Tuesday, June 30, 2009

A Sweet Gingerbread Girl at the Beach!

For the Color Challenge on Split Coast this week Hostess Kelly (Schirmcat) asked us to use Kraft, So Saffron and Night of Navy.

I just love the gingerbread stamp sets by Waltzingmouse Stamps and I hate to wait to use them just at Christmas time - so I'm always trying to think of ways to use them for other times during the year.

Today we have the little gingerbread girl at the beach working on her tan! The cute outfit Claire designed for the Gingerbread girl looks like a little bathing suit to me and I made a beach blanket out of her bed blanket stamp! I pounced Chai Tea Die ink by Papertrey over the little girl as well as the sun to soften the bright yellow. The sun is made with one of the gingerbread faces in the set.

Everything is popped up on dimensionals. The wavy beach stamp in the background is from CTMH and you can just barely see the cloudy sky made with my hand made cloud template.

Well - now I'm off to eat supper - thanks so much for coming by today - let me know what you think of my Summer Gingerbread Girl !!!???

Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps: Oven Fresh & Half Baked, CTMH: On the Beach (retired I think)
Paper: SU: Kraft, So Saffron, Night of Navy
Ink: Adirondack: Denim, SU Soft Sky, PTI: Chai Tea Dye
Accessories: foam dimensionals, scalloped circle punch: SU, circle punch: SU, cloud template hand made, heart punch: McGill, Zutter corner rounder

Monday, June 29, 2009

Freshly Squeezed and Sparkling

Today's CAS (clean and simple) challenge on Split Coast was to add glitter or stickles to a card. I added silver ice Stickles to my fresh lime frozen Margueritta - doesn't it look cool and refreshing?!?!

The stamps are from a set called It's Picnic Time at H&M Stamps and this set is just $6 until June 30th when Heather's blow out sale ends - so be sure to check it out before the sale is over!
I colored my refreshing drink with Copic Markers. The dotted ribbon is from Michaels.
Short post tonight - I've really got to get to bed early! I was up late every night over the weekend - so this is it from me for today! One clean and simple card! - and off I go!

Stamps: H&M Stamps: It's Picnic Time
Paper: PTI: White
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Ribbon: Michaels, Copics: C1, G14, Silver Ice Stickles

Sunday, June 28, 2009

This Bud's for You!

Dawn Lusk was the featured stamper over on Split Coast this week. I cased this fun turtle card of hers. I used a different turtle, different designer paper and added a sentiment. This card is for my dear mother-in-law, Marjorie, who will be 94 on July 6th - her husband (who passed away 7 years ago) worked for Budwiser his whole adult life - so she will get a kick out of this sentiment!

I used two Papertrey sets on the inside sentiments - Birthday Basics and Women of Life.
The card is also for last Tuesdays Doubledog Dare challenge that I do with some Split Coast friends - Here is the Doubledog Dare Challenge forum - just scroll down to post #15 to see this one. I was the DDC hostess last Tuesday and my challenge was to use these free digi images from Whimsie Doodles on your card. We'd love to have you join along - just put DDC in the keyword when you load your card in your Split Coast Gallery. You can see all the DDC cards here

And I'll leave you with a couple of pictures from Destin's 8th birthday party that I attended on Sunday.
Here he is with his sister Eden (my God-Daughter) enjoying cake and ice cream. Poor Destin is allergic to practically all foods - so he couldn't even eat his cake - but his mother gave him special ice cream and sauce.

And here he is with his brand new Red Sox baseball cap on - diving into more of his presents. You may be able to see - he hardly has any front teeth right now! They are suddenly all falling out at the same time!Thanks so much for dropping by today!

Stamps: Free Digi Image: Whimsie Doodles, Papertrey Ink: Birthday Basics, Women of Life
Paper: PTI: White, Pure Poppy, DP Cosmo Cricket Early BIrd Sunrise/over easy
Ink: none
Accessories: nestabilities: tag trio, classic inverted scalloped square, Copics: YG03, YG11, YG13, YG17, YG63, Y21, BG96, G82, G17, E13, E37, R09, R20, Glue dots, foam dimensionals, Martha Stewart Punch, PTI Vintage Buttons

Friday, June 26, 2009

Sometimes Prayer is the Only Gift We Can Give

A quick Note! They have extended the deadline to sign up for the Stamping Around Weekend in Farmington CT - so if you want to get in on this super fun stamping weekend see more info and sign up here!

I made this little book of Bible Verses to give to an Interim Assistant Pastor who is leaving our church this Sunday. During his year with us he ran a weekly Bible Study group that I particpated in. I wanted to give him something to remind him of our spiritual time together - so I found verses about prayer as well as discerning God's path for us. He is semi retiring and looking for a part time pastor position in VA where his family is from so he really doesn't know what will happen next for him and his wife.

Phillippians 1:25 Romans 12:2 (click on pic to see larger)

2 Corinthians 1:11 Psalm 16:8-9

James 5:16 Psalm 139: 3, 5-7, 9-10

Psalm 119:2 Psalm 32:8

And this is a picture of our church (that my father drew for the church many years ago so it's really special to me) that I put on the last page so Fr. Charles will remember his time with us whenever he takes out this little book.

I cut out the pages from cardboard with the Top Note die from Stampin Up - then cut out pieces of designer paper with the same die and attached it to all of the cardboard pages - front and back. The verses are computer generated and printed onto Vintage Cream. I cut them out and attached them over the designer paper. I punched holes in the top left corner of each page with my Crop a Dile and put a silver chain through the holes. You could add flowers or other accessories to each page as well as the cover - but I wanted the verses to be the focus so I left it all plain. I think the designer paper has enough color and design on it to make it nice to look at. The cover stamp is by The Stamp Pad Co and I used Labels One Nestabilities to frame it.
I'm teaching two classes at the Paper Tree in Manchester, NH Saturday - and Sunday we're having the farewell party for Fr. Charles and his wife Debbie - then I have an 8 year old's birthday party to attend - so I may not be back until Monday unless I can slip in a little stamping time! Have a super weekend everyone - and thanks so much for stopping by -
remember to check out Stamping Around if you are in the Connecticut/New England area!

Stamps: The Stamp Pad Co.
Paper: PTI: vintage cream,
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: SU: Top Note Die, Tandy Leather: chain, Crop a Dile, Nestabilities: Labels One, computer generated verses.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Papertrey Ink June Blog Hop - A Quilted Summer

I'm so excited to be participating in the Papertrey Blog Hop this month! A first for me! We had to create a card or project inspired by the lazy days of summer and show a picture of where our inspiration came from.

Well - this picture from the Pottery Barn July 2009 catalogue really caught my eye. It reminded me of my childhood summers when my parents would let my sister and me sleep on our screened in porch where it was cooler at night. Of course we had camp cots and sleeping bags... but it was the same cozy feeling as these wonderful quilts.
And here are four 'quilt' cards that I created from this inspiration.
I wanted to share with you a little bit of how I put these together. First I made a full sheet of 'quilt' using the Guide Lines paper and Guide Lines Two stamp set and many different colors of Papertrey Ink.! I stamped each design 14 times in the same color randomly around the blocks until the page was filled.
Then I cut them up into rectangles so they were like little quilts. I got 4 out of the sheet so I made 4 cards! I wanted them to be a little antique looking so I used the Camomile tea dye ink on the edges and then daubed it all over each "quilt". Here you can hopefully see them plain, edged, and daubed all over. I also cut around the edges with deckled edge scissors.
Here is a close up of each card. I ran each 'quilt' through my crimper and I used a corner rounder punch on the Bitty Dots designer paper behind each quilt. I pierced around the edges of the Rustic Cream card stock. I went over the grid lines with a light gray Copic to give each square a little definition. The sentiments are from Quilter's Sampler and Quilter's Sampler Sentiments.

These are all very Mish Wooderson-esque dont you think??? Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: PTI: Guide Lines Two, Quilters Sampler Sentiments, Quilters Sampler
Paper: PTI: Lavender Moon, Rustic Cream, Guide Lines, DP Bitty Dots Basics.
Ink: PTI: Hibiscus, Ocean Tides, Summer Sunrise, Plum Pudding, Spring Rain, Lemon Tart, Berry Sorbet, Aqua Mist, Raspberry Fizz, Tsukeniko: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: McGill: heart punch, Spellbinders: Deckled mega rectangle Nestabilities, SU: Deckled edge scissors, piercing tool, pad and grid, Fiskars: Crimper, PTI: Dotted swiss satin ribbons - Summer Sunrise, Lavender Moon, Aqua Mist, Berry Sorbet, Copics: C1, Zutter: 1/4" corner rounder,

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Fresh Baked Color Inspiration

I made this cute little card for Kristen Werner's Color Inspiration #55. The colors were grey, rust, mustard and cream.

The gingerbread man is from a wonderful set by Waltzingmouse Stamps called Half Baked. I embossed the card with the swiss dots Cuttlebug folder and used the Labels Two by Spellbinders and oval Nestabilities for the framings. I added a little piercing on two sides and brads to the corners.
I fooled around with the layers a lot before finally attaching them all like this. And after I was done I realized that it looks like the little man is on a grey cookie sheet right out of the oven! A not planned fun design outcome!
ETA: just found out that they've extended the cut off date for registration to Thursday for the Stamping Around Workshop in Farmington CT - so check that out if you are interested!!

Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps: Half Baked
Paper: SU: Really Rust, More Mustard, Basic Grey, PTI: vintage cream
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Adirondack: Butterscotch
Accessories: foam dimensioinals, Making Memories: Brads, Nestabilities: Ovals, Spellbinders: Labels Two, paper piercer

Monday, June 22, 2009

Pieced Sympathy

The Clean and Simple (CAS) challenge over at Split Coast was to do paper piecing on your card. I made 3 paper pieced layers on my flower. First I stamped it directly on the card stock - then on the lighter purple dotted designer paper, cut that out and layered it over the first stamping with foam dimensionals. Then I stamped the flower again on dark purple dotted DP and yellow dotted DP, cut out the smaller pieces and layered them over the flower.

I've been loving the drawn framings I've seen on cards lately so I tried it out here using my white gel pen. I really like how it came out.

Unfortunately, I needed a sympathy card this week as my good friend's FIL passed away yesterday - so that's what I made today. All the stamps are from Papertrey Ink - I love this flower that is from Friends Till the End - inside (not shown) I stamped a sentiment from the With Sympathy set "Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you are very close in love and prayer". The "With Deepest Sympathy" stamp is from Everday Classics which is not for sale but was sent to customers who purchased a certain amount of sets last year.

A few reminders about Tuesday 6/23:

It's the last day you can sign up for the Stamping Around Workshop in Farmington CT - so check that out if you are interested.

Claire Brennan at Waltzingmouse will have her wonderful Irish Heritage stamp sets available for purchase so be sure to check it out! She's been having wonderful previews for the last few days.

Remember to check out H&M Stamps - Heather is continuing her blow out sale!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: PTI: Friends Till the end, Every Day Classics (not available for sale), With Sympathy
Paper: PTI: Plum Pudding, Bitty Dot Basics
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: White Gel Pen, Foam dimensionals

Saturday, June 20, 2009

You're Tweet!

Stef showed us a wonderful little kids shoe website, Bugaloo, for the inspiration challenge over at Split Coast. I was inspired by many of them! but finally settled on this cute pair.I cut my branch with a Sizzix leaf/stem die and the cut outs are a leaf from Spellbinder Flower Creations 3. The bird is a Spellbinder also. The only stamping on this is the Amuse sentiment. I used a corner rounder on the off-white Bazzill panel and popped it up on foam dimensionals so you could see more depth where the leaves are cut out.

My DH has deserted me and gone up to his sister's cottage in NH for a few days to help her with some renovations in her kitchen and bathroom - so I'm going to be here all alone with my kitties and probably have to stamp the whole time - don't you feel sorry for me!?!!? (That's why it's 2 am and I'm still up and posting a card!!)

Have a great weekend everyone - we just may float away here in rainy New England - but boy - is the grass really GREEN!

ETA: Hot tip! you must hop over and see the Waltzingmouse (Claire Brennan) she has samples of her new Irish Heritage stamp sets being released next Tuesday - and they are just lovely!!

Stamps: Amuse: Nature
Paper: white: PTI, Bazzill off white and brown, Baja Breeze: SU
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Spell binders flower Creations 3, Spellbinders Bird, Brad: Basic Grey, ruffled ribbon: Unknown, corner rounder, micron pen, foam dimensionals, Sizzix Leaf Stem

Thursday, June 18, 2009

A Few Drinks, A Few Laughs & My Stamping Assistant

Here is my card for the Ways to Use it Challenge on Split Coast which was to use some kind of text stamp on your card - I used a fun Martini's background stamp from Rubbernecker which I stamped over designer paper that had dotted circles on it (sort of like the bubbles in drinks I'm thinking!?!) My fun Diva is Addy Tude - by Stampingbella and I slipped this cute little cocktail napkin by EK Success over the ribbon. (it says "a few drinks, a few laughs" in case you can't read it in the pic!)

The sketch was a Doubledog Dare Challenge from Beverly (beestamper) last week. You can check out the DDC Challenge Forum here we'd love to have you play along - just put DDC in the keyword when you load your card on Split Coast

I wanted to share with you this picture of my stamping assistant - Scout. Here she is adjusting the location of the Diva Circle on today's card - isn't she doing a swell job?!?

And here she is in one of her favorite resting spots - on top of the piles of papers that I print off of blogs with ideas or challenges that I want to do. I have a nice little blanket on top of one of my rolling drawer cabinets where she sits most of the time. This table area is supposed to be empty clean space and periodically I organize and put all the papers in appropriate places - but then somehow it just piles up once again! And you can see about half of my Papertrey Ink stamp sets in the CD racks here as well as some The Greeting Farm and Magnolias that I store in CD cases. The plastic drawers have wooden stamps by topic, one has my embossing supplies, another all my adhesives, and another my clear acrylic blocks.

Scout's sister, Boo, comes in now and then and sits on the windowsill just to be social - but she's not into the stamping the way Scout is! Scout will actually cry when I am downstairs asking me to "come on up to the stamping room now mum!!!" (as if I need to be asked?! LOL!)

and - Just a reminder! if you want to go to the Stamp New England Workshop in Farmingon, CT on July 10th & 11th - you need to sign up by Tues 6/23 so hop on over and check it out today!!

To see the fun we had at the March Workshop in Portsmouth, NH - look here and here

Stamps: Drinks bg stamp: Rubbernecker, Addy Tude Diva: Stampingbella
Paper: white: PTI, basic black, baja breeze: SU, DP Scenic route/North Shore in the tube
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: foam dimensionals, small circle punch: Marvy, summer sunrise swiss dots satin ribbon: PTI, cocktail napkin: EK Success, Scallop ed tag: Spellbinders, gemstones: Hero Arts & Amuse, Copics: Y38, YR02, colorless blender, E00, BG10, BG13, T2

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

A Beautiful Mojo & Stamp New England CT deadline!

I made this card for the color challenge on Split Coast and used the mojoMonday sketch for the design but turned it on it's side to accomodate my sentiment which is from Unity Stamps. I finally caved and bought the Martha Stewart 3 butterfly punch and you can see the three of them fluttering on my card here! The edge on the sentiment panel is an EK success punch - diamond lace. I just punched it once in the center of the panel and it came out like this - kind of kool!!

What I time I had getting this card loaded - I took the picture and then when I went to download it onto my computer - the camera couldn't read the disk (this has happened several times over the last few weeks but it always read it again after fiddling with it a bit). But today - no go. Luckily, my DH just bought a new camera for himself - so I hastily loaded the software for it onto my computer - figured out how to take a picture with the camera - and got it loaded! phew - sometimes I just hate technology!! I don't want to have to learn how to use it - I just want it to do what I want it to do automatically - are you with me on this?!?!?

Just a reminder! if you want to go to the Stamp New England Workshop in Farmingon, CT on July 10th & 11th - you need to sign up by Tues 6/23 so hop on over and check it out today!! See my side bar for the link. I hope to see you there!!! Don't miss out on this fun gathering!! to see the fun we had in March look here

Stamps: Something Within: Unity Stamps
Paper: White: PTI, baja breeze, ruby red: SU, DP Bitty dot basics: PTI
Ink: Memento tuxedo black
Accessories: martha stewart butterflies punch, aquamist satin & twill ribbons: PTI, EK Success diamond lace punch, crocheted flower: Laundry Line, glue dots, foam dimensionals, sugar coated brad: Doodlebug

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

My Buddy

Quick note: I'm so excited! just found out I got honorable mention for my Papertrey Star Box seen in the post below - check it out on Nichole's blog!!!

Ok, back to earth now ----- This is a two-fer card today - it covers two challenges - the Split Coast CAS (Clean and Simple) challenge - and the Doubledog Dare Challenge I do with some SCS friends (see my side bar for the team names!)

For the CAS challenge we had a sketch to follow . I made my front panel larger than the sketch but used the same number of layers. I stamped my Cornish Heritage Farms toy soldier right on the Cosmo Cricket designer paper. I stamped the sentiment from The Greeting Farm (it's on sale check it out!) on a piece of silver card stock and punched it with the Stampin Up Key Tag punch - looks just like a dog tag doesn't it!! The chain is from Michaels.

Anne (jdmommy) issued the Doubledog Dare challenge this week to make a kids card. I know my son always loved to play 'Army' when he was little - and when he grew up he signed up to serve! (thanks Josh!) I think this would be a fun birthday card for a young soldier! You are welcome to join in on the DDC challenges - just use the keyword DDC when you upload your card on Splite Coast - Beverly even created a Doubledog Dare challenge thread in the forums for us. You can see all the DDC cards here.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Stamps: soldier: Cornish Heritage Farms, My Buddy: Pup Star - the Greeting Farm
Paper: Aqua Mist: PTI, Tangerine Tango: SU, DP Cosmo cricket Lil Man: Mischievious Max, Silver card stock: Canford Card
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Ripe avocado: PTI
Accessories: key tag punch: SU, edge distresser: Heidi Swapp, Crop a Dile, Silver eyelet, chain: Tandy Leather - Michaels, foam dimensionals.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Four Papertrey Templates

I recently submitted these four projects for the Papertrey Ink June 2009 Guest Star Stamper competition. The Categories were: Summer theme, using Stars, use of a previous set, best use of a template. I kind of combined categories in my projects to broaden my chances!

ETA: I got honorable mention for my Star box seen below - check it out on Nicole's blog !!!! whoo hooo!!!!

This first one (summer theme and use of template) is made using Lauren's For Keep(Sake) Template. I used the PTI stamp set "Friends Till the End as well as the TextStyle Raspberry Fizz Mix designer paper. Here's a close up view of the front.
I stamped the flower on the text DP and colored it a little with some copics. I added a punched circle and gem to the middle. The sentiment is cut with a petite oval nestability.

Inside the box I have 6 of these bath fizzy blocks that I made using a recipe from Martha Stewart Magazine in the December 2008 issue. They are packed inside a metal tie glassine bag.

For my second project (use of stars, previous set and template) I used Lauren's Ready Set Wrap template along with the PTI stamp set "All Star Team" and "All Star Team Additions. This time I used the TextStyle 2008 Bitty Star Basics DP as well as the double stitched Pure Poppy Ribbon. This is the front side.
And this is the back side. I love the shape of this box - it looks kind of like a retro TV doesn't it? My DH thought it looked like a bowling bag - which now that I look at it - it does huh?! Hmm - I feel another project coming on!!

And inside I have 4 little rubber sports balls that I got at CVS. Here I lined the bottom with the Avocado bitty stars DP to give the illusion of the grass fields where these balls would be played with.
My third project (use of stars, summer theme, template) uses Lauren's Captured Card Case template. But I used it for cookies instead of cards! This project uses the PTI stamps "Let Freedom Ring" and "Star Prints"
The star in the cover is cut with a Nestability die and lined inside the box with a piece of acetate. Four of these star sugar cookies fit nicely inside. I made them from the Pillsbury Sugar Cookie roll. I rolled it out instead of just slicing it and used my star cookie cutter. The frosting is from Betty Crocker and comes in a package that you just squeeze out onto the cookies - easy peasy and yummy too (well - I had to try one to be sure they were ok to give to someone right?!)

And my last project was made using Lauren's Lollipop Along Template that I used to make a little case for sidewalk chalk! (summer theme, use of former sets, use of template)

We have a store called 5 Below in our town - which is like a dollar store only everything is $5 or less - where I found a big bucket of 12 pieces of sidewalk chalk for $2.00 (so I can make 4 of these little holders!) I used the stamp set "Pond Life' for the frog and cute Hippity Hop sentiment (get it? like hop scotch?!) The card stocks are Lemon Tart, Ocean Tides and white - all Papertrey as is the designer paper - TextStyle Polka Dot Parade. The box is wrapped in a piece of acetate as per the template pattern - but you can also make this a closed box using card stock and the base can be an open basket instead of a box with holes on the top. (very versatile huh!?)
I made the hanging tag with oval Nestabilities, a Making Memories square eyelet and a silver chain (Tandy Leather - Michaels). The words are stamped using the PTI Fresh Alphabet set using Ripe Avacodo and Ocean Tides inks. I sponged the edge with avocado.
So wish me luck! Nichole will be picking the winners sometime after June 15th. Last month I was lucky enough to get honorable mention!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Courage From a Bottle

I ended up making a second card for the Inspiration Challenge on Split Coast this week. I love patriotic stamps and was inspired by this pretty bottled water to get out this sweet little Statue of Liberty from Celebrate the Day set by H&M Stamps. It's on sale right now for just $4.00 so hurry over and snap one up - it includes some graduation images too!

The sentiment is from the Hoo Rah Sentiment set. I also did this weeks limited supplies challenge from Split Coast on this card which was to use only colors of water (blues, greens, sand etc), a ribbon, brads, and use piercing on your card. So I think I got it all!

Stamps: Celebrate the Day, Hoo Rah Sentiments: H&M Stamps
Paper: white, spring rain: PTI
Ink: Spring Rain: PTI
Accessories: oval nestabilities, spring rain party plaid ribbon: PTI, sugar coated brads: Doodlebug Designs, Ornare corner piercing template, piercing tool & Mat: SU, silver ice stickles, Copics: B21, N2, T2, Y06

Saturday, June 13, 2009

You're Yummy!

A fun packaging web site was our inspiration from Stef today on Split Coast - what wonderful art people come up with for selling things! - I was inspired by this yummy box of chocolates! Instead of tea/coffee images I used these fun little gingerbread people from Waltzingmouse Stamps on my card (I love the little girl one with her fun bow and MaryJane shoes!) I used the inverted scallop square nestabilities to mimic the candy papers. The images are all white embossed and popped up on foam dimensionals.

My card today is 5"x5" and since the base is black - I attached a panel of Naturals Ivory punched with the Stampin Up Top Note Die on the inside so someone could write a message there - you can see a peek of it on the photo.

Well - must run off to do another edging/mulching project in the back yard! It's a beautiful day here - going up to the mid 70's. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend - and thank's so much for stopping by!
Stamps: Half Baked & Oven Fresh: Waltzingmouse Stamps
Paper: Dark Chocolate, Spring Moss: PTI, Close to Cocoa, Naturals Ivory, Basic Black: SU
Ink: Versamark Watermark Ink (for embossing), Dark Chocolate: PTI
Accessories: foam dimensionals, sponge, square punch: CTMH, classic inverted scallop square nestability, vanilla embossing powder: SU, oval punch: SU, heart punch: McGill, hot gun

Thursday, June 11, 2009

A Mojo Page and a Crumpled Flower

This is my 6x6 page for Lesson 12 of Patter's His Holy Name Challenges . God's attribute for this lesson was God Who Sees. I found this Psalm that spoke to me about God watching over us and keeping us from harm. I used the Mojo Monday Sketch for my page - changing it to a square and slightly different dimensions on the panels.
Stamps: Face of Uncle Enos: River City Rubber Works, Karen Foster Snap Stamps (retired), Moon: Studio G Clear Stamps, Sun: Windy sunface: Comotion Rubber stamps
Paper: white, ripe avocado, Textstyles Bitty dot basics & Green Tea Leaves: all PTI
Ink: Ripe Avocado: PTI, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: glue dots, foam dimensionals, circle nestabilities, spellbinder tag trio, deckled edge rectangle nestability, word window punch: SU, circle punch, computer generated verse, dew drops, copics: YG11, YR04, Y21, B14

My card today was made for the Ways to Use It challenge on Split Coast - to make crushed card stock flowers - isn't this pretty?! - you can see the tutorial on how to make them here . I used Papertrey designer papers for my flower and leaves as well as the dotted background - and I sponged the edges of everything with Raspberry Fizz ink. I've been wanting to try these flowers for a long time - thanks Cindy for the challenge today!

Off to make a late supper! I just had to get my stamping in tonight! Thanks so much for coming by!

Stamps: Every Day Blessings: PTI
Paper: WHite, TextStyle Bitty Dot basics and Raspberry Fizz Mix: PTI
Ink: Raspberry Fizz: PTI, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Sponge, vintage button: PTI, twine: PTI, foam dimensinals

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

He Tends his Flock like a Shepherd

I made this 6x6 page for Lesson 11 of Patter's His Holy Name Challenges on Split Coast. Every other Sunday Patter gives us one of God's attributes as inspiration - for this lesson the attribute was Shepherd. After looking through many verses containing the word Shepherd on http://www.biblegateway.com/ I found this wonderful verse from Isaiah 40:11 that spoke to me.

I used today's sketch on Split Coast for my page taking several liberties with it. I turned it on it's side, made it a 6x6 square, and used the fence to represent the center panel but didn't continue it up to the top of the card. That's really taking some creative license!

Just a reminder to check out my right side bar concerning the Stamp New England weekend in Connecticut July 10th and 11th. They have all 5 teachers chosen now - me being one of them (woo hoo!!) so if you are anywhere near Farmington CT - sign up now - it's going to fill fast. And the Inn we'll be staying at looks absolutely lovely! We had a total blast at the last one in NH! Let me know if you're going to be there!

Stamps: Karen Foster Snap Stamps: retired, Fence: Rubbernecker, Sheep: Rubber Soul/A day at the zoo
Paper: white: PTI, Basic Black: SU, DP Cosmo Cricket Mr Campy/GojuminaLake
Ink: Memento Tuxedo black
Accessories: foam dimensionals, classic heart nestability, small mega deckled rectangles Nestabilities, copics: E34, YG83, C1

Monday, June 8, 2009

Coloring Acetate and CPS Praying for You

What an interesting New Technique challenge on Split Coast today - to print a photo in black and white on acetate and then to color it with Copics on the back side. My printer had no setting for acetate (as suggested) so the black inkjet ink doesn't seem to be drying very well (I set it to glossy photo paper) - I tried blowing it some with the hot gun - but not sure if it's going to dry. I tried coloring 2 photos before the two I have here and found that by just tapping the Copic's against the acetate it gave a better look - not streaky and it came out looking like watercoloring against the watercolor paper I think. I just attached the acetate to the card with brads rather then fussing with tape that would probably show through or smudge off the ink!

Here's the 2nd one that I thought came out really nice - a few poppies in the field.

I'm going to just leave these alone overnight and see if the black ink dries so the card could actually be mailed to someone!

Stamps: none
Paper: watercolor paper from a pad
Ink: none
Accessories: computer clip art photo, brads: Making Memories, copics, Acetate, printer

My next card is for the Clean and Simple (CAS) challenge on Split Coast. It was a color challenge - to use coral, kraft and one other coordinating color. I used kraft, coral and lavender. I also used the Card Positioning Systems Sketch for my card. The flower and bird are Shapeabilities, the sentiment is from Verve Stamps and the vintage buttons are PTI. I zigzag sewed around the edge.
Today was my first day back to work after a week's vacation - seems like I was never away!! Well - got to get myself off to bed - morning comes early!!
Stamps: Notes of Prayer: Verve Stamps
Paper: Kraft: PTI, Lavender Lace, Cameo Coral: SU
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: vintage buttons: PTI, foam dimensionals, paper piercer: SU, sewing machine, shapeabilities Nested flowers & Nested Birds, lavender moon satin ribbon: PTI