Wednesday, December 18, 2013

SSCB 26- Chalkboard!!

Happy Wednesday and another Serendipity Stamps Challenge... we're playing with the chalkboard technique!! Talked with my mom earlier {lives in Northeast IN} and they just got 8 inches of snow!! Winter Wonderland!

Me... still in the Christmas/Winter mode and I inked up this adorable Snowman/woman..'kay I'm somewhat of a feminist... not in the Gloria Steinhem way... but, want us girls to get credit, LOL!!


I stamped this adorable snowman with versamark and heat embossed with white. Added a little color with pastel chalk and sponged some white ink around the image. Added some snow with Simon Says Stamp Falling Snow stencil using modeling paste. The sentiment is also from Serendipity and it was stamped in versamark and heat embossed with white.

Such a fun and still trendy technique!! Works with all kinds of images!!

Hope you find time to join us, and...

The rules are simple... play along using at least one Serendipity Stamps image on your submission and link it below. You don't have to have a blog to play along - you can link your designs to any on line gallery.

Click Here for all the details

For extra inspiration there are samples from the design team on the challenge blog or you can visit them directly and get all the details by clicking on their names below.

Marybeth Lopez
Miriam Napier
Jenny Gropp 
Julie Warner 
Karen Amidon
 Anya Schrier
Pauline Pollington

We have more than 100 stamps on our 50% Off Wood Mounted Sale - http://www.serendipitystamps.com/category/mounted-stamp-sale.html

We also have 3 different grab bags – UM, Sticky cushion, and Cling Cushion. Each has 10 small stamps. Just search for "grab bag"
Here's the link to Serendipity Stamps since you may feel the need to go looking and shopping :-)

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

A Very Merry Christmas to You!!

Squeaked in another card tonight. Still playing with MFT MPD Sophisticated Snowflakes .... in LOVE!! There several images in this set but, this card only uses one.


The snowflakes were stamped in versamark and heat embossed with white. Added a little bling to the centers and silver bow. Sentiment is MFT LJD Stitched Stockings... NBUS that I have had since last Christmas.

I started with this image from this week's CASE study challenge.

Wanted to play with Mona's snowflakes...perfect match! Also perfect for this week's Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.... Let It Snow and CAS-ual Fridays challenge Let it Snow!!



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PS... Survived the 21st B-Day of my youngest last night. We went to this neighborhood Mexican restaurant and had lots of fun!! Haley had a sombrero and flaming shot for the finale!! Now, we are planning on going out this Friday too!!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

may your holidays sparkle!!

Geez o pete... the holidays are upon me! Probably doesn't help that I started my shopping just last week! Haven't had much time to stamp. My sweet friend Mona from Cupcakes Creations sent me a surprise in the mail and I started on this card over a week ago and finally had a chance to finish!! Thanks girl!!


Aren't those snowflakes gorgeous!! The detail is fabulous!! They are Mona's- MFT MPD Sophisticated Snowflakes. I stamped them all over with Delicata gold ink. Added a sentiment from MFT, some gold twine, and gold jingle bells.

The sketch was last week's Deconstructed sketch, this week's Curtain Call Inspiration challenge and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge... snow.



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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

CTD 272 - thank you- with love!!

Happy Happy Wednesday... WOW this month is flying by... guess that happens when I just started my Christmas shopping last WE!! Only on Saturday but, we began at 3:30p and I was home at 9:30p- long mall trip for me!!

This week Broni picked the colors and inspiration pic... I used both this time... a little spring inspiration... I'm ready!! Honestly, I should be ashamed to say that when I know there are so many parts of the country being blasted with snow and ice... but, I'm a warm weather girl!


My card....


Aren't those painted Ball jars fabulous!! I used a set of images and dies from Clear and Simple stamps that I bought last spring and never inked them up... shame on me! I used Well Preserved Jars Medium, Well Preserved Jars Extras, and the coordinating Well Preserved Jars Medium dies. Stamped the jar outlines in gray and then added the "insides" with another image in the different colors. The images are a little crackled looking just -how perfect is that!! Colored the flowers with copics- cut a slit and inserted.

For more inspiration, you'll want to stop by and visit the other team members' blogs as well as our talented guestie - Cindy Lawrence at  One Happy Stamper!! Thanks Cindy for joining us!!

Barbara Anders - Paper Pursuits
Broni Holcombe - Splashes of Watercolor
Joan Ervin - Stamping With Passion
Lori Tecler - Inking Aloud
Tammy Hershberger - Stamp Happy
 Wanda Cullen - Cullen-ary Creations
Melody Rupple- A Paper Melody
 
Remember, if you don't have the exact colors, use whatever you have that's close...the color police won't come after you--this is all about having fun!  If you upload to a public gallery, please use the key words CTD272.  Also, when linking up your card using the linky tool at the bottom of the post, please link to your specific post, not a generic link to your blog.  

When you are finished with your creation, head over to the Color Throwdown blog to add your entry to the Inlinkz tool.   
 
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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

You have earned your wings...

....many times over!! How fabulous is that sentiment!! It is from Waltzingmouse Fine Feathers and now there are coordinating dies... happy!! Ha- as I was typing this post... a little thought came to me that I HAVE earned my wings...That is shopping at a mall for 6 hours straight, well maybe 5 1/2 hours with a 14 year old granddaughter and my daughter who is no "slouch" when it comes to shopping! Really, I shouldn't complain- got a lot of the Christmas shopping done. I used to be so good and start in October but, the last few years... it's been a December thing. Maybe because I have to make sure those kids have made final decisions?

AND... my youngest has a BIG Birthday on Monday... 21!! SO hard to believe, seems like just yesterday she was mowing the yard with Bill- in a baby backpack/carrier- well, he mowed and she hung out on his back! She was just a little one but, that is what calmed her and, any mother/father would understand... we accommodated her!!

Anyway...

This month CASE study is a tribute to Cath Edvalson from Moxie Fab World... using images she has posted.

Used Mona's {MFT} Graduated Diamonds stencil with Heidi Swapp gold mist to create the vertical pattern. Die cut several feathers with WMS dies and stamped with the coordinating images using several blue shades and random/haphazard Delicata gold ink (have had this stuff for a couple months and not used... IN LOVE!).  


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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

CTD271- merry christmas!!

Another Happy Wednesday to you!! Barbara picked some fabulous colors and I love the inspiration pic!! Loved all the cards from last week... hope you play again!!



My card....


Still playing at making my own backgrounds... lots of fun!! Here I used WPlus9's Merry and Bright along with the Christmas Words dies from Paper Smooches... LOVE them both!! There are so many more images in the Bright and Merry set- I only used 3 and the Paper Smooches die set has 7 dies that can be mixed- the Christmas on my card is the largest.

For more inspiration, you'll want to stop by and visit the other team members' blogs as well as our talented guestie - Cindy Lawrence at  One Happy Stamper!! Thanks Cindy for joining us!!

Barbara Anders - Paper Pursuits
Broni Holcombe - Splashes of Watercolor
Joan Ervin - Stamping With Passion
Lori Tecler - Inking Aloud
Tammy Hershberger - Stamp Happy
 Wanda Cullen - Cullen-ary Creations
Melody Rupple- A Paper Melody
 
Remember, if you don't have the exact colors, use whatever you have that's close...the color police won't come after you--this is all about having fun!  If you upload to a public gallery, please use the key words CTD268.  Also, when linking up your card using the linky tool at the bottom of the post, please link to your specific post, not a generic link to your blog.  

When you are finished with your creation, head over to the Color Throwdown blog to add your entry to the Inlinkz tool.   

This is also for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge to make your own background.
 
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SSCB #25 - Happy Holidays!!

Here we are again for the new Serendipity Stamps challenge- this week the challenge is to make a "shaped" card!!!


Now, I will say mine is not a very creative shape, AND I had other ideas originally- but, I really wanted to color up this  Poinsettia Basket image and didn't think ahead! After they were colored and it was time to add the shape...this is the only shape that I had to accommodate! BUT- Aren't they gorgeous!! All the fine detail in the image is fabulous!! I stamped mine with Memento Tuxedo black onto XPress It blending CS and colored with copics. Added some gold pearls in the centers for a little bling. Tried adding bows {at the top, on the side.... didn't work...} This poinsettia basket just wanted to SHINE on its' own :-)

Did stamp the inside with a another Serendipity image... Holly with Frame and Happy Holidays sentiment!!



Hope you find time to join us, and...

The rules are simple... play along using at least one Serendipity Stamps image on your submission and link it below. You don't have to have a blog to play along - you can link your designs to any on line gallery.

Click Here for all the details

For extra inspiration there are samples from the design team on the challenge blog or you can visit them directly and get all the details by clicking on their names below.

Marybeth Lopez
Miriam Napier
Jenny Gropp 
Julie Warner 
Karen Amidon
 Anya Schrier
Pauline Pollington

This go round the special is Buy 3, Get a 4th free.   Good 12/4 through 12/11.  
 
Here's the link to Serendipity Stamps since you may feel the need to go looking and shopping :-)


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Stamps: Poinsettia 409L, Happy Holidays 665C, Holly with Frame 1050QCL {Serendipity}
Ink: Tuxedo Black {Memento}, Copics
Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White {SU}, XPress It Blending CS
Accessories: Gold Pearls {Pizzazzaplenty}, Ribbon {SU}, Seam Binding {stash}, Stitched Circle Dies {Lil Inker Designs}

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

CASE Study challenge!!

Happy Tuesday!! Well, my dreams of cooking for 2 days and stamping for 3 didn't quite work out!! Those kids and their families/friends/boyfriends just came to visit almost every day!! Love them to pieces though and had a lot of fun!!

I did manage to make a card for this week's CASE study challenge. It's definitely on the CAS side {at least for me}


I went with the negative circles but, did them in an offset pattern. Stamped some Verve flowers from Surely Goodness and added some bling.... enamel dot, rhinestone, and halfback shiny pearl. The flowers were colored with copics and yes, purposely not blended for effect. Added a Verve butterfly- Blue Skies die cut  and stamped with versamark and heat embossed with white. Ohhh... and couldn't resist duplicating the embossed dots!

Here's the inspiration at CASE study...
 Used the colors from ColorQ.... but, remembered kraft not... early espresso... so I did some sponging on the outside and inside of the circles with SU early espresso! The browns in the inspiration pic blend from light to dark :-)


Hope you're off to a great week!! Did you go out black Friday shopping... not this girl but, next WE will be a Christmas shopping blitz!!

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

It's time for the next Color Throwdown challenge- #270!!

Happy Wednesday my friends!! Tomorrow is Turkey day in the US and I am in the throes of making all the traditional foods and everyone's favorites!! My oldest, Lauren, is contributing too... we will have scrumptious food {and no cooking} for 4 days... WHOO HOO!!

Enough of my celebrating 2 days of furious cooking and 3 days of stamping and eating :-)

To business...

Wanda picked the colors this week... LOVE the inspiration pic { I have a bunch of old ornaments I have collected that get displayed in a large glass jar... gorgeous}!! I was a "titch" intimidated by the colors.... ohh, turns out I was wrong!! Well, it's certainly not the first time! These colors are fun!!

 
And...  I got a little bling on... makes me happy!! I used WPlus(s Silver Bells and matching dies. Created my own background, added some silver embossed berries, silver twine, and a sentiment from the same set on an MFT Flag Stax die!!
 
For more inspiration, you'll want to stop by and visit the other team members' blogs as well as our talented November guestie - Cindy Lawrence at  One Happy Stamper!! Thanks Cindy for joining us this month!!

Barbara Anders - Paper Pursuits
Broni Holcombe - Splashes of Watercolor
Joan Ervin - Stamping With Passion
Lori Tecler - Inking Aloud
Tammy Hershberger - Stamp Happy
 Wanda Cullen - Cullen-ary Creations
Melody Rupple- A Paper Melody
 
Remember, if you don't have the exact colors, use whatever you have that's close...the color police won't come after you--this is all about having fun!  If you upload to a public gallery, please use the key words CTD268.  Also, when linking up your card using the linky tool at the bottom of the post, please link to your specific post, not a generic link to your blog.  

When you are finished with your creation, head over to the Color Throwdown blog to add your entry to the Inlinkz tool.   
 
Thanks for stopping by!! Love when you do and appreciate all the kind words!!
 
 
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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Merry Christmas!!

I've had some time to make some cards recently and that's good as we're getting ready to do the US Thanksgiving celebration and the grocery list is long and the favorite foods wish list is long!! Will be busy the next few days!!

Here's a card for the Viva la Verve challenge on SCS.... week 3... Anya's sketch!!


Did some paper piecing with these adorable Verve Trees... Holiday Greetings! The little stars are from the same set... added a little bling for good measure!! Stamped the sentiment on a couple of Verve dies... Mini Classy label and Charming Oval! Ohhh. and Julee is having some sales!!

Anya's sketch...

I've had a fun WE... stamping... cleaning blinds {not sure why I would add that as fun but, dang they were dirty and look so lovely now!}

Entering this in the Curtain Call Challenge...I see Christmas trees... not traditional colors but, love how they played out together and this is pretty CAS for me, LOL!!


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Happy Birthday Ms. Jeanne!!

It's a Happy Birthday Celebration for one of my blogging buddies....

Jeanne Jachna at A Kept Life....

I got to know Jeanne through our mutual love for Waltztingmouse stamps and bows!! She is one of the sweetest peeps on this earth....in celebration of her love for color...


Yes, I know... it's nothing like Jeanne's blend and I am missing some die cuts... but, I do have a lot of color and some Waltzingmouse Stamps going on!!

And my Birthday Cake in celebration....


Read somewhere that this girl has an executive post with the Boy Scouts and dang, she deserves it!! Congrats my friend!!

A few other friends joining in the Celebration!!

Thanks to Joyce  the blog party planner extradorinnaire!!

Cathy
Christina
Darnell
Jill
Kara
Kim
Marybeth
Tracey 

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

WMS Pajama Party- One last card!!

I'm back with another card for the Christmas card challenge for the Waltzingmouse monthly PJ party!! Click on the link for all the info.
 
Clare has released some dies that coordinate with previous sets.... one of those is Festive Foliage!! I had gold embossed the Pinstripe Backgrounder onto white last weekend and it was just sitting there wanting some love!! Went all glittery on this one!!


All of the images and sentiment are from Festive Foilage along with the new dies.... check them out here. For the embossing on the holly leaves- I mixed some clear and white which gives this imperfect embossing pattern but, I like it. Now, the sentiment may not seem Christmassy but, it is part of this set and it is my message regarding these new dies. Thanks Clare- LOVE them!!

PS... thinking Camellia dies, Funky Flowers dies, Two Step Sprig dies..... :-)

I started out using Chupa's sketchbook Saturday challenge but, kinda' changed it a little.


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WMS Pajama Party- Challenge 3

I'm back for the third challenge for the Waltzingmouse monthly PJ party and this month is all about Christmas!! Click on the link for all the info.

 This challenge is all about tags. I used an image from Seasonal Remedies to make my tag. A big ole striped bow with some black jingle bells tied with twine to top it off.


I added the tag to a belly band for a little gift packaging. The kraft box was stamped with WMS Zig Zag backgrounder.

Gotta go- I'm working on another card using the new Festive Foilage dies :-)

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WMS Pajama Party- Challenge 4

 
Waltzingmouse is having their monthly PJ party and this month is all about Christmas!! Click on the link for all the info.
 


The fourth challenge was to make a 3D item-decoration/home d├ęcor. Well, I was not very imaginative but, I have been dying to make a 3D ornament using Clare's spellbinder compatible Christmas images soo....


And.... I have been singing this song for a couple days!! One of my fav Christmas songs!! Isn't the image gorgeous- it is from Ornate Ornaments- has several spellbinder compatible images and some fabulous sentiments. I chose the sentiment from Compliments of the Season.

I'll be back shortly with my tag - decided it needed black jingle bells too so hubs is spraying them :-)

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Friday, November 22, 2013

WMS PJ Party- Traditional Christmas!

PJ PARTY at WMS... challenge #2...

Off the subject... I have a ladybug crawling around my keyboard... this time of year... never expected... thinking she's needs to go outside..

I'm back...


 Challenge number 2... Traditional Christmas...


Better pic...


Non-traditional colors but, traditional images :-) One of the new sets at WMS-Alpine Christmas and matching dies... YES. matching dies!! Clare has definitely taken the leap into the die business {new dies arrived at my house today that compliment older sets--- Festive Foilage--- can you say HAPPY!

The mountains and chalet were stamped in versamark and heat embossed with seafoam embossing powder, die cut with the coordinating dies... added a little color/depth to the chalet with copics to outline the image and adhered with foam dots. Snowflakes are from Alpine Christmas and added some gold pearls for a little bling. Sentiment from the same set.... are the fonts not fabulous!!

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PS... tomorrow I get to play with the Festive Foilage dies... WHOO HOO!!

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