Sunday, February 28, 2010

All the cards from Virtual Stamp Night!

These are the cards I made for the SCS Virtual Stamp Night. They were challenges that took place over Friday night, and saturday afternoon and night. I finished up the last one, the Easter popup, this morning!! Hope you like these!!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Sorry! No RED today!

Today is the first of a new set of Friday challenges at SC. The challenge was to use texture, a color you seldom use, and dp.

Since I always use RED, that was out. Darn, and I was already going through withdrawal after so many other colors!! Anyway, I NEVER use Bordering Blue. It's just a little too gray for me. I went out with Mom a couple of days ago and helped her buy out dp at M's. (We didn't leave much!!) Going through it, I came across this FAB K & Co. dp, and guess what?? Just matches BB. I also had this wonderful ribbon that's more like paper than fabric, and it was perfect.

Polished this off with a pretty image, silver domes and punches. In spite of the fact that there's no RED, I really like it. I hope you do too. Hugs to all.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

A Day of Bling (2 Posts)

For the WT259, the theme was lace, and I had this wonderful image of a lace flower that needed some ink. Little did I know this would end up two whole hours of trial and error... and mostly error (and trial too!)

Nothing seemed to work together. You should see my work table!! Things are stacked so that there isn't room to add a caraway seed!!!

I'm pleased with the results, but will NEVER make this again. I would thank Julia for the challenge, but I'm too exhausted to even do that. I'll go lie down now, with a cold cloth on my forehead, and even though it's WAY too early for a glass of wine, I may just consider it anyhow! Have a great day..........don't call me, I'll be resting!

Oh. Don't forget to chect out the THT038 below. Seeya.

THT038 Bling It On!!

It's Thursday, and time for the TreeHouseThursday Challenge, which asks us to use BLING! How fun is Bling?? I just love glitter, gems, sequins, pearls, any kind of show-offy stuff!
This card is made from the set called Spring is in the Air. This is the BIG flower, and it's layered on TreehouseStamps dp from the Flower Pack. I used Teal and white CS, a punch, paintbrush, a gem and tiny sequins for BLING, and polished it up with ribbon and piercing.
You can see a lot of new digi stamps here at Tell Ashley I sent you. Please take a look at what the DT has done, and join us by putting THT038 in your keyword. See you for THT039 next Thursday!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

A Belli Challenge EXTRA!! ... and a Sketch

A week ago we shared our images from our sponsor, QKR Stampede. they were kind enough to send us three images of our choice, EACH! Their stamps are so fabulous, we decided to use all three of them, so we are having an extra post.

My image is just called Bluejays. I used some $ Tree dp, and painted the birds with Buckaroo Blue and Brocade. I added some primas and punched leaves, and some great new matching brads. Please visit QKR Stampede. They have images that work for everyone!!

This is the card I made for the SC269 at SCS this morning. After the wild and crazy bright card yesterday, I thought something more subtle was called for.

I hope you like the two for the different challenges, and that you will take a look at my gallery when you have the time. Have a good day.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

A BIG ONE for Tuesday!!

..... and a TRIPLE! I don't think I've ever done this before, but here are three challenges all at once!

1. CC259 to use Olympic colors on white - RED, yellow, and green.

2. MMTPT82 to use a white bg and some color - the abominable, Abner, has never seen color at the half pipe with Shaun Whhite. I thought he would like a snowy bg, and would spring into color with Spring Bouquets by TreehouseStamps!

3. DDC hostess Fran (Francie G.) DARED us to make a 1,2,3 card - 1 ribbon, 2 brads, 3 punches or layers.

Feel free to join us in any of these challenges. Simply put the letters in your keyword. I'll be reading in the snowstorm. Hope you're having a great day!

Monday, February 22, 2010

I LOVE Mondays!

You will probably think I am crazy, but I just love Mondays. When you are retired, it doesn't really matter WHAT day it is! LOL! I only worked all my life for this .... and I must say I am enjoying it to the hilt!!

On Mondays, I get to play in two challenges, and they are really great. The TLC is to make a card with punches. What fun. I only have about a ZILLION of them!! The CAS is to remake a card in a clean and simple fashion that was not before. If you click on these photos, you can see them a bit bigger, if you want. For the punched card, I really have to give credit to Ellen Kemper, as I sort of cased one of hers. Have a great day. Enjoy your Monday!!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

For My Friend Judi!!

Today, my SCS friend Judi Rose is the FS!! How sweet is that??

I love her layouts, her CAS cards, her wonderful sense of humor, and her generosity!! These are the two cards I made this morning that are cases of two of hers. There is more info on my SCS gallery. Congrats again, dear friend. You are so deserving of this honor. Enjoy your week !!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

A Couple of REDS!

On the left is a card I made for the challenge yesterday, punches and ribbon.

On the right is the card I made for today, and it sure could have been for yesterday too!!

Have a fab day, enjoy the sun if you have it!!!!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Ribbon and Trim

I think you can figure out the ribbon used here. The TRIM part is such fun! Trim refers to border punches..... I just got the MS Lattice punch, so I used it twice, on each edge to make a full lattice. Since I was using a new punch, I also just got the MS butterfly, so this is here too.

Looks pretty simple, but it took about an hour to make. Guess an easy idea takes more time. Once I get the hang of this punch it will go faster. Thanks for looking today, and for your nice comments (it sure encourages me!!). Have a good one!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

THT037 Paper Piecing

Happy Thursday! Time for the Treehouse Thursday Challenge. This week's challenge is to use Paper Piecing in a card or project.

Do you think I took the easy way out??? Out of all the new sets that are being released today, I chose this one, Spring is in the Air. I just love this fat lady bug!! Her body is pieced in my favorite color - RED - and so is the rest of the card. I just got the BIG scallop circle punch, so I layered it with my others, and added a black ribbon with a lady bug charm tied to it. The panel tucks into the punched corners, and the brads hold it in place.

Be sure to visit, and see the new digi stamps. Please also check out what the DT has done, and when you join in, add THT037 to your keyword.


The Divine Diva Inspiration Challenge uses this photo of a Mexican resort, where our "fearless Leader" Lori, is spending her Anniversary with her DH!!

The colors are just so earthy, bright, and gorgeous, aren't they?? I took these colors and a wonderful image (Southwestern is close to Mexican, right???) from Rubbernecker for my card today.

I made a layout based on the decorations of the clothing (blanket? serape?). I just love this Native American woman. I dressed her in bold colors of yellow, blue, and green. She has a copper bead on her neckpiece, and copper beads on her belt. Her hands are open in a wonderful gesture that I took to be PEACE. With a copper pen, I faux stitched and added a sentiment. The bottom border is from EKSuccess, called Zig-Zag.
I hope you like what I have done. Please join us. If you upload to SCS or PCP, please add DDIC to your keyword so we can find it. If you go to my sidebar, you can click on the DT names to see what each of them has done with this inspiration piece. Join us here again in two weeks.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Belli Challenge #85

The CBC Challenge today is to use Butterflies or Dragonflies on your card or project. Our Belli team is being sponsored this week by QKR Stampede, which sent us some wonderful images for you to see.

Here is a turtle with a black eye, and it just made me laugh! This is one of a number of humorous images that I loved. He is painted and popped up on Nesties, and over a CB ef folder. there are butterflies trying to make him feel better....even one perched on his finger. The third butterfly is on the sentiment, because a black eye is SURE to hurt!!

I absolutely fell in love with this little stand of trees. It can be used alone, or with small images, or as part of a scene. How multipurpose it that????
When I was considering how to use it, I really felt it should be seen by itself. It's stamped in olive green on white, and i thought it made such a statement as a CAS card. I only added a looped single ribbon, and a gold butterfly charm recycled from forever ago.
I hope you like the look. I REALLY do. Please check out the rest of the DT, and be sure to see what QKR Stampede has here:

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

DDC, MMTPT81, and CC....and 3fer!

Today's hostess for the Doubledog Dare Challenge is Joanne (sleepyinseattle) who DARED us to make a St. Patrick's Day card. Easy peasy!!

Inside, it says "I don't look all that Irish!"

Mothermark's Teapot Tuesday teaparty takes us to NO to the Mardi Gras, where masks are the costume of the day. I think this mask is hysterical. I hope you like it.

The Color Challenge today is a pretty weird combination ....... one I would never consider! The two plums, pale and perfect, and Soft Suede. I used one of my all-time favorite images with some markers, punches, pearls, and a shiny satin ribbon.
The designer paper is from Martha Stewart, and came in 18 by 18 sheets, which is gorgeous, but certainly a pain in the **** to cut!!
I hope you like it, and as always, thanks for you comments. Enjoy the day!!

Monday, February 15, 2010

CAS54 Spring Chick and candy holder to match!

What a day! Woke with a migraine, went into the hot tub with my caffeine (sometimes that helps), had breakfast, then groceries. Out to lunch at the new Mexican restaurant up the street (which was great!...had 2 margaritas), made my card, and now to watch the Olympics.

Quite a day already, and it's only 1:43!! My card uses a new digi stamp from TreehouseStamps that I just love. This card took 5 minutes, which is about all I had. I hope you like it, and that you will check out the Treehouse store here:

Have a great day!

So Holly posted the TLC260, a matchbook candy holder, and I made one to match! This tutorial is such fun and so easy!! I'll be making these for my mom and all the grands!!! I think these are so cute!!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Casing Laurie!

The FS at SCS today is HamiltonGal, Laurie. Her gallery is a lot of fun, and I found nine (!) cards I'll be casing this week.

I think these both make nice St. Patrick's Day cards to add to those I've already done. I don't send out that many, so I'm almost there.

Today, in addition to valentine's Day , is DH's birthday. We'll be busy the rest of the day, so there'll be no comments. Have no fear, I'll be looking at your posts tomorrow! Have a Happy!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

You are so Dear to me! (and Faux Snakeskin info below!)

The Inspiration Challenge today took us to an interesting artwork site:

Rather than send you there to see what inspired me, I put a picture of it beside the card I made this morning so you could compare. I made this a Spring/Summer deer, rather than winter. It will go to my uncle who lives in NH, who is VERY dear to me. He lives surrounded by lovely woods with few neighbors, and often has deer in his yard. I think he would like this. That's it. Have a great day.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Snakeskin Challenge at RES-Q

The RESQ32 Challenge is to try a new technique.......faux snakeskin. Now before you go EEEEEEEAWWWWWW!!, take a look at how this tutorial works:

Isn't that fabulous, mostly because you KNOW we all save everything, so you surely have some of this netting stuff!!

This is my card for the challenge. Inside it says,

"He had a CAR???????"

My friends know I only make humorous St.Patrick's Day cards, so they will expect this. If you join the challenge, add RESQ32 to your keyword.

The Challenge today at SCS is to make a card that relates to one or more of the U.S. Presidents. I decided that since I am making my St. Patrick's Day cards, it would be only right to include the Presidents with Irish Roots. I was surprised by the list. Here they are:
Washington,Madison, Jackson, Polk, Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, Grant, Arthur, Cleveland, Harrison, McKinley, Roosevelt, Wilson, Kennedy, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama.
So, in honor of all these "Sons of Erin", I dedicate this card. I love to make humorous cards for this holiday (which is sort of a silly holiday, I think), and my friends expect this sort of thing from me.
Here is the inside of the card, and this is what makes sense of the whole thing. I hope it brings a smile to your face today.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

St. Patrick's Day Chicken

Today I started cards for the next holiday. I don't make or send out a lot of cards in March, but the ones I do send out are to friends who expect them. I like to make them humorous, and do something no one anticipates. I love to use animal images, and this chicken really appealed to me this morning.

I made this one for the WT challenge on SCS ... to use odd numbers of things. As you can tell, there is just one of each item... ribbon, brad, tag, image. This was fun to paint. I really love Penny Black stamps because the faces are always so cute. I hope you like this. You'll be seeing green cards for a while!!

* be sure to check out my THT036 below *

THT036 Say It With Love

Today is the day TreehouseStamps is releasing a whole group of new digi stamps. Here is one of the images from the set called "Hello Friend". I just adore this happy face!!

The background is also Treehouse DP called Flower, and it comes in a variety of colors. I hope you can see the glitter on the wings, and the sweet pink cheeks onthis high flier!! Be sure to check out the whole DT and go to the store here:

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Happy Birthday Chase, You're ONE!!

I think the sketch challenge today at SCS makes the cutest little birthday card for a little boy! My cousin's son, Chase, is turning one year old. Doesn't time fly! Especially when you look at someone else's children!!

I figured out how to cut these sailboats with my punches to make them out-of-the-box. It's a look I really love. The dp came from Ireland, via Sabrina (cook 22), and it's just wonderful!

Have a great day today..... we are awaiting a snowstorm, schools are closed or are releasing early, and there has been a run on snow removal stuff and food. We are hunkering down. Ah well, it IS winter!

(I cut down from the top of the sail on either side. I fitted my punch around the image, and with tweezers, lifted the sail up so it wasn't punched. Clever, huh?)

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

DARE and CC - the CAS Way!

Tuesday is Doubledog Dare Challenge day. This week's hostess is Joan (joan ervin) who DARED us to make a get well card. 'Tis the season, I guess. If you made it this far, there's no saying a winter cold won't strike - winter is FAR from over.

We hope you will join us in this easy peasy challenge, and please add DDC to your keyword so we can enjoy it.

This is also for the CC today on SCS. The colors are Sage, Durango, and Chocolate Chip. I got to use my Outlaw dp from SU! and some vanilla, and it really was a quick CAS card. Hope you like it, and that you are having a wonderful day. Hugs to you all!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Two for Monday...and a sneak peek!

Here's a sneak peek of a new digi set called "Hello Friends" that will be available on Feb. 11th at Treehousestamps. I used this fun image for the TLC this morning at SCS for a technique by Holly McMillan. It's Frosted Windows, and involves vellum, which I don't use very often.

I added a bee hive and comb, some little tiny bees, and a prima with brad. I don't use my Nesties often enough either, so this was an event!!! Don't forget to check out Treehouse for their new arrivals!

For the CAS today, theirs was an inspiration site of old fashioned candy. For us oldsters, it wasn't old fashioned at all!! We had a penny candy store just a few houses away, and for a penny, you could get a LOT!! I loved buttons, so that's what I used here, and of course I had to use RED! This card took 5 minutes, and only one little stamp, a punch and some ribbon! Have a great day!