Wednesday, July 31, 2013

PWC269 Thanks

Happy Wednesday!  Are you ready for the newest Paper Pretties challenge?  This week we're asking you to make a "Thank You" card.   

My card used the "Giving Thanks, Sophia".  Because of the big dress area this image is great for paper piecing which is my favorite technique.  If you don't already have this stamp now would be a good time to buy her, she's on sale and it's a good bargain.  

This is a big week in our house.  One of the kids and his fiance has moved here and another and her husband helped them drive down and now our house guests for the week.  It was a long, big move for them but they are almost settled in and any day now their kitty kat may settle in too.  So I've got to run to be the dutiful hostess.

Here's the deets:
stamp - Paper Pretties "Giving Thanks, Sophia"
ink - Memento "Tuxedo Black"; MFT "Blue Raspberry"
paper - Teresa Collins "Sweet Afternoon" (a gift from the Paper Pretties lady, thanks to Heather); Bazzill "Sunbeam" and MFT "Blue Raspberry"
miscellaneous - copics; MFT "Oval Stax" and "Chevron Stripes" die-namics; Stampin' Up "Oval" and "Scalloped Ovals" punches; baker's twine; dew drops

Here's the challenges:
Paper Pretties PWC269 - Thank You
Paper Playtime #15 - Pattern Paper
Crafty Cardmakers #97 - 1,2,3 1 image, 2 patterned paper, 3 embellishments (brads, twine and dew drops)
Speedy the Fox  #170 - Tie It Up   
Sister Act #17 - Anything Goes

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Sunday, July 28, 2013

CIC221 - Bugaboo

I love cupcakes and I love dogs, so getting them both at the same time is like a dream come true.  These gorgeous cupcakes are the inspiration for this week's Cupcake Inspirations challenge CIC221.  

This week we're being sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps. Bugaboo is one of favorite companies.  So much to choice from cute kiddies, fancy cupcakes, flowers, numbers, food, holidays,and  crazy character including my favorite Stella.  Stella has an attitude, she's snarky and she is my favorite but I do love JJ and Ruby too, oh and of course Gus. There's tons of fun images, if you haven't been there yet, you have to go there now.  You'll be glad you did.

Here's the deets:
stamp - Bugaboo "Summer Dog Pool"     
ink - printer; Stampin' Up "Chocolate Chip" marker for sentiment
paper - Stampin' Up "Cherry Cobbler", "Soft Suede" and "Basic Grey" card stock; DCWV "the Pet Stack" dp
miscellaneous - copics; dew drops; baker's twine; paw charm; scalloped corner rounder punch; glossy accents; Stampin' Up "Mini Vintage Tags"

Here's the challenges:
Cupcake Inspirations CIC221 - photo
Southern Girls #74 - Animal Antics
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards #44 - Animals
Sister Act #17 - Anything Goes
Speedy the Fox #170 - Tie It Up

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PIO #30 - Anything Goes

It's "Anything Goes" for our challenges at Pile It On this week and we've got Hambo Stamps for our sponsor.   I had never checked out the Hambo web site before they sponsored us, Because I like funny cards I check out the details on the ones that get my intention.  Most of the funny pig images I see are from Hambo so I am really happy to have a chance to work with a Hambo image.  It was really difficult to pick just one image so I guess I'll be headed back to the Hambo store for some shopping.

This image is "Monster Yell" and it looks like I often feel, if you're married with children you know what I mean.   

In case you can't tell from the photo the teeth and nails are covered with glossy accents and her spots are covered with stickles.  Because i thought of this monster as female I colored her pink but I think the monster will look good in any color scheme.  I can picture her in reds and greens for a Christmas card.  Then there's the recipients favorite colors or how about a child's school colors.  It's a very versatile image and I think it could be used for a card for an adult or child, masculine or feminine.

Here's the deets:
stamp - Hambo "Monster Yell" digi
ink - printer
paper - CloseTo My Heart "Dream Pop"
miscellaneous - copics; My Favorite Things "Decorative Doily" and "Fishtail Flags Stax" die-namics; bling; dew drops; stickles; machine stitching

Here's the challenges:
Pile It On #30 - Anything Goes
Stampin' For the Weekend - Sparkle and Bling
Sister Act #16 - Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments - Bling It On
C.R.A.F.T. #217 - For the Girls
Top Tip Tuesday - #106 - Spooled Items
Crafts and Me #139 - Anything Goes
Ruby's Rainbow #59 - Layer It Up
Paper Playtime #15 - Pattern Paper
Cutie Pie #4 - Pretty in Pink

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Jellypark Friends - Christmas in July

I love Christmas in July challenges because they give me that push I need to get to work on those cards before it's crunch time.  At Jellypark Friends we're having that challenge for the next two weeks.  This week we're also releasing a new line of Christmas images.  If you haven't visited our blog or our shop today then you have to go there after you finish here.

This card was made with one of the Christmas images from last year.    

Here's the deets:
stamp - Jellypark Friends "Polar Bear"
ink - printer
paper - Basic Grey "Mistletoe and Pear" pad
miscellaneous - copics; stickles; baker's twine; tree charm; bling; My Favorite Things "Oval Stax" and "Fishtail Flags Stax" die-namics

Here's the challenges:
Jellypark Friends - Christmas in July
Terrifically Thrilling Thursday - Show Us What You Got, Christmas in July
Southern Girls #74 - Animal Antics
Creative Belli #174 - Christmas (I got this paper pack for Christmas when I was still living in NJ, I moved from there in 2010)
Crafting for All Seasons #57 - Christmas in July

This is another card made with one of last year's Christmas images:

stamp - Jellypark "Snowman with  Birds"
ink - printer
paper - Basic Grey "Figgy Pudding - Forest" dsp; My Favorite Things "Berrylicious" card stock; Stampin' Up "Whisper White" cars stock

miscellaneous - copics; baker's twine; snowman charm; EK Success border punch; brads; My Favorite Things "Circle Stax" and "Snowflake Doily" die-namics

Now here's some cards made with some of the new images:

stamp - Jellypark Friends " Snowglobe"
ink - printer
paper - DCWV "Neutrals" Card Stock pad; Martha Stewart "Cottage Christmas" pad
miscellaneous - copics; stickles; ribbon; raccoon charm; cord; EK Success border punch

I don't have a die cut for this image.  I cut out the snow globe, placed it (upside down) on green card stock, traced around the edge and then tried to cut an even edge around the drawn line.  It's not perfect but it looks pretty good.  Sometimes all it takes is to have faith in your abilities.

Another new image - 

stamp - Jellypark Friends "Christmas Window Scene
ink - printer
paper - Bazzill "Ruby Slipper" and "Snow White" card stock; Martha Stewart "Cottage Christmas" pad
miscellaneous - copics; Martha Stewart border punch; stickles; cord; ribbon; ornament charm; brads

and another 

stamp - Jellypark Friends Xmas Thank You
ink - printer
paper - Close to My Heart, My Reflections "Pear and Partridge"
miscellaneous - copics; corner punch; My Favorite Things "Little Open Scallop" border die-namic; cord; bird charm; machine stitching

and lastly

stamp - Jellypark Friends "Xmas Fairy"
ink - printer
paper - Bazzill "Glow" and "Blossom" card stock; Stampin' Up "Whisper White" card stock; October Afternoon "Make It Merry" dp
miscellaneous - copics; brads; baker's twine; candy cane twine; stickles; My Favorite Things "Snowflake Doily" die-namic;  machine stitching 

Phew!  Thanks for sticking around.  Come back again, next time the post will be a lot shorter.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

PWC268 - Paper Piecing

Oops!  So sorry for the late post, if you were looking for the Wednesday Paper Pretties Challenge post, here it is at last.
This has been quite a busy week for me and it looks next week is going to be busy too.  This week it's been time to do grown up stuff.  Yuk!  Next week we'll have house guests.  That's sure to be more fun.  But I digress...

This week the Paper Pretties Challenge PWC268 is "Paper Piecing".   That's one of my favorite techniques and it's been a while since I've done it so this was fun for me.  I hope you'll play along with us.  When you're finished making your card link it up to the challenge so you can be in the running for the prize.  Winner gets to pick five digis at the Paper Pretties store.  

Here's the deets:
stamp - Paper Pretties "Sweet 16 Lily"
ink - Memento "Tuxedo Black" and Versa Magic "Pink Petunia"
paper - Bazzill "Blossom" and "Whirlpool"; Recollections "Itsy Bitsy Ditsy - Cherry Pie" and "Watercolor Blue Ditsy"; October Afternoon "Sasparilla" pad 
miscellaneous - copics; pearls, baker's twine; Stampin' Up Crochet ribbon; Martha Stewart border punch; My Favorite Things "Oval Stax" die-namics

Here's the challenges:
Paper Pretties PWC268 - Paper Piecing
Ladybug Crafts Inc - Birthday Greetings
Top Tip Tuesday #106 - Spooled Items

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Take the Plunge

I have become quite fond of the Doodle Garden line at My Favorite Things.  No surprise there, I'm quite fond of everything MFT.  So for this week's sketch challenge I'm using "Take the Plunge".  It's a cute summery image so I pulled out some bright and sunny looking papers and had some fun.

Here's the deets:
stamp - My Favorite Things "DG Take the Plunge"
ink - Memento "Tuxedo black" and MFT "Razzle Berry"
paper - MFT "Orange Fizz" and "Razzle Berry" card stock; TLC "Slumber Party" patterned paper
miscellaneous - copics; MFT "Button Border", "Oval Stax", "Rounded Banner Stax"  and "Postage Stamp Stax" die-namics; brads; embroidery floss; orange stickles; bling; machine stitching

Here's the challenges:
My Favorite Things MFTWSC133 - sketch
Whoopsie Daisy - Use Two or More Die Cuts 
Paper Playtime #15 - Use Pattern Paper
Kaboodle Doodle #181 - Anything Goes
Crazy Challenge #150 - Summertime
Simon Says Stamp - By the Sea
Cute Card Thursday #278 - Oranges and Lemons
Brown Sugar #52 - Anything Goes
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards #43 - Life's a Beach

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Friday, July 19, 2013

I Scream, You Scream

Every other Friday, the Friday between challenges, at Jellypark Friends it's Spotlight day .  We pick an image, some of the design team post a card and we invite you to share your creations made with this image.  It doesn't have to be a new creation, if you made it today or a year ago we'd love to see it.  Leave a comment on this post with a link to your creation.  That's all there is to it.  

Did you ever get a smudge on the image you just spent hours coloring?  I hope you aren't tossing them out.  After all your hard work you want to show it off but that nasty smudge just looks terrible.  Well, smudges are just an opportunity to dig into your stash of embellishments.  If you haven't guessed, there's an ugly smudge on the top left corner of the image panel.  I happen to have that neat button to use but if I didn't I could have used a photo corner or a sentiment spot.  If you can't come up with an embellishment idea, try fussy cutting.  

Here's the deets: 
stamp - Jellypark Friends - Ice Cream Van digi
ink - printer
paper - My Favorite Things "Nightshift Blue" card stock; Stampin' Up "Specialty Sweet Shop" patterned paper
miscellaneous - copics, ice cream cone button (shank removed);  baker's twine; ruffled gingham ribbon; ice cream cone charm

Here's the challenges:
Sister Act #16 - Anything Goes
Really Reasonable Ribbon #76 - Sizzlin' Summer Colors and Ribbon
Polka Doodles week 28 - Summer Fun
Brown Sugar #51 - Anything Goes
Crafts and Me #138 - Anything Goes
Whoopsie Daisy - Use Your Markers
Tuesday Throwdown #156 - Anything Goes

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

PWC267 - Sentiment as Focal Point

This week Paper Pretties is challenging you to "Use a Sentiment as Your Focal Point". These cards are a favorite of mine because you can make them quickly and you can use lots of your pretty embellishments to fancy them up.  

My card uses one of the Irish Blessings to make a "thinking of you" card.  This sentiment would also be good for a sympathy card, it just needs to be toned down a little, maybe a simple black and white paper and skip the pearls and lace.

Here's the deets:
stamp - Paper Pretties "Irish Blessings"
Ink - Memento "Cottage Ivy"
paper - Recollections "Itsy, Bitsy Ditsy - Cherry Pie" patterned paper; My Favorite Things "Pink Lemonade" and "Smooth White" card stock
miscellaneous - ribbon; lace; ribbon flower; ZVA pearl flourish; pearls, Spellbinder's "Oval" and "Labels 18" dies; machine stitching

Here's the challenges:
Paper Pretties PWC267 - Sentiment as Focal Point
Splitcoast Stampers FS336 - Featured Stamper
Tuesday Throwdown #156 - Anything Goes
The Squirrel and the Fox #48 - Use Something Spooled

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

CIC219 - Fresh Brewed

Wowsers!  Look at all these cupcakes.  Those are the inspiration for this week's Cupcake Inspirations Challenge CIC219.  This week we have one of our regular sponsors back - Fresh Brewed Designs.  My favorite images are the coffee cups. So many of my friends and relatives are avid coffee drinkers so the coffee images are perfect for the cards I make for them.  But this week Fresh Brewed has shared some beach/marine life images with us.  You should check out what the rest of the design team has created and then visit the Fresh Brewed store.  You can never have too many digis.

I had a lot of fun making this card. 
I do love a seascape and the summer colors. For the background I used "Under the Sea" and then I made a couple "Flirty Fish" in different sizes which I cut out and popped up on dimensionals.  If I made a large card or project I could have added some starfish, turtles and crabs, all of those images are available at the Fresh Brewed store.

 At the end of this post I am going to share with you a drawing I made many years ago.  If you read down to the end of the post you'll see that I've had this love for many years.  Since the drawing is signed with my maiden name I know that it's from the early 80's. Seems like some loves are lifelong loves.

Here's the deets:
stamp - Fresh Brewed Designs "Flirty Fish" and "Under the Sea"
ink - printer
paper - Bazzill "Whirlpool" and "Glow" card stock; Imaginisce "Splash Dance- Bathing Beauties and Water Words"
miscellaneous - copics; stickles; Stampin' Up So Saffron ribbon; blow fish charm; bling; baker's twine

Here's the challenges:
Cupcake Inspirations CIC219 - photo
Crazy For Challenges C4C194 - Marine Life
One Stop Craft #234 - Summer Colors
2 Sisters - Make It Sparkle
Sister Act #15 - Anything Goes
Polka Doodles week 28 - Summer Fun
Just Add Ink JAI173 - Just Add Water
Crafty Ribbons #52 - Anything Goes with Ribbon
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards - #42 - Life's a Beach
Friday Mash Up #118 - Nature Theme and/or colors - Pool Party, Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral, Smokey Slate and Soft Suede

And now for those of you who have hung in here this long, here's my drawing.  It was done with Prismacolor pencils.

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PIO #28 - Water

We've got a new challenge at Pile It On.  This week the theme is "Water".  2013 is the International year of Water Cooperation.  Now if you're as ill informed as me you're probably saying to yourself "what the heck is the year of water cooperation?"  I can't let stuff like that go so I did a search to find out what it is.  If you're interested here's a link to one of the sites that will tell you about it.  

Now back to our challenge.  This week we're sponsored by Jellypark Friends.  The winner will be able to pick 2 digis from the store (with the exception of the fund raiser images).  I can't say enough good things about Jellypark Friends.  I love the images.  I can sit and color these images for hours on end. There's an image for any kind of card or project you want to make.  When you visit the store your cart will be full in no time.  

To be in the running for the prize you just have to make a card with the theme of "water" and link it up to Pile It On and at least one other challenge.  So go get your crafting stash out and get busy.

Here's the deets:
stamp - Jellypark Friends Mermaid; My Favorite Things "Daring Dots" and "Washi Patterns"
ink - printer for image; My Favorite Things "Razzleberry" and "Kraft" for backgrounds
paper - My Favorite Things "Kraft", "Blu Raspberry" and "Razzleberry" card stock; Stampin' Up "So Saffron" card stock
miscellaneous - copics; stickles; baker's twine; sand dollar charm; Cuttlebug embossing folder

Here's the Challenges:
Pile It On #28 - Water
Splitcoast Stampers Sketch Challenge SC444 - Sketch
Color Throwdown CTD250 - Bermuda Bay, Crumb Cake, Melon Mambo, So Saffron
Sister Act #15 - Anything Goes
Polka Doodles week 28 - Summer Fun
Just Add Ink JAI173 - Just Add Water (the swirly embossing is meant to be water)
Ruby's Rainbow #58 - Embossing, Ribbon and Self Made BP (using baker's twine for ribbon)
Paper Shelter #120 - Swirly Girly (the embossed layer is swirls)
Charisma #27 - No Designer Paper
Crafty Ribbons #52 - Anything Goes with Ribbon (using baker's twine)
Splitcoast Stampers Ways to Use It WT435 - Hardware, Any Metal Embellishment
A Gem of a Challenge #87 - Lots of Layers
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards #43 - Life's a Beach
Creative Corner #27 - Anything Goes
Top Tip Tuesday #105 - Hexagon and/or Circles
Crafts and Me #138 - Anything Goes
2 Sisters - Make It Sparkle
One Stop Craft #234 - Summer Colors
Totally Gorjuss #192 - Sweet (sweet edibles or just plain old sweet looking)
Crazy for Challenges C4C194 - Marine Life

Friday, July 12, 2013

Jellypark Friends - Give Thanks

There's a new challenge at Jellypark Friends.  Our theme is "Give Thanks".   We want to see projects where you are thanking someone, in fact anyone.  It can be a teacher, a friend, a loved one, anyone as long as you are thanking them.  

The image on my card "Boy with Apple" would be perfect for a Teacher's Appreciation card.  For those of you with daughters Claire has also drawn a "Girl with Apple" and it's equally cute.  

I don't know about you but that big ole apple is making me think about having a piece of apple cake so I guess I better finish up here fast cause I'm going to have to make that cake before I can eat it.    

Here's the deets:
stamp - Jellypark Friends "Boy with Apple" digi
ink - printer
paper - My Favorite Things "Gumdrop Green" and "Nightshift Blue" card stock; October Afternoon "Report Card" patterned paper
miscellaneous - copics; brads; buttons; twine; cord; apple charm

Here's the challenges:
Jellypark Friends - Give Thanks
Splitcoast Stampers  Ways To Use It  WT435 - Hardware (Use Any Metal Embellishment)
Paper Playtime #14 - Tags
Crafting for All Seasons #56 - Bingo (buttons, digi image, ribbons/twine)

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

PWC266 - Monochromatic

It's time for the new Paper Pretties challenge PWC266.  This week it's monochromatic.  So pick your favorite color and use it.  You can use as many shades of that color as you like, and if you're using an image that's a person you can color the skin and hair in appropriate colors but everything else needs to be in one color.  Of course if you choose to you can make the skin and hair the same color you choose for the rest of the card, think of all those Sesame Street puppets - no one cares that they are blue and green and whatever.  

For my card I'm using one of my favorite characters, Sophia.  She's one of the most popular lines at Paper Pretties.  This set is Surprise Sophia.  It's perfect for a birthday card and since it comes with 4 other sentiments it also works for any celebration.  

Here's the deets:
stamp - Paper Pretties "Surprise Sophia"
ink - Memento "Tuxedo Black" and VersaMagic "Pink Petunia"
paper - Bazzill "Vintage Pink" card stock; Close To My Heart "Chantilly" paper pack
miscellaneous - copics; candy dots; My Favorite Things "Fishtail Flags Stax" and "Oval Stax" die-namics

Here's the challenges:
Paper Pretties PWC266 - Monochromatic
Use It Tuesday #59 - Birthdays (the candy dots are a couple years old, they are truly hoarded, I love them so much I really hate to use them)
Ladybug Crafts Ink - Birthdays
Oozak #17 - Anything Goes with a Girlie Theme
An Inky Situation #1 - Anything Goes
Card Makin' Mamas CMM72 - Monochromatic

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Sunday, July 7, 2013

CIC218 DRS Designs

Look at that icing.  I like the icing more than the cake so whenever the  Cupcake Inspirations Challenge photo has a cuppie with fluffy, swirly icing it makes me drool.  Fortunately that's figuratively and not literally, otherwise I'd have shorted out my laptop years ago.  

This week we have a return sponsor, DRS Designs.  There's something for everybody and every occasion at DRS Designs so you should get out your supplies and start making your card now.  You could be the lucky winner.

This week if the photo isn't inspirational you can use the color palette.  Me, I try to do both, I think I nailed it this week.  The cupcakes have lemon wedges for a garnish, and that's what inspired me to use the "Lemonade" image.  I like the "Just a Note" sentiment because it's so universal.  You can use it for any occasion or just for the heck of it.  The papers were picked to match the color palette.  
I've been doing a lot of fussy cutting lately, which I did with this image.  It's propped up on dimensionals.  I love that look.  Do you like the button treatment?  One of the ladies at Splitcoast Stampers used it last year and I finally remembered to use it here.
She got the idea from this Pinterest (feel free to knock around my boards) photo.  

Here's the deets:
stamp - DRS Designs "Lemonade" and "Just a Note" sentiment
ink - printer
paper - Stampin' Up "So Saffron" card stock; all other papers Making Memories "English Garden" pad
miscellaneous - copics; Candy Dots; My Favorite Things "Rounded Banner Stax", "Fancy Flourish" and "Dizzy Doily" die-namics; buttons; baker's twine

Here's the challenges:
Cupcake Inspirations CIC218 - photo
Totally Gorguss #191 - Anything Goes with Circles
One Stop Crafts #233 - Anything Goes

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"F" is for...

This week Bronte and Bella's challenge is "F is for_____"  I've got a fairy and flowers.   

Here's the deets:
stamp - Mo Manning's "Tea Cup Fairy"
ink - printer
paper - Wausau card stock; My Mind's Eye "Follow Your Heart - Be Happy"
miscellaneous - copics; My Favorite Things "Circle Stax" die-namics; stickles; Viva Glitter liner; lace; Marcella Bungalow image dimensional stickers (flowers); Color Oasis Thoughts South Beach (bloom button)

Here's the challenges:

Bronte and Bella's #192 - F is for _____
Ruby's Rainbow #57 - Things with Wings
Charisma #26 - Lace
Crafting for all Seasons #55 - Make It Girly
Whoopsie Daisy - Let's Get Girly

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Saturday, July 6, 2013

Another Tag for TCP

The July challenge at the Cat's Pajamas is "Tag It" with the stipulation that the tag is hand made.  I'm not very comfortable with tags.  Mostly I use little ones I've  punched for sentiments.  This year one of my resolutions was to push myself to work on things that are out of my comfort zone, so I'm making cards with tags.  Well, I've made two, it remains to be seen if I'll get around to another.
I was having an over the edge kind of day, as you can see the bunny ears are over the edge of the oval die and the banner and tag hang over the edge of the card.  I made the tag and mat by cutting a rectangle, measuring a quarter of an inch from the corners on the top side, drawing a diagonal line through the quarter inch spots and cutting the outer section off.  The banner is part of the design paper.  I cut it out and placed upside down on the pink card stock, traced around the edges and then cut a smidge away from the lines to make the mat.  The cup and spoon on the tag were also fussy cut from the dp.

Here's the deets:
stamp - the Cat's Pajamas "A Girl and Her Cake" and "Small Sayings"
ink - Memento "Tuxedo Black" and My Favorite Things "Razzle Berry"
paper - Bazzill "Sunbean" and "Sweetheart"; Imaginations "Renai Lindgrun" patterned paper
miscellaneous - copics; My Favorite Things "Oval Stax" die-namics; baker's twine; circle punch; stickles

Here's the challenges:
the Cat's Pajamas TCPTUESJul13- Tag You're It
One Stop Craft #233 - Anything Goes
Sister Act #14 - Anything Goes
Stampin' Royalty #183 - Anything Goes

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Friday, July 5, 2013

SFTW - Pink and Green Photo Inspiration

It's the weekend!  Wohoo!  and if you're a lucky ducky you're having a nice long holiday weekend.  Here in the United States it's 4th of July weekend. For me that means lots of birthdays, my hubby, good buddy Eileen, and sweet MFT lady Kim. I hope you all are having a good time despite the weather.   From what I've been reading on blogs and seeing on TV if you're anywhere on the east coast you're getting lots of rain.  We've had so much rain here on the Gulf Coast of Florida it's been pouring for a week.  Not your typical Florida rain that lasts for 15 minutes and then the sun comes out and you'd never know it rained.  This rain just goes on and on, it lets up for a bit but then it comes back like gangbusters.  But I digress...

If you're here you're probably a paper crafter.  It's time for the new Stampin' for the Weekend challenge.  We've got a pink and green photo inspiration for you.  Isn't that just a wonderful room.  I'd move in.  But again I digress.  This fortnight we have Saturated Canary for our sponsor.  What a great sponsor. The images are so much fun to color and use in cards.  I can't imagine anyone not wanting to have some of these digis in their stash.  So get busy making a card for this challenge, 

My card uses "Dreads".   I've always loved the variety of ways African Americans can style their hair.  This young lady reminds me of some of my NJ friends who were very hip and always had the best and latest hair styles.   If you're Rastafarian it's a religious thing and you just grow them forever.  None of my friends were rasta.  I'd watch them start with short hair which looks really good in the twists.  Since they weren't rasta they could change styles at will and none of them ever went much longer than shoulder length.    

I wasn't sure I'd be able to color the dreads well but I think in the end they look pretty good.  I'll be anxious to see what my friends think.

Here's the deets:
stamp - Saturated Canary "Dreads" digi
ink - printer
paper - Close To My Heart "Chantilly" pack
miscellaneous - copics; flower stickers; bling; ribbon, twine; peace sign charm; Viva glitter liner "Peridot"

Here's the challenges:
Stampin' for the Weekend - Pink and Green Photo inspiration
Saturated Canary #47 - Celebration
Craftin' for All Seasons #55 - Make It Girly
Whoopsie Daisy - Let's Get Girly
The Ribbon Reel #56 - Candy Colours

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

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Handmade Tag

If you've read all my blog posts (and let's face it, even I wouldn't read them all if I hadn't written them) you know that tags are not on my list of favorite things.  The only ones I use regularly are little ones that have a sentiment on them.  

This month Alma has chosen "tags" for the Cat's Pajamas challenge.  Oh Alma, I thought you liked me.  AND they have to be hand made tags, no store bought ones.  OK, one of my resolutions this year is to do things I usually shy away from, and among them would be tags.  I've got a pretty long list and I've been working at crafting them.  I'll be pushing myself to enter this challenge more than once just to get some more tags made.  Maybe I can figure create a monochromatic  masculine card with a tag and a fancy fold.  You never know...

Here's the deets:
stamp - The Cat's Pajamas "What's Mew?" and "Small Sayings"
ink - Brilliance "Graphite Black" and Memento "Bamboo Leaves"
paper - Recollections Neutrals card stock; Paper Pizzazz  "Wild Things Leopard"
miscellaneous - copics; card; the Cat's Pajamas "Toppers" and "Small Sayings" Cut Ups (dies); Bling

Here's the challenges:
the Cat's Pajamas TCPTUESJul13 - Tag You're It
Southern Girls - Leaves It Out
Delightful Challenges - Into the Wild
One Stitch at a Time #170 - Anything Goes

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

PWC265 - Red, White and Blue

This week's Paper Pretties Challenge PWC265 is quite timely, it's "Red, White and Blue".  With tomorrow being the 4th of July I'll  have to do eeny, meenie, miney, moe to decide who to give this one to.  I've got a couple friends and a husband with birthdays on the 4th of July.  You may not have any friends or relatives with birthdays on the 4th of July but you probably know somebody that's having a bar-be-cue.  Since it's customary to bring a dish with you to the cook out why not attach a card to it.  You can go all out and pick up a decorated plate or container for your dish.  There's usually a selection of inexpensive dishes at Michael's, TJ Maxx and Home Goods.  I'm sure there are other places you can pick one up without  breaking your budget.  I like to do that so that I don't have to think about getting it back and the hostess doesn't have to worry about who left which dish behind.  

Here's the deets:
stamp - Paper Pretties "Holiday Sweets 1" and "Birthday Sentiments"
ink - Memento "Tuxedo Black" and "Nautical Blue"
paper - Bazzill "Grenadine Red", "Snow White" and "Sunbeam" card stock; Recollections "Blue Gingham" patterned paper
miscellaneous - copics; EK Success "Swiss Cheese" border punch; Spellbinder's "Circle" and "Inverted Scalloped Circle" dies; bling; Viva Glitter Liner "Yellow Quartz"; ribbon

Here's the challenges:
Paper Pretties PWC265 - Red, White and Blue
Splitcoast Stampers Color Challenge CC433 - Real Red, White, Night of Navy
Ribbon Carousel RCC83 - Celebrate your heritage, show your country pride and celebrations
Color Q #196 - Real Red, More Mustard, Night of Navy, Crumb Cake and White
the Pink Elephant TPE206 - photo
Paper Playtime #13 - Red, White and Blue
Kaboodle Doodle #178 - National Day or Flag Colors

Chocolate, Coffee and Cards #42 - 4th of July
Simply Create Too #40 - Use Colors in Your Flag
Craft Your Passion #169 - Red, White and Blue

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Summer Fun

It's summer time and "Summer Fun" is the theme for this week's Bronte and Bella (Mo Manning's) challenge.  I haven't made time to make a "Mo" card in awhile so this was fun for me and it's summer - this is getting redundant.

This is being entered into "Use It Tuesdays". They want you to use up your hoarded stash.  I've got lots of stuff that meets that requirement.  The sentiment sticker was part of a gift I received just before I moved - 3 years ago.  I stopped buying ribbon over a year ago because I fear that I have more than enough to last me for the rest of my life!  The twine was purchased when twine first hit the scene and it was being sold as large spools.  I chipped in with four of my buddies, we each picked a color and when it came we broke each color into 4 parts.  Again, that was before I moved 3 years ago.  Do you see a pattern here?

Here's the deets:
stamp - Mo's Digital Pencil "Pool Party" digi
ink - printer
paper - Bazzill "Whirpool", "Apricot" and "Glow" card stock; Imaginisce "Splash Dance - Bubble Bath" and "Splash Dance - Bathing Beauties"
miscellaneous - copics; EK Success "Beach" border punch; ribbon; baker's twine; fish charm; square bling; Reminisce "Surf Shop" stickers

Here's the challenges:
Bronte and Bella's #191 - Summer Fun
Tuesday Morning Sketches #205- sketch
Use It Tuesday  #58 - Bring on the Sun
Papertake Weekly -Anything Goes with optional include animals/creatures
Going Grey with Scrap Creations - Ribbons and Bows

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