Saturday, February 27, 2010

Puddles of Love

A couple of weekends ago, I was browsing the list of blogs I follow and I came across this image for the new release of images from Kraftin' Kimmie. I stopped everything and told hubby that I had to have this image. He, of course, rolled his eyes as if to say...."Sure you do...." Well, he went to refill his coffee cup and passed behind me and glanced down at the puter screen and said, "You HAVE to have that stamp!!"  You see, this image looks so much like our sweet little granddaughter that even he agreed that she had to come to live in my stamp room. I ordered her immediately and she arrived this week. I finally got a chance to color up some of the images and make a card when I went to the Friday night crop down at Priceless Scrapbooks, the local SB store here. I used Lovely Lilac and So Saffron card stock and SU!'s Tea Party dsp. The image is colored with Copic markers. I added just a bit of stickles to her rain coat and hat and some dimensional glaze to the puddle of water she is tromping through.The border punch is by EK Success and the ribbon is some random stuff I picked up at the SB store. I used SU!'s oval punches for the sentiment.  

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

February Diva Sketch card

I made this card for the Divas of Stamping Designs sketch swap. The Divas are an on line group I belong to that swap cards, challenge each other, and most of all, love and support each other. What a wonderful group of ladies!! I am so glad to be a part of this group.
For our February sketch swap, I made this card using an image I received from my sparkle buddy from SCS, Ms. M, otherwise known as Stamp Muse. This sweet little girl is an image from Sarah Kay stamps and I colored her with Copic markers. I used Lovely Lilac card stock and Basic Gray Wisteria papers for some of the layering and the punched butterflies. The leaf ribbon is from May Arts. The main image panel is popped up on dimensionals. I added the flower from the collection of one of the girls who was stamping with me that day. Used a brad for the center and covered it with glitter. The butterflies got a coating of glitter, also.
Thanks for stopping in a taking a peek at what I've been up to!!

Monday, February 22, 2010

TS Monday Challenge

Over at Totally Stampalicious, the challenge this week was to make a card or project with lots of glitter and bling....Vegas style in honor of Becky's much-deserved vacation to Sin City!! The prize for this week's challenge is being picked up by Becky herself while she is enjoying all the sights in Vegas. 
For my card, I dug into the scrap pile and pulled out these super bright papers that were left from a flip book I made last month. I used the Totally Stampalicioius Old Brawd set to make my card. I used the cake image and one of the sentiments. The inside says "that's gotta hurt!"   Added lots of glitter to the cake and some of the flowers on the papers. I punched the right edge with the new scallop border punch from SU! and added some diamond blings between each scallop. I have a really hard time working with such bright colors when they aren't toned down by a dark or neutral color. Sure hope this isn't too blinding! 
Thanks for stopping in and be sure to head over to Totally Stampalicious to check out all the details on this week's challenge and the projects from the rest of the design team. We have a new member on the DT, too. Please welcome Monique who has been playing along with the TS challenges so faithfully. Joycelyn and Becky decided to reward such faithfulness and talent with an invitation to join the DT and we are so glad to have her aboard!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Peter Pan swap card

I recently joined an on-line stamping group called the Divas of Stamping. A recently posted group of swaps was named after movies. This card was for the Peter Pan swap which was to create a card for a young boy. I love this image from Cape Arago stamps. The hat and sentiment are also part of the stamps I got from this company. As you can see, I am still hooked on these easel cards. I used chocolate chip for the base. The image is stamped on vanilla and colored with Copic markers. The trim is a sticker border that I believe is made by Bo Bunny. The papers are from my LSS and I can't remember who the manufacturer is.
Today was a very exciting day for me. My friend  Bonnie and I went to Jacksonville for a Michelle Zindorf brayer workshop! Wow!! I learned soooooo much, and Michelle is so sweet. What a wonderful teacher she is. We had a great time and I hope to be able to transfer some of that knowledge into my own projects in the near future. Now I want to get to one of her advanced classes!! Here is a photo of Michelle as she was teaching us. I would love to show you some of the projects she did, but she asked us not to so as not to spoil the surprise for those who may be attending her workshops in the near future.

Thanks for stopping in today! Happy stamping!!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Another anniversary!

My dad asked me to make a card for one of his dearest friends and his wife's wedding anniversary. Knowing the couple, and that they have a great sense of humor, the first thing that came to mind for them was a stamp I had just gotten from Impression Obsession. They are city folk...from the south side of Pittsburgh, who now live in a more rural community in western Pennsylvania. For people who used to pull up a few red bricks from the "yard" to plant a tomato bush, the outhouses will surely touch a funny bone for them. He was also a hunter in his younger years, so the rack on the His outhouse is a perfect touch.  The Judith TP and plunger that is stamped on the inside went along perfectly.
The card base is certainly celery with a layer of chocolate chip. The image is colored with Copic markers. I added some flower-shaped pewter brads and a couple of layers of a Martha Stewart border punch. I stamped the inside with a simple "Happy Anniversary" sentiment.

Monday, February 15, 2010

A Very Special Anniversary

This card is a work of heart. It it going to a pair of very special people who are celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary. I will tell you more about that in a moment. This card also fills the ticket for the TSMONDAY16 challenge over at Totally Stampalicious.  The challenge this week is to use digital images on your card. I have to say that those girls, Becky and Joycelyn, are being so smart about how they are developing their young stamp company. They are not over extending themselves and letting the company get into financial straits. They are also awesome about listening to what their customers want and the trends in the business. They have been offering free digital images with the purchase of a stamp set for a while now. But now, you can purchase the digital images individually!! How awesome is that??? I love having the versatility of choosing an actual stamp or a digital image. The digis are so easy to work with and offer so much versatility...I'm really getting hooked on them!
For this card, I used an old sketch challenge from Splitcoaststampers for the basis for my card. This baby is huge!! The base is a half sheet of basic black card stock with a layer of real red over it. I then added folding panels in each color for the images. I used two TS sets for this...Glam Kitty and Road Hawg. I think Glam Kitty makes a pretty cool biker chick! I even added one of Road Hawg's tats to her arm. I used a Copic markers to color my images and added some clear glitter gel pen to add some sparkly details to my images. 
I know that bikers would not typically be into bling, but the female half of the couple this card is intended for is my sparkle buddy out in Seattle, Washington, and she is into shimmer, shine, glitter, and sparkle as much as I am. I also don't think they are particularly into Harley's or motorcycles in general, but when I was asked to make a special card in honor of their anniversary, these two images jumped right into my head. 

Some of the other details on this card are the textured panels I added using brushed silver card stock, screw head and blingy red brads for the corners, a Martha Stewart border punch for the inside panel, and a computer generated greeting for the inside. 
This goes off in today's mail and will posted on Splitcoaststampers later today. There is a conspiracy to create an entire gallery of special cards to celebrate Miss Em and Tihiti Pete's special day. Thanks for stopping in!  

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day!!

I am really enjoying my three day weekend so far. It started with celebrating my hubby's birthday Friday. Kyli, my granddaughter who will be two next Friday, came to spend the night. She helped BoBo (my hubby) eat his birthday cake and he even got a taste himself! He had to go to work yesterday at noon and work on a hay wagon that was needing some of his auto body skills. As he was getting ready to leave, I met him at the farm with Kyli and she got to see the new baby moos. She loved it. Her first response when we pulled into the field with all the mamas and babies was "Wooooowwww!" I rolled the window down on the truck so she could see them a little better and she started mooing at them. It was so cool when they all started mooing back!! I can't describe how delightful it was to watch her face as we drove among the cows and calves for her to see them! Then we took her home to Daddy. What a joy she is! I went to bed early last night and am just kicking back a little before I head off to the stamp room for a day of stamping!
This is a card I made at the all day crop a little over a week ago. I sent this off to Cathy Singleton for her birthday. Cathy is one of the very talented group of stampers I have joined in a group called the Divas of Stamping. The card base is Wild Wasabi and I used Pretty in Pink for the layers. The background piece is one of the zillions of pieces of faux handmade papers I made for a technique challenge over at Splitcoaststampers last summer. The technique was so much fun! Here's how I did it:
I cut pieces of white card stock into quarter sheets. Using three or four colors of acrylic paints, I used toilet paper (the cheap stuff works best) to daub the colors, starting with the lightest, onto the card stock. As the paint is added to the paper, small bits of the TP stick to the paint and card stock added the most awesome texture! I just couldn't stop making pieces of this background paper!!
Anyway, I used pink, green, and cream colored paints to make this piece. I used a Martha Stewart border and matching corner punch to make the border on the pink layer. I added little half pearls and pink taffeta ribbon from Stampin' Up! to the Magnolia image that was colored with Copic markers. I used a clear glitter gel pen to add a little sparkle to her wings. I loved how this card turned out and I hope Cathy did, too!!
Thanks for stopping in today and have a wonderful Valentine's Day with your sweetie. I plan to watch the Daytona 500 with mine with lots of stamping mixed in!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Here is My Heart! for the Totally Stampalicious We {Heart} FREE Shipping Challenge

 Over at Totally Stampalicious they are having a special this week. Spend $30 and your shipping is free!!! On top of that, they are having a challenge to make cards or projects that show off your hearts. I was having a little trouble with my coloring this weekend, so I was working with images that were already colored. Alas, none of the images I had colored up were from the TS line :0( 
I made my card with a Magnolia image that features a little sweetie carrying a basket full of hearts. I used some SU! designer series papers for my layers. The card base is Bashful Blue from SU! Added some little half pearls to the corners of the image which was punched with a ticket corner punch. The heart border is one of my current favorites and is from Martha Stewart. 
The lacey ribbon is a gem I picked up at the stamp/scrap yard sale at Priceless Scrapbooks a couple of weeks ago. The white bow is made from the ribbon that was holding closed the little package of chocolates (mmmm...yummy!) that our sweet Kelly B. brought to share at Saturday's all day crop at Priceless! Thanks, Kelly!! 
This card also will be used to complete the "Show us your ribbons" challenge for the Rubberstamping Diva group I recently joined. What a fun bunch of ladies...I'm really going to enjoy swapping cards and yackety-yack with those chickie-dees!!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Totally Stampalicious Sketch Challenge

Totally Stampalicious is having another sketch challenge this week.  I had some time after Kyli went home this afternoon to get in my room and do a little creating and came up with this for the challenge.

I used the music notes and one of the sentiments from the Rockin' Frawg set. I stamped the images on black glossy card stock with Versamark and heat embossed with silver embossing powder. I used the Night and Day papers from SU's fall mini catty for my layers on a Basic Black base. Brushed silver card stock makes up the layer under the music notes. I added a couple of holographic star stickers and popped up the music note layer on dimensionals. Head on over to Totally Stampalicious to check out the sketch and the prize they are offering. I can't win it as a member of the design team, but you might with your entry!! Thanks for stopping in today!