Saturday, January 31, 2009
I "almost" didn't post this card here today, because I'm not quite happy with it. This was done for the Limited Supplies Challenge on SCS (make a Clean and Simple Card...ie no coloring...) and for Sharon Johnson's Stamp Simply Challenge...this weeks theme is LOVE... HOWEVER, I did post it to my Split Coast Stampers gallery last night and got THE MOST COMMENTS of ALL MY CARDS EVER on it... so I guess a couple of people like it (LOL)...so I'm posting it here today.
Really, the only thing I did to this tree was add the red hearts to it from an ANCIENT stamp I had from CTMH...we're talking 15+ years for this stamp...anyway, I think it "makes" the card... enjoy...recipe below...horse adventure below THAT...
- Stamps: Penny Black Fantasy, CTMH Hearts
- Ink: Stazon Black, Marvy Cherry
- Other: Organza Ribbon
THE SKY IS FALLING
Now most days I have the job every little girl dreams of...I get to play with horses all day. Ask any little girl what they want to do when they group up, ballerina, nurse, teacher, mommy, cowgirl are typical answers...and the romantic visions of taking a wild mustang, putting it in a round pen and breaking it out in an hour like you see in the WESTERNS...is well...a CROCK! Many long hours and wet saddle pads are put into each broke horse you see and for every show horse, many MORE hours are put into THAT horse perfecting it, making what LOOKS easy, well LOOK easy even though it isn't (like a duck on a pond...smooth on top, paddling like anything underneath!).
Now horses have "moods", just like people, mares have "hair flip" days, young horses can be spirited and the older horses can be lazy, but then there are days where they ALL have a bug up their hind end and darn near NOTHING get's done...(well nothing this HUMAN wants done at any rate)...and yesterday was one of those days. It was cold outside yesterday, but the sun was shining and warmed up the indoor arena VERY nicely...so nicely that the snow on the roof started to melt. The first horse I rode, a "barely" broke two year old (when I say barely, I mean I ride this one by itself, stearing, stopping, etc. is all PURELY OPTIONAL from the horse's point of view at this point...LOL), but a really good natured baby, gave me some problems, which is VERY unusual for my "happy go lucky" mount, but ok, he's a baby, they do that...we do some ground exercises, I get on again, end on a good note (always MUST end on a good note with each and every horse!) and put him up and get out the next charge.
THEN it happens, as the next horse is being lunged (this is a riderless horse going around in a circle to run out their excess energy before I ride it)...the snow has melted enough it SLIDES down the steel ,metal roof...it sounds like (to a horse)...THE SKY IS FALLING.... and of course it hasn't melted enough to go ALL THE WAY OFF THE ROOF...OH NO... it slides a few feet and then "rests" with the rest of the snow that is now dripping off the side of the room... Now what do horses do when they think the SKY IS FALLING? Well BOLT of course, with or without a rider...sigh....so we did a LOT Of ground work yesterday...which is WAAAAAAAYYYYYYY more work for the horseless rider, but a lot safer... the snow isn't entirely off the roof yet and we've got LOADS of lessons today, I'm hoping for a cloudy day (wink!)....wish me luck!
Friday, January 30, 2009
Stamps: HM Donut Bliss, Sentiment Studio G
Paper: Creative Imaginations Sweet Tooth, Imaginisce Baby Powder Baby's Breath
Ink: Staz On
Other: Grosgrain Ribbon, Queen & Co Heart Brads, Colored Pencils
- I would love to inspire others with my work. I am also good with deadlines and enjoy challenges. I think it would be great to share a comraderie with the other team members. I also LOVE the House Mouse line, I hope my passion shows through my work.
Thank you for your consideration!
Thursday, January 29, 2009
- Stamps: SU Think Happy Thoughts, House Mouse Make a Wish 02
- Paper: My Minds Eye
- Punches: All by EK Success
- Other: Stickles, Paper Piercer, Pop Dot, Colored Pencils
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
ANYWAY, below is card...looks kind of familiar doesn't it? This was actually for the Paper Craft Planet Sketch Challenge AND the Cute Card Thursday Challenge (which was to make a Valentine)...and I wanted another go with Tilda sitting in an open heart, but with RED instead... This is a large card, it measures 5" X 7"...and it's HEAVY, I think I might have to put a penny weight on the back to keep it from falling forward...I have SEVEN buttons on the front making it a little tipsy... I enjoyed paper pleating so much yesterday I wanted to try a pleated flower...(for a tutorial go here), and after a couple of tries I got one done the size I wanted it. I then put my sentiment tag over the top of it. I added seven buttons below Tilda and put heart stickers over the holes. Everything else is pretty straight forward.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Second, recruiting...would you like to join a blog ring with some bloggers that do mostly "Cutesy" cards? Blogger Group 8 is recruiting a few more to join our happy little family. The benefits are meeting some wonderfully talented ladies, visiting their blogs and stretching outside of your own little 'net world and getting more people to visit your blog and comment on your postings. If you are interested, we have a post on Split Coast Stampers...go here, just sign up if you're interested...
Card?...did somebody say something about a card? Oh yeah, "I" did, didn't I? This is a dual challenge card...this week I joined Split Coast Stampers Try a New Technique challenge...it was to make a pleat somewhere on your card. I had never done this before and I have to admit I saw it in a magazine about a year ago and LOVED it, but never tried it. I did try it tonight, it's easy and I LOVED the results! I used Amy Rysavy's Friday Sketch and decided to do a Valentine's Card. This first photo is just to show the pleats on the card...the second photo is straight on, hope you like it! Recipe is below...
- Stamps: CTMH Be My Valentine
- Ink: Studio G White
- Paper: Chatterbox Hearts Blossom
- Punches: Heart Emagination, Martha Stewart Lace Broder, Quikutz Heart, Fern Unknown
- Other: K & Co Heart Stickers
Monday, January 26, 2009
I also spent MOST of yesterday cleaning my craft room (K has ANOTHER word for it ... but we won't go there, but I'm SURE you can guess it!)...I actually FOUND MY FLOOR! I had rearranged my room a couple of months earlier but hadn't found a home for everything so I had a tiny little path and boxes EVERYWHERE! I finally found my organizing mojo yesterday and went to town...I'm not completely done, but boy did I find stuff I've been looking for and stuff I forgot I had!
Anyway, hope you like my Blog Make Over...and a new Header will be showing up soon!
psssst...it's a two post kind of day...so be sure to scroll down to find a card!
They are having a February Guest Designer call and I have decided to toss my hat in the ring, so-to-speak. Part of the requirements for the Guest Designer call was to make a card with an animal and using the following sketch:
So since I'm lacking in Whimsy Stamps, I decided to use one of my Happy Hoppers from House Mouse, I just love this little bunny, he looks so R.E.L.A.X.E.D.!
I colored him in with colored pencils, added some stickles to his steam and cut him out with my Nestabilities Rectangle die. I layered him and then I added a panel embossed with my Cuttlebug Embossing Folder Swirls. I then put all that on dp by Adornit (Winter Collection - Snowball Fight) which I had added some flourishes by Inkadinkado (Dot Flourishes) and glittered the dots with MS glitter. I also pierced the edge and inked the edge slightly.
I had a hard time finding "just the right" sentiment in the space I had left...so I printed my own out with brown ink on my printer, inked the edge and also pierced it and backed it in brown paper, I added a few hearts from K & Co. I then added some organza ribbon to the bottom! The recipe is below as usual!
- Stamps: House Mouse Happy Hopper Bunny Bath, Inkadinkado Dot Flourishes
- DP: Adornit Carolee's Creations Winter Collection Snowball Fight
- Ink: Staz On Black, Tim Holtz Antique Brown
- Dies: Nestabilities Rectangle, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder Swirls
- Other: Paper Piercer, K & Co Hearts, Organza Ribbon, Stickles, Martha Stewart Glitter
Sunday, January 25, 2009
These stamps are by Alota and the Magnolia's sit just perfectly in them! Be sure to go to Pretty Pressings to see her card with Tilda sitting in one of these frames (which work with Nestabilities!).
Saturday, January 24, 2009
The bear stamp is called My Beary Best Friend by Stamping Bella. I don't see this little guy too often, I think he's overlooked by other stampers...the minute I saw him, I fell in love with him...in fact he's the sole reason I have any Bella's at all! I just couldn't resist his beary existence! Anyway, this card is very straight forward, enjoy! Recipe is below (like you didn't know that! wink!)
- Stamps: My Beary Best Friend by Stamping Bella, Sentiment by Studio G
- Paper: Heidi Swapp
- Other: Threading Water Border Punch, Ribbon, K & Co Heart Sticker, Colored Pencils, Rectangle Nestabilities
Friday, January 23, 2009
My first card is a wedding card I did for a relative to give, I used a REALLY old SU wedding set, stamped the couple and sentiment in metallic gold ink. I then cut and embossed the couple with my Nestabilites Label 1 die and punched out the flower, added some detail and a rhinestone (there's that bling again!) and put it all on an embossed background from my Cuttlebug Embossing Swiss Dots folder. Keep scrolling down, I've got LOTS of cards today (and they are mostly Magnolia!)
- Stamp: SU retired Wedding Set
- Ink: Studio G Metallic gold
- Dies: Nestabilities Label 1
- Embossing: Cuttlebug Swiss Dots
- Other: Ribbon, Rhinestone, Punched flower
Here's my 2nd card for the Card Sketch a Day blog. This is Tilda with a Muffin and I've put her on some yummy DCWV Sweet Shoppe paper (don't they go hand in hand? Tilda and her muffin/cupcake and the cupcake paper?) And of course I had to put some pink in there... I added some lace with my Martha Stewart lace punch and the sentiment is from a Studio G set. Enjoy...and KEEP SCROLLING! Lots to look at...tee hee!
- Stamp: Magnolia Tilda Holding a Flower
- Ink: Staz On Black, Tim Holtz Antique Photo
- Paper: K & Co.
- Punches: Martha Stewart Lace Punch, Posh Impressions Heart, EK Success Flower
- Dies: Nestabilities Rectangle, Cuttlebug Tag
- Other: Pearls, Organza Ribbon, Heart Pin, Piercing Tool
I used my Tilda with a Pink Heart and colored her in with colored pencils and then cut her out. I sat her on a Silouhette Heart that I cut out using my Cricut George cartridge. I raised both the heart and Tilda with pop dots.
For the scalloped heart with the sentiment, I stamped the sentiment, punched out the heart and then cut out 3 small scallop oval nestabilites and pieced it together, I aged it (along with the rest of the card) with Tim Holtz Antique Photo, added a Prima flower, a K & Co. heart sticker and two colors of organza ribbon (gold and pink). The recipe is below...there are several photos here showing you the detail of my card. Hope you like!
- Stamps: Magnolia Tilda w/Pink Heart, CTMH Sentiment
- Die Cuts: Open Heart by Cricut George Cart, Small Heart by Martha Stewart Punch, Oval Scallop Nestabilities for Scallop around small heart
- Paper: K & Co.
- Ink: Staz On Black, Tim Holtz Antique Photo
- Other: Heart Stickers by K & Co., Prima Flower, Organza Ribbon, Heart Charm, Piercing Tool
Thursday, January 22, 2009
- Stamps: Grasshopper Fluffles, CTMH To Keep In Touch
- Punch: Heart by Posh Impressions, Labels 1 Nestabilities
- Paper: My Minds Eye
- Flower: Queen & Co.
- Dew Drop: Robins Nest
- Other: Pop Dot
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
- Cameo Coral
- Old Olive
- Night of Navy
The dream team of this blog had done fantastic things with their cards...I was just hoping I could pull it off.... Once I was done panicking and started looking at the colors and my dp, I thought maybe, just maybe I could pull it off...
So I chose Bunny Bath, cut him out with my rectangle Nestabilities, colored him in with colored pencils and added some stickles to his steam. I then backed him in Navy and decided to put him on a slight slant. I then sat there and pondered HOW I was going to add the Cameo Coral, and I spied in my "Valentines" stuff a pack of stickers by Marah Johnson that had the word BLISS on it...PERFECT and "almost" Cameo Coral, so I decided to use it...doesn't the Bunny LOOK like he's in BLISS? I also spied my long forgotten heart punch and added some hearts and prima flowers with REAL Swarvoski rhinestones...so pretty (Ya know I gotta have my bling!).
So what do you think? Did I pull of this color challenge? As always, recipe below...Recipe:
- Stamp: House Mouse Bunny Bath
- Ink: Staz On
- Paper: My Minds Eye
- Punch: Posh Impressions
- Ribbon: American Crafts
- Flowers: Prima
- Other: Stickles, Swarvoski Rhinestones, Pop Dots
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
- Stamp: Furball Fluffles by Stampendous
- Paper: The Paper Group (bought it at Big Lots...had never seen it before!)
- Punches: Cricut George Cart 1 1/2", Nestabilites Circle and Scalloped Circle
- Other: Pop Dot and Stickles
Monday, January 19, 2009
- Stamps: Rockabella by Stamping Bella, Sentiment by H & M
- Paper: The Paper Studio
- Ink: Staz On
- Other: Rectangular Nestabilities, Heart Brads by Queen & Co, Ribbon from Hobby Lobby
Sunday, January 18, 2009
I decided to enter Split Coast Stampers sketch challenge this week (go HERE for the details). I actually had this image colored and cut for another sketch challenge and it just wasn't working! I think it works great for this sketch though...I again used my favorite yummy paper from the Sweet Shoppe DCWV stack, and a cupcake punch (Martha Stewart) to finish this off...and of course had to use one of my favorite color combos...pink and brown...yummy! I added stickles to the flame and all of the cupcakes...gotta have some bling in there somewhere! Below is the recipe...
- Stamps: House Mouse Make a Wish 02, Sentiment by Studio G
- Paper: Sweet Shoppe by DCWV
- Punch/Die: Martha Stewart Cupcake, Rectangle Nestabilities
- Other: Stickles and Pop Dots
Friday, January 16, 2009
- Stamp: Autumn Leaves On the Edge, Studio G Sentiment
- Ink: Staz-On
- Punches: CM Square
- Embossing: Cuttlebug Swiss Dots
- Other: Foam Heart by American Crafts, Hobby Lobby Ribbon, Pop Dots
Use cereal boxes for chipboard for your cards (not sure how ac/lf they would be to scrapbook)! Just cut the cereal box up and run it through your diecut machine...a couple of gals over there have also run them through their Cricuts...
So there's your thrifty tip of the day!
Thursday, January 15, 2009
- Stamp: House Mouse Dream Puff
- Paper: Basic Grey
- Die: Labels One from Spellbinders
- Punch: Martha Stewart Lace
- Other: Heart Pin, 1/2 Pearls, Organza Ribbon
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
The first card I made using Stamping Bella's Bella on a cupcake, however I cut her off of the cupcake! I just LOVE this daisy paper and wish I had purchased more of it! I think I could make TONS of cards using it! I added some daisies to this card also outlining them with a blue colored pencil to make the white pop a bit and added some Stickles to the center of them.
- Stamps: Stamping Bella Bella on a Cupcake, Sentimeny by Hero Arts
- Paper: Sorry...I have forgotten! oops!
- Punches: EK Success, Cuttlebug Tag
- Other: Cricut George Cart for Circles, Colored Pencils, Stickles
I also created a "Love" card for Valentine's Day using one of the stamps sets I won off of Jennifer McGuires Blog. I added the crown (which I cut from the patterned paper) and added some bling to it with some rhinestones. I also used one of my favorite color combos for this card...pink and brown (love that combo)! I also added a little heart charm (found in the wedding section at Wal-Mart) to finish this card off. This is a little bit of a creative stretch for me since I usually do "cutesy" type of cards, but I think it works.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
I used Cuttlebug Embossing folders, and Nestabilities dies (circle and scalloped circle). I colored my busy lil bee with colored pencils and could NOT get any of my white gel pens to work (sigh) so I added little pearls on his cheeks instead. I also stickled his wings AND his cheeks as well as the brads on the flowers and sentiment.