Thursday, October 25, 2012

Midweek Throwdown - Friendship

Good Thursday Evening. We've spent a big part of the day preparing for Hurricane Sandy so I'm kind of late with this post.  We have to get it all done now because my Hubby works for the Electric Company and once the storm hits (actually even before it hits), I won't see him for days.  Anyway Operation Write Home is looking for cards celebrating Friendship for this challenge.
I went with an oldie but a goody here.   Both the image and the sentiment are from a retired SU set titled Pocket Silhouettes.  I always loved the simplicity of the stamps in this set.  I used a strip of retired Christmas paper also from SU on the inside of the card with the same scallop edging on the left hand side of that strip.  The scalloped edge was made with a MS border punch.   That is it for me today.  I'm hoping to do a little bit of coloring tonight before I sit down for the night.   I wish you all a great night and wonderful day tomorrow.  Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to stop by.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Shopping Our Stash #74

I'm back again with today's second post.  This card was made for the Shopping Our Stash Challenge #74, which is Out Of The Jar or Use A Jar.

I have to tell you that this card gave me such a hard time.   I don't have any jar images so I used items from my jars.  I knew I wanted to use SU's Gold embossing powder because I usually use another brand and I haven't used that one in ages. I also knew I wanted to use my SU Dazzling Diamonds glitter.  Most of my cards are made for OWH so I don't get a chance to use the glitter too much these days.  So here is my final take.  First off I stamped this image three times before I got a good stamping.  Then I thought I'd try using Flower Soft (instead of the DD) of on the roof and didn't like it.   So back to my original thought  -   Dazzling Diamonds.   Then I decided to stamp a sentiment on the top of the card and I did not get a good, clear stamping which is why you see an "added" red panel with a whole new sentiment stamped and embossed.  I decided to also dry emboss this panel with the Swiss Dot ef.  On top of all this I could not get a good picture of this card.  Who knew making one little card could be so exhausting.     So I think I'll go sit back and relax for a while. I don't think I'll be back today, but hopefully tomorrow.  Thank you so much for your visit.  I enjoy the company and feedback.  Enjoy your day.

HMFMC #131

SPOOK Sweet & Colorful using Orange, Purple, Lime Green and Black or any combination of is what is called for this week over at House Mouse and Friends.  There is also a great Blog Hop going on this week that you really should check out.  The DT have come up with some phenomenal creations.   

I think I got a little of everything in on this card.  I definitely think my image is as sweet as can be.  He is colored with Copic Markers, sponged with SU's Green Galore, cut out with a SB Label Ten die and matted on an orange SB oval die, which I spritz with my Ritzy Glitzy Copper Spray.     I found these candy corn brads in my stash this week - another sweet element.   The "spooky" ghost, which I have to admit to you, was my Hubby's brilliant idea.  I just loved it when he mentioned it.  I made the background papers with Alcohol Inks incorporating  the greens and purples and black is usually a staple of mine anyway. Both the image and the sentiment are from the HM  "Halloween clear stamp set"  I picked up last year.       So there you have it for this week's challenge.  I really had a ball doing this one up.  I wish you all a delightful Tuesday.  Even though the sun is shining here I think I want to stay inside today and work on more challenges.  We'll see how this goes.   Thanks a bunch for stopping by to say Hi.    

Sunday, October 21, 2012

S & S Sketch #143

What a beautiful Sunday morning we are having here in southeastern Massachusetts.  Today's sketch over are Stars & Stamps is being sponsored by Tonic Studios.

I'm sorry to say I don't have any Tonic punches, but I do have plenty of others. I guess that means I need to go shopping.  LOL.

Today I went with SU's Scallop Trim punch which I just love.  I punched two sides of a thin strip of paper.  I embossed them with the Swiss Dot ef and then spritzed them with Ritzy Ditzy Copper Glitz before backing them with SU's Basic Black card stock.  The sentiment and the snowflakes are both from the Snow Swirled set by SU.  I stamped them with Versa Mark  and  embossed them in gold.  Again I used my Swiss Dot embossing folder to dry embossed the background.  That may do it for me today.  I'm getting ready to head out to have lunch with some friends I haven't seen in ages.  Really looking forward to that.    I wish you all a fabulous day.
See you again soon.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Shopping Our Stash #73 Trick or Treat

I thought I was done for the day, but it turns out that I'm back with my second post of the day.  Over at Shopping Our Stash they have challenged us to make a trick or treat card,  either Halloween or a treat.

As you can see, I went with Halloween and I used all sorts of "stash" items on this one.
The House Mouse image and sentiment are both from the clear stamp"Halloween Collection" that I've had for about a year now and I colored it with Copics. The little charm is one that I won last year from a House Mouse challenge.  The background paper (which has pumpkins on it that you can't see very well) I've had for about 5 years.  It was given to my by a friend, thanks Yvette.  The twine is about one year old also.  The green card stock is from SU.  I really think that this will do it for me today.  See you again tomorrow and, as usual I really appreciate the company.

Mid Week Throw Down

Happy Wednesday to all.  Doodle Pantry is the sponsor for this week's challenge over at Operation Write Home's Mid Week Throw Down.  Our challenge is to make a card using black and white with a pop of red or green.

I have a little more than a pop of red, but hey, it's what came into my head.  My image is from Doodle Pantry and the card stock is all from SU.  The sentiment is from CC Rubber Company and is an oldie but a goodie.   That will have to do it for me today.  Hopefully I'll see you all again tomorrow.
Thank you so much for stopping by.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Sketch Challenge #142

Sunday means Operation Write Home's Stars and Stamps blog posts their sketch challenge for the week.  The week is # 142 found here.  

I decided to make another Any Hero card for the box I'm shipping out this week.  I just embossed my card base with the "So Trendy" M-Bossabilities folder.  The panels are from Basic Grey  and the sentiment is from A-Muse "Hero Mail" stamp set and cut out with a SB Grommet Tag.  I sponged both Crumb Cake and Chocolate Chip ink around the edges of the die.  The star brads are all from Recollections.  Thank so much or dropping by. It's so much fun to have company.  See you all soon.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

OWH Mid Week Throw Down

Back again with a card for Operation Write Home's Mid Week Throw Down found here.  Here is my card.

I started with a Whisper White card base and embossed it with a Cuttlebug Edge Folder.  I added some red gems for flower centers.  I cut up some red card stock in the form of thin strips and a piece large enough for the die cut heart.  I embossed that piece with a hearts embossing folder from Cuttlebug and cut out the heart with a  Sizzix die.  The sentiment is from Stampotique and I stamped it inside the negative space.  That about all I've got in me for today folks.  Thanks again for taking the time to stop by.  I truly appreciate it.

A Simple Card for OWH

Good Wednesday morning all.  My card today came about because of two very dear friends of mine, Carol over at Our Little Inspirations and Lynn over at Creative Crafts by Lynn .

The other day Lynn and I were talking about wearing the color orange with grey hair and today Carol make a bunch of fabulous cards for OWH using a Hero Arts stamp set.  I got up this morning and thought I need to combine those two things and make a card.  So as you can see I used some grey (actually silver) and orange papers and I used one of the stamps from the Hero Art stamp set that was made for OWH.  I know one of the simple pleasures I have is watching a butterfly in flight so I dug out this butterfly stamp from Stamp Craft and colored it up with my Copics sticking with the orange theme.  I matted everything with black and I'm pleased with the outcome.  I hope Lynn and Carol are pleased with it as well as all my visitors and the recipient of this card.  I'm going to try to make a bunch of cards for OWH today and tomorrow as I'm getting ready to send off another box to them and I'm trying to fill it as much as possible.  Gotta run for now.  Enjoy your day and thank you for stopping by.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

HMFMC #130 ATC Turnabouts

WOW two posts one day - I'm on a roll.  This card is for House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge found here  .  ACT turnabouts is what it is all about this week.

My image, "Nose To Nose In Flowers" and my sentiment, "Happy Place", are both from Stampabilities.   I stamped and colored the image with Copics then I reduced it enough to fit (with layers) the 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 size of an ATC.  Then I re-colored it as it seems to lose a lot of it's color when the image is reduced. The designer paper was from The Christmas Tree Shop.   I added a bow with an old  piece Wild Wasabi ribbon from SU.  I attached a small piece of the Dotted Scallop Ribbon punch and added 5 Topaz Swarovski Crystals along the top and bottom.  It is  hard to see in the photo, but IRL they sparkle nicely.  My sentiment was stamped with Versa Mark and embossed with black embossing powder to make it stand out more.     Well I think I'll take a short break now, then spend some time cleaning up the desk.  I can't believe how much of a mess I can make just doing two cards.  Enjoy your evening and thanks for coming by.  

SOS Challenge #72 Tic Tac Toe

Good Tuesday Afternoon
My card today for the the Shopping Our Stash Tic Tac Toe Challenge
I went with the Middle, horizontal row.  Black Ribbon & Flower.

I'm kind of pleased with how this one turned out.  The paper is from My Mind's Eye, Meadow Lark 6 x 6 pad.  I stamped my "go to" Hello stamp from Hero Arts which must be at least 7 years old.   I've had this package of crocheted flowers for at least three years now and the black ribbon by Gina K  is a couple of years old also.  Oh, I'm proud of myself using up some stashed items.  I decided to use the SB Ribbon Tag Trio Two die to showcase the flower. I took an old piece of white SU ribbon and colored it with a Copic Marker to try and match the flower color.  It's not perfect but I think it will do. A silver brad for the flower center was my finishing touch.    I'm going to try to catch up on a couple more challenges this afternoon if my back will hold out.  Thanks so much for stopping by to say Hi.  See you again soon.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

OWH Challenge x 2

Hi All, This will be an abbreviated posting today.  The day has gotten away from me so here it goes.
Today over at the Stars & Stamps Challenge   blog they gave us two different sketches to follow.  Here is our first sketch for today.
 For this card I used a SB circle and a SB Labels Ten die.  After cutting the Label Ten die out  I embossed it using a paisley Impressabilities and then sponged Peeled Paint Distress Ink over it.
I also embossed my vertical strip of green parchment card stock with the Swiss Dot ef.

 Here is our bonus Sketch for today.  

 Here is my entry for this sketch.  I embossed the card base with Spellbinders  "So Trendy"
M-Bossabilities.  The stamps are retired from SU and I colored them with SU markers prior to stamping.  I just added a few strips of red card stock, holiday patterned paper, a few gems and I was done. (I just noticed that my gems are not straight).  I will definitely fix that before putting this card into my next OWH box.

That will do it for me today.  I'm off to catch the rest of the NASCAR race.  I thank you all for taking the time to stop by.  As always the company and comments are very much appreciated.  

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

MWT - Thinking Of You

It's Stars and Stamps Mid Week Throw Down today.  I love making "Thinking Of You" or "Missing You" cards.  I think they are so appropriate for our heroes to send home.
The blue designer paper is from SU and the Green (looks more like lime green IRL) is from Memory Box.  Both several years old and hoarded.  The sentiment is from a Fiskars stamp set titled "Floral Flair" that I got on sale at JoAnn's for just $2.97.  There were 17 stamps in the set. It's always nice to get good deals like that.   I cut that out with a SB Grommet Tag and fed SU's Bashful Blue ribbon through the grommet holes.  The border punch is also by SU.  I'm hoping to get some more cards made today.  

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Shopping Our Stash #71

Good Tuesday Evening, This post is for the Shopping Our Stash Challenge #71 found here.  We are being challenged to make a card using the color green or recycle something or both.  

I went with both. I used a couple of different shades of green and then did some sponging with yet another shade of green. The sentiment was stamped in black prior to my embossing the panel with the SU Fancy Fan embossing folder. I recycled a flower that was part of an old bunch of flowers in a small vase in our spare room. I put a bunch of these old "fake" flowers in a box and go to the box every now and then to use one of the flowers on a card or scrapbook page. I added a white brad to the middle of the flower because I removed the center piece that was in the flower because it was way too bulky (A trick I learned from a Tuesday Tutorial on OWH- Thank You) I also added three pearls and rounded two of the corners and I was done. That will do it for me for tonight. As always thank you for stopping by to say Hi. Enjoy your evening.

Every now than I end up with this problem of the white background and I can't seem to fix it. I keep changing the background text to no avail. I can't seem to change it from white to clear. If anyone can tell me what I'm doing wrong I'd appreciate hearing from you