Shot.
TFL, I hope my gals like it. Have a great weekend!
ETA: Good Grief! Sorry for all the typos and crummy grammar. My mind must have been elsewhere when I typed up this post! I've fixed everything I could find.
Guess what else I forgot to say... this design with the circle off the corner was inspired by THIS card from Lisa Henke! Thanks Lisa, and sorry I didn't mention it before! Love your ideas and creativity girl!
Thursday, March 26, 2009
(Not sure why you can't click on this picture to make it bigger. Click HERE to see a close-up shot of the inside.)
I love how it turned out, but between watching HGTV shows it probably took me 2 hours. And Oh My Gosh, you should see the mess on my desk!! I kept trying to think of easy ways to embellish this train so it is realistic for a Stamp Camp setting... well, that didn't happen. There are just too many cute possibilities for the train cards but I wanted them all cut out! You could do this with masking, but that's not as much fun and doesn't give as much dimension. Once I was about done and I realized this wouldn't work for a Stamp Camp I went ahead and finished it off with some retired Hodgepodge Hardware and Always Artichoke Grosgrain.
So thanks for stopping by today! I am going scrapbook shopping tomorrow since my long-awaited annual Scrapbook Getaway is NEXT WEEKEND! So I might not be posting, but you never know! ;)
LOL! I just noticed that I put "Birthday Happy" instead of "Happy Birthday" inside! Duh!
Stamps: Choo Choo, Darling Dots, Sweet Little Sentiments, On Your Birthday
Cardstock: Sahara Sand Textured (12x3), Very Vanilla
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Really Rust, Always Artichoke, Sahara Sand
Accessories: Word Window punch, Pewter Hodgepodge Hardware, Always Artichoke Grosgrain
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Then I adhered the flowers and stamped the greeting with versamark, embossed with Heat & Stick powder then poured on some fine cosmo glitter! Punched it out and attached. There is a touch of glitter on the centers of a few of the flowers which ended up getting glitter everywhere.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
But I did get a chance to make something for today's Splitcoast Color Challenge! This challenge was to use Baha Breeze, Pretty in Pink and Kiwi Kiss!
My brain went all over the place on this one but you know what finally got me started?? Scraps! That's right- almost every card I do is dictated by what I find in my scrapbag for a particular color scheme. Honest! I'm not saying these were all scraps... well, OK, they were all scraps except the white mat behind the Baha layer! Even the Pretty in Pink card base was already cut and scored.
So I whipped out an old technique for this one- Poppin' Pastels! I hadn't planned to, but once I saw the white flowers on the blue I decided to just dab a touch of color with my chalks. I still wanted a sort of dreamy look so I didn't chalk the stems in green (I also don't have a Kiwi chalk!).
If you are noticing the scalloped edge I know what you're thinking. I'm using it an awful lot lately for not being "so crazy" about it, and not being a "frilly type". You got me! I didn't think I really cared to have that punch, but hey, I reserve the right to change my mind!
I have nearly an entire spool of that Pink Pirouette ribbon so had to get that on here! I love it, so not sure why I haven't used it much. I think tying a chunky knot with that wider ribbon sometimes stumps me, like in this case. But, I found an alternative so that my sentiment could still fit nicely without all the bulk.
Well, thanks for visiting. Gotta run! Tuesday is our gymnastics night and MY volleyball night which I look forward to tremendously!
See ya'll tomorrow! Be sure to come back to see the DCBD challenge and the winners of last week's contest!
Monday, March 23, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Now these tagging games have rules and here they are:
•Open your photo folder on your computer
•Open the 6th folder of photos
•Select the 6th picture
•Post the picture on your blog with a description
•Invite six friends to join the challenge
•Link your six friends to your blog post
Here are the six I'm taggin':
That's all for today! Have a great Sunday!
Friday, March 20, 2009
Oh well, besides some fairly obvious smudging (crap!) I do like how it turned out. Here's a TIP: for anyone wanting to do something at all similar: USE STAZ-ON black ink, NOT Basic Black!!! I was doing fine adding a tiny bit of shading around my bunnies then without warning my aquapainter flow got a bit too heavy. OK, no problem, I just flipped the image over and tried to dab off the extra water on my grid paper. YIKES! I turned it over and was so frustrated to see that was a big mistake. I had already paper pieced the bunnies' outfits and used the SAMJ to determine just where to stamp them... I wasn't going to start over (although the thought did cross my mind!)
ETA: OK, so I was mixing up the Stamp Something Challenge for today and the LSC on SCS! So this is GOOD for Stamp Something's Spring challenge!
Finished it off with a few easter eggs (which I DID use Staz-On for) and a pretty pink button from the Button Bouquet, topped with some Pretty in Pink grosgrain ribbon.
Hope you like it, even if I can't post it to the LSChallenge!
Thanks for stopping by- hope you're having a great day!
PS- Ha! I just realized while posting my supplies that I accidentally used Sahara Sand and Kraft- not a combination I would recommend! What a ding dong I am today!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
I really like Mojo sketches- I've said that a dozen times before! They always have a unique twist and are always motivating.
This week I don't know how this card fell into place. I think I decided on using Tart & Tangy first. That took me a while, but I wanted to emphasize that curve at the bottom of that panel since that was the most unique and fun feature of this sketch. Recently I'd seen the words from this old set Sidekick Sayings used in a similar manner and I just LOVED it! That is a set that just didn't get much use from me.
The colors started with the red apple so I first grabbed the checked pattern from the Bella Rose DSP (I hadn't used that pattern yet at all!). Next went to the Summer Picnic DSP and chose the other two red patterns. Lately I've been enjoying keeping to two colors plus neutrals- I guess it is kind of eye pleaseing to me right now. I love the Old Olive with these shades of red so grabbed that wide grosgrain to finish this baby off.
So what do you think?? I'm real happy with it. I toyed with several ideas of embellishments to add then decided that would just clutter it up. It was already making me smile without them so I figured they were unnecessary!
Thanks for visiting me today, and for all the kind comments you guys always leave. They make me smile for sure, and so happy blogging! I feel like I've met so many nice "virtual" friends by doing this! Thank you!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
We were asked to also use something available to us as one of the FREE choices during Sale-a-Bration this month so I started out choosing my colors based on the Certainly Celery twill ribbon option! I wanted a very simple color scheme so kept the celery with Basic Gray and Whisper White- that's it! The DSP in the 1/2 circle is also a SAB Freebie- the Delicate Dots double sided paper.
I really wanted to use this butterfly Thank You stamp from the new Oval All stamp set that is coming out April 1st in the Occassions Mini from SU. That led to my choosing Flight of the Butterfly for my main set (guess I sort of designed this one backwards- but that works OK too sometimes!).
The green layer of the sentiment is raised on dimensionals as is the white butterfly panel. If you'll notice, I also added tiny touches to the tiny buterfly with the white gel pen, and pierced the top of the 1/2 circle. I hadn't used many of these Filigree brads (a case of hoarding I'm afraid) so I forced myself today and am glad I did. I think it is just the right finishing touch this card needed.
Thanks for looking! Hope you'll play along too with the Diva's and this sketch! If you link your card back to the Diva's blog we'll be sure to come visit and leave loving remarks! ;) Not only that, you'll be eligible for a chance to win some GREAT PRIZES! Just be sure to post your creation no later than March 23rd!
So glad you stopped by today!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Here are the shoes that inspired me. I took it very literally and fashioned my card in the same colors and design as the shoes! This ribbon, also part of the Ribbon Originals Valet pack, is new to me so I've been reaching for it often.
The sentiment is from Sweet Little Somethings, a level 1 hostess set. It is framed by Frames With a Flourish.
Did you notice the scored lines on the vanilla piece? I thought I'd do a faux stitch or paper piercing there then decided I really liked the simplicity of the scored lines!
TIP: Want help making this type of bow? A box bow I think it is called. Well, just cut a length of ribbon (I'd start with 4-5 inches) and tape the ends together to make a loop. Next, glue one end of the ribbon on the spool to the center of this loop (where the ends meet) and wrap it around once. Cut there and glue down. This way ensures that you don't waste any ribbon! You know me, nothing if not economical (yes, you can call it cheap if you want to).
Thanks for stopping by!
Monday, March 16, 2009
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Sunday, March 15, 2009
In case you haven't seen it yet, this is using the new Manhattan Flower Embossing Folder! Isn't it beautiful?! This is black cardstock but I have used an old technique to shimmer it up- namely, Pearl Ex in hairspray sprayed all over the whole thing. The ribbon is from Valet Ribbon Originals (new to me) and the sentiment is Oval All layered with the new scallop oval punch! I really wanted the sentiment to look silky and sophisticated like the raised roses so I embossed it in black on glossy white cardstock, then watercolord the flower a bit. The two tiny dew drops at the bottom are the only thing that is not from Stampin' Up!. They were a gift from my pal Lisa (found them Lisa!) so I don't know the brand. Hope you like it!
Great Catch! First day of trapping season. This layout was done with the new Simply Scrappin' Kit Hoppy Memories. Both layouts were inspired by sketches on SCS I believe.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
I may or may not post pictures of my completed pages. I'm working on my husband's "Critters No Moore" album which is the name of his Nuisance Removal business. We're a very outdoor family, which for him includes lots of hunting and trapping. For me that means lots of pictures that not everyone is comfortable looking at!
If I post them I will first post a fair warning so you can avert your eyes if you wish. Hopefully that will suffice so no one is seriously offended. If you are I apologize and hope you come back. I don't regularly post my scrapbook pages anyway (cause I don't do a whole lot and I'm not all that good at it)! I've only complete 3 pages so far so I'm going to go get busy then maybe have several more to choose from so you only see my "best" work! ;)
Thanks for stoppin' by- hope you are enjoying your Saturday!
Thursday, March 12, 2009
As you may recall my mentioning, yesterday my new goodies came from the preorder period for the Occasions Mini Catalog that is available April 1st. This set I used is called An Egg-celent Easter (available to YOU right now)and really I bought it because of this little chick with the eggs on his head.
Have you ever gotten so much new stuff at once that you just got overwhelmed and all creativity goes out the window?? That's what happens to me sometimes. In fact, nearly every time I get a box of new stuff it sits on my desk for at least a day before I can wrap my head around it. I know that is weird!
Well, this isn't exactly an "inspired" work of art... the chick is stamped on watercolor paper and I watercolored her with aqua painters and watercolor crayons mostly. I intended to use mostly barely banana and keep the yellow subtle but the Yoyo Yellow ended up matching better so I found my sole remaining piece of Yoyo! The scalloped oval punch is NEW in this catty and perfectly fits with the large oval punch we've already got (ooh, and an awesome new stamp set that coordinates)! The bottom edge is made with the new eyelet border punch in the big catty. It isn't entirely my style as I'm not very frilly but I've seen so many cute things done with it and it was FREE so why not!
I had a long day helping with school pictures today so I'm gonna stop there and hopefully have something a little more exciting for you tomorrow!
Thanks for stopping!
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Fun fun! But, I have been using the Big Shot almost daily so I had to think hard how to bring you something new and exciting and better than just an ordinary day. I hope you think this fits the bill!
At the risk of going overboard I combined not one, not two but THREE Big Shot Dies and 2 Texturz Plates for this card! The Texturz Plates are always a bit trickier to photograph and believe it or not, I think I might have too much sunshine this morning to perfectly photograph this (I am NOT COMPLAINING!).
So, here is my card (after 14 photos and 3 uploads)...
PS- Just so you know and appreciate my sacrifice, I made this card while a box of NEW SU GOODIES was sitting on my front porch! ;)
Thanks for your patience, and don't worry everything is fine! Stop back soon.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Then I did some masking, reverse masking and stamping. Well... my flower stamp had some strange fuzz on it so you can see a strange pattern on it, my grass didn't stamp great.
Then I tried to sponge the oval but missed my scored/embossed oval line (duh!). Well, then I just tried to salvage it the best I can. Covered a few things with my sentiment and butterfly. I decided to post becasue it is a nice "idea" in theory so maybe someone else can try it and perfect it!
If you missed yesterday's CAS challenge to use Blue & Green on a clean & simple card then go try it out right now!
Glad you stopped by! Thanks for all the sweet comments- they always make me smile!
Monday, March 9, 2009
Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral, sentiment from Stem Silhouettes (retired)
I felt like messing around with my Texturz Plates and the Big Shot so I kind of went there next, chose the plate I wanted, and let that help me decide my stamp set. I actually used two different Texturz Plates- one on the blue and one on the Kraft. I intended to highlight the texture with either piercing or a gel pen then decided that would be overkill once the card was done. That's one of those things that could ruin a perfectly fine card, you KWIM??
So thanks for stopping by! I'm off to play today's MOJO Monday sketch, which I always look forward to. Why don't you play along with me?!
Have a great day!
oops, forgot to add my supplies list:
Saturday, March 7, 2009
OH, I almost forgot that I won a contest on http://www.soshelli.com/ yesterday! Shelli Gardner is the CEO/founder of Stampin' Up! and hosts a challenge on her blog each month. I try to enter each time just for fun, and honest-to-goodness, she picked my card this time! Although I'm not exactly sure which one since I posted a link to a huge assortment of SAB projects I've done. Anyway, THANKS SHELLI and a big HI to everyone stopping by my blog via Shelli's contest page!
Thanks for looking today! And thanks for all the well wishes. I'm afraid I'm still under the weather with this nasty headcold. Since we've all had it in my family we're down to only one box of tissues left to share which is NOT GOOD! Everytime someone sneezes I hear "where is the kleenex box?!?" and it's usually me yelling it! Speaking of empty tissue boxes, here's a handy TIP: use an empty tissue box (I like the small rectangle ones that stand upright) on your stampin' table for small scraps of trash! Very handy- I save them all the time and once they are full then it goes in the trash can. Now I've got plenty of empties! You could even decorate them so they are pretty if you want- but they come in so many fun colors now that I don't bother.
Hope you are having a great weekend!
Friday, March 6, 2009
The third color I used is Almost Amethyst and I love it. The layer with the tree stamped on it is glued to the inside so you are actuallylooking through a window oval to view it.
Did you notice the large brads? They are new to this catalog and come in Chocolate, Vanilla, Silver and White!
I suppose I should also mention that this ribbon is NOT from Stampin' Up! It was in the clearance bin at Big Lots I think (my mom grabbed it for me- thanks mom!) and it is the only sheer dotted ribbon I have so I was happy to use it. That is the only thing that makes this card not SUO.
So what do you think?
Stamps: Branch Out, Define Your Life, Stitched
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Rose Red, Almost Amethyst, Very Vanilla
Ink: Rose Red, Chocolate Chip, Almost Amethyst
Thursday, March 5, 2009
This is very clean, simple & fast too! I did a little bit of masking- using the circle that came out of the center of this circle frame. Just temorarily adhered it then stamped some polka dots. Then remove the circle and voila!
When you aren't feeling well and Splitcoast is down for maintenance so you have no challenge prompting you, I recommend going to the Color Coach Wheel! That's where I got this color combo of Taken with Teal, Appricot Appeal and Certainly Celery. I think the rest is mostly self-explanatory!
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps: Flight of the Butterfly, Short & Sweet, Polka Dot Background
Cardstock: Whisper White, Taken With Teal, Textured Certainly Celery
Ink: Taken With Teal, Appricot Appeal
Accessories: Circle cutter, Celery Grosgrain, small oval punch, paper piercing tool, Spiral punch
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
I decided on the hippo image from Pun Fun and to use a star from the hostess set Darling Dots as the balloon. The hippo is paper pieced and his head is raised ona dimensional.
My colors didn't seem to work out great in this lighting- the card is actually Bashful Blue with a layer of So Saffron on top. The DSP (Delicate Dots) is So Saffron but looks almost Apricot Appeal. The darker blue is Pacific Point.
I hope you'll play along with us! Please see our new DCBD blog where you can find links to other Diva designs and a Mr. Linky to post links to your cards too!
Can't wait to see what you do!
Thanks for visiting!
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
I did adjust the sketch a bit, to work for me. Once I had the majority of the card designed and put together I realized I didn't quite have room for the sentiment and line of piercing or whatever at the bottom, so I improvised and just put it near the bottom.
For this card I combined patterned paper from Urban Garden and Urban Oasis- which work great together! I love that they have many similar colors because that just gives me more "room to move" within the patterns. These flowers are from Fifth Avenue Floral. They are embossed then watercolored for some highlight. The sentiment is also embossed in black and is from a retired set called Fancy Flexible Phrases. You already know I love that set! This luscious ribbon is satin kiwi!
Thanks Mojo Makers for the awesome sketch! And thanks for stopping by to check in. Why not drop me a note to let me know you've visited?!
Monday, March 2, 2009
Recently I noticed on Vera's blog a comment about a new CAS Challenge on Splitcoast!! I was totally shocked, first of all that there is a challenge I'm unaware of, and also that there is a challenge that is right up my alley! I don't always do CAS cards, but pretty frequently.
Anyway, the card on the left I started last night before I knew of today's challenge. I even had the dots already on it, which is the gist of today's challenge- use dots, either with marker or piercing. Since I went to bed before deciding how to add a sentiment I was able to add that in accordance with the challenge. I left the silver hodgepodge off that I was considering, and instead traced the shape with white gel pen dots.
This card might also qualify for last week's sketch challenge with the three squares on top- at least that's what I was going for. The center one is actually layered under the cardstock instead of on top like the outside two, to look like a frame and add some dimension. All white parts on this are embossed (well, except the dots).
This one looks much prettier in person I think. The cork looks a bit too harsh and dark in the photo, but softer in real life! I'm almost thinking I should've left off all last minute details like the twisted cord and photo corner. It was SO simple that I thought it was too plain and kept adding.
I had this piece of corkboard on my desk from a challenge last week and never used it. I've been eyeing it thinking it would be cool on something- but this wasn't what I had in mind. Funny how things just happen.
TFL! I'm going to try to do today's MOJO challenge also- I love those too! Play along with me- it's fun! Come on, try it!
Sunday, March 1, 2009
The three matching cards I made are 3x3 and fit easily into the 3.25" wide box. Each of these was made with Sale-a-Bration products, including the Delicate Dots DSP as well as stamp set Polka Dot Punches. I also included sentiments from Short & Sweet as well as Think Happy Thoughts.