Friday, February 27, 2009

Vellum Challenge at Flourishes

This week's Timeless Tuesday Challenge at Flourishes was to do a project with vellum. That's definitely something I don't use much of, so this was a good challenge for me. I used my Labels 2 Nestability for my vellum paper and my image paper. My cake is an image from Flourishes "Birthday Celebrations" and I circle-masked it and stamped my basket-weave stamp that we were given at the Flourishes SD Week-end. On the top of the vellum I stamped the sentiment. The DP is from Basic Grey's Two Scoops and the edges are punched with my MS punch. It all sits on top of black CS. My ribbon is from PTI and the corners have half-pearls in graduated sizes. I'm really liking this set and I know I'll be using it a lot. Thanks for stopping by. Yesterday I was in bed all day with the flu so I'm so thankful that was short-lived. I still haven't done my HM post and I've been honored with more awards that I want to post and share, so I'll be back as soon as I can with more. Have a lovely Friday. It's Friday....Yay!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Fabulously Fun Flourishes Week-end

What a fun and fabulous week-end we had with Flourishes at their first ever Stamper's Dream "retreat". I would encourage any of you who can attend the next one to do so. We had the privilege of being taught by Becca Feeken (Amazing Paper Grace), Faith Hofrichter (Stampin' with Markie's Mom) and Jan Marie Caruso....#1 Flourish herself. We also did projects put together by Julie Koerber (Out to Impress), Latisha Yoast (A Busy Little Craftee Bee), Laura Fredricksen (Snapnextras) and Linda Duke (Linda's Works of Heart). The final session was a mini workshop by Marianne Walker (I Like Markers) who was here to teach the Copic Certification Class on Monday that most of us attended. Thank you all, ladies. What gorgeous projects you created for us to do! We were fed sumptuously and spoiled with goodies from the Flourishes store. We got to meet Latisha Yoast and Lauren Pope, the designer of the new Birthday Celebrations set. The card designed for the class by Linda Duke and Jan Marie was similar to this one I did, although it of course featured one of Flourishes stamps. We were all given a 6 x 6 pad of Basic Grey's Urban Prairie and I LOVE this paper, so I used it and the basic design to do my granddaughter's first birthday card. I meant to do the bow with the technique that Becca taught us, but I forgot an obvious step. Oh well, it's in the mail so it will just have to be fine for this card. I did use the Happy Birthday sentiment from Flourishes new Birthday Celebrations set inside the card. The raised, cut-out scallop was a technique Jan Marie showed us. I love this style of card with the lace border. I'll have more to share with you from our fab week-end. I'm thankful I was able to attend and now I need to put to use what I learned. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you're all having a wonderful week.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Shopping Lily and Cupcake Celebration

These are the cards I told you about in the previous post. You'll have to reference that post for the story. The Cupcakes she took....Lily she left. The funny thing is that it was Lily that gave me the idea of doing the cards for the store because the clothes she sells are bright, happy, unusual little outfits that are just adorable, and somehow Lily seemed to fit the theme. Anyway, no harm done and I've got some cards on hand now. I need to mention that Lily is a Rachelle Anne Miller design, and the mouse with cupcake is from Whiff of Joy. Hope you're having a wonderful week-end.

Friday, February 20, 2009

A Simple Card plus a "long" Story

This card was a very quick and easy card for some friends, and I'm pleased with how it came out for being a simple one. I used the "frame" for the Top Note Sizzix die, Upsy Daisy for the stamp, some light sponging and Martha Stewart flowers for the corners. Stamp a sentiment and voila, you're done! Oh, I did add a few Kaiser pearls to the flowers on the stamped image. The DP is SU's Flowers for You.
This week has been busy. I was asked by a local children's clothing store to make 5 cards of 2 designs that I brought them. I'm not sure how I feel about mass producing when I have to color in the main design. They turned out pretty cute, actually, and I took them in to the store. Because I raised my "asking" from $2 to $3, she turned down the big card suggesting they wouldn't sell, but she did take the little gift cards....all 5 of them. I'll post pics of these in my next post. I didn't want to lower my price because coloring in all those images just isn't worth letting them go for $2. I missed making cards to post and commenting on all of your cards, so I have to think about this "venture." I'm still happy she took the 5 gift cards, and she liked my work. She just didn't think she could sell them by the time she added her mark-up. Now I've spared you all that reading with my next post. Have a wonderful Saturday. Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, February 16, 2009

HM Sketch Challenge

This week's HM challenge is a sketch offered by this week's featured vendor, 2 red bananas. The sketch was fun to do and you can see it at the HM Challenge blog. I used my new Basic Grey papers, "Offbeat", along with Baja Breeze and Ivory CS. The name of the stamp featuring a Gruffie this time is "Wool Sew for Friends." I colored it with my Copic markers and I paper-pieced the lamb's little scarf. The sentiment is from PTI's Quilt Sampler. The image was cut out with my circle Nestie and sponged lightly with Baja Breeze. I used my Chocolate half-pearls along the edge. Be sure you take a look at the adorable cards the DT did. This week features the newest DT members plus renditions from the girls from 2 red bananas. Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely Tuesday.

Friday, February 13, 2009

KrB's Sara Kay Premiere

Here it is, folks. The premiere of my attempt to color these fabulous Sara Kay images and put them on a card. I have to give credit to several friends who made this particular card possible.
While I already had this stamp in my possession, my inspiration for coloring it (perhaps I should add my motivation) came from Mary (My Cardz, My Passion....)and you really should check out her Sara Kay card. It is fabulous! Next, I want to thank Carolyn, (P.M.S. Etc.) who not only posted her own adorable response to a sketch that was new to her but also left the sketch and the link, so I had my layout for this card. Thanks, Carolyn, for the heads up on this sketch challenge. The sketch also called for a flourish in the upper right-hand corner. The memory box DP I used has some very pretty flowers and a bit of flourish of it's own, so I was trying very hard to incorporate those. But alas, I wasn't sure if they would show up or if they would "count" for the sketch. Then, I actually stamped a flourish, but it was mostly obscured behind Miss Sara. Then I thought, "Aha, my good friend Nancy (Windstar Creations) was so kind and sent me several outline stickers." She did this because yours truly had never heard of them and she said she had a surplus, so I received this fun little package in the mail. Thanks again, Nancy. Anywhoo, I used one of the outline stickers in the corner. That lead to a change in the half-pearls I used from the chocolate I pulled out to use to the silver, which I actually like much better and they lend themselves to Christmas. So, thanks to my 3 fabulous stamping friends, I get to enter a sketch challenge, showcase my Sara Kay, and complete my challenge to myself to make one Christmas card a month. (Now I'm two for two.) This was colored with my Copics except for the tiny detail on the ornament box which I colored with Prismacolor pencils in parts. The DP is all Memory Box and the sentiment is from Verve's Ornamental Christmas. I know that's a lot to read, but I do hope you'll check out the blogs of these talented ladies if you've not already done so. I must say I'm pleased with how this turned out. I hope you have a wonderful week-end. It's raining here ..... constantly since last night.
Thanks so much for stopping by.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Tall and Thin

This week's challenge on HM is Tall and Thin. If you think about it, those little mousies don't really lend themselves to "tall and thin", 'cause they're really kind of "short and stout". In fact, I decided that there aren't too many images that lend themselves to T&T. Be that as it may, I have seen some adorable cards by the DT fulfilling this challenge, so what do I know, right? For my card, I took my mouse from "Apple Delight", cut him out and colored him and gave him a heart to hold instead. I love this set from SU and decided to use it again and make another Valentine card. I used the DP that came with the bundle, and I sponged the white CS to blend with all of it. I believe my card base measured 9 x 3-3/4, so it is definitely tall and thin. I added my Pink Pirouette ribbon at the top along with my DP punched with my MS lace punch. Be sure to check out the other great cards that have been submitted. They also announced the winners of the DT audition. No, they didn't pick me, but they did end up picking 3 applicants who I'm sure were very worthy applicants. Can't wait to see what they'll add to the challenges. I'm very happy for them and I know it was a tough pick for them to narrow down 31 applicants to 3. I had a lovely birthday today and got to talk to my son and family out west as well as my son at Oxford, plus my wonderful kids who are right here, so it was a great day. I'm tired and off to put this "aging body to bed. Thanks for stopping by. Hugs,

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Another Tilda

I did this card for a color challenge over on PCP, hosted by our own wonderful Carolyn for KL Stampin' n Scrappin'. The colors we were to work with are gorgeous, and I used my Tilda that I purchased from KLSnS. They're great to work with so I hope you can check them out. I did my card pretty quickly but then I was stumped on a sentiment so I finally finished it several days later. Hope you can play along because the challenge goes until the end of the month and there is a prize. Have a wonderful day and thank you for stopping by.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Tilda and Edwin

Tilda and Edwin are too young to have a love of a lifetime yet, but I think she wants to launch it with a kiss and he doesn't seem to be resisting. This is for my sweetie who's been my love for 40 years. When my DH and I got engaged we had our pictures taken and we wore matching sweaters. So, I wanted Tilda and Edwin to kind of match also. His vest is paper pieced from SU's Preswick DP. The rest is colored with Copic markers. I freehanded my own swing and "hung" it with some hemp twine. The background DP is from Basic Grey's Two Scoops. The borders at the top are both MS punches. The sentiment is from SU's So Many Sayings, edged lightly in Night of Navy and popped up on dimensionals. I don't think the picture shows the color as vibrant as it is IRL. I'm tickled with how it came out and have my DH's card all done. Now to work on a present. :) Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful week-end.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Quick and Easy

I needed to make some quick & easy cards to have on hand and this card fit that bill. I used Flourishes Summer Botanicals and stamped it with Memento Rich Cocoa, mounted that on PTI's Dark Chocolate CS, added another layer of white CS which I scalloped on one edge and sponged with Rich Cocoa and mounted it on top of PTI's DP. I also used PTI's color-match ribbon. All of that was layered on top of white CS. I used my Kaiser Chocolate half-pearls and a photo corner and that's it - you're done.
I hope you're having a good week and staying warm. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Up, Up and Away

This week's House Mouse challenge was to make a Valentine card. I used my little Happy Hopper and let him get carried away with a bunch of red, heart-studded balloons. He's showcased amongst Su's Candy Lane DP. This came with the recently-offered bundle that included the "Love You Much" stamp set, the DP, and the 3-heart punch. I'm so glad I got this as I love the papers as well as the stamp set and punch. The small "Valentine" sentiment is from "Hearts on Fire" from Verve, as is the row of hearts along the bottom. The other sentiment was put together with my Just-Rite stamper letters. I scallop-punched it out and drew little hearts in each of the scallops. All of it is mounted on Chocolate Chip CS. My Happy Hopper is colored with Copics and then gone over to some degree with Prismacolor pencils. I had fun doing this and just might have to make a few more. Be sure to check out the other adorable cards over at HM and as always, thanks so much for stopping to take a look. I love it when you do.

Geared up for a Birthday

This card is what I did for my son who just had his birthday. Growing up he loved Legos and Transformers, so I thought he'd enjoy this robot on his card. I love this set from Alota Rubber Stamps. There is one stamp of a mommy robot pushing a baby robot in her robot buggy.....too cute! Anyway, I did this one with a computer generated sentiment on the front that my daughter came up with....."The Best Gears Are Yet to Come." I loved it and had to go with it. Of course he immediately asked if that meant his present involved a car. Get real! Anyway, I had fun with it....hope you like it. Thanks for stopping by and hopefully I'll still be back tomorrow with another post. (I'm on a roll.....I'll do my best to keep it up. :)

Monday, February 2, 2009

Dancing Lambs

I love this image from Alota Rubber Stamps. I think they are a crack-up. I made 3 cards with them. The first one I colored their outfits and the next two I actually stamped and cut their outfits out of DP. I think I preferred that and it added a bit of dimension. I used the "Thank Ewe" from SU's Pun Fun. The DP I used was Flowers for You from SU. Hope you like these gals. I had fun doing this card. Happy Monday and yay!, it's time for HM challenge again. Also. Alota Rubber Stamps is having a valentine challenge on Paper Craft Planet, so if you've got any of their stamps, head on over and join the fun. Today is also my youngest son's birthday,.... HAPPY BIRTHDAY sweetie! I delivered all 9 lbs.,7 oz. of him 30 years ago.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Christmas in January

I meant to post this in January, because I actually did get in done within the month of January. I challenged myself to do at least one Christmas card a month, so I'm one for one at the moment. I used Flourishes ornament set that I actually didn't get until it was too late to make cards with it in '08. However, I saw so many gorgeous cards made using that set that I knew I would use it in '09. I also used my Snowflake Embossing Folder and my SU taffeta ribbon, and my MS punch for the top and added the half-balls in the silver. It really perked it up. This was simple but I really like how it turned out. Thanks for stopping by and I hope everyone is having a wonderful week-end.