Sunday, October 28, 2012

CIC184 - Limited Run

Those may be some scary monsters but they wouldn't stop me from scarfing down a couple of those cupcakes.  The only really scary part is the calories.  So we're just going to look at them as inspiration for this week's Cupcake Inspirations Challenge.

We have a new sponsor this week, Limited Run Digital Stamps.  Another fun and fabulous place to shop.  Check it out - you're gonna love it, trust me, I know.  The cupcake section is unbelievable. 

While I was looking around I found a neat not quite gruesome cupcake image that just struck my fancy.  Since the inspiration is cupcakes, I went with that and then I kept the color scheme and the overall Halloween theme.  Don't those teeth look like mini marshmallows, another item from the photo.  They're colored greenish yellow, just because I'm not too sure about if witches have good dental hygiene.  If your teeth are looking like this get to a dentist, FAST.

Here's the deets:
stamp - Limtied Run "Witchy Cupcake"
ink - hp printer
paper - Wausau Brights "Planetary Purple" cs; K & Co. "Kelly Panacci Halloween" dp
miscellaneous - copics; ribbon; witch charm; Recollections "Adhesive Embellishments" spider; mini brads; machine stitching; cord; My Favorite Things "Oval Stax" die-namics

Here's the challenges:
Cupcake Inspirations CIC184 - photo
Sweet Stampin' - What's Cooking/Something to Eat
Speedy Fox and Friends #131 - Pumpkins
One Stop Craft Challenge  #202 - Halloween
Allsorts week 178 - In  Stitches
Terrifically Thrilling Thursday - Spooky
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards #24 - Stitching
Friday Mash Up #82 - Witches and/or Bleaching Technique
Really Reasonable Ribbon #58 - Halloween & Ribbon theme
Totally Papercrafts #140 - Halloween

Thanks for stopping by, come back again.  Don't forget to check out Limited Run and get busy making a card for the Cupcake Inspiration Challenge, who know, maybe you'll win.

How to Make a Masculine Card

It's a Masculine Birthday challenge, try to keep the swearing to a minimum.  That's the theme this week at Pile It On challenges. 

Of course we have the perfect sponsor Dude Time Doodles.  They definitely have the male thing down.  If you want to make a card that a guy will really relate to you need to check them out.  I do not gravitate toward male stuff, I usually head straight to the cutesy girly stuff.  So having a few Dude Time images in my stash is really a godsend for those times when I need to make a masculine card. 

 As I've read comments on blogs I've seen so many people say that they struggle with masculine cards.  I understand this so well.  If you like to embellish and use pretty colors it's tough to make a card for a man. 

When I'm making a masculine card, I think "Clean and Simple".   Use your image and a greeting.  If you can get a scantily clad buxom female image you could stamp that on the back of used paper napkin, hand it over and say "Happy Birthday"and that would make most men so happy they wouldn't even notice that there really wasn't a card.  But if you look at Dude Time Doodles you'll find fun and funny images that show men doing things that real men do, like this guy doing yard work.  Then use your most boring, dullest colored papers, keep the embellishments down to a minimum - buttons are good, bling not so good throw it all together and you've got masculine mastered.  There's also funny sentiments, guys like humor on the card, usually crass humor works best.  Well that's my tutorial on making a masculine card.  Hope that helps you out.
 
Here's the deets:
stamp - Dude Time Doodles "Leif Blower"
ink - hp printer
paper - striped paper without markings on it, it's been in my stash forever; Recollections White card base; Bazzill "Yam" card stock
miscellaneous -copics; hemp twine; leaf charm; EK Success leaf punch; Bic brown marker for sentiment
 
Here's the challenges:
Pile It On #44 - Masculine Birthday
Splitcoast Stampers HYCCT1222 - Stand Like a Flamingo (One of Everything)
2 Sisters  #115 - Halloween or Fall Colors
Fussy and Fancy #74 - Anything Goes
Card Makin' Mamas - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz #156 - A Male Card, Option to Use a Number on It
Fussy and Fancy #74 - Anything Goes
Paper Pretties PWC229 - Masculine
Simon Says - Autumn Leaves

Thanks for stopping by, come back again.  AND for some more ideas for masculine cards stop over at the Pile it On challenge.

Friday, October 26, 2012

SFTW #20 - Anything Goes

Go grab whatever you feel like playing with because this week it's "Anything Goes" at Stampin' for the Weekend.  Anything Goes is often a godsend for me.  So often there's a last minute card that I need, and if your challenge is calling for "Think Pink" and you need a masculine card, well, you're out of luck and you're gonna need some extra time.  Ahhh, but the "anything goes" gives you a chance to make whatever you stash is missing or whatever your heart desires.  And do I need to mention sympathy cards?

Here's the deets:
stamp - Jellypark Friends "Boy with Train"
ink - hp printer
paper - Bazzill "Maraschino" card stock; Stampin' Up "Gable Green" "Yo Yo Yellow" and "Ballet Blue" card stock; My Mind's Eye "Lime Twist - Out of the Blue" dp pad
miscellaneous - copics; Martha Stewart "Train" border punch; My Favorite Things "Stacking Stars" and "Circles Stax" die-namics; Sizzex "Buttons #5" die; burlap twine; train charm

Here's the challenges:
Stampin' for the Weekend #20 - Anything Goes

I've been away from the computer, seriously can't believe I didn't even check my e-mail so I'm not sure what challenges are around this week.  Lots to catch up on for me.

Thanks for stopping by, please come back again.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Keeping Busy with Hope

It's pumpkin picking time.  I always enjoyed going to those places when my kid was little but somewhere along the line someone came up with corn maze idea.  Let me pass on a warning, if you are claustrophobic that is not a place for you to go.  If you get just a tad anxious when you think you're stuck in place you don't want to be, again this is not a place for you to be.  Don't ask me how I know...




Here's the deets:
stamp - Mo Manning "the Big One"; Stampin' Up "Short and Sweet"
ink - hp printer; Stampin' Up "Always Artichoke" marker for sentiment
paper - We R Memory Keepers "Autumn Splendor - Tawny"; KI Memories "Grateful Tree Farm"; DCWV Neutrals card stock pad
miscellaneous - copics; My Favorite Things "Fishtail Flags Stax" and "Circle Stax" die-namics; EK Success leaf scroll border punch; mini brads

Here's the challenges:
Splitcoast Stamper HYCCT1217 - "Pinking Shears
Bronte and Bella #157 - Autumn Fun
One Stitch at a Time - Use a Digi
No Matter Which - Halloween Creations or Halloween colors
Sentimental Sundays #125 - Halloween
Allsorts week 177 - Autumn Colors
Simply Create Too- #24 - Pumpkins
Polka Doodles week 42 - Autumn

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Hope is in the Air


This is for the "Hope is in the Air" challenge for the Hope You Can Cling To challenges at Splitcoast Stampers.  It's also for the My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Club challenge.
Here's the deets:
stamp - My Favorite Things "Up, Up and Away" stamp and die set
ink - VersaMagic "Aegean Blue", Memento "Gray Flannel"; Ranger "Pumice Stone"
paper - Stampin' Up "Basic Grey" and "Basic Black" card stock; My Favorite Things "Natural" card stock; Gartner Bon Voyage collection "Postcards", "map" and "Passport" dsp
miscellaneous - My Favorite Things "Traditional Tag", "Circle Stax", "Skyline Border", "Solid Skyline"; pearls; charm; hemp twine

Here's the challenges:
Splitcoast Stampers HYCCT 1220 - Hope Is in the Air
My Favorite Things MFTWSC94 - sketch
Stamptacular Sunday - No Rules
Chocolate, Coffee, and Cards - Stitching
Do You Stack Up #94 - Vintage
 
Thanks for stopping by, come back again.
 
 
 

CIC183 - Bugaboo Witch

CIC183 Cupcakes by Sugarbloom Bev
There are so many fun decorations for Halloween, even decorated cupcakes.  Although in my home cupcakes don't last long enough to be decorations.  Fortunately the photo lasts as long as I need it to make my sample for this week's Cupcake Inspirations challenge.  This week we're sponsored by one of my favorite companies - Bugaboo Digi Images.  There's always something fun to pick up in that store so be sure to play along for a chance to win a little spree.

Stella is my favorite character from Bugaboo so I choose to use one of her as a witch.  She's a real pip and she's quite at home on that broomstick.  If you're more into cutesy stop over at Cupcake Inspirations see the work of the rest of the sweeties. 









Here's the deets:
stamp - Bugaboo  "Stella Witch Broom Fits"

ink - hp printer
paper - Stampin' Up "Orchid Opulence" card stock; Bazzill "Parakeet" card stock; Basic Grey "Eerie Bats" and "Eerie Creepy" dsp
miscellaneous - copics; hemp twine; charm; Martha Stewart "Graveyard" border punch; mini brads; K & Co. die cut chipboard; machine stitching

Here's the challenges:
Cupcake Inspirations CIC183 - photo
Card Positioning Systems  CPS102 - Sketch (the last challenge - sorry to see you go)
Chocolate Coffee and Cards #24- Stitching
CRAFT #177 - Use Metal on Your Card
Crafty Catz #155 - Halloween
Raise the Bar #116 - Which is Witch
Allsorts week 177 - Autumn Colors
Crafting for All Seasons #38 - Spooky

Thanks for stopping by, come back again!
 

Saturday, October 20, 2012

HYCCT - Monster Mash

OMG!  "The Monster Mash" is the all time best Halloween song ever made, at least IMHO.  If you're too young to know it here's a link for a You Tube video.  But I suspect if you're under 45 you may not be entertained in the least. 

One of the Hope You Can Cling To challenges is "The Monster Mash" based on the fact that you boobies get mashed during a mammogram. 

Here's the lyrics my card is based on:
The zombies were having fun
The party had just begun
The guests included Wolfman
Dracula and his son.

As you can see Wolfie is the perfect guest bringing along a bag of treats.

Here's the deets:
stamp - Whimsie Doodle "Wolfie"
ink - hp printer
paper - Wausau "Terra Green" and "Lift Off Lemon" card stock; My Mind's Eye "Blackbird" dp
miscellaneous - copics; My Favorite Things "oval Stax" die-namics; ribbon; charm; brads; K & Co die cut chipboard

Here's the challenges:
Splitcoast Stampers HYCCT1211 - The Monster Mash
Terrifically Thrilling Thursday - Spooky
Milkcoffee - Yum, Yum, Show Us Your Favorite Sweet Treats (would you believe I LOVE candy corn just like in Wolfie's bag)
Delightful - Halloween Treats
Cute Card #239 - Got Glitter (the skull is covered in black glitter)
Crafty Sentiments - Bows or Ribbon
2 Sisters - #114 - Cute and Creepy
Sweet Stampin' - Halloween
Really Reasonable Ribbon #58 - Halloween and Ribbon
Simon Says - Halloween Photo collage (that orange house is way cool - my paper has houses but none as cool as that one)

Thanks for stopping by - come back again!


Friday, October 19, 2012

Tea Party for Hope

If you hang around Splitcoast Stampers you've probably seen a teapot or two with a wild and wacky story posted by Mothermark.  Cindy is hosting the Hope That You Can Cling To challenge HYCCT1219 "A Birthday in Pink!".
I wouldn't dream of making a card for her challenge that didn't include a tea pot.   Fortunately I have a few tea pot and tea cup stamps.  A few are among the missing since my last move, I dream they'll return someday.


Here's the deets: 
stamp - Close To My Heart "Tea Time"; My Favorite Things "Big Greetings"
ink - Versa Magic "Pink Petunia"; Ranger "Tattered Rose"
paper - Memory Box pink card base; My Favorite Things "Pink Lemonade" card stock; Creative Imaginations "Renae Lindgren" dsp; Stampin' Up "Patterns Stack - soft Subtles"
miscellaneous - Stampin' Up "Framelits Labels Collection"; My Favorite Things "Circle Stax" die-namics"; Stampin' Up corner punch; bling; Bic "Pink Flamingo"

Here's the challenges:
Splitcoast Stampers HYCCT1219 - A Birthday in Pink!
Moving Along with the Times - Curiouser and Curiouser, Be Alice Inspired - a Tea Party!
Milkcoffee - Yum, Yum, Show Us Your Favorite Treats (the little cakes on the dp!)
Tuesday Throwdown #120 - Tea at Granny's

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Pink - Jellypark Friends.

Pink!  Challenges don't get much easier than that.  It's Pinktober at Jellypark Friends.  So to tough it up just an itsy bitsy bit it's an ABC (Anything But a Card) challenge.

A little girl I know is having a birthday this month and she's recently had her ears pierced.  I think a pair of earrings in a cute little container will be the perfect gift.  This challenge comes at the perfect time for me. 

This is a bag in a box.  If you've never made one you might think it's difficult but it's very easy.  There's a tutorial for it on Splitcoast Stampers.  Once you have your supplies gathered it goes together as easy as ABC.

The Girl with Balloon and Present is perfect for my bag in a box.  She looks just like the girl who is going to receive it.   I bet you have a little girl in your life that looks like this too. If you don't there's plenty of other images you can use.

Here's the deets:
stamp - Jellypark Friends "Girl with Balloon and Present
ink - hp printer
paper - Stampin' Up "Melon Mambo" card stock and "Raspberry Tart" dsp; Bazzill "Parakeet" card stock
miscellaneous - copics; Fiskar's "Heart" Border punch; Martha Stewart "Tag" punch; Stampin' Up "Framelits window Frame" and "Festive Paper Piercing Pack" and folder tag punch; heart pearl; ribbon

Here's the challenges:
Jellypark Friends - Pink ABC (anything but a card)
Charisma #44 - Clean and Simple

Thanks for stopping by.  Stop by the Jellypark Friends challenge blog to see what the other DT  members have made to get some more inspiration.




Thursday, October 18, 2012

Hope at the Beach

If you play in challenges or make the rounds of card blogs it's very likely that you've run into Jen Scull.  Maybe you follow her blog  Just Coffee Please...and Stamps & Ribbon & Paper.  I've been lucky to be on a few design teams with Jen, she's a rip and damn fine stamper too.  Well Jen didn't mention to me that she is the hostess of one the Hope That You Can Cling To challenges on Splitcoast Stampers.  I was quite pleasantly surprised to find this out when I was looking at what I thought was a totally adorable card.  In all the time I've known Jen I never knew her Splitcoast persona so I didn't even realize it was her post until I looked closely at that card and saw her name there. 
Jen is hosting HYCCT1215A "A Peaceful Pink".  You really should pop over to Splitcoast to see her sample, it's definitely worth a trip.  While you're there you may decide to play along. 
For me the beach is a very peaceful spot, at least in my imagination, where there are no boom boxes or screaming kids.
The banner I used is too large for the width of this card.  I just snipped in between the second and third pennant from the left, then put a glue dot on top of the one from the right portion and placed the last one from the left portion on top of that.  You'd have to look really, really closely to spot it.

Here's the deets:
stamp - Unity "It's All Good"; Taylored Expressions "Pennant a la carte"
ink - Versa Magic "Pink Petunia"
paper - Stampin' Up "Purely Pomegranate" and "Close to Cocoa" card stock and "Berry Bliss" dsp
miscellaneous - pearls; heart bling; machine stitching; Taylored Expressions "Pennant Border" die; Stampin' Up 1-3/4" circle punch and 2" scalloped circle punch; sun charm

Here's the challenges:
Splitcoast Stampers HYCCT 1215A - A Peaceful Pink
CRAFT # 177 - Use Metal on a Card
CASE #113 - inspiration card

Thanks for stopping by, come back again




Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Shining Hope

I was out running errands with the hubby the other day when I ran across this stamp.  I couldn't resist it.  I love Leigh Hannan images and the tropical scene is perfect for Florida.  Then the Hope You Can Cling To challenge 1215B - Shine It Out was posted.  Bev, the hostess, included this quote in her post "Stars can't shine without darkness" and all of a sudden the bells went off in my head.  I remembered there were stars in the bottle and the rest just followed. 
The challenge is to use lots of sparkle.  Well, is you were to amble thru my blog or gallery you'd see that I don't use a lot of glitter.  I have this ridiculous aversion to the stuff because I think I'm going to get it in my eyes.  That's why I prefer to use stickles when I want some shine but for this card I went all out and used some glitter on the flower's center.  I also used  glaze pens which isn't showing so well and the blingy stars. 

Here's the deets:
stamp - Impression Obsession, Leigh Hannon "Beach Bottle"
ink - Memento "Tuxedo Black"; Ranger "Faded Denim"
paper - Recollections "Pearlized Gold" card base; Bazzill "Glow", "Admiral"; "Blossom" and "Parakeet" card stock; P. etc. "Water Word Fun" and the Paper Studio " Sketchy Beach Icons"
miscellaneous - copics; My Favorite Things "Hibiscus" die-namic; Creative Memories cutting system; Gold Gliztsy Glimmer; Bling stars; pink cord; bathing suit charm; stickles

Here's the challenges:
Splitcoast Stampers HYCCT1215B - Shine It On
One Stitch at a Time #135 - music or a song (Jim Croce's "Time in a Bottle")
2 Sisters #113 - Anything Goes
Totally Papercrafts #138 - Make Your Own Flowers


Thanks for stopping by, come back soon.





Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Something's Baking



Isn't great when your kids start to do things on their own?  Baking cookies by themselves, what a great thing, they're so excited they can't wait to get them out of the oven.  The yummy smell wafts through the house and everybody is dying to bite into one. 
Hmmm... Reality check time.  If you're not helping out the recipe is more of a guideline so if all of the ingredients get in that's pretty good, don't expect them to be properly combined.  Forget about the size of the batter to be baked, why use an inch size ball when you've got enough for a couple baseball size drops.  Baking time, forget about a timer, when they can no longer bare the suspense the cookie should be done.  Then there's clean up, HELLO!  There's never been a bigger mess in your kitchen and scarcer people to be found.  BUT your child has taken a step towards independence and that's a good thing.  At least you can comfort yourself with that thought.

Here's the deets:
stamp - Mo Manning "What's Cooking"
ink - hp printer
paper - My Favorite Things "Pink Lemonade" card stock; Stampin' Up "Certainly Celery" and "So Daffron" card stock; October Afternoon "Cakewalk" dp
miscellaneous - copics; Candy Dots; pearls; heart pearls; machine stitching; My Favorite Things "Oval Stax" die-namics; machine stitching

Here's the challenges:
Bronte and Bella #156 - B is for (baking)
Sweet Stop SSS180 - sketch


Thanks for stopping by, come back again.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Hope is the Thing - HYCCT


"Hope is the thing..." is one of the Hope You Can Cling To challenges at Splitcoast Stampers.  This is the beginning of a verse by Emily Dickenson.  It's so beautiful I have to post it here:


Hope is the thing with feathers
that perches in the soul
and sings the tune without the words
and never stops at all.


I particularly like the "never stops" part. 

Bridget's challenge is to make a card inspired by this verse.

I immediately thought of this stamp and die set from My Favorite Things and decided to combine this challenge with MFT's sketch.  Of course for October pink is a must, and since I have this paper with pink bird cages as the design - well the card practically made itself. 

Here's the deets:
stamp - My Favorite Things "Contempo Cage" and "Clearly Sentimental About Audrey Hepburn"
ink - Memento "Tuxedo Black" and "Bamboo Leaves"; Versa Magic "Pink Petunia"
paper - Stampin' Up "Certainly Celery" and "Pretty in Pink" card stock; My Favorite Things "Pink Lemonade" card stock; Basic Grey "Porcelain" dp
Miscellaneous - Embossing folder; pink cord; pink ribbon charm; button; heart pearls; pearls; mini brads; My Favorite Things "Circle Stax" die-namics; machine stitching

Here's the challenges:
Splitcoast Stampers HYCCT1213 - Hope is the Thing
My Favorite Things MFTWSC93 - sketch
Simon Says - Dies and or Punches
Creative Card Crew #21 - Birds

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Three Witches - HYCCT

Just a group of gals getting together for a night on the town.

Since I've moved into this house I've been looking for certain stamps.  I moved last December and I'm starting to give up on the notion of ever finding them.  It's a shame, there's some really good ones missing.  Then out the blue I open a box and find some stamps I don't even remember ever owning, including this group of witches.  It doesn't have a name or manufacturer's stamp on it but the price tag is still on it.  It's from a store that went out of business years ago.  So, I guess I should keep my hopes up, maybe the ones I'm looking for will turn up.  Who knows.

I'm trying to do all the Hope You Can Cling To challenges at Splitcoast Stampers.  This card is for "Read All About It" (feature text). 

Here's the deets:
stamp - G-1518 Petaluma, CA
ink - Brilliance "Graphite Black"; Ranger "Shabby Shutters"
paper - Stampin' Up "Basic Black" and "Only Orange" card stock; My Mind's Eye "Blackbird" dp
miscellaneous - K & Co Kelly Panacei die cut card stock; ribbon; stapler; googly eyes; Machine stitching

Here's the challenges:
Splitcoast Stampers HYCCT1214 - Read All About It (feature text)
There She Goes #177 - Fall Fun
Paper Playtime #86 - Welcome to Boo-ville
Dream Valley #43 - Halloween
Cutie Pie #29 - Halloween
Cupcake Craft #214 - Two's Company (I've got a crowd)
Craft Your Passion #132 - Which Witch is Which

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Sending Hugs and Kisses

Last week my dear buddy suffered a heart attack and subsequently had a triple bypass.  Ugh!  For me, it's terribly frustrating because she's in NJ and I'm in FL so I can't even pop over to the hospital and visit.  So I've poured my heart and soul into a card that I hope will cheer her up.




Here's the deets:
stamp - Teddy Bo - Bea Night Nurse
ink - hp printer; sentiment Stampin' Up "Cameo Coral" marker
paper - Close to My Heart "That's Amore" for card stock and dsp
miscellaneous - copics; Martha Stewart "Lace Hearts" Border Punch; EK Success "Arrow" Border punch; Stampin' Up "Oval" and "Scalloped Oval" punch; Webster's Pages "Little Whimsies"; brads; My Favorite Things "Oval Stax" die-namics; heart pearls; ribbon; machine stitching

Here's the challenges:
Teddy Bo #42 - Anything Goes and sketch  collection closed
Just Keep On Creating #4 - Anything Goes
2 Sisters #113 - Anything Goes
Simon Says - Dies and Punches
Fab N Funky #155 - Vintage
Sisterhood of Crafters - Get Well

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you'll come back again.





Sunday, October 14, 2012

The Little Mermaid - HYCCT

The Hope You Can Cling To challenges are moving right along over on Splitcoast Stampers.
While over on Jellypark Friends it's still Pinktober and the current challenge is to "Pink It Up".  Unless you've just gotten out of deep freeze, awakened from a coma, or are seriously out of touch with current events you know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and that Pink is the color associated with it.  All I'd like for you to do is to make something pink and join in some of the challenges.  If you can do something more GREAT.  Anything you do will start a ripple.  My greatest hope is that one day someone will be able to say "Cancer, jeez, I can't remember the last time I heard of anybody getting cancer".  It's my dream and I'm sure it's yours too.  Make it your mantra, maybe we can make it come true.

FIGHT LIKE A GIRL!!!

Here's the deets:
stamp - Jellypark Friends "Mermaid";  sentiment A-Muse "a warm hello"
ink - hp printer; Stampin' Up "Pink Passion" marker for sentiment
paper - My Favorite Things "Natural" and "Sno-Cone" card stock; Stampin' Up "So Saffron" cardstock; Me and My Big Ideas "Destination Paradise" dp
miscellaneous - copics; burlap twine; mermaid charm; pearl; embossing folder; My Favorite Things "Sea Charms" and "Ovals Stax" die-namics

Here's the challenges:
Splitcoast Stampers "HYCCT" 1212 - Start Spreading the News
One Stitch at a Time - Music or a Song (the Little Mermaid)
Just Keep On Creating #4 - Anything Goes
Gem #56 - For the Girls
Paper Play week 41 - Simply Cute

Thanks for stopping by, please come back again.

Fly Me to the Moon - CIC 182



To infinity and beyond...That's what I think when I see these cupcakes, this week's Cupcake Inspirations challenge CIC182 photo. Our sponsor is DRS Designs.  That's where I got my really cool space ship image.

Usually outer space images make me think boys and masculine but there are lots of little girls who want to be astronauts and scientists too. They need to be encouraged, that's a field of endeavor that needs some more estrogen, if you know what I mean.


Here's the deets:
stamp - DRS Designs
ink - hp printer
paper - Unknown blue card stock; My Favorite Things "Banana Split" cs for stars; Crate Paper "Orbit Collection - Satellite" dsp
miscellaneous - copics; mini brads; ribbon; My Favorite Things "Stacked Stars" die-namics; Spellbinder's "Ribbon Tag Trio" die; buttons, ribbon; Viva glitter pen "Gold" and "Iridescent"; Bic "Deep Sea Blue" fine point

Here's the challenges:
Cupcake Inspirations CIC182 - photo
Terrifically Thrilling Thursday - Tic Tac Toe (diagonal - ribbon, free, punch or die)
Southern Girls #55 - Tie a Ribbon Around It
Simon Says - Dies and Punches

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Shaped Card - Pile It On #42


This week the challenge at Pile It On is to make a shaped card. No rectangle or squares this week. There's so many fun shapes that are pretty easy to make. Some easy shapes to make are Christmas trees, dog bones,eggs, circles and hearts. An easy way to make a shaped card is using a die cut. You might have a child's coloring book that has some pictures you can use for a template. The crayon shape was very simple and until I came across the stamp I would never have thought of it. It's a small single stamp, I think it cost about $1.00. Let your stamps be your inspiration. If you don't have a template do a google search and you're sure to find a picture you can use. Just remember to leave a small bit on the edge for the fold. When you're making shaped cards you can go with a clean and simple look like this one or you can get wild and crazy and put lots of embellishments on it. Have fun making it and them link it up on the Pile It On challenge blog.
Here's the deets:
stamp - Imaginisce "Crayons"
ink - Memento "Tuxedo Black"
paper - Bazzill unmarked card stock
miscellaneous - copics
 
Here's the challenges:
Pile It On #42 - Shaped Cards
Splitcoast Stampers HYCCT1210 - Ship Shape (Shaped Cards)
CRAFT #176 - Monochromatic
2 Sisters - Anything Goes
Papercraft Star #116 Fall Colors
Crafts and Me #105 - Anything Goes

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Word - HYCCT





HYCCT means Hope You Can Cling To.  That's the October challenges in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness.  This challenge is to use the letters HYCCT in your card.  Not the actual letters, words that start with those letters.  This is getting clear as mud.  Use something or try a technique that begins with those letters.  I give up, I know what it means, if you want to find out hop on over to Splitcoast Stampers and read all about it.


Here's the deets:
stamp - Whimsie Doodle "Frankie" and "Frank's Girl" (aren't they cute together)
ink - hp printer
paper - My Favorite Things "Natural" card stock; Moxie "Midnight Dreary - Tomb It May Concern"
miscellaneous - copics; K  & Co. "Kelly Panacci Halloween Icon Die Cut" card stock; twine; frankenstein charm

Here's the challenges:
Splitcoast Stamper HYCCT1208 - HYCCT
Oldie But a Goodie - Inspired By a Song (The Monster Mash - the all time best Halloween song ever! - using papers from last year)
One Stitch At a Time #134 - Boo!
No Matter Which - Halloween Creations
Crazy for Challenges C4C157 - Your Favorite Halloween Character (Frankie)
Paper Playtime #85 -Trick or Treat and Die Cut or Punches

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Laughter Is the Best Medicine

When you're ailing nothing makes you feel better than a good laugh.  Whatever you're doing if you're laughing it's always more fun.

Today's Hope You Can Cling To challenge is "You Had Me In Stitches" (pun intended).  Pop over to Splitcoast Stampers to join in the challenges.  This is Patricia's challenge to make a humorous card with stitching - real or faux. 

Here's the deets:
stamp - Bugaboo "Frame It - Gus and Stella Person to Annoy"
ink - hp printer
paper - MFT "Natural" card stock; Basic Grey "Sugar Rush"
miscellaneous - copics; the Cat's Pajamas "Heart Trio" die; ribbon; heart charm; bling; Bic orange marker

Here's the challenges:
Splitcoast Stampers HYCCT1209 - You Had Me In Stitches
Sentimental Sundays #123 - Anything Goes
Catch the Bug - Anything Goes

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Monday, October 8, 2012

Hope and Music

This is for the Hope You Can Cling To challenges on Splitcoast Stampers.  This is a month of challenges inspired by Breast Cancer Awareness.   This challenge is "Music Soothes the Soul".  Now I'm a little bit older than the 80's gal pictured in this image but I'm pretty sure the music coming out of that box wasn't very soothing, but this card is silent so we will never know.
 
Here's the deets:
stamp - My Favorite Things "ALM 80's Girl"
ink - Memento "Tuxedo Black"
paper - Stampin' Up "Pink Pirouette" card stock and "Sending Love" dsp
miscellaneous - copics; My Favorite Things "Rounded Banner Stax" and "Little Open Scallop Strip" die-namics; Tim Holtz "Symphony" tissue tape; ribbon; burlap twine; charm; brads; machine stitching
 
Here's the challenges:
Splitcoast Stampers HYCCT1207 - Music Soothes the Soul
My Favorite Things MFTGUESTDT1012 - sketch
Totally Stampalicious - Anything Goes
Just Keep on Creating #4 - Anything Goes
Dream Valley #42 - Go Pink
Terrifically Thrilling Thursday - Tic Tac Toe (Diagonal - Ribbon, free, die cut)
Really Reasonable Ribbon #57 - Pretty in Pink
Color Q #157 - Pink Pirouette, Melon Mambo, Basic Grey, Black and White
 
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Hope and Hugs

Hope and hugs go together.  Would you believe I just made a typo of the word hugs as jugs.  Now I normally consider that word offensive when it's used as a euphemism for breasts but in this particular context it actually amused me, I am "Easily Amused".  But I digress...

This card was created for the Hope You Can Cling To challenges at Splitcoast Stampers.  why don't you join us. 

Here's the deets:
stamp - Crafty Secrets "Love and Support"
ink - Memento "Tuxedo Black"
paper - My Favorite Things "Natural" card stock; The Paper Studio "Mirabelle" dp
miscellaneous - copics; MFT "Oval" die-namics; SU "oval", "scalloped oval" and corner punch; pink burlap twine; pink bling; ribbon charm; eyelet; Bic "Honey Brown" marker for faux stitching

Here's the challenges:
Splitcoast Stampers HYCCT1206 - Dies and Punches (at least 3)
Sentimental Sundays #123- Anything Goes
Just Keep on Creating #4 - Anything Goes
Totally Gorjuss - #152 - Anything Goes
Dream Valley #42 Go Pink

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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Hope and Courage

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.
Nelson Mandela

Kathy's challenge for the Hope You Can Cling To challenges is "Courage"Make a card or two to inspire strength and courage to a patient. Or, you can be inspired by someone you know who been especially courageous.

When you or your loved one is battling cancer you are in the fight of/for your life. The first hurdle is getting past hearing your doctor give you your prognosis. Many, many of my loved ones have had cancer. the closest I've come is several small lumps in my eyelids. I thought they were nothing to be concerned about, but they annoyed me, whenever I rubbed my eyes I felt them. I decided to have them removed. My eye doctor told me not to bother having them removed because they'd grow back. Years later a new eye doctor removed them. After the surgery was done he told me that one of the lumps was a melanoma and that he had removed all of it. I felt like someone had just punched me in the gut. I became light headed and everything felt dreamlike. Now, that's how I responded to something that required no treatment and wasn't life threatening. I don't want to think about how I would respond to a serious cancer.

Here's the deets:
stamp - My Favorite Things "ALM - Fight Like a Girl"
ink - Memento "Tuxedo Black"; Stampin' Up "Cherry Cobbler"; Bic pink marker
paper - Stampin' Up "Pink Pirouette" card stock; "Sending Love" dsp
miscellaneous - copics; bling; ribbon; charm; button brads; brads; machine stitching; My Favorite Things "Oval" die-namics

Here's the challenges:
Splitcoast Stampers - Hope You Can Cling To HYCCT1205 - Courage
My Favorite Things Wednesday Stamp Club MFTWSC92 - sketch
A Gem of a Challenge #55 - For the Girl

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Five Words for Hope

Clean and simple cards are very difficult for me.  They look clean and simple but for me there's a lot of work going on in my head, not to mention the battle of holding back.  It is extremely difficult to not pick up the patterned paper and ribbons, the bling, the brads, the charms and dies and punches.  I know you can use some embellies but I want to use them all. 
When you look at a card like this it looks like it took less than ten minutes to create.  Well, the actual putting it together only took a couple minutes but the planning and editing took hours. 

The Hope You Can Cling To challenges are up and running on Splitcoast Stampers.  Anyone can play along if they are a member.  If you not, it doesn't cost anything to be a member so sign up and play.  You can be doing something positive for Breast Cancer Awareness while you're doing your favorite thing.  AND there's hundreds of prizes you could win, lots of them are really big.

This card is for the "Five Words" challenge. 

Here's the deets:
stamp - Inkadinkado "Cats"
ink - Memento "Bamboo Leaves"
paper - My Favorite Things "Kraft"
miscellaneous - Cloud Nine Design - Rain Dots Words and Shapes "I Love My Cat"

Here's the challenges:
Splitcoast Stampers - Hope You Can Cling To "Five Words"
Sentimental Sundays #123 - Anything Goes
Just Keep On Creating #4 - Anything Goes
Fab 'n Funky #141 - No Patterned Paper
Crafts and Me #104 - My Sentiments Exactly

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you'll come back again.  It's Breast Cancer Awareness month, do something to help, you can click on the pink ribbon at the top of my sidebar.

CIC181 - Happy Birthday



Can you believe how much detail went into the making of the feathers on this cupcake?  Looks like a lot of work to me.  Well, this peacock is the inspiration for this week's Cupcake Inspirations challenge.  We're sponsored by Digi Darla Designs where you can find lots of cute images.  There were at least 5 images that I had to enny, meanie, miney, moe over when I was picking my image for this challenge.  There are literally hundreds of images to choose from, it won't take long to fill your shopping cart.  Luckily digi images aren't that expensive, you can pick up quite a few before it gets pricey.

For my card I went with the "Happy Birthday Print Word Art" image.  I've had the peacock dp for a long time.  I had no idea how I was going to use it, but I knew eventually a use would pop up, and here it is.  Pop over to the Cupcake Inspirations challenge blog to see what the rest of the design team was inspired to create.  There's always some yummy eye candy to see.








Here's the deets:
stamp - Digi Darla "Happy Birthday Print Word Art"
ink - hp printer
paper - Bazzill "Frosted Teal" and "Beeswax" card stock; Stampin' Up "River Rock" card stock; Recollections "Peacock Feathers" dp
miscellaneous - copics; Stampin' Up rhinestone brads; My Favorite Things "Large Fancy Flourish" and circle die-namics; bling; machine Stitching

Here's the challenges:
Cupcake Inspirations CIC181 - photo
Totally Gorjuss #152- Anything Goes
Friday Mash Up #79 - Rectangles and/or Pacific Point, Marina Mist, Gumball Green, Lucky Limeade

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you'll come back again.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

World Card Making Day

It's World Card Making Day!  That's a great reason to sit down and make a card for your best buddy. 

How do you like my card?  Isn't that an adorable image.  Well you can get that image for free.  Hop over to the Jellypark Friends challenge blog and it's there for the taking.  Now that's a deal.  While you're there you can check out what the rest of the design team has created.  They are fantastic.

Over on Jellypark in honor or Breast Cancer Awareness we've changed October to Pinktober, so while you're at it throw a little pink on your card. 

Here's the deets:
stamp - Jellypark Friends "Thinking of You" (it's a freebie - go get it)
ink - hp printer
paper - Stampin' Up "Pretty in Pink" and "Rich Razzleberry" card stock; Basic Grey "Green at Heart" dp
miscellaneous - copics; Stampin' Up ticket corner punch; Martha Stewart "Hydrangea" border punch; black sharpie for doodles; ribbon; flower charm; bling

Here's the challenges:
Really Reasonable Ribbons #57 - Pretty in Pink
Dream Valley #42 - Go Pink
Cupcake Craft #212 - Think Pink

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Friday, October 5, 2012

Strip Please

 
Strip Please, is another of the Hope You Can Cling To challenges going on at Splitcoast Stampers for October Breast Cancer Awareness month.  come over and join us.  There will be 34 challenges over the course of the month, with lots and lots of outrageous prizes.  More importantly you can help spread a little hope and joy to some people who can use a little cheer by donating your cards.  Splitcoast has a cancer center you can use or you can send them off to a place of your choice.  It's up to you.  Head over to Splitcoast and read up then get inky and play along
This challenge is "Strip Please".    You'll get to use up some of those bits of paper you've been saving.
 
Here's the deets:
stamp - Kenny K "Christmas Shopping"
ink - hp printer
paper - Stampin' Up "Cherry Coobler" card stock and "Holiday Treasures" dsp
miscellaneous - copics; Spellbinder's Lacey Circle die
 
Here's the challenges"
A Gem of a Challenge #55 - For the Girls
Delightful - Winter Holiday
Totally Papercrafts #137- Let's See Those Shapes
Kenny K - No Squares Allowed
 
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