Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Christmas Critter

Here is my card entry for The Perfect Sentiment Anniversary Celebration.  

The challenge is for a Christmas card that features some sort of animal:

I cut this little reindeer out with my cricut and added a little gem to his nose.  I used this cute Basic Grey paper and my Cricut again to cut out a little tag.  I embossed the front of a gold card stock card from a Christmas pack from Michaels Recollections brand.

Other Challenges I'm entering this card into:

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Moxie Fab Val de Victorian

Here is the inspiration card for Tuesday Trigger on Moxie Fab World

A very pretty, but a bit unusual picture!  I immediately thought of the Tm Holtz On the Edge Die called Townscape.  I was originally going to layer it up in rainbow colors, which was cute but a bit too much.  
  I finally decided to just showcase the colors alone, behind a circle cut out and fell in love with it;

Simple yet an very clear message to welcome a new neighbor to your neighborhood!
CAS is not my typical style, but it sure has grown on me, a lot !

Here is the link to the challenge :

I will also be entering into these challenges;

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Alcohol Ink Fun

The Play Date Cafe is celebrating its 3rd Anniversary!  They are  having some major giveaways this week!  So go check them out:  http://theplaydatecafe.blogspot.

Here is my entry:

I used Alchol Inks, the colors Cranberry, Eggplant and Sail Boat Blue, placed drops on Shiney card stock and then used compressed canned air to move it around on the paper.  I then stamped the floral images from Tim Holtz and a small Pink Paislee stamp using Versamark Black Onyx ink.  Then placed dried and pressed flowers over the images.  I stamped and embossed with White embossing powder, it got a bit messy but I like it anyways, kinda goes with the random inks.  The technique is from Tim Holtzs compendium of Curiosities Volume 1.
Here is a close up of the flowers:

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Boo to You

My mother loves cats, in fact she dressed me Adrienne a cat for several years at Halloween!   I thought I'd send her this fun Halloween card.  

I paper pieced the pumpkin and water colored the cat with Distress inks.  The cat did not have a party hat on so I used a candy corn stamp to make one for him.  I used just a dash of purple using Perfect Pearls paint.  As you can see he's stamped onto a Manila tag, I added a vintage button on top and stamped the "blood" using black ink.  I wrapped twine around the base and added a strip of Martha Stewart decorative tape, mounted it onto some Graphic 45 paper on the left and some MS DP on the right.
Here's some close- ups:

Here is the inside if the card;

I am entering this into the following challenge's:

IBSIC #31 - Day 234 Letter of the Day - B - use three things with the letter B, mine are;
                                                   BLACK, BLOOD, BUTTON

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Shabby Elegance

I love how the creative process works, when the place you begin takes you somewhere you did not expect to go.  I recently purchased the new Tim Holtz Sizzix Bell Jar die.  I was going to cut wood grain DP and acetate for the glass and place some yummy confection in the middle.  I had good results doing this with another project. Well, I got to thinking after I cut the base, could this be a table?  Well yes it could and here's where I ended up:

So you can see my table has a lace table cloth.  The picture does not show the sparkle Glimmer glaze I brushed onto the lace. The chairs were in my stash from a recent technique using Distress re-inkers and baby wipes..  I recently ordered the Glitz stickers which had all kinds of lovely "reserved" phrases.  I liked how they worked with the Luncheon theme.

Here is the inspiration photo behind this card:

I really love this photo from The Shabby Tea Room Rustic Elegance challenge, week #136.   

Here are a few close ups:

I layered the top panel of the card onto a piece of burlap.

I will also be entering this card into the following challenges:

Image that fits the quotation.

The Perfect Sentiment is celebrating its Anniversary with a group of four challenges. I am entering this card into the BINGO challenge , playing the middle row of Lace, glitter and a Die-Cut.

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Halloween Greetings

I was involved in a card swap at Your Paper Pantry  and here are the cards :


If you did not already notice all the cards were made with the new Graphic 45
Happy Haunting papers, which are just so adorable!  I'm not the biggest Halloween fan but these papers are just so stinking cute?  Better yet, I won them on the Graphic 45 Facebook page during a giveaway contest a few months back!

I wil be entering some of these cards into the following challenges:  Halloween challenge 


Sometimes we just have to make substitutions....I have no Halloween Sentiments for this card so I replaced Boo or Happy Halloween with "Cheerio". I figure it works just as well for a Halloween greeting for this British inspired costumed figure :

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Friday, October 19, 2012


Here is my attempt at a One Layer card.  Definitely a struggle to not reach for extra paper, ribbons or embellishments!  Still, I like the way it turned out, letting the stamps tell a story.

The birdies, sign and sentiment are from The Crafters Meow.  The "fence" is from a stamp set given to me by a friend, I believe it's a Teresa Collins stamp.

I used Distress markers to color in the love birds and a drop of "Liquid Pearls" paint in Daffodil in the center of the chickies' flower.

I'm entering this into the following challenges: - one layer with something that flies

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Ink Pallette: Perfect Pearls

Here's a card using a Technique from Tim Holtzs Compendium of Curiosities page 53 its called Ink Pallette Perfect Pearls. It's part of a challenge  25 at

I decided after I created my painted image to run it through my Big Shot with a Basics Grey Ornament Sizzlet.  The new Graphic45 Winter Wonderland Collection has a few of the colors I used so I figured it was the perfect fit for a Christmas card.  I cut out the cream background with a Nestabilities die and used Distress in Tattered Rose on the inside of the stencil.  Patina Stickles was used to line it and as an accent to the "Winter Wonderland Sentiment".  It's hard to tell in the photo but I used dimension pop dots under the purple paper, the label and under the ornaments.  Using the diagonal lines as a guide I placed a strip of the G45 paper and laid strips of pearls adjacent.   This is actually my first holiday card of the season...I love how this technique adds so much color, shimmer and interest to paper projects no matter the theme or style! 
The Challenge at Stdio L3 is being sponsored this week by

This week at Simon Says Stamp and Show Blog they are having a challenge where you use your "favorite" whatever it product, technique etc.  This card is just perfect because it fits so many favorites for me, sorry but its hard to pick just one but I think my answer is fair enough, Favorite Paper Design company: Graphic 45 (they make me so happy!), Favorite technique teacher: Tim Holtz and just for good measure, Favorite Holiday to create for: Christmas!!!! - Graphic 45 papers, Tim Holtz teacher, Holiday - Christmas 

I am also entering this into the following challenges:

Design team call (OLLCB - I forgot to add DT behind my name, but I am interested - Thank
You :) 

- Day 231 You raise me up (use dimensionals)

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Hidden treasure

Hello! I'rm entering it into Funky and Frilly's "Anything  BUT a card with a twist !" Challenge which you can find here :  The twist is that the item must hold something "hidden" inside of it.  Here is a journal which I altered, you may be asking yourself how does this fit into the twist?  Keep looking at the photos and you will find out why!  

Well first of all people hold their secret thoughts in a journal, but I did include a special extra inside:

First I attached a book marker hidden inside,

Then I added a pocket in the back whic held a handmade tag and some authentic vintage ephemera.  Here's a closer look at the tag:

The tag is photographed on top of the back cover of the journal.  This journal is perfect for seamstresses and quilters, or anyone who loves all of the vintage sewing images!  I've made several of these as gifts for friends.

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

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Tuesday Trio

Yesterday 365 put out a challenge called Tuesday Trio
You were to include 3 items, an animal, something yellow, and floss.  It was my great nephews 4th birthday and here's what I made:

Here's the inside:

I used my Cricut to cut out the Dinosaur and then embossed it with a Sizzix folder.  I used the sentiment "party" as an addition to all the background words.  I was trying to find googly eyes and in my haste found the glasses instead!  

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Naturally Neon ?

Todays blog post title was formulated with my 14 year old remarkably brilliant Asberger's daughter...i asked her for an adjective starting with the letter N to go with the word Neon.   my daughter and i liked Naturally Neon because it is so ironic.  this gave us a great language lesson as we thought through all the different descriptions of figures of speech.  we ruled out  Onomatopoeia and  Oxymoron to land upon Ironic.  If you want to know the definition it's only a few strokes away at  Ok so now I can add family education to the list of pros  for  card making and blogging!  

Onto the reason you are here:  check out the tag I made for 
365 Card's NEON Challenge # 224.  : 

I wish the photo could reflect how bright this pink really is!  I sprayed a white tag with Dyan Reavely's Dylusions Pink spray then stamped and heat embossed the hope and  oval.  The woman and the sentiment are Wendy Vecchi stamps.  The phrase is actually the second half of another phrase but in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month I think that it goes perfectly with the word hope!  I am going to make several more and send them to 3 of my awesome friends who have all faced breast cancer with great courage and hope in The Lord.  I finished it off with some twinkle stamps  embellished with pearls and rhinestones.  The challenge states cards but the rules of participation says you can link up other projects as long as they fit the challenge so I hope I'm OK ;)

Note:  guess I was more than ok...I wine the Spotlight Designer Challenge !  Thanks 365 Cards...hugs.

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

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Weekend Fun

While the men are away the ladies will play!  My DH and DS went fishing in Bishop this weekend, giving my daughters and I some extra free time to visit with friends, watch chick flicks and play.  I decided to re work on a challenge that I was not quite pleased with and a new washi tape technique I just learned.

Here's the inside:

And a close up of the flower:


I'm super pleased because I think these papers just nail them down perfectly, they are from My Minds Eye Indie collection.  I especially love the addition of the flower which was a RAK from a fellow swapper at Your Paper Pantry.  I also like the addition of the grey and silver stamping on the bottom, grey seems to be a nice contrasting neutral to all the warm colors.

The second redo was for the CASE challenge,

The chevrons were my layers, I used a sizzix embossing folder which has chevrons on each strip of paper, cut the v's out and then layers them, since I wanted them to stand out a little without inking them (going for a cleaner look) I chose to add some faux hand stitching.  I'm super pleased with the card and may just have to bestow it to my hubby ;).

  The second card is for a challenge for Cards 365, day 225, is called "tape it," featuring Washi tape
This is fun to use but a bit sticky, LOL!  I made some washi tape flowers from a technique video put out by Lain Ehman's website
I'm not sure if it is still available for purchase but it is filled with lots of great techniques !
Hubby surprised me with some frsh picked flowers upon his return.

Here's a better look at the card:

The tag is colored with Dylusions Color Spray in Fresh Lime.  I used two different washi tapes, the stripe and chevrons.  The flower is made from the tape!  Stamp is Maya Road, little pink flower is from Petaloo.
 Also entering this into:


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