Thursday, July 31, 2008

"What a Weasel" ... a Blog Challenge Entry

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Today's card project was created for Allison's "Suggestive Sunday" blog challenge. This week, Allison asked us to create a card for a friend who has been jilted by a member of the opposite sex.

I used two dies from the large Classic circle Nesties set to create the red circle, then stamped my text on Xerox 110# card stock, matting 'em with DCWV card stock.

I added a couple of scallop-edge borders, some oval tabs, and some bright red eyelets.

Super-quick ... and a profoundly deep message: does it get any better than this?!?

Thanks so much for sharing part of your busy day with me!

~Hugs,


Supplies ~ Card Stock: Xerox 110#, DCWV, Patterned Paper: Unknown; Stamps: Poetic Words, Inkadinkado; Ink: "Graphite Black" Brilliance by Tsukineko; Eyelets: American Crafts; Adhesive: Scrap Fusion PA by Ivy Scraps


Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Christmas in July ... a Blog Challenge Entry

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Now here's a sobering thought: Christmas Eve is exactly 21 weeks away!

Today's card was created for Sharon's "Stamp Simply" blog challenge. This week, Sharon's theme is, not surprisingly, "Christmas in July." And while this project doesn't look to be "simply stamped," it really is! No, really; would I lie to you?!?

I stamped my image, by Stampers Anonymous, three times; each time changing the ink color. Then, I simply cut my images apart and put them back together. I mounted three of the cut-outs on dimensionals; the other three are glued directly down to the card stock.

Because this kewl image has such a vintage look, I sponged each element fairly heavily with fluid chalk inks.

Finally, I double-matted my stamped image and tied some jute around the fold. Not a 15 minute project, but definitely easy-peasy ... and a project that gives you the false sense of security that comes with thinking that you've already gotten started on your holiday cards!

Thanks so much for spending part of your busy day with me!

~Hugs,


Supplies ~ Card Stock: Bazzill; Stamp: Stampers Anonymous; Inks: "Blazing Red," "Ultramarine," and "Olive Green" Staz-On by Tsukineko, "Chestnut Roan" and "Creamy Brown" Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink by Clearsnap; Fiber: Natural Jute; Adhesives: Black Dimensionals, Unknown, Scrap Fusion PA by Ivy Scraps

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

A No-Stampin' House Tag ... a "Tag, You're It" Challenge Entry

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Happy Tuesday, race fans!

Today's absolutely-no-stampin' tag project was created for this weeks "Tag, You're It" blog challenge. This week, Anne and Sam challenged us to create a non-traditional tag ... I'm fairly certain that this tag qualifies! For a closer look at the 'house' tag, click on the image.

I sketched my house out on heavy-weight card stock, then applied designer papers from Cosmo Cricket's "Wanted" collection. Using craft punches, I created clumps of 'grass' and some funky kitties to sit in the windows.

I sponged all the edges with "Creamy Brown" fluid chalk ink, popped the 'dormers' up on dimensionals, and punched a double circle for my tag hole. I originally had fibers tied through the hole but they looked really ... ummm ... dumb, so I removed them.

This was such a fun challenge and Anne and Sam are so sweet! It's a blast participating in their challenges and I encourage you to visit their blog and do the same ... sooooo, Tag, You're It!

Thanks so much for sharing part of your busy day with me; I {heart} you guys big lots!

~Hugs,


Supplies ~ Card Stock: Cut Card Stock; Designer Paper: "Wanted" Collection by Cosmo Cricket; Ink: "Creamy Brown" Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink by Clearsnap; Punches: Square Punch by McGill, Double Circle Punch by EK Success, Grass Punch by Carla Craft, Kitty Punch, Unknown; Dimensionals: Unknown, Obtained in a Sticky Share; Adhesive: Scrap Fusion PA by Ivy Scraps

Monday, July 28, 2008

A Sketch Challenge Entry ... and a 15 Minute Project

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Happy Monday, boy (hi Curt!), and girls!

Today's 15 Minute card project was created for Di Hickman's sketch challenge. For more details on the challenge, or to view the sketch I almost followed, click HERE. I'll say good-bye now 'cuz once you get to Di's blog you're sure to be there for hours!

This card was made super-fast using a square punch, designer papers from My Mind's Eye, some chipboard letters, a round, metal-edge tag, and fluid chalk ink.

I stamped my sentiment on my DP using "Timber Brown" Staz-On ink, created a tag with my Tag Maker tool, then mounted the tag on black dimensionals. Finally, I sponged all the edges of my DP with "Chestnut Roan" fluid chalk ink, tied on some vintage baby rickrack, together with some not-so-vintage scraps of satin ribbon.

Di's challenges are v-e-r-y relaxed and she encourages her challenge players to use her sketch as a "jumping off" point ... allowing you to go where your Muse takes you. I really like her philosophy ... and it's a good thing, too, because my Muse certainly took me fairly far off the mark with this card! I created a second card, one in which I followed the sketch exactly, which I may (or may not, lol), post later this week; I just liked this one better.

Easy-peasy and ready to serve in just 15 Minutes!

Thanks so much for sharing part of your busy day with me; Y.K.Y.R.!

~Hugs,

Supplies ~ Card Stock: Bazzill; Designer Paper: "Bohemia" Collection, My Mind's Eye; Stamp: Papertrey Ink; Ink: Staz-On by Tsukineko, Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink by Clearsnap; Chipboard: Unknown; Fibers: Unknown; Tag Maker by Making Memories; Square Punch by McGill; Adhesive: Scrap Fusion PA by Ivy Scraps

Sunday, July 27, 2008

A RAK to Share ... And an Award to Pass On!

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I've been a baaaaaaaaaaad girl! Annapurna sent me this gorgeous card, together with some kewl clear stamps and fun embellishments, two weeks ago:

I put this baby into my "Keep" card stash, and promptly forgot about photographing it and sharing it here. So, my sincere apologies to Anna ... as well as my sincere thanks! You rock, Anna!


Then, last Thursday, the wonderful Risa of "Life's Simple Pleasures" awarded me this uber-kewl award:

Hmmmmm, I wonder if I could charge on it?

The rules that come with this BFF Gold Card are:

  1. The award must be passed on to five other bloggers;
  2. Four have to be dedicated followers of your blog;
  3. One has to be someone new or recently new to your blog, and live in another part of the world; and,
  4. You must link back to whoever gave you the award.

To be honest, I don't think I have four dedicated followers ... but, in spite of that, I pass this award on to:

  1. Allison;
  2. Anne;
  3. Erica;
  4. Jennifer; and,
  5. Julie

An after-thought: Notice how I've unconsciously put the names in alphabetical order ... WoWzA, that can't be normal, can it!?!?

I've left out a couple of my very favorite BFF bloggin' buddies 'cuz they've already received the award. But they already know how much I {heart} them; that, and the stalkin' ...

Aren't bloggin' Awards fun; they're like a love-fest with kewl graphics! Kinda like Woodstock ... without the kewl graphics ... or the two feet of mud.


Thanks so very much, Risa; I {heart} you big lots!

So, that's all for today girls and boy (hey, Curt). Thanks for swingin' by; hope to see you again tomorrow.

Thanks for sharing part of your busy day with me!

~Hugs,

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Walnut Ink Resist ... Using a Mini Mask

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Happy Saturday, boys and girls! I don't know about you, but I've loved Saturdays since I was a little kid ... 'cuz Saturday mornings meant just one thing: cartoons! Which has absolutely nothing to do with my post ... but when have I ever let that stop me!

Today's card project was created as an experiment: I wanted to see if I could create a mask resist using a Heidi Swapp mini-mask and walnut ink. As always, if you'd like a ginormous closer look, simply click on the photo.

I placed the mask on Xerox 110# card stock and sprayed on buckets (not really), of walnut ink. I like to really saturate the card stock, allowing the ink to pool up around the mask. Doing so, creates lots of kewl splotches and blotches of color making for a more interesting background.

In spite of the instructions, I left the mask in place overnight while the ink dried; when I removed it, I was really pleased with the results. I was afraid that the mask would allow the ink to seep underneath, ruining the project, but it held up just fine to my buckets (not really), of walnut ink. In fact, very little ink bled under the mask and, as an experiment, I touched up some areas with a Ranger Inkssentials opaque white pen. It blended in perfectly!

I created some flowers with craft punches, stamped and white heat embossed a sentiment, and attached a card stock bracket to the bottom of the card. Finally, I added a dot of Stickles in the center of each flower for some bling.

TIP: Always save the sheet your push-out die-cuts come in; you can easily trace new "die cuts" using the leftover negatives!

I'm pretty pleased with this technique and will definitely be trying it again with other mini-masks. If you create a mask-resist background, leave a comment and a link-up; I'd love to see your project!

Thanks so much for spending part of your busy weekend with me!

~Hugs,


Card Stock: Xerox 110#, CutCardStock; Designer Paper: "County Fair" Collection by October Afternoon; Stamp: Sentiment from Papertrey Ink; "Bird" Mini-Mask by Heidi Swapp; Ink: Versamark Watermark; Fine White Embossing Powder by Powder Keg; Walnut Ink: 7gypsies; White Opaque Pen: "Inkssentials" by Ranger Industries; Stickles by Ranger Industries; Various Craft Punches; File Tab Punch: Stampin' Up!; Adhesive: Scotch ATG 714, Scrap Fusion PA by Ivy Scraps

Friday, July 25, 2008

It's In the Next Cookie ... A Blog Challenge Entry

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Happy Friday, girls and boy (hey, Curt) ... yup, we're havin' Chinese tonight!

Today's card project was created for Allison's "Suggestive Sunday" blog challenge. This week, Allison asked that we create a humorous card ... so's to make her giggle. I'm not sure she'll giggle over this, but maybe I'll score a chuckle ... okay, maybe a smile.

I decided to use this sentiment stamp from Lost Angeles Rubber Works 'cuz all my other humorous stamps are "R" rated ... or just the tiniest bit sacrilegious ... and since this is a family show, I thought it best not to use 'em.

For my background, I used designer papers from DCWV's "Far East" collection, and created fortune cookies using Kraft card stock. Ummm, yes, that is what those three thingies are supposed to be ... I know it's a bit of a stretch, but short of gluing down real fortune cookies, this was the best I could do.

Do this: squint ... they look l-o-t-s more realistic that way. And who knows, these crazy little 'fortune cookies' just might provide Allison with that giggle she's lookin' for!

I double-matted my sentiment, adhered five Chinese coins, and finis! Dang, I wish I knew the Chinese word for 'finished!'

Update on the Y.ou K.now Y.ou R.ock "Rock the Cover" challenge: As of this writing, we have twelve totally awesome entries! I promise, you will be blown away by these cards! Click HERE to take a look at the "Rock the Cover" gallery. And I can't wait to see your card and inspiration CD cover ... and there's still plenty of time to play, so there goes that excuse, lolol!

Thanks so much for spending part of your busy Friday with me ... I swear, you guys are da bestest!

ETA: Okay, I finally figgered out what these 'fortune cookies' I've made look like: dumplings!! Steamed; not fried ...

~Hugs,

Thursday, July 24, 2008

"Tag, You're It!" A 15 Minute Project and a Blog Challenge Entry

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Happy Thursday, race fans!

Today's "15 Minute" project was created for the "Tag You're It" blog challenge. This week, the uber-kewl Anne and Sam's challenge theme is "fairies." So I made a tag for the tag challenge ... with a fairy ... a fairy tag for this week's "Tag You're It" fairy tag challenge! I do go on, huh?

This tag was created in a New York minute using a pre-made Bazzill card stock tag. I simply stamped my images in Versamark on scrap card stock and heat embossed with "Java Jolt" embossing powder ... my v-e-r-y favorite embossing powder ... then cut them out and adhered them to my tag:

I added a metal word charm, a skeleton key, and some funky fibers and voila! Done!

Easy-peasy and ready to serve in just 15 Minutes!

I have a question for all you heat embossing pros: My Marvy heat tool is on it's last legs (sob ~ good-bye, old friend), and I'm in need of some recommendations for a new gun. I hear lots of good things about the Milwaukee Heat Tool, Model 1400, but I'm wondering if there's something else available as good, or better, that you'd recommend. If it cost less, well, so much the better! LOL, I want it all and I want it now! Seriously, I truly appreciate any heat gun info you can pass along.

Thanks so much for sharing part of your busy day with me ~ I {heart} you guys lots and lots!

~Hugs,


Card Stock Tag: Bazzill; Card Stock: DCWV; Stamps: Fairy by Inkadinkado, Flower Circles by Papertrey Ink; Ink: Versamark; Embosssing Powder by Comotion; Metal Word Charm by Making Memories; Skeleton Key by 7gypsies; Split Ring: Unknown; Fibers: Various; Adhesive: Scrap Fusion by Ivy Scraps

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Just Because ... I Wanted To

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Happy Wednesday, K-Mart shoppers! Sorry; I don't know where that came from ...

Today's card project was created 'just because' I felt like it ... no, I kid! This card was created for Sharon's "Stamp Simply" challenge. This week, Sharon challenged us to create a card using 1.) a flower; and, b.) the color purple. And so I did. Both.

I stamped my flourish, from Pink Cat Studio, on my card stock base using "Royal Purple" Staz-On ink, then created some flowers using card stock and craft punches. I added some gold rhinestone-like thingies for the centers.

My sentiment was also stamped in royal purple ink on DCWV card stock, then cut in the 'Bug using a die from Spellbinder's Shapeabilities "Ribbon Trio Tags." I added some yellow grosgrain ribbon, and tah dah!

Normally, I credit the various stamp manufacturers right on my image, but for some crazy reason, my image editing program won't allow me to today. I'm hoping this is just a temporary thang, but who knows ... and I don't want to reinstall 'cuz I'll lose dozens of really kewl plug-ins. Anyway, the stamps I used in this project are copyright to Pink Cat Studio (the flourish), and Cornish Heritage Farms (the sentiment).

Thanks so much for sharing part of your busy day with me!

~Hugs,


Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Woohoo! An Award Thingie, A RAK, and I'm an Orange!

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Happy Tuesday everyone!

Just a quick post today ... I have some stuff to share with you and then my Mojo and I are takin' a short vacation to Key West.

First, the fabulous
Allison of Stampin' When I Can, has this very kewl award she gives out every now and then. Well, I guess it's a "now" 'cuz Allison awarded me, among others, this:

Thank you, Allison!!! I think you're a rockin' blogger, too ... but you already know that!

And, lookie what the mail-person brought me:

Isn't this the cutest card ever?!? I think so, too!

The wonderful Risa of
Life's Simple Pleasures sent this to me and I {heart} it!! I'm such a huge fan of her work so it's soooo nice to have an original. And what could be better than one original Risa card? How 'bout two:

Risa also sent me this super-cute get 'whale' card ... and some paper flowers, some beautifully stamped images, and some Dew Drops, too! What a great surprise, I can't tell you how much it means to me. Thanks so much Risa; you know I {heart} you!

Finally Allison, the
undisputed Queen of all Blog Quizzes, suggested (sorta), that I take this "What Kind of Fruit Are You?" blog quiz. So, I did:

You're an Orange!



You have a zest for life, especially for anything colorful, wild, or dramatic.

You have a unique take on the world, and you're not afraid to be a little funky.

You are a bit reserved toward people who don't know you well.

You have a thick skin, which can protect you from anything that goes wrong in your life.

Once someone does get to know you, they totally "get" and appreciate you.

Your friends see you as a bright person with a refreshing take on life.

(Kinda kewl me being an "orange" since I'm literally surrounded by orange groves!)

Now, you go:


Okay, girls and boy, (hi Curt!), that is all for today ... I just wanted to share all this fun stuff with you and, more importantly, I wanted so stay well within the perimeters of Stamping Blogdom's Official Rules and Regulations, Section IV, Sub-Section: RAK's, Chapter: Public Acknowledgement, Paragraph 5.

Updated for Annapurna: Said Official Rules and Regulations, Section IV, Sub-Section: RAK's, Chapter: Public Acknowledgement, Paragraph 5 reads, "you are required to post and share your RAK's within a 30 day period, allowing additional time if receiver is ill, out of the country, or without Internet access."

Thanks so much for sharing part of your busy day with me; hope to see you tomorrow!


And thanks again, Risa: Y.K.Y.R.!!

~Hugs,



Monday, July 21, 2008

Hey Tweetie ...

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Happy Monday, boys and girls!

Today's card project was created using designer paper from Daisy D's, a Grungeboard flourish, a felt bird, and a chipboard heart.

This is one of those projects that started out to be one thing and totally turned out to be something else! Don't ask, it's a long story ...

I added some DP from Daisy D's "Girlfriends" collection to my card stock base, added some embellies, applied two scalloped edges (created with my slit punch), and attached nine pink eyelets using a Crop-a-Dile.

I applied some Colorbox Brush Pigment ink to the grungeboard ... I'm not sure how I feel about this product yet. While it did take the ink beautifully, I'm not sure it's something you have to have. Chipboard would be a good substitute I guess. But since I have three packages of this stuff, I better start using, and hopefully, liking this product.

My sentiment, from Cornish Heritage Farms, was stamped using "Timber Brown" Staz-On solvent ink. I added some brads, a bit of ribbon, and a tiny felt bird, and finis!

Thanks so much for spending part of your busy day with me; you rock!

~Hugs,


Card Stock: Bazzill and DCWV; Designer Paper by Daisy D's; Stamp: "Pretty Bird" Cornish Heritage Farms; Inks: Colorbox Pigment Brush Ink by Clearsnap, Staz-On by Tsukineko; Grungeboard: Tim Holtz Ideology; Felt Bird by Maya Road; Brads and Eyelets: Unknown; Grosgrain Ribbon: Unknown; Tiny Gemstone by Hero Arts; Adhesive: ATG 714, The Ultimate by Api, and Scrap Fusion by Ivy Fusion; Tools: Crop-a-Dile by We Are Memory Keepers; Slit Punch: Stampin' Up!; Dies: Nestabilities by Spellbinder's; Die-Cut Machine: Provo Craft

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Little Blessings Make Life a Joy ...

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Today's card project was created for no good reason except that I wanted to color it use this stamp! And speaking of this stamp, does anyone know who manufactured it? I've had it for-evuh and it's unmounted so I haven't a clue.

These designer papers were hangin' out on my worktable from a recent project and, since they had to be stowed away in my paper cupboard, I decided I'd rather use 'em than put them away. Talk about lazy craftin', huh?!? But if you ever saw my paper cupboard, you'd know exactly how much of a chore it is putting paper back in an organized fashion. And when I say "organized" I mean filing them by manufacturer and then by color. Just a little OCD'ish, huh?

I stamped my image on Xerox 110# card stock, then colored it in using Copic markers. Using a cloud template and Sky Blue fluid chalk ink, I added clouds behind the flyin' angel. You have to click on the image to see the clouds ... and even then they're hard to discern.

I cut out my stamped image with a die from Nesties Large Classic Ovals and matted it on lavender card stock using dimensionals.

Finally, I added a lavender binder clip, some 1/4" wide grosgrain ribbon, four brads, four photo corners and, finis!!

Thanks so much for sharing part of your day with me ... and have a great weekend: you deserve it!

~Hugs,



Card Stock: Bazzill, Xerox 110#; Designer Papers: Making Memories and Deja Views; Stamp: Unknown; Inks: "Black Soot" Distress Ink by Ranger, Colorbox "Sky Blue" Fluid Chalk Ink by Clearsnap; Color Medium: Copic Markers; Brads: Unknown, Found in Mt. Brad; Binder Clip: Unknown, Found in Mt. Binder Clip; Photo Corner Punch: Stampin' Up!; Die-Cut Machine: Provo Craft; Oval Dies: Nestabilities by Spellbinder's; Grosgrain Ribbon: Unknown, Obtained in a Ribbon Share; Dimensionals: Unknown, Obtained in a Sticky Share; Adhesive: Scotch ATG 714

Friday, July 18, 2008

White-Out ... A Blog Challenge Entry

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Happy Friday, boys and girls!

Today's card project was created for Allison's "Suggestive Sunday" blog challenge. This week, Allison's challenge required the use of white ink somewhere, anywhere, on your project. On, no, not white ink!?!?

In the meantime, though, my BFF sent me a wonderful packie full of all kinds of kewl toys, including this neat Inkadinkado stamp. The second I laid eyes on it, I thought of Hershey Kisses. Nope, I never, not even for a second, thought about kissing, being kissed, or blowing kisses ... not me, I thought of chocolate!

I created my "kisses" by creating a template, then tracing it on aluminum foil. I cut them out, and stuffed them with a bit of cotton ball fluff to give 'em a little dimension. I cut and twisted some tiny strips of white tissue paper to create the pulls.

Using a stamp positioner, I stamped my sentiment on dark brown card stock. Would you believe it took three stampings to get the white ink to show up bright enough to use?!? Oh. Yes, I guess you would ...

I mounted the sentiment using dimensionals and mats cut with Nesties, and used ticket-corner-punched chocolate, I mean brown, and white card stock for the background.

Finally, I embellished the corners with some really neat silver rhinestones that Anna sent to me.

I'm sure no one will ever mistake my funky aluminum foil kisses for the real deal, but overall, I'm pretty okay with 'em. Now, hand over the chocolate and no one gets hurt ...

Thanks so much for spending part of your busy day with me!

~Hugs,


PS: Check out the "Y.ou K.now Y.ou R.ock" challenge card gallery ... we already have four awesome entries! Clickie HERE to see 'em!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Here, Have a Cupcake ... a 15 Minute Project

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Today's 15 Minute project was created in a nano-second using die-cuts!

Using my Sizzix cupcake die, I cut out three cupcakes on different colored card stock, then put the cupcake back together again using elements of the die in different colors. If you click on the image, you'll notice that I put the top layer of the frosting through the Cuttlebug "Divine Swirl" embossing folder.

I stamped my sentiment on Kraft card stock, then cut it out using a Nesties Large Classic Circle die, and mounted it on a scrap of pink card stock cut with a Nestie die from the Petite Scallop set.

Finally, I added some pink grosgrain ribbon around the front of the card and applied some Crystal Lacquer to the 'cherry' for a little dimension and shine.

Easy-peasy and ready to serve in just 15 Minutes ... and who doesn't love chocolate cupcakes with strawberry frosting, huh?!?

Thanks so much for sharing part of your busy day with me; YKYR!

~Hugs,


Card Stock: Bazzill, DCWV, and CutCard Stock; Stamps: Stampendous; Ink: Staz-On; Cuttlebug "Divine Swirl" Embossing Folder; Crystal Lacquer; Cupcake Die: "Cupcake #3" by Sizzix; Circle Dies from Spellbinder's Nestabilities Collection; Die-Cut Machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft; Ribbon: Michaels; Adhesive: Dimensionals and Scotch ATG 714


Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Tag Card Revisited ... a 15 Minute Project

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Today's 15 Minute project was created for this week's "Tag, You're It" challenge. The theme this time around is color, specifically the colors brown, red, and cream.

I created this 5" x 7" card super-fast using card stock, die-cuts, and some metal. I die-cut and paper pierced some card stock circles, matted them on scalloped edge mats, and stamped my image, from Papertrey Ink, using "Timber Brown" Staz-On solvent ink.

I cut my Kraft card stock into a tag shape and added a red eyelet to create a hanger. And yes, I tied some funky fibers through the hanger but they just didn't look right on such a huge "tag."

Finally, I added some wire and some "Fresh Tag" die-cuts mounted on dimensionals, and finis! Easy-peasy and ready to serve in just 15 Minutes!

This card is either too late for Valentine's Day '08, or too early for Valentine's Day '09, but either way, I'll be adding this tag card to my stash ... 'cuz you never know when you'll need a special card to defuse a hoppin'-mad DH, KWIM?!?

Thanks so much for spending part of your busy day with me!

~Hugs,


PS: Sorry the pix is sooooo dark; it's rainy season here is So Florida and it's been rainin' since ... um, May.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Are you ready to R.ock!?!

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I've been hinting for awhile about a "project" the fabulous Julie and I have been working on. Well, boys and girls, it's time to see who "rocks" in the stamping world! If you love to crank up your tunes while you work on your latest stamp creations - then our new challenge blog might just be playing your song: Y.OU K.NOW Y.OU R.OCK!


Our first challenge calls for you to take the CD that is currently in your player and be inspired in some way, shape, or form, by its cover in creating your card. We're on the Honor System kids, so I must admit that the CD rocking my player is Mandy Moore's "Wild Hope." Here's my inspiration cover:

And here's the paper bag card I created inspired by this cover:
I worked off the filmy, lacy dress, and the cowboy boots ... it was difficult, but I ignored the owl. Aside from the fact that owls are everywhere right now, I wanted to create a card with more of a western feel.

If you want to check out the rest of the deets and take us up on our challenge - check it out HERE.

You can also see Julie's fab card that was inspired by The Black Eyed Peas "Monkey Business" CD and find out what you get if you win!

Remember, we need to see pix of your card AND your inspiration CD cover, okeedokee?!?

Can't wait to see what you come up with!
~Hugs,

Monday, July 14, 2008

A Basket Full of (Edible) Flowers ='s Two Challenge Entries

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Okay, the reason I put "edible" in the post title ^, is because: 1.) nasturtiums actually are edible ... (they're supposed to be nasturtiums ... please humor me); and, b.) I'm tryin' to qualify for this week's One Powerful Hour blog challenge. Oh, and also for Sharon's "Stamp Simply" challenge. Sharon's theme this week is to "Give Thanks," which has nothing to do with edible flowers but has everything to do with the sentiment I stamped. So, today's card project is a twofer!

I just discovered (Annapurna hooked me up), One Powerful Hour's challenge blog and I love the ground rules: you must complete your piece from start to finish in just 1 hour, including cleaning up after yourself. Since I'm the self-appointed Queen of the 15 Minute project, I had to play along. This week's theme is "Food and/or Beverage" ... hence, the edible flowers.

I created my "basket" by weaving Bazzill card stock strips together ... like we did in first grade, 'member? Then, using various craft punches, I created the flowers and leaves and glued them down on the card stock.

Here's a closer look:

Or, for a ginormous look, simply click on the image.

My sentiment was stamped on Xerox 110# card stock using a stamp from Papertrey Ink using Timber Brown Staz-On solvent ink, die cut it, and mounted it on a piece of looped ribbon.

Tomorrow, I'll give you all the details regarding what Julie Koerber and I have hatched up ... so, check back then ... and make note of what CD you're listening to in your home, car, or studio, okeedokee?!?

Thanks so much for spending part of your Monday with me; YKYR!

~Hugs,


Card Stock: Bazzill Basic, DCWV, and Xerox 110#; Stamp: Papertrey Ink; Ink: Staz-On; Pencil: Prismacolor; Markers: Zig; 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon; Die: Large Classic Oval Set by Spellbinder's; Die-Cut Machine: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft; Various Craft Punches; Adhesives: Scotch ATG 714 and "The Ultimate" by Api



Saturday, July 12, 2008

Just Because ... Because it's a Blog Challenge Entry!

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Today's card project was created for the July edition of Poetic Artistry's "Mojo Madness" blog challenge. For more details on Julee's challenge, or to see the sketch I followed, click HERE.

I made a tiger lily using pink Prism card stock, shading with Twinkling H2O's, then dotted the petals with a Zig marker. The leaves and the stamen were created using Bazzill cardstock in "Ivy."

I stamped my sentiment with "Timber Brown" ink on Xerox 110# card stock, cut it out and embossed it using the smallest die from "Megabilities" Long Classic Rectangle set. I matted the sentiment on a scrap of pink die-cut card stock and, using black dimensionals, adhered the matted sentiment to Bazzill card stock and cut a border using a Fiskars punch.

I matted my flower, added three ribbon brads from Hot Off the Press, and finis!

Thanks so much for sharing part of your busy day with me; YKYR!

~Hugs,


Card Stock: Prism and Bazzill Basics; Designer Paper: Making Memories; Stamp: Papertrey Ink; Ink: "Timber Brown" Staz-On; Color Medium: "Blushing Rose" Twinkling H2O's, Zig Marker; Ribbon Brads: Hot Off the Press; Dies: Long Classic Rectangle and Long Classic Scallop Megabilities by Spellbinder's; Border Punch: "Threading Water" by Fiskars; Die-Cut Machine: Provo Craft; Adhesive: Scotch ATG 714, Black Dimensionals, and "The Ultimate" by Api

Friday, July 11, 2008

Enjoy Simple Pleasures ... A 15 Minute Project

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Happy Friday, everyone!

Today's "15 Minute" project was created in a flash using die cuts and an easy-to-color image from Hero Arts.

I stamped my image on Xerox 110# card stock, then colored it with Koh-I-Noor pencils, blending with Gamsol.

I matted the stamped image using black dimensionals on dark brown card stock cut with a Large Rectangle Die. I also die cut two brackets from the Cuttlebug "Olivia" alphabet set and used my slit punch to create a scalloped edge.

Finally, I applied two antique copper metal photo corners; to keep them from floppin' around on my card, I clipped the prongs off and glued them down to my card front.

Easy-peasy and ready to serve in just 15 Minutes!

Thanks so much for sharing part of your day with me; have a great weekend!

~Hugs,


Card Stock: Bazzill, Xerox 110#; Stamp by Hero Arts; Ink: "Black Soot" Distress Ink by Ranger; Color Medium: Koh-I-Noor Woodless Coloured Pencils; Gamsol by Gamblin; Paper Stump by Creative Mark; Dies: Large Classic Rectangle and Large Scallop Rectangle by Spellbinder's; Bracket Die: "Olivia" Alphabet Set by Provo Craft; Metal Photo Corners: Unknown, found in Mt. Photo Corner; Slit Punch: Stampin' Up!; Die Cut Machine by Provo Craft; Adhesives: Scotch ATG 714, Black Dimensionals, Scrap Fusion by Ivy Scraps, and "The Ultimate" by Api

Thursday, July 10, 2008

"Words, Words, Words" ... a 15 Minute Project

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Today's card project was created for Allison's "Suggestive Sunday" blog challenge. This week, Allison's challenge required that you create a card using just one sentiment stamp ... no other stamps allowed.

I decided that this challenge was the perfect opportunity to show some love to this kewl sentiment stamp from River City Rubber Works. Soooo, I loved it with "Burnt Umber" hybrid ink, stamping on Kraft card stock.

I used designer paper from Cosmo Cricket's "Souvenir" collection for my main mat, cutting some flourishes and a scalloped edge mat for the sentiment from the reverse side of the same paper. Using my slit punch, I created a matching scallop border, attaching it inside the card.

I adhered a ribbon around the card, tied a scrap of matching ribbon on for a bow, inked up all my edges, and finis! Easy-peasy and ready to serve in just 15 Minutes!

Couple of things: Julie "Jewels" Koerber and I have put our heads together and are working on a fun project to share with all of you. Look for an announcement on our blogs very soon!

Also, Julie has also made the top 20 finalists in PaperCrafts magazine's "Gallery Idol" contest!! Please visit PaperCrafts web site and cast your vote for the amazingly talented Julie. Simply click HERE, (you'll have to scroll down a bit; Julie's ID is "outtoimpress"), to see all the top finalists' cards and to vote. Congrats, Jewels: YKYR!!!!

Thanks so much for sharing part of your day with me ... I really appreciate your visits and your comments. You guys rock!

~Hugs,


Card Stock: Bazzill; Designer Paper: "Souvenir" Collection by Cosmo Cricket; Stamp: "Pretending to be Normal" by River City Rubber Works; Ink: "Burnt Umber" Palette Hybrid by Stewart Superior and Colorbox "Chestnut Roan" Fluid Chalk Ink by Clearsnap; Ribbon: Unknown, Obtained in a Ribbon Share; Classic Petite and Scallop Petite Oval Dies by Spellbinder's; Flourishes Die by Sizzix; Slit Punch: Stampin' Up!; Die-Cut Machine by Provo Craft; Adhesives: Scotch ATG 714 and "Scrap Fusion" by Ivy Scraps; Black Dimensionals: Unknown, Obtained in a Sticky Share