Sunday, August 30, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
The color choices for the "kewl" color challenge are: Ruby Red, Brocade Blue, Certianly Celery & Crushed Curry. I chose to add whisper white as a neutral. I, once again, combined two stamp sets, Everyday Jar-Gon and Summer Blooms Dahlia (sentiment) both available at Clear Dollar Stamps...I saw the idea for the fish and flowers together on Laurie's blog, she did it for the clear dollar blog hop - which is going on till Aug 31 - I hope you dont mind that I lifted it from you Laurie! It was accidental at first! ;p Thanks Laurie!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Hi Everyone! Can you believe September is just around the corner? Man, this year has gone so fast! My little boy will be turning 6, the weather will soon become bareable and new stamps will be coming out at Clear Dollar Stamps! All good reasons to be happy for September. But also it is time for the Clear Dollar Guest Designer Challenge! Find out all the details at Lori's blog, Clearly iStamp and give it a shot! The challenge this month is two fold. First it challenges us to use the colors Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie & Not Quite Navy with an optional Always Artichoke and Vanilla or White for a neutral. (I opted to not use the Always Artichoke simply because I have none.) The second part of the challenge is to use the provided sketch. You have the option to do one or the other or both. I chose to do both because I love both color and sketch challenges!
Thank you for stopping by! I am grateful for each and every comment I receive! So Thank you!
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
The colors, given to us by the Color Throwdown are Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery and Positively Pink. I am an admitted su color snob, and I am not familar with Positively Pink, so I substituted Regal Rose, which seemed pretty close to me ;p The sketch is from the Papertake Weekly blog, a fun challenge blog I just recently came across. The stamp set I chose is called Everyday Jar-Gon, a brand new set from Clear Dollar Stamps, click HERE to check out this stamp set and all the other great new items at Clear Dollar! As always, I Thank You for visiting my blog! Have a great day! Dont forget to stop by PaperBlooms for a fun challenge AND to visit my BFF Cassie's blog to check out her blogiversary blog candy give away!
And dont forget to stop by the PaperBlooms Challenge Blog to check out the Featured Artist from this last challenge! Maybe it is YOU! If its not you this time, dont be discouraged, try again and it could be YOU next time ;)
Ok, on to business at hand. The challenge is to use a bloom (or flower) for something OTHER than a flower! Fun, right! I love a challenge that makes you think outside the box! There are SO many great possibilities out there! I have been holding onto this particular idea and bloom for a couple months now just waiting for the opportunity to try it out. Mind you , it was just an idea and when I sat down to my craft table, I was not convinced I could pull it off! I mean how was I going to get a bloom to look like an umbrella on a card? Well, determined to make this work, I went ahead and made the card leaving a space for my "umbrella" and I took my bloom and generously covered one side of it with Glossy Accents, bent it over a fat pencil and let it dry. Once it was dry (it took quite a while) I secured the ribbon to the now stiff bloom and affixed the umbrella over the skunk, who is raised up with a couple dimentionals, with a few glue dots.
And remember, you do not have to use Leah's paperblooms on your project to play along! If you would like to find out more about these amazing hand made embellishments, check out Leah's Esty Shop! And she takes custom orders! What more can you ask for? ;)
On to the details:
Stamps: Cute Critters & Christian Critters (sentiment) CDStamps
Paper: Basic Grey, Whiper White, Pink Flamingo dsp
Ink: Basic Grey, Stazon Jet Black, Baja Breeze, Green Galore
Accessories/Tools: Scallop Octagon & Tag Trio nesties, Leah's bloom,
Ticket Punch, Sponge, Glossy Accents, Ribbon from Scrapbookpal.com
Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the wonderful comments! I cant wait to see what everyone comes up with!! This one will be FUN!! Happy Crafting!!
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Anyway, to the task at hand. Right after not having to wake up to an early alarm clock, the Clear Dollar Weekend Color challenge over at paper craft planet has to be my favorite thing about the weekends! This weekend we have the great pleasure to be hosted by the lovely and talented Lisa. Her color choices this week are: Barely Banana, Pretty in Pink, Certianly Celery, a white and/or brown for a neutral, and as an optional addition, Tempting Turquoise. How much fun are these colors? I love how happy and cheery they are! I always struggle to choose out a stamp set to use! Luckily, my newest clear dollar order arrived just this afternoon so choosing my stamp was a breeze today. I chose this super cute set, My Little Ballerina designed by one of my fav's Shawnee (go visit her blog, she has great music along with great creations! ) Thank you so much for visiting my blog and for leaving your sweet comments, they really do make my day! After your visit here, you should stop by my BFF, Cassie's blog and check out her sweet blogiversary candy and all her awesome creations as well!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Hello Everyone! I feel like it has been a long time since I have posted! I spent the last few days painting my entire downstairs, except for the bathroom, and that pretty much wiped me out for the week! But today I made it into the craft room and got to work on some challenges! I had fun combining three challenges into one project. This card incorporates colors from Color Throwdown, which are Dusty Durango, Bermuda Bay and Soft Suede; the sketch challenge from Twisted Thursdays S2G, the twist is to use punches - I used the word window punch and the ticket corner punch from SU; and the final challenge is from Pile it On where the challenge is to make a masculine card, plus at least one more challenge. I would call this card masculine because I feel ok about sending it to my husband who is currently in Iraq.
I watercolored the lion first with dusty durango, and on his legs I topped the dusty durango with a light watercoloring of soft suede and his cheeks and ears is the dusty durango ink left over on my watercolor pen, and I watercolored his face with a tiny spot of soft suede. It was fun to watercolor two colors together for a different effect, and besides, I really did not want an orangy lion or a brown lion ... so I have an orangy brown lion! LOL
Well, thanks for stopping by and for sharing your thoughts and ideas! It really means alot to me!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
And dont forget to stop by the PaperBlooms Challenge Blog to check out the Featured Artist for the peek-a-boo challenge! Maybe it is YOU! If its not you this time, dont be discouraged, try again and it could be YOU next time ;)
Ok, on to today's business .... the challenge is to Not Make A Card. That is right! Do not make a card. This time, we challenge you to Make a home decor piece, whatever you'd like. Sounds like fun, right? I always love thinking outside the (card) box and do more with my supplies. This challenge was just that, a challenge because when I have made things like this in the past, I am making them with a certian person in mind or for an occasion gift. So today I had to find inspiration elsewhere. I had a totally different idea going into this project, when I say totally different, I mean totally different, as in I had some chain, decorative paper clips and square and circle metal tags out. Yeah. Sometimes I just dont get what I am thinking! LOL
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Just like my last post, I went into the craft room today with a purpose. Not only to create a card for a friend, or just to participate in a challenge, but to keep the healing process going. (I am not looking for sympathy, I have just been sharing a little bit of what I have been feeling this past week.)
Anyway, this card is for this weekend's clear dollar stamps weekend color challenge over at papercraft planet. This week's hostess is the very talented Shawnee and the colors she chose are: Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss and Sahara Sand. I love these colors so much that I held on to them after they retired, and that is a first for me! lol
And just now, when I looked at Shawnee's example again, I realized that I used the same nestie AND the same embossing folder as she did! That was totally an accident! But, I guess great minds think alike, right ! lol again..
I used two Clear Dollar stamp sets this time, Peony and Shining Strength. Thanks for stopping by ! I hope you comment and say HI!
Good Saturday Afternoon everyone! Today I went in the craft room with a purpose. Not only to participate in a challenge or two, but I needed a Thank You card for some sweet RAK that came in the mail today, and my go-to box is just about empty! So, I had a little fun with this one. This one is for the recipe challenge over at The Pink Elephant. The challenge is to use 3 brads,1 flower and dsp. I ended up using two stamp sets from two different companies, dsp from Basic Grey and my "sun" is a handmade crocheted flower from Leah's Esty Shop. My 3 brads are also from Basic Grey, two are with the sentiment and one is the center of my sun/flower. I paper-pieced the dsp onto the tank tops and undies - Kraft paper is under leaving the clothespins popped up a little bit. ;p Thanks for stopping by and for sharing your thoughts!
Friday, August 7, 2009
For this one I used Tall Tales DSP, Old Olive grosgrain ribbon, Chocolate Chip taffeta ribbon, Rose Red cardstock, Old Olive cardstock and dahlia & circle nesties. The center circle is to slip in a picture.
For the second baby journal I used Cottage Wall dsp, Orchid Opulence cardstock, Rich Razzleberry grosgrain ribbon, White Organdy ribbon, & a circle nestie to make the opening for the picture.
I just love this DSP, it is so elegant and rich. These books cost just $2.74 each, and with a little paper, glue and ribbon they have been transformed into (hopefully) nice gifts! I dont think they will end up in a drawer! LOL
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and for taking the time to leave a comment! It really does make my day to hear what you think!
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Well the weekend is upon us once again and it is time for the Clear Dollar Stamps Weekend Color Challenge over at PaperCraft Planet.
This weekend's host is the very talented Lisa and the colors she chose are Sage Shadow, Regal Rose, More Mustard with an optional Copper and White as the neutral. This card is the result of my just playing around with an idea late last night. I am not totally satisfied, but I am posting it anyway because a friend of our family passed away last night and I just dont seem to be able to focus on much today. Since I dont have any Regal Rose ink, I decided to paper piece the Peony, which is designed by the super talented Kim Teasdale , using the Regal Rose dsp from the 6x6 stampin up dsp pack. I watercolored using a Sage Shadow marker, and sponged the More Mustard ink around the masked Peony. Thanks for stopping by and for your sweet comments.