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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Birthday #3

Greetings!  Well here we are with Birthday Card number 3...if your wondering about number 2' well that was my birthday so I obviously did not make myself a card!  My husband did give me a lovely card from the store with some beautiful sentiments!  I will say that is the one think I miss about making my own cards, some of the wordy poem type Sentiments have become really good and meaningful in regards to expressing how you feel about your relationship, Marriage in particular.  Anyhow they can't match the "from the heart" of a homemade creation!

This card is for my daughter Megan's 15th Birthday.  I can't believe we are almost halfway through adolescence...woo hoo!  I'm still alive!  




This card was inspired by Mynettes Technique Tuesday challenge called "Faux Tile,". Her challenges are monthly so there's plenty of time to join in, and the technique is super easy and really creates a great impact.  For my card I started with a Dyan Reavely's stamp of the face.  I created a mask for it and began layering the dandelion stamp with pink and purple inks.  I also stamped a yellow piece of cardstock and cut it out and parsed it.  The masked was used once more to lay a stencil down to create the brick wall using Mowed Lawn Distress Ink. I then cut my "tiles", inked the edges with Iced Spruce Distress ink and then glued them back down onto a grayish purple card stock and then matted it on black cardstock and then a 5x7 card that I sprayed the top of with pinks and purple spray ink.  

I added a dress form cut from fuchsia cardstock with black accents and a black satin bow.  Finally the sentiment, which is for a birthday but also reminiscent of the dandelion you blow on to make a wish.

This card is perfect for my daughter who is colorful, unique, beautiful, fashion conscious and one of a kind!  I LOVE YOU MEGAN!

Here is the inside:


Here is the card made by Mynette:


Isn't that beautiful? To enter your own "faux" tile card click the link below


I will be entering this card into the following challenges:
http://shoppingourstash.blogspot.com/- #81 Sentimentally yours
   -let's get inky
 "Time in a bottle" song as inspiration....this card is for my daughter, at times I wish I could 
Stop time in a bottle and stop her from growing up and hitting the next birthday!  The sentiment
Also holds true, I want her to continue wishing, dreaming and never giving up on her 
Dreams :)

Thanks for stopping by, I wish you and yours a wonderful Holiday season and a 
Very Merry Christmas!





Monday, December 10, 2012

Noel - Ooh La La Creations Reflections Challenge

Hello Everyone, I'm here with the next Fortnight Challenge with  Ooh La La Creations.
Our theme this challenge is Reflections.  Some of us were a bit stuck but really the definition is both literal and figurative, it can be a scene with a reflection in it, a mirror image of some sort or more figuratively an image that makes you reflect on an idea.  Well I love figurative language, writings and ideas so I chose the latter, with Christmas around the corner a Nativity Scene was a natural fit for me!  Gods Son was born into the world on Christmas, proclaiming His everlasting and  gracious love for us, that He would become the Savior for all of mankind.  I try not to loose that idea during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.  I always try to remember that these "holiday's" are truely "Holy-Days," and the Nativity is the perfect imagery to reflect on that truth.

 I used an image from the Yuletide Wishes CD from Ooh La La Creations.


 Here is the interior...unfortunately my Spellbinder oval die was just a tad misplaced, it says "no bow"

 a close up of the beautiful angel and baby Jesus

a closer look at some fussy cutting of a banner on the top of Glitz "Joyeux Noel" design paper.


If you want to know anything else about how I created this, please email me.

I will be entering this card into the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday - Giving (God gave us His Son)
DRS Designs Rubber Stamps - #52 Religious Inspiration 
Joanna Sheen Challenge - With Love at Christmas
Robyns Fetish Challenge #137 Christmas
Sunday Stamper - Week 235 - First Noel
Card Crafters Circle - #52 DECEMBER CELEBRATIONS
Make it Monday _ #119


 Thanks for stopping by and my wishes to you all for a Very Merry Christmas and Happy  "Holy-days"!



Tuesday, December 4, 2012

1 of 4 December Birthday's!

Here something most of you probably don't know about me; four out of the five of us in my family have birthdays in December!  And, they all fall between 5 and 6 days of one another!  We start on December 1st with my hubby, followed by mine on the 6th.  My second child, my first daughter was born on December 12, followed by my first child, my son, who was born on the 17th, exactly one week before Christmas Eve!  Fortunately my last child was born in August!  This year I get a reprieve from Birthday parties for my teens since we are taking a family trip to Hawaii in two weeks!  This is my first     Year Birthday party free in December, but due to our trip I will have one less week preparing for Christmas so that's what II will be busy with over the next two weeks (plus packing). Oh we'll I'm not complaining, this trip has been on my "Bucket List" for longer than that phrase has been popular...I think that's what we used to call dreams!

So here is Hubby's Birthday card.  I went for a more colorful card for him this year:


Here's the backside of the card:

"Taste the rainbow" - that's what Skittles says anyways!

Here's the inside of More love to Hubby:


Plenty of room for the kids and me to write our messages of love to him.  Kids took the right, I took the left with the I <3U.  I used a Spellbinders large banner die and snipped little cuts at the bottom and top of the clear CELEBRATE (Pink Paislee) stamp so I could get it to curve onto the acrilyc block.  Its kinda hard to see but i also stamped and embossed with some gold glitter embossing powder a circle starburst type stamp around the inside.  Added some Washi tape and Basic Grey cut outs and then I was done.

I will be adding this to the following challenges;

http://365cards.blogspot.com/ - Day 278 - Pick a Pattern - Polka Dots 
- glitter
http://abc-challenge.blogspot.com/. use it up - old Basic Grey cut-outs

Thanks for stopping by, I'd love to hear from you...your comments are appreciated











Monday, December 3, 2012

Guest Design for Tammy's Scrappin Corner and IBSIC #37

It's definitely "Beginning to look a lot like Christmas" around here, especially on my craft table!  This week I was invited by Tammy of  Tammy's Scrapping Corner,
http://www.tammyscrapincorner.com/, to be a Guest Designer!  The theme 
this week is # 39 Anything Christmas,  be sure to stop by and join in on the fun!

Here is my card using an image from A Day for Daisies called "Warm in Winter" 


I colored the image in with my colored pencils, added Martha Stewart snow glitter, and set it behind a new Spellbinders Shapabilities Die D-Lites Window Two die.  I just adore this die since it is interactive with the windows that open!  The window was cut from Tim Holtz core'denations Kraft-Core, sanded, edges distressed and then inked  with Distress Stain in Tarnished Brass.  A small piece of vellumn was placed behind the decorative swirls.  The background paper is from the Recollections Frosty Cabin Paper Pad.
I used paper from a new DCWV "The First Noel" nativity stack, it's full of really beautiful nativity images and complementary papers.  I cut it out with Nestabilities Label 28 die and a Spellbinders Shapabilities "Fancy Framed Tags Two" tag that allows you to cut a matching shape for you to stamp your sentiment onto (clear stamp from my stash).  I embellished everything with pearls, TH Distress Sticlkes dry glitter, swirls of bling and more Tarnished brass stain, and a Sakura Gelly Roll pen in Clear Star.  The roses were embellished with more glitter, sprays, and Stickles to really make them sing "Chrisrmas".

Here's the inside:

Stamps used:  all Recollections, Archival Ink in Vermillion and  Olive







This week at Inspired By Stamping Challeng #37,  this is the inspiration photo provided by Joanna;
Christmas-Home-Interior-Decorating

I will also be entering this into the following Challenges:


Thanks for stopping by, I'd love to hear from you...your comments are appreciated!



Guest Design for Tammy's Scrappin Corner and IBSIC #37

It's definitely "Beginning to look a lot like Christmas" around here, especially on my craft table!  This week I was invited by Tammy of  Tammy's Scrapping Corner,
http://www.tammyscrapincorner.com/, to be a Guest Designer!  The theme 
this week is # 39 Anything Christmas,  be sure to stop by and join in on the fun!

Here is my card using an image from A Day for Daisies called "Warm in Winter" 


I colored the image in with my colored pencils, added Martha Stewart snow glitter, and set it behind a new Spellbinders Shapabilities Die D-Lites Window Two die.  I just adore this die since it is interactive with the windows that open!  The window was cut from Tim Holtz core'denations Kraft-Core, sanded, edges distressed and then inked  with Distress Stain in Tarnished Brass.  A small piece of vellumn was placed behind the decorative swirls.  The background paper is from the Recollections Frosty Cabin Paper Pad.
I used paper from a new DCWV "The First Noel" nativity stack, it's full of really beautiful nativity images and complementary papers.  I cut it out with Nestabilities Label 28 die and a Spellbinders Shapabilities "Fancy Framed Tags Two" tag that allows you to cut a matching shape for you to stamp your sentiment onto (clear stamp from my stash).  I embellished everything with pearls, TH Distress Sticlkes dry glitter, swirls of bling and more Tarnished brass stain, and a Sakura Gelly Roll pen in Clear Star.  The roses were embellished with more glitter, sprays, and Stickles to really make them sing "Chrisrmas".

Here's the inside:

Stamps used:  all Recollections, Archival Ink in Vermillion and  Olive







This week at Inspired By Stamping Challeng #37,  this is the inspiration photo provided by Joanna;
Christmas-Home-Interior-Decorating

I will also be entering this into the following Challenges:

Traditional Christmas Colors #191
#48 SFC4812-Winter Wonderland 



Thanks for stopping by, I'd love to hear from you...your comments are appreciated!



Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Just Believe

Sometimes a stamp just jumps out at you and you HAVE TO HAVE it!  That's what I experienced with this snarky (yes it is a word, it passed the spell check on my blog app!) stamp.


Easy peasy to make, the most complicated step was to double emboss the star on top because my glitter EP was not prominent enough!

I will be entering this into the following challenges:

http://lilredwagon.blogspot.com/- Challenge #160 - Boy oh Boy


http://thecraftypad.blogspot.co.uk/ - #198 add some Glitter



http://crimbo-crackers.blogspot.com/- Challenge 29 - anything goes

http://ppp-makeitmonday.blogspot.com/ - #117 - Anything goes Always


http://dreamvalleychallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/challenge-46-non-traditional-christmas.html







 




Monday, November 26, 2012

Ooh La La Spots and Dots

Well I am fully recovered from a lovely low-key Thanksgiving weekend!  I'm now heading into Christmas mode as are most of you!  In addition to Christmas I am usually planning for my two of my children's birthdays...my daughter turns 15 on the 12th of December...her birthday this year is 12-12-12, pretty cool!  My son will be 17 on the 17th!  But this year I am relieved from party planning and instead I will be making vacation plans as we are all traveling to Hawaii for a memorable Family Adventure!  We are all beginning to get very excited around here!

Onto the project of my weekend, at least one of them! For the next two weeks the design team of Ooh La La Creations welcomes you to join us as we create cards with the theme "Spots and Dots".   Here is my Design Team entry:


This image is from the Passion for Fashion CD and the Red Dotted paper is from the All Dressed Up Cd.  The dotted paper is actually shown as red and white on the CD but I printed it in cream card stock and got the vintage look I was going for! The third paper is from Graphic 45,  Curtain Call.

Here are a few more images:

A Spellbinders die added to the Art Deco feel of the image.  Stickles around the image is a technique I really like a lot.


I used a cut out from the DCWV stack called "Timeless Type" of the framed tan paper and added the Italian Post card stamps, they are from Inspired Stamping, as well as the Follow your bliss sentiment in red.

I am entering this card into an Inspired Stamping Inspiration Sketch Challenge #36


I hope you will come join us at Ooh La La Creations this fortnight ....here's the link; http://ooh-la-la-creationschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/

I am also entering this into the following challenge's:

http://joannasheenchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/ - anything goes excluding Christmas




http://crazy4challenges.blogspot.com/ - add a bow



Thanks for stopping by today...I love to make new friends from all over the world and   I am finding so many lovely individuals who love paper crafting as much as I do and I am blessed to pieces , so if you would like to get to know me better please follow me and I will do the same!  When you follow me, and leave comments, it really does mean a lot to me!








Monday, November 19, 2012

So Thankful

As I countdown to Thanksgiving I have a few more cards to make...here's the latest;

HEY YOU FROM ISPARTA...WHY DO YOU KEEP VISITING MY PAGE?????



I stamped the large background stamp on white La Blanche stamping paper using multiple colors of Archival Ink ( Olive, Monarch Orange, Sienna, Sepia and Pale Ochre).  I tore out the image, inked the torn edge and then sprayed Lindys Stamp Gang in Clam Bake Beige to create a shimmery Ivory color.  I laid it on an embossed and glittered piece of card stock, and two different side B 7Gypsies papers.  I tied it with twine and added the die cut branch from the Tim Holtz Holly Branch die, which was also glittered with Distress Stickles Dry Glitter (which i colored using Wild Honey Distress Ink for one batch and Vintage Photo for another), unfortunately its hard to see in the photo. Another die was cut from the TH Tattered Leaves die and a pumpkin I stamped on some DCWV Autumn Melody DP, which I then fussy cut.   The pumpkin was stamped with Vintage Photo Distress Embossing powder so it has lots of texture.  Added a Zva flourish and some amber colored gems.  lastly I used a Spellbinders banner die which I stamped and embossed with a 7Gypsies alphabet.  I love Fall and will miss these Autumnal creations :(. 

I'm entering this into the following challenges:
:



http://shoppingourstash.blogspot.com/ - Thanksgiving or Thanks


(Brown, Glitter, starts with B - branch)


http://drunkenstampers.wordpress.com/ -  #106 cut, crop &  Die

http://craftycardmakers.blogspot.co.uk/ - more than one die cut (3)





http://pennyblackatallsorts.blogspot.com/- Any Die Will Do - no digi's 




Thanks for stopping by!




Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Purple Power


Hello friends, I hope you are having a lovely Tuesday!

The Play Date Cafe has once again given us a lovely set if colors to challenge us with this week. 




I decided to do some Art Journaling.  Still trying to loosen up a bit more so I have not shown you guys some of my prior journaling...so here goes:


I used a combination of sprays....Dylusions in Crushed Grape, Glimmer Mist in Night B4 Christmas, and Glimmer Glam paint in Royal Velvet, the paint is both painted on and splattered lightly.  I sprayed water onto mt page first, sprayed the colors and then laid down the adjacent page to blend...now I have another Purple page for a different work.  I used a Tim Holtz stamp for the crackle look in the background and a Kaiser Craft stamp for the bubble wrap background.  I stamped those with Archival Ink in Plum and Deep Purple.  I then stamped the dress form from THoltz in black Archival as well as the "always" stamp, I don't remember who makes that one.  

Using the following photo as inspiration;


 I chose to create a heart using stamped images of spool tops.  These came from Maya Road and Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous.  I used Archival inks again in Plum, Deep Purple, Blue Violet and Magenta Hue. I love using the Archival inks with clear stamps as they seem to give the clearest stamped images.

Finally I did some embellishing with Momenta Metal Stickers and some pen work.  I replicated stitching as a boarder, around the heart too, right next to the heart I used a TH SA stamp which replicates a zig zag stitch.  I wanted some "pop" so I used a Marvy Deco Color Liquid Gold paint pen.

I'm loving the art journaling, I highly recommend everyone give it a try, you probably have most of the supplies laying around your craft space for a fun page!

I will be entering this into the following challenges, besides TPDC :


http://anythingchallenge.blogspot.com/ - stitching - real or faux

http://365cards.blogspot.com/ - Day 258 - Inkalicious (don't ya just love the name of that challenge?!!!










Monday, November 12, 2012

Ooh La La Creations Challenge DT First Entry

I'm so excited to be able to share this card with you all...it's my first submission as a part of the Ooh La La Creations Challenge Design Team!!!!!  Our challenge for the next two weeks is "Someone Special".

Since  I have just joined the team I am waiting for my CD of images to be sent to me, from France no less!  It's not called Ooh La La for nothing ya know!  I am thrilled to join them and I'm not sure if I should be flattered or not, but I am the only American on the team!  I will choose flattered!!  These are a great group of very talented card makers and crafters.  Lots of different  design styles which makes for a nice take on the images we use.  As you may have figured out by now they have a shop in which they sell CD's of artwork from a variety of different artists from around the world.  There really is something for everyone so stop on by and take a look here at their Online Craft Shop.

Here is my entry

I used a darling vintage image which is available at the shop.  Its available under the Digital
Downloads tab, in the Pyramids and Toppers Section (P3).  

I decided to break out my Spellbinders frame set.  It has these cute dots on it.  I cut out the large
frame and then set the smaller frame inside it to create a frame for my image.  I inked  the frame interior with Distress Ink in Peeled Paint.  I used Graphic 45 Little Darlings paper for the green polka dot and the rose trellis background paper.  The pink roses paper is Studio Calico.  I stamped and



embossed a Fiskars Sentiment with Ranger's Copper Embossing Powder.  I cut out some pink roses from a wide ribbon band I have filled with the silk ribbon roses and accented them with a few leavesI inked after I cut them out with a Spellbinder die. Finally I placed a little organza ribbon bow and then broke out my pearls and went CRAZY!  I love, love love details...Oh forgot to mention that I used my Diamond Stickles around the interior of the frame and its hard to see but the roses have been dabbed with the Stickles here and there.  When you move this card in the light it just sparkles!  

 Here are a few other shots:

  



















I will be entering this into the following challenges:

Whoopsi Daisy Challenge - Pastel Colors

Make it Monday - Anything Goes

Oldie but a Goodie - stamps are over 6 months old

Craft Door Magazine #44 - Anything Goes & GDT

http://www.tammyscrapincorner.com/ - Anything Goes any artist

Crazychallenge.blogspot.com/ - inside of the card


 Divas By Design - All Cute


Thanks for stopping by today!



Friday, November 9, 2012

10 Minute Craft Dash #6

Well this is the first time EVER. That I have participated in a timed challenge...and boy it was a challenge indeed!  I have been working on a mini-album for my cousins rehearsal dinner, yes it was so big, it needs an album!  So I have been exclusively been using the colors Navy blue, white, yellow and tints of blue green, oh and gold.  While very pretty, crisp and beautifully clean looking it is, I have just grown irked of creating with the colors over and over.  I haven't had time to really participate in any challenges over the last couple weeks so when I saw this challenge in an email I jumped on board!

I think the burnout of blue and yellow over and over helped me to be able to quickly put it together in my mind!  Ok so here is our inspiration colors from Pretty Pink Posh 



Here's their sample

And here's my card:



Sorry for the photo quality, it's late and probably not enough light going on.

 Have 10 minutes to do this and I finished in 9:47,  how's that for cutting it close!  Thankfully we can pick out our supplies ahead of time! That yellow is a scrap from the project I'm working on so it came in handy.  I also used some old Prima flowers from my stash that I adore, they are white so I sprayed them with some Glimmer Mist in  Marmalade to pick up the reddish orange shade in the challenge.  I also was able to use those cute brads that are Basic Grey, found those for a killer price on Clearance from my local Beverly's .  The most challenging part for me with the time constraints is the layout, usually I spend a lot of time on the composition so I felt rushed, but it was fun to do something different.  I'm learning to go with my gut and go for the first composition that comes to me!

These colors seemed like a cheery version of Thanksgiving so I took advantage of that for my sentiment.  Kinda fun to play around with 3 different word sources!


I will also be entering this into 365 Cards challenge Day 253 "Thrift Thursday" they are looking for: something from your stash 1 year old (Prima flowers) and something you got a killer deal on (brads).


Thanks for stopping by!