Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Help the Children

From Papertake weekly challenge: This weeks challenge is a charity one! Quick Cards made easy magazine are trying to break the record for the worlds biggest handmade card, for BBC Children in Need. I want you to check this out and maybe join me in creating the world`s largest handmade card.
This is the card I made for this challenge. I have sent it off to Stephanie and look forward to being a part of the big card.

The only requirement for the card was that it be yellow. I love yellow so this was great for me. I used the Tilda blowing in the wind to do this card. This is a Magnolia stamp and I love it. I can almost feel the snowflakes flying through the air. I colored with my precious Prismacolored pencils and used a lot of stickles to make it glisten.

I highlighted the skirt and did the wings in Star Dust Stickles. I also put a drop on each cheek. the snowflakes and trails are done with a silver spica pen.

I used two shades of yellow paper from the Paper Company. The third color is a scrap piece of paper I found. I used the lace border punch for the edge and the Swiss dot cuttlebug folder for the BG.

I Believe in Angels is an Inkadinkado stamp. I have used it a lot. It works with so many different stamps. When I saw it I knew I really had to have it since I love angels. I used SU large oval punch to frame it. I added mircro beeds to the center of a Prisma flower and edged the entire card with Close to Coco and the card was finished.

I really like knowing my card will be used to provide for children. For more information on the Help the Children campaign look here. http://www.bbc.co.uk/pudsey/charity/index.shtml

Talk later


Monday, September 29, 2008

Autumn Canadian Thanksgiving

I gave this card to my SIL and BIL to celebrate Thanksgiving which is in a couple of weeks in Canada. I just love this stamp. It is called Fall Scene from Impression Obsession and I love it. The stamps from IO are available either on wooden blocks, cushion or plain. They are made with red rubber and they stamp beautifully. Anyone who knows me knows that I adore detailed stamps and this one is great. There are leaves, pumpkins, fences etc. and it was great fun to color.

I used Prismacolored pencils and OMS to color it all and used ink to do the BG sky. Once colored I cut it out and placed it on a piece of pumpkin pie cardstock. I used the largest square scalloped nestibility on the polk a dot piece and love the look.

The leave I scattered were actually a piece of DP that I cut the leaves out of. I used pencils to accent the veins and glued them on. I used the large and small oval punches to create the Happy Thanksgiving tag.

We had the Princess Party yesterday and it was a blast. All the little girls came dressed up as Princesses and they loved it. I had taken $store roses and cut them up so that we could spread rose petals all over the floor and furniture. The Princesses loved it. They loved dancing around in the petals. The big hit was drinking out of tea cups. It was so cute they stirred and stirred their Magic Tea which was juice. They thought it was so special. My DH and I both dressed up...he in a tux with the hat and cane and I wore sparkle clothes with my $store crown. We had such fun. My other niece was there and she turns 12 this year and has started to plan her dress up party. We really don`t have many times that we get to put the glad rags on so having a dress up party works for me.

Well after being a Princess Queen yesterday I am utterly exhausted and am on the way to the lay down zone. Talk tomorrow.


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Friday, September 26, 2008

Princess Sparkle

I made this card for my little great niece who will turn 4 this weekend. She is such a cutie and asked if she could have her Princess party at our house. We have very long outside steps leading up to our house and she thinks it looks like a palace. Now tell me, who could say no to such a request. So, Sunday will see us with 10 little girls dressed to the nines, for a Palace Princess Ball. I am so excited. I always wanted a little girl and I kept getting active little boys. Love them all but they are not into pink or purple like their Mom is.

Cadence is our little Princess who I profess to spoil and adore. I made this card for her with her favorite princess on it.

This is of course, a Disney stamp that I found at Michaels. I colored it in Primascolor pencils and highlighted it with both stickles and spica pen. It really sparkles but that is so hard to photograph. It either does not show much or it appears as a large white out. I did the image on whisper white and used the rectangle nestibility to cut out first the white and then the Pretty in Pink. The final layer is a piece of pink and white scrap that I cut with the scallop nestiel I outlines the embossed edges with silver spica pen and dots while I used a pink glaze pen to dot the scallops. Lots of sparkle. The large C is done in Cotton Candy stickles.
I used the small oval punch SU, and wrote four with the glaze pen and doodled with the stickles. This photo really shows how well the swiss dot cuttlebug folder works. I highlighted the dots by rubbing the silver ink pad across the paper. I did the same with the swirl embossed section and they both add more sparkle.
I outlined the birthday tag with more stickles. The only problem with stickles, at least for me, is getting it to dry before I smudge it all.

I know Cadence will love this sparkly card. I am also using it for the Cute Card Thursday Challenge #29 out this week. Perfect timing for me.

Well DH comes home tonight so its clean up time. I went to bed at 11pm but no luck sleeping so I got up at 1am and wrote this entry. Lord knows how many mistakes or ramblings there are on this. Please accept my apologies. I can`t vacuum without waking the boys so I guess I`ll dust and be ready to vacuum later on in the mornings.

Talk later and I love all the comments so please invite your friends over and lets talk.


Thursday, September 25, 2008

Stamps, Paper, Scissors and Donkey Smiles: HeeHaw Blog Candy!

Stamps, Paper, Scissors and Donkey Smiles: HeeHaw Blog Candy!

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Sunset on the River

I love coloring. I made this card just so I could color. It started by taking one stamp from Stampscene #4, and moving it around the paper. The top tree line shows two stamped images side by side and the bottom I just showed the top of the stamp. To add depth to the image, I stamped the top row of trees using Walnut Stain Distree ink. The bottom stamps were done using Òld Olive. I think this worked, what do you think?

I had great fun coloring this image. I used my beloved prismacolored pencils to add dimension after first using SU inks to create the base image. For inks I used taken with teal, not quite navy, More mustard, so saffron and pretty in pink. I love the way you can use the colored pencils over the ink to add depth and enhance the color. I have not got the markers yet but you can also use pencils over the markers. My beloved colored pencils are so very versatile...give them a shot.

I added a piece of ribbon from the $bin at Michaels that would mimic the dots from the dotted swiss cuttlebug folder used on the base. This is my favorite BG on a card. I touched the gold ink pad across the top so all the dots are touched with gold.

I added a Thinking of You oval at the bottom but I can change it to anything if needed. I used repositional sticker so I can change it in the future.

Off to look for a fireplace for my son`s apartment so wish me luck.
Talk later

Whiff of Joy First Challenge

Want to take part in the first challenge of a new stamp line? Head on over to http://katharina1704.blogspot.com/ . I love these are a lovely new style of rubber stamps. I only have this one but I am ordering more. They are lovely. Wednesday saw the first challenge of this new stamp line. Here is the sketch that was to be used.

And here is the card I made following this sketch. I used my only WOJ stamp but only used the top part of the stamp.
I used my Close to my Heart cutting system to create the circles. I first used Prismacolor Pencils to color the image but then it was embossed with detail clear embossing powder. I then bayered gold ink on the image. I never seem to get enough of the powder to stick and therefore some of the gold ink went onto the image. Lucky me, it turned out great. I need to invest in a new versamarker so this doesn`t happen again. This time it worked out but I just got lucky on this.

All the papers are from the Paper Company except for the pattern pieces which are scraps. Once I had put the two panels on I decided that I had to dress up the panels so I added ribbon I am still not sure if they are enough. I thought of using Spica Pens to highlight but decided against it. Never know shat I will do in the future.
I riffled through my stash of Prima flowers and found these gorgeous flowers which I attached using a crystal brads from the $store. If you look you can find some great brads at the store. I chose a green crystal brad on this card.

I missed a day this week. I thought that today was the 24th. Some place stole the 23rd from me.

Have a great one. Talk later.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Christmas Visitor Log

Wow if I say so myself I love this. I made this Guest Book for our Christmas visitors. It is always fun to read the comments people have written about our decorated home.

The first step was making an extra large card front. I used a sketch from Kathrina`s Creative Place.
I thought this sketch would work well in a larger style plus I wanted to use the Angel with the Lantern from Whiff of Joy as the center image. I used the middle oval with the green and blue cutters from Making Memories to create the oval. I love that cutting system. I have used it for about 7 years. I only did scrapbooking until this past year and a half so much of my equipment is scrapbook gear. Works great for cards though.
I colored the image using Twinkling H2O paint. Fooled ya didn`t I; you were expecting Prismacolored pencils weren`t you.

I used Blue Ice on the skirt as a base and though it really doesn`t show too much on the photo I used Periwinkle to add depth to the skirt, the bow and bottom trim. The sleeves and top were done first in Golden Sand and then highlighted with Periwinkle. I really am disappointed that I can`t show the wonderful flow of colors but photos just don`t do twinkling H2Os. The hair and flesh and holly are done with Prismacolors...I didn`t want them to twinkle. The berries, lantern, necklace and hearts are done with gold and red spica pens. I love these pens. Things go from ordinary to fantasy with just a touch of these pens.
I used a hardcover journal I bought at the dollar store and covered it with an 8.5 x 11 piece of green/blue cardstock from Michaels. I used the wonderful exacto knife to cut around the hard cover. After I added the cardstock I embossed snowflakes on scrap paper from the cover. Once cut out I taped them on. The smaller snowflakes are embossed directly on the cover. I used the window punch from SU to hold my Christmas Visitors for the front.

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Monday, September 22, 2008

Heart to Heart Posting

The colors don`t show very well but this is the card I made to send to a lady who works with Alzhemers patients. I will submit it for the blog candy listed on the previous post. I used the leaf umbrella Tilda from the Fall Stamp Club kit at Magnolia. I do love Magnolias. They are so much fun to color.

I wanted to have the paper highly distress and full of texture so I crumbled, cut and curled the edges and then smudged distress inks on the edges. I like the way it turned out. I wish the color on the photo was better. The base is actually a deep copper color and it looks wonderful. All the papers are from Michael`s value pacs so there are no color names.

I used my largest rectangular nestie and scallop to create the center image. I layered the Tilda image on dimensionals while I stamped the falling leaves directly on the page. Of course I used my favorite Prismacolored Pencils and OMS to color the images. They allow a person such great ease of shading...love em. I highlighted with a white gel pen and spica clear pen.

Please take part in this push to thank all those who work with Alzheimer's`victims. It is such a nice thing to do for someone. Passing it along is a wonderful theme for today's world so do your part.

Talk later

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Heart to Heart Blog Candy

Please go over to Cammie`s blog for a wonderful cause and an absolutely amazing amount of blog candy. This involves you making a card to give to a care giver you know who looks after someone suffering with Alzheimer's . Cammie has the whole blog world of card makers joining in to thank all those people who make the lives of Alzheimer`s victims, better. Please take the time to go to her blog and take part in this fantastic blog candy. Here is the link

I`m off to make my card.

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Natural Only

Verve stamps has a monthly parade and this last part of September has the theme of Natural Fibers. Kraft paper was to be used and anything natural like twine could also be used. You have until September 30th to post to the site below. Someone will win $15 to spend and the Verve stamp shop. http://vervevisual.blogspot.com/

This time I used Kraft paper and Old Olive paper. Instead of folding in the middle I fol the card at the top making a flap of 4 inches on a 6.25 inch card. Just a little change. Actually I got the design from my SU demo Karen Boreham, one very talented lady...don`t tell her I called her a

The stamp used is an older SU Christmas stamp. I stamped it in Old Olive and then used Prismacolored pencils with OMS. I found I had to use some detail clear embossing powder on the pine cones and the ribbon to add depth to the card. The Peace stamp is from Inkadinkado stamped in Close to Cocoa. Now I like the card.

So, go have some fun and check out the challenges in this post and the previous. I have no obligations so I`m off to enjoy myself.
Talk later

No Square Corners

This card is the one I am sending in for the Dutch Dare Challenge found here:

http://www.dutchdare-cardchallenges.blogspot.com/. What you had to do was a card without any square corners. I used this Magenta stamp and then cut around the stampl I painted this card using H2Os and then added some spica pens for even more sparkle on the flowers. I painted the leaves using a blender pen and Old Olive ink pad.

I made the card first on white scrap paper and found it just need more oomphs so I tried outlining it in black but then the card appeared to flimsy. Finally I found the solution by making a full shadow card using heavy black card stock.

When I looked at this blog entry I decided the card still was on the mark sooooo I added some gold dots around the edges and used Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain distress inks to add depth to the wood and the stems. I added black spica pen to the butterfly and to the bottom ribbon to create depth here as well. Well I now like the card much better. What do you think?


Friday, September 19, 2008

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Cuttlebug Folder Lace Tree

As I promised yesterday, here is the second cuttlebug folder I purchased and I really love it. I see it most as a Christmas folder but it is called Lace tree sooooo how about for the spring if I colored it with chalks. I must remember that one.

The photo really doesn`t do the card justice. The tree is embossed on Green Gold Pearl Luster Paper. It has such a lovely greenish color that the photo does not really show. I paper pierced the edges, used the ticket punch from SU on the corners and layered on red then black. the Rejoice is done in detail black embossing power and then I drew in the flourishes with a black spica pen.

The second card today is made following this sketch for Pretty Pressings. http://rosaswelt.blogspot.com/2008/09/pretty-pressings-sketch-challenge-with.html this is the link for this blog candy. Be brave and have fun go check it out.
I used the SU set called Wishing You Cheer. This is the first time I used this set and I am quite pleased with how it turned out.
I stamped all the images with versfine onyx black except for the Merry Christmas which I stamped first in the versamark and then in Rose Red. I embossed the sentiment with detail clear embossing. I learned this trick from Michele Zindorf. She is such a fantastic artist. She does it all the time and it really does work.

As you can see, I used brads in each corner to create some color. I had cuttlebugged the blue paper with the swirl embossing folder and cut a 3.5 inch square to hold the 3 inch circle. The outside squares are 5 inches and 5.25 inches. I used the 1.25 inch circle punch from SU to create the circles on the corners. I used $ door stamps for the candy cane and the Merry Christmas.
I colored the images with Prismacolored Pencil and highlighted the snowman with a clear spica pen. This made the snowman sparkle.

Both of these cards were fast to make and fun to do. Give the Pretty Pressings challenge a go. It is a great sketch.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

On to us a Child is Born

This card is made following sketch #3 on Jacksonbelle challenges. It is a great sketch with lots of variety give it a try. I was so excited. Yesterday my embossing folders arrived from www.embellish-online.com . I have wanted the Swiss Dot folder for ages and they had the folders on sale so of course I bought 3. Today I only used Swiss Dot and I still love it. The blue pearl paper uses the Swirl folder.

The images are from Inkadinkado Christmas package. I used H2Os to paint the images and then I used my versamark and added Dazzling Diamonds to make some sparkle. I wrote the sentiment on the side and yes I changed it from Un to to On to so even though the photo is wrong the card is correct. Oh I do so love mistakes....cause I`m so goooood at it.

When I put it all together I decided it needed something more so I added ribbon and dots. I tried to make dots on the ribbon but I could only get stickles to show up and even they aren`t great.

My DH is away for 8 days to Toronto so I get to be a control freak for the next few days. It`s really not that bad now that the boys are so old...one can even drive them places. Now if I could just convince one of them to feed and put out the dogs. Oh well such a life. Actually I will have lots of time to play since all the boys have their own lives to lead and spending time with Mom is not terribly high on the list. I do wish I had their social lives because they all seem to have places to be, people to talk too. Thank God for cell phones. They allow us all to stay in contact which is very important to me.

Oh, gotta go, DS is here to spend some time with Mom....yeah! yeah! yeah!

Talk soon


Wednesday, September 17, 2008

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Dawn of Another Year

This is my card for SC194 on SCS. The hardest part of this card was following the sketch. I kept making one piece too short. First it was the bottom piece and then it was the side piece. I was so frustrated that I almost whifted it across the room. I thought I was being so smart, I cut the orange and then cuttlebug it. The problem is, I forgot how the space between had to be added on, so..... After 3 times stupid I finally got it right. I stamped the man and the trees in Distress ink Walnut stain and then used a post it to create the horizon. I punch a small circle out of the post it and colored it apricot appeal to create the morning sun. Lots of sponging and SU inks created the morning sky. On my gallery on SCS, I have listed all my colors. My name is RetiredHeather. Go for a visit and let me know what you think.

Guess the family will be expecting supper so....time to go create some sort of miracle on the table. Maybe they`ll surprise me and say...I`ll bring home supper Heather. Wow that would be fantastic. Here`s hoping.

Talk soon

Monday, September 15, 2008

Hold on to Your Dreams

I got great mail today. After waiting for ages I opened the mail today to my Autumn Magnolia Stamp Club stamps. Oh they are so lovely. I could hardly wait to use them.

The first thing I had to do was find a challenge that I could use my new stamps. Lucky me. I found the following sketch at http://2sketches4you.blogspot.com/2008_09_01_archive.html .

This is a great spot to go for challenges. They put a new one up each week. Sooooo, guess what I colored with...Prismacolored Pencils. I have asked for the markers for Christmas just for a change. But until then, I love my pencils. I had great fun mixing the colors reds, oranges, greens and browns with the golden hues to color the flowers and the leaves. It is a great stamp set...6 angels and 10 other stamps. Gotta love those Magnolia stamps.

I used all kinds of dimensionals on this card. I tried to show a side view but its not that great. I put the leaves and the log directly on the DP and the rest are on dimensionals. I ordered these from Jody Morrow at http://confessionsofaribbonaddict.blogspot.com/ . Jody often has ribbon and sticky sales. Her dimensions are great. I am getting low so hope she has a sale again soon.

I purchased the DP at Michaels and it does not have a label in the back but I`m guessing Provo Craft or Canson since those are their two big papers. It is beautiful fall paper.

Hope you like this card. Please leave comments. It makes me feels so wonderful to hear from people. Thanks to all who comment.

Talk to you later

Unto Us a Child is Born

I used my 50% off coupon from Michaels to buy the Inkadinkado Christmas stamp set so I had to come home and stamp with it. This card uses 3 of the 10 stamps in this set. I love it. I used Prismacolored Pencils on the colors on the Kings and the rest of the image is colored using Twinkling H2Os. I used a very fine to paint them. They look wonderful but when you try to photograph them the reflection causes a problem..

I found some gold scrap paper and used a gold spica pen to highlight the flowers on the paper. I used the ticket punch to make the panels. I also used a gold gel pen to create a faint line around the edges of the panels.

The sentiment panel was added last. After I looked at the photo above I realized it was crooked so I have straighten it. I used Versamark Onxy Black ink on whisper white paper. I used Canson Stygian Black and Glossy Gold paper to trim the Image and Sentiment panel. The base is Starburst Translucent Red from The Paper Company. I purchased all the papers at Michaels on sale of course.

I am trying to make as many different Christmas cards as I can. I think it would be great to be able to give everyone a personalized Christmas card.

Not much going on today just the dogs and I at home. I may be able to make another project today. Here's hoping.

Talk later

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Spoon Full of Sugar Challenge

I did this card following the rules for Challenge #16 on this site: http://aspoonfullofsugarchallenge.blogspot.com/ . I confess it is the same stamp as yesterday. Now I could say I did it so you could see how 1 stamp can be used 2 different ways or it could be that I just was so excited with this stamp I used it again....we`ll never know.

The sketch for this challenge allowed me to create my own DP. I embossed snowflakes from the Snow Burst SU set. It glistens because I embossed with Crystal powder and I love how it sparkles. I used the smaller images found in this set on the BG of the image.

If you remember from yesterday, the stamp is a Wiff of Joy image and I love, love it. I ordered the stamp from the Wiff of Joy blog and I am very impressed with the service.

Another quiet day on the home front. The yearly county fair is finishing today so all the family will be back to normal tomorrow. DH and YS worked at the Dining Hall. All Graduates and family and friends may earn money on graduation dues by working the dining hall during fair time. DH has been there 3 days. I miss doing this with the family but at least I am still only on the cane and walker so life is OK. I probably would have done dishes so how can I complain about that.

Just had DH phone that they are all on the way home and they are beat. Looking forward to seeing the final on Big Brother tonight so must go now.

Talk soon

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Wiff of Joy Christmas

I just got this great stamp in the mail today and could hardly wait to ink it. What a great line of stamps...Wiff of Joy Stamps, a new company out of Switzerland. This is an Elizabeth Bell design and I adore her style.

The photo is not that great...the red is fairly close but the green is actually a moss tint of green. A bit unusual but I think it looks great.

Of course I used my Prismacolored pencil and OMS. The tip of her dress is done with spica pens. I made red dots and then covered it with the gold spica. I like the way it turned out. If you look closely you will see the grey shading I did around the image. It takes away the flatness of the image and gives it more depth.

Been a busy day today so I am rushing through this post to get back to work. Woe is me, no time to play.
Have a great one

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Sarah Kay Challenge #10 / Blog Candy Alert

Every Sunday Sarah Kay Challenges posts a new challenge. This week the sketch was
Great sketch right. I used my Sweet and Sazzy image from Sarah Kay. The artist is Elizabeth Bell and I think she is fantastic. I buy my stamps from Funky Kits found at http://www.funkykits.co.uk/catalog/ . I have had really great service from them and love their store.
Of course, I used my Prismacolored Pencils to do the image on whisper white paper. I used my largest rectangular nestilbility and embossed the frame. I used Vintage Photo and Frayed Burlap on the edges to highlight the embossed frame.
I really had fun distressing the edges of the BG layer. I used my cutting tool from SU to cut and roll the edges. The more you press against the edge the more it distresses the edges. On the left corners I wanted to create a 3D effect so I rolled the corners around a pencil to create the curl. I crumpled and re crumpled the paper before I used the Frayed Burlap Distress ink to highlight the many creases. I was trying for an aged look and think it turned out OK.

For the side design I used Prisma flowers and Martha Stewart`s lace edge punch on a scrap of DP. I found the holes were not showing up well so I highlighted them with a gold spica pen. I used a brown /brass brad to attach the larger flower combo and used crystal effects and microbeeds to attach the smaller flowers. I used the 1/4 inch punch and wrote thanks on it and then used Antique Glass Liquid Embossing fluid to give the tag a bit of punch.

The next layer was a scrap of unknown texture paper.

So do you like it or not. I really appreciate the comments. Its great to know someone else sees your work and has taken the time to comment.

Talk to you later. Heather

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Bless Me Angel

Todays Sketch Challenge at SCS was great. I loved the design. I used scraps for this card. It was fun trying to find matching yet different colors. I then used the swirl folder and the cuttlebug on the BG and the wider strip. I them rubbed silver ink on the purple and gold ink on the Aqua. They were both Archival Brilliance inks.

For the image I used the Angel from SU`s Holy Triptych. There is also a tag with swirls in this stamp set which I put the Angel inside. I used Disco Black embossing powder to emboss the stamps. Because it was hard to see the Angel I used H2Os to paint the Angel. I had actually done the Angel first in Gold embossing powder but when I did the Disco Black on the tag it also went on the Angel. Guess you can`t do 2 separate powders without masking one...and I forgot to. Oh well, mistakes are sometimes good.

The only things that were not scraps on this card are the flowers and the brad. I love the top flower. I almost hated using it. I have hoarded it long enough.

What a great Fall day here in the Maritimes...sunny and moderate temperatures. Just perfect. The leaves will start turning soon and then nature`s beauty takes over. Nothing compares to our beautiful Fall foliage. If you have never been to Eastern Canada then make the trip in the Fall. You will fall in love with us.

Off to get everybody`s supper. My dream life would be to have a live in cook. If someone would design the meals I could make them but I hate deciding what to make. Oh well, unless I win the lotto I`m outa luck.

Talk later


Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Blog Candy Alert

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Buttons, Buttons and More Buttons

I have been missing for a few days...partly feeling rotten from the weather and the other, missing my puppies. They have all gone to new families except for Meggie who we kept. Now I only have 2 dogs on the bed instead of 5 and I miss their kisses. I know that puppies do grow up but Yorkies are sooooo cute. Well. they are all in great homes so onto the card. I made this card for the Dutch Dare #13 challenge....use buttons, lots of buttons. I tried to make this card for a man and I think it turned out OK for a masculine card. I stuck to what I think are manly colors...brown, olive green, golden yellow.

This is an Outline stamp. They are made so that you can separate the stamp to create layers. I stamped the image 3 times and used dimensionals to separate the layers.

I used glue dots to attach the buttons around the image. I had tried a button on each point but it was too much. I like it better this way. I picked up the Birthday Wishes stamp at Michaels. It is a Scrappycut stamp. I love the little green buttons, I attached them with crystal effects.

Not much else to say today. The sun is shining and the weather is great. I had better get outside while the sun is friendly...rain again tomorrow. Take care.
Till tomorrow

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Our Puppy Family

We had these photos taken by Krista Reid Photography (skreid@sympatico.ca) just last Thursday. Two of the pups have gone to new adoptive families and one will go this week. We are keeping Maggie and she is a cutie.

We had to put the Teddy Bear on the middle pup to keep her from jumping off the bale of hay. We spent a lot of time chasing that little one. She was weighed at the vet the day before and she only weighed 1pound 3oz. and its all pure dare devil.

Our puppy, Maggie, is the one in the bucket. She is a bundle of pure joy.

But a girl does need her beauty sleep! Right in the middle of the photos, Maggie decided to catch a nap. She was out of commission for about 10 minutes but then was back to being a model. All these photos are the untouched proofs so when we get the photos made up the photos will be cropped. We had a great time and it is such a great way to have photos for a scrapbook. Oh yeah, Krista is family so.... we were able to do this.

Now back to cards. For the first time, I took part in the Feature Stamper Challenge at SCS. I have never cased a card before but this is how it turned out.

The Featured Stamper is Denise (Card Crazy) at SCS. I cased her card found here:
I changed the color, added another layer sto make the brown more prominent and I ticket punched the corners.

I used the Cricut machine with the George Basic Shapes cartridge to get the heart. When I cut the heart one size larger in almond paper it didn`t look great so I simply cut around the original. To make the Pocket simply cut a scallop circle ( I used SU punch) and a smaller circle for the inside. Fold each in half and fit together . A small flower and brad hold the two together. I attached this to the point of the heart but only in the back.

I used dimensionals attaching the heart to the paper and the large square to the brown base. I like how it turned out. You can put a small item inside the pocket. The romantic in me thinks this would be a great way to deliver a `ring`to a special someone.

Well it is absolutely a downpour here. Its 8:45 am and the skies are black. I guess this is our part of the hurricane. Thank goodness, we do not have the wind. I expect many flooded basements and ruined gardens but hopefully nothing more serious. Guess I should check everyone`s windows, eh!

Have a good one.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Happy Birthday Blue Girl

I made this card for the Papertrey Weekly Challenge # 28. I chose my papers first and then decided on the stamp. I started with a larger card..6inches by 8inches but I made it smalles. Now it is actually 6.5 x 5 inches and fits into a regular envelope. All the papers are from Provo Craft Slab XI. These papers are from the Cadenza patterns.

The sketch is found on papertakeweekly.blogspot.com . I found this a difficult layout. I had a hard time deciding which layer was which color but finally I figured it out. Maybe the problem was timing. I was up at 4 am. Two of the pups are going to their adoptive homes and I have become very attached to the little bums. They have kept me hopping but they always come running when they see me and that makes a person feel great. I knew I would have difficulty today...and I was right. Tears were in my eyes as soon as the new owners came in. The pups both went to fantastic families and I know they will be spoilt just the like my own pups. Soooo maybe the difficulty was not in the sketch but in the stamper!

I used this Magnolia girl and a butterfly. Both of these Magnolia stamps were purchased at the Town Shoppe. Phebe has really great prices for Canadians plus the customer services is fantastic. We talk on the phone whenever Magnolia stamps arrive.

I used Prismacolored pencils and Odorless Mineral Spirits to color the image and then I used daubers and three inks to color the BG. I used Pretty in Pink, Pale Plum and Bashful Blue all from the Soft Subtles collection from SU. This is my favorite family of colors and I find I use them often. I love the way the daubers make a soft almost cloudy BG.

I am really not very cheerful today. Sorry but I don`t handle the pups moving to new homes very well. I will put a photo of them all on the blog next week.

Until then...Happy Crafting.

Friday, September 5, 2008

All That Glitter

Well its now 3.33am. The pups did it again. They started crying about 30 minutes ago and I tried to do as my DH suggested...ignore them, but I couldn't`t. It`s bad enough when a child cries but when an animal cries it`s horrible. It was just easier to get up. Now the next challenge is how to get 4 wild animals across to the other end of the house. They still don`t do stairs but they do like to tell you loudly that the found the stairs. I use a cane so speed is not a part of my life. They were a lot of screaming before I got them all down to the family room. Unfortunately, I woke middle son who was not pleased. Now to the post.

I did this card for the Ways to Use It challenge on SCS. You were to use a paper that you cherished yet never used. I love this paper. I have had it for about 2 years. It is handmade paper from Provo Craft. I never really know what to do with it. I cut 2 pieces and backed each with gold paper. I made the right side wider so I could use the Martha Stewart Lace punch on the edge. I knew it would give it an elegant appearance. Then I put the two pieces unto a single sheet of silver leaving a wider edge.

To add a little balance I punched flower shapes using the SU punches to create my flower. I alternated between gold and silver. To highlight the separation between the pieces of DP I used crystal effects to attach bracelet jewelry that I found in the bargain bin at Michaels. I think they really finished off the card. I put the card front onto a black card base I made from Carson textured cardstock. It is hard to see in the photo but I left a black edge all around.

Guess I should turn the TV on to a movie and get a few winks. If I try to watch a movie I am sure to fall asleep. I don`t know how many times this has happened.

Talk later. Have a great one.