Friday, September 30, 2011

One Layer Wednesday (OLW) - Inspiration from Janelle

So this week's One Layer Wednesday posted by Susan R. is a really different and very special challenge.  Susan has challenged us to be inspired by Janelle, a woman from Susan's home town who has been diagnosed with brain cancer.  Janelle is an inspriation as she faces this challenge in her life ... and we can all be inspired by her! 

I chose to use this amazing card as my inspiration - I love the colors and I adore black eyed susans. 

Here is my card.

I used Fancy Flourishes (Papertrey Ink) with Versamark ink and Everyday Classics (Papertrey Ink Anniversary set) for the sentiment.  I have had these black eyed susan flowers for a long time but haven't used them.  The little brown frame is from one of those old Stampin' Up packages you could buy that had a bunch of die cuts in them, before dies and punches were as popular as they are today.

I hope you join us in this great challenge! 

Thanks for dropping by my blog!  I appreciate your interest and a comment if you have time to leave one.

Trigger Tuesday - Blue Bird and Red Gingham

Anyone who drops by regularly will know that I LOVE red gingham!  So, when I saw the Trigger Tuesday inspiration picture from Moxie Fab World, I really wanted to play along.  Problem was ... when I looked, I didn't have a scrap of red gingham paper to use!   Can you believe it ... I couldn't!!! 

So, I had to create my own, which I did using Papertrey Ink's Faux Ribbon stamp set and some ColorBox red ink!  And check out the background paper ... a perfect match to the photo.  It came from the Seaside 8x8 paper pack (October Afternoon).

The bird is a Magenta chipboard bird covered with somelight blue paper and sponged with Broken China and Walnut Stain Distress inks.  Sentiment if from Bird Watching (Papertrey Ink).

Off to check out what everyone else did with this spectacular inspiration photo.....
Thanks for dropping by...

Gears and Robots

Always looking for ways to use up scraps!  This gear paper was a perfect match for my robot friend!

Stamps - Robot (Recollections), Sentiment (Papertrey Ink)

Excited that it is finally Friday!  Crazy week.  Going to try to make Holiday cards this weekend for World Card Making Day .... what are you doing???


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Take 3 Challenge - Butterflies - Take 3

Welcome back to the Take 3 card from this week's Take 3 Challenge using this Studio G butterfly image.  Today's card uses this great butterfly as a background image!  I think it turned out great! 

And I love this color combo!  Yuuuuuummmmmy!!

Thanks for dropping by for this week's Take 3 Challenge.  If you decide to try your own Take 3 Challenge I'd love to check it out!  Make sure you leave me a note so I can drop by!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Take 3 Challenge - Butterflies - Take 2

Welcome back to my Take 2 card using this great butterfly image from Studio g.  This time, I stamped it onto a piece of transparency and cut it out.  Before adhering, I colored the back side of the butterfly with a Copic marker B000.   

The background paper was spritzed with some Tattered Angel Glimmer Mists (a silver and a pink).  A strip of patterned paper and black cardstock as well as a simple sentiment and voila, a CAS card. 

Okay, that is 2 takes using this same image.  One left - Take 3 - and you won't believe what I did with this butterfly next!!!  Drop back tomorrow to check it out!


Monday, September 26, 2011

Take 3 Challenge - Butterflies - Take 1

Welcome to this week's Take 3 Challenge!  This week, I wanted to use this great butterfly image.  It is a Studio g butterfly that a friend of mine gave me! 

I had just watched the Papertrey Ink Make it Monday video on Free Style Copic Coloring.  I love how it turned out and will try that again with some other line images. 

A different technique tomorrow for Take 2..... see you then!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Round Flower Boquet

My friend gave me an awesome "Card a Day" calendar where there are supplies to create a card every day of the year.  This image was in there.  I used it with some of my own supplies to create this round card.  I love round cards but don't make them nearly enough!!

Thanks for dropping by.


Friday, September 23, 2011

Moxie Fab Challenge - Card Play

Over at the Moxie Fab World Blog, Cath has encouraged us to create using playing cards.  Well, I didn't acutally use any playing cards but I did use these suit images that I picked up a few years ago from
Studio g ... it might be the only time I've ever used them. 

I knew these papers would be perfect, they are from Cosmo Cricket called Circa 1934.  The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink. 

Hope you enjoyed this little bit of luck!! 

Thursday, September 22, 2011

September Image Swap

This month, Pat sent us this awesome Lockhart image to create with!  Look at those awesome pumpkins and apples and corn cobs~  It was so much fun to create with this image.

The background papers are from BasicGrey - I'm happy to say that I am continuing to use them and stop all this crazy hoarding!!  LOL!!  A piece of rafia and some simple tearing was all the addition this lovely image needed!

Thanks for dropping by!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Take 3 Challenge - Susan's Sketch - take 3

Hello!  I am assuming you are here for my third take of my Take 3 Challenge where I used one of Susan's sketches seen HERE to create 3 different cards. 

This time I wanted to try something different so I pulled out my gesso, grabbed some dark cardstock and got creating!!  The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink.  The dimensional stickers are from my local Dollar Store! 

My son thought this one was cute!  He liked the idea of a zebra being "one of a kind"!!  Cute!

Well, that is it, all 3 takes using this sketch!  I tell you, I just can't get enough of this sketch so you know you will see more cards using it in the future! 

Thanks for dropping by my corner of the www!!  Enjoy the rest of your day!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Take 3 Challenge - Susan's Sketch - take 2

Welcome back to this week's Take 3 Challenge where I decided to use Susan's sketch HERE!  That's right .. 3 different cards using the same sketch.  So much fun!

This time I had to flip the sketch because the fishy was facing the other way!  This is also a simplified version of the sketch since the cluster at the one end is just the fish with a bit of water splashes.  The fish is another one of Kim Hughes free digital images from Paper Smooches.  So cute!!  Senitment is Papertrey Ink.  Designer paper is from BasicGrey ... look at me acutally using it instead of hoarding!!

Just one more card to go .. take 3 will be showcased tomorrow .. and like usual, I've saved the best for last!!

See you tomorrow!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Take 3 Challenge - Susan's Sketch - take 1

So, today's Take 3 Challenge for myself was to use a sketch!  I know, a bit different right!!??  And the sketch comes from the very talented Susan Raihala seen HERE.  I totally fell in love with it!!  It might look familiar since I used it on this card HERE as well!   I just can't stop using it!  Perfect for a take 3 challenge.   

On this card, I used some more Paper Smooches free digital images.   The cupcake and the sentiment.  You can't see it in this photo but I've added Glossy Accents to the cherry (which is paper pierced) and the red hearts.  The paper is from BasicGrey ... oh how I love thee!! 

So that is Take 1 using this sketch ... what might take 2 look like ... you'll have to come back tomorrow to see!!


Saturday, September 17, 2011

BasicGrey Sketch - Birthday Porcelain Rose

I was very excited to see that BasicGrey has a blog with a brand spanking new design team!  On September 12, Melanie left this sketch to try.

I pulled out my Porcelain Collection Pack and went to work.  I stayed pretty true to the sketch!  This is one of the only times I've used the stickers that come in the collection pack (sheesh, it is only the 2nd time I've cut into this paper ... I am such a BasicGrey hoarder!).  I adore this rose and this whole collection is so soft and lovely!

 You might notice I've seperated this one rose from a bunch.   You will be sure to see the rest on cards in the future! Having fun acutally using my BasicGrey papers!  Keep those challenges coming!!

Off to visit the design team blogs ... catch ya later!

Trigger Tuesday - Blue Flower

I almost never get to play with the Trigger Tuesday from Moxie Fab World ... but the stars and planets all aligned this week so .....
 ... this

..... generated this in my mind .... 

That flower took a lot of coloring!  Sheesh!!  Clearly I loved that flower on the pillow.  Used the turquoise and pale yellow colors.

Thanks for dropping by!!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

One Layer Wednesday (OLW) 64 - Pumpkin Thanks

This week is Susan R's turn to host the One Layer Wednesday challenge (#64) and she wanted us to color it!  Well, I can color!  While I've been having a lot of fun with my pencil crayons these days, I decided to use my Copics to color in this simple card.

I tried and tried to get a good photo but the lighting was bad and the end result is just bad!  Sorry!  I was inspired by Pat who created a card with these pumpkins (see HERE) that come from Papertrey Ink's Vintage Picnic set.   It seems we have been inspiring each other a lot these days. :-)

Thanks for taking a peek!!  Off to see all the other OLW cards entered!

Purple Weddings

Purple seems to be a very popular choice these days for weddings!!  I used one of the delicious Martha Stewart doilies on this card.  Sentiment is from Wedding Day (Papertrey Ink) and the white flowers were colored with Copic markers to match. 

I am glad you dropped in to my little corner of the www.  Have a great day!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Take 3 Challenge - Hero Arts Stem Blossom - Take 3

Hello and welcome to the last day of my Take 3 Challenge.  This is my Take 3 card ... or should I say cards!  The flowery end of the Long Stem Blossom is decorative enough to hold it`s own as a background stamp!  All it needed was a little sentiment! 

Really amazing how different all 3 ``takes`` using this one image ended up being.  So much fun!!

Thanks for dropping by! 

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Take 3 Challenge - Hero Arts Stem Blossom - Take 2

Welcome back to day 2 of my Take 3 Challenge using the Hero Arts stamp Long Stem Blossom.  My Take 2 card was created because I wanted to color in those little flowers with my white gel pen.  Adorable.  Silver baubles in the centers!

And tearing is a great way to add texture without a lot of bulk!  3 layers of it here! 
Overall it is a very different look from yesterday`s card!  But you have to drop back by tomorrow to see my Take 3 card ... or should I say cards!!  Another totally different look!

Thanks for dropping by,

Monday, September 12, 2011

Take 3 Challenge - Hero Arts Stem Blossom - Take 1

Welcome to another Take 3 Challenge.  If you are new to my blog, I have been giving myself challenges to make 3 different cards or ``takes`` using the same stamp.  Sometimes I do it with the same embellishment, layout, paper ... but my favorite are when I use the same stamp! 

Today I am using the Long Stem Blossom stamp from Hero Arts.  My first take, Take 1, is what I like to call Clean and Simple Vintage! 

Yummy soft and warm colors with a bit of lace, a button, and some crochet yarn! 
Drop back by tomorrow to see Take 2 and a totally different look using this same stamp image! 

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Make It Monday #31 - Backgrounds

I really like the Make It Monday video's over on Nichole Heady's blog but rarely have found the time to create and post in time.  (as I type there is a card sitting on my desk using the technique from last week's vidoe ... you'll see it someday!  LOL)

This week, Dawn McVey demonstrated using "non-background stamps" to create a background.  I love doing this so decided to play along.   The little acorn stamp I chose is from the Limitless Labels set - an old set that has not seen near enough use!!

I also used Autumn Abundance for the focal image and a mini sentiment from Mixed Messages. 

Off to see what everyone else has done so far.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Moxie Fab Sketch 4

(note - this is my 4th post for today .. I've been busy! ... to see 3 other
Moxie Fab World sketch cards scroll down!)
And finally, the last of the Moxie Fab World sketches ...
And my card.....

I don't own any "big medallian - like" images so I decided to create a smaller card.  The flower is cut and put up on dimensionals.  The box around the card is hand drawn with a ruler.

Thanks for visiting. 
Have a great sunshiny day (hopefully where you are!)

Moxie Fab Sketch 3

(note - this is my 3rd post for today ... to see 2 other Moxie Fab sketches, scroll down ...)
And here is another Moxie Fab World sketch ...

And my card ....

I love, love, love these embellishments from K&Co.  Anything with feathers makes me smile!!  And the 3 squares are made using a sticker (from Making Memories) placed on double sided adhesive and then the rest is coated with that awesome teal glitter!  More smiling! 

Thanks for looking.

Moxie Fab Sketch 2

(note - this is my second post for today ... to see another Moxie Fab World sketch scroll down!)

And here is another sketch from Moxie Fab World ....

And my card ....

This one requires a few additional photos so you can see the gold leaf (on the leaves) and the gold embossing that has been impressed with stamp images ... so much fun to create!!

Look at all that golden shine!  This was fun .. the leaves are a 2-sided sticker sheet that I placed some gold leaf over to adhere.  It looks amazing!!  This is the first time I've had any luck using the gold leaf!   Then I coated a piece of scrap paper with gold embossing powder in many layers and, while still hot, pressed a few images into the liquid.  Then I cut them into the banner shapes and adhered. 
Thanks for dropping by today!

Moxie Fab Sketch

Cath over at Moxie Fab World has some great sketches for inspiration.  Here is one ....

And here is my card ....


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

One Layer Wednesday (OLW) 63 -- Baby

Susan and Jennifer have resumed their One Layer Wednesdays (OLW)!!  Yeah!! 
This week Jennifer challenged us to make a one layer baby themed card. 
I hunted through my stash for all things baby and decided upon this Kaisercraft image and a PTI sentiment.

The image was done with a combination of watercoloring with ink and Copics.  I love all the Star Dust Stickles on the moon, star, and clouds. 

Off to see what others are creating with their baby stuff! 
Thanks for dropping by for a visit!

Take 3 Challenge - Orange/Yellow Buttons - Take 3

Here is my Take 3 of my challenge of using my orange and yellow buttons.  This time I only used one lonely button on the card!!!  But it goes so well with that orange and yellow butterfly ribbon!!

and all created around my favorite butterfly stamp!!

Well, that is it for this week's Take 3 Challenge.  I will make sure to pick a stamp image for my next challenge!!

Thanks for droping by!!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Paper Smooches

I was peeking around on the Paper Smooches site and decided to use
one of their free digi stamps to create a card. 

You might recongize the layout!  It comes from one of Susan R's recent cards HERE that I fell in love with!  I am planning on using it as a Take 3 challenge as well so you will see lots more of it!

The cherry blossoms were colored using my Prismacolor Pencil Crayons. 

Thanks for dropping by for an extra post tonight!

Take 3 Challenge - Orange/Yellow Buttons - Take 2

So my first take on using the orange and yellow buttons used A LOT of the buttons.  This time, Take 2 I am only using 4 of the buttons - 2 large and 2 small!! 

I love how the layered buttons mimic the sun. 

How many buttons do you think might be on the last card, my third take?? You'll have to come back tomorrow and see ..... 


Monday, September 5, 2011

Take 3 Challenge - Orange/Yellow Buttons - Take 1

Here we are with another Take 3 Challenge.  This time, I decided to use a product and not a stamp.  I few weeks ago I found the cutes packages of buttons at my local Dollar Store.  And the packages were sold in colors.  I decided to use the buttons from the Yellow and Orange package. 

Here is my First Take:

It was fun trying to get all those buttons in just the right place!! 

Drop in tomorrow to see a different style of card for Take 2.


Saturday, September 3, 2011

My Son Likes to Get Crafty

Yes, this is created by my 12 year old son.  He is really interested in Steampunk these days.  If you are unsure what steampunk is you should google it!  It is all gears and rivets and iron kind of things. 

As you can see ... he definately captured the style he was going for.  Inside is a picture of a cymbal monkey with sock monkey arms that he generated with the computer and he made it look like an old postcard.  He is very creative!!  :-) 

I've been working on some Moxie Fab challenges that I will be posting tomorrow!! 
Thanks for dropping by.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Hoppy Birthday

Here is a great little card that I created from a bunch of scraps in my bins. 
The whole card started out with the sun burst (from a Tim Hotlz set).  I added this
little froggie that I got from a friend of mine a loooong time ago.
I added a sentiment which was created with my compter and a
few hills of green patterned papers that were in my
scrap bin. 

Have a sunshiny day! (even though it is cold and rainy here!)