Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Warm Winter Wishes- CT266

Happy, Happy Wednesday!! This week's Color Throwdown challenge has Lori bringing some fabulous, I interpreted wintery colors :)

LOVE those acorns!!


Here's my card...

I've gone wintery on this one!! Used a couple new WPlus9 stamps sets/die combos.... Heartfelt Holiday and Silver Bells. The background was stamped with the wreath in Heartfelt Holiday in baked brown sugar and old olive (swear I own every SU color but, the Close to Cocoa has gone missing in action!) and added berries from Silver Bells. The leaves are also from Silver Bells- the rest is Heartfelt Holiday.

For more inspiration, you'll want to stop by and visit the other team members' blogs as well as our talented October guestie - Sankari Wegman at  Sankari's Sunshine Corner!

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 CTD266.  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.   

Hope you enjoy the colors and can't wait to see what you create!!

The sketch is from Chupa's Sketchbook Saturday and played in Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge.... Anything Goes!!

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

just BE- Mixed Media challenge

Yes, you read that right.... mixed media challenge!! Well, this is my first time trying to use mixed media-have been wanting to for forever but, just didn't have the time to watch the videos or traveling for work (a lot lately) soo- I finally tried it (without watching any videos- be easy on me, LOL!!)

I used the Mixed Media Color Challenge hosted by two of my blogging friends as a starting point.

 
Mona and Sue are mixed media experts.... I'm just experimenting!!



So, another blogging friend Broni used a Prima Doll stamp on her CTD card a couple weeks ago and I just had to have one. What did I do- started by using fibre paste and one of Mona's stencils (graduated dots) on the background, layered with gesso, and sponged on ink. I think I used two layers of gesso and ink sponging. Lastly added random stamping with MFT's Border It-Mod Borders and a sentiment from Verve's Words of Wisdom. My tan is the little pieces of trim I added to the top- may have a little too much white?

Had a lot of fun making this.... totally NEW to me and I think I need to take the time for some classes or videos :)

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Love & Peace & Joy!!

Have had a productive WE stamping a little... makes for a happy girl!! Seized the opportunity to play at  CASE study challenge. Elena is the MUSE this month and she is bringing us some beautiful cards/tags/gift ensembles-- this girl knows how to DIY a party!!

Elena's inspiration...
 
My interpretation...


I went with the tag idea and soft colors. I have been seeing all over blog land all the gold embossing and I just had to play along!! I used a new set from WPlus9 called Strictly Sentiments 3- it has a contemporary Christmas feel. I die cut a piece of vanilla cardstock with the largest Timeless Tags 2 die, stamped the circles randomly and gold embossed a few. Added the gold embossed sentiment, layered onto a piece of gold cardstock, added ribbon and gold twine to finish.

You could use the Love and Joy for lots of other occasions.... Valentine's Day....Birthdays. I think silver embossing would look fabulous too!!

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Give Thanks!!

I've been out of town for work.... honestly, wears me out but, that's okay!! Had a chance to play a little today (hubs is dusting..... yes, I am a lucky girl!!) This card is my last one for this month's Viva la Verve sketches on SCS. Anya created it and I just have to say I was stumped for a while, then as I was browsing challenges and browsing my Verve stamps... an idea popped up! It's on the fun side- hope you enjoy it!!

 
Stamped this adorable Verve turkey from Bountiful Harvest and colored with copics- straightforward coloring for the pop. The buttons are SU and stash as well as the twine. Don't you just love those black stripes-- makes him a bit distinguished!!
 
The sketch....

 The colors... I know, they are Halloweenish- I just made them Thanksgivingish!! My mom and dad would be so PROUD of my English :)



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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

CTD #265 - Remembering You!!

Happy Wednesday and welcome to the next group of colors for this week's Color Throwdown. These colors are brought to us by Joan!! Totally loving those birch trees... but, I had a bunch of fun playing with my new Verve goodies. I haven' played with these shades much but, I LOVE them together!!

The colors....


My card....


I stamped the large circle from Verve's Poppy Birthday stamp set in baked brown sugar, crisp cantaloupe, and pistachio pudding and then, over-stamped the circles/center with not quite navy. Makes a fun-kind of graphic background. Added banners using MFT's flag stax- the colored banners were stamped with a leaf from Verve's Bloom & Grow using versamark for a subtle pattern. The sentiment panel uses an oval nestabilitie, and Verve's Charming Oval and Mini Classy Label dies. Sentiment is from Poppy Birthday.

For more inspiration, you'll want to stop by and visit the other team members' blogs as well as our talented October guestie - Sankari Wegman at  Sankari's Sunshine Corner!

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 CTD262.  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.   

Hope you enjoy the colors and can't wait to see what you create!!

Used Christyne's week 4 sketch....
Even stayed true to the sketch!!

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SSCB #22 - Sentiments!!

Happy, Happy Hump Day!! Normally I'd be thrilled to death... which I am but, I have to go out of town tomorrow and I am just not looking forward to it...oh well.

To the fun stuff...



Had a blast making this card!! Serendipity has a "whole lotta" fabulous sentiments and this one rings true for me right now!! Added some bling, distressed edges, layered the sentiment on a nestabilitie that was die cut with two different colors and place off center. Lastly, added a multicolored bow. bow-

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.

Pauline Pollington
Miriam Napier
Jenny Gropp 
Julie Warner 
Here's the link to Serendipity Stamps since you may feel the need to go looking and shopping :))

The deal.... 20% off the Words and Verse Category -Good through 10/30.

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Ingredients
Stamps: What Lies Behind Us 1104F (Serendipity)
Ink: Basic Gray (SU)
Paper: Very Vanilla and Basic Gray (SU), patterned paper Sky's the Limit (MME)
Accessories: bling (Prima, pizzazaplenty, and stash), distressing tool (SU), seam binding (stash)

Monday, October 21, 2013

CASE study-- hello!

Here's my CAS card for this week's CASE study challenge. Elena is the MUSE this month. Click on the link for all the details. She creates some fabulous cards and fabulous party ensembles!!

My card...

 
This is not a style that comes easy for me!! But, it's a challenge and stimulates my brain cells.... maybe a little headache.... but, the synapses work harder. I focused on the wood grain, touch of red, and one word sentiment. The birds are chickadees from Serendipity stamps- the image was stamped on cherry cobbler cardstock and fussy cut so that I had only the birds and not the tree branch/foilage in the image. Added some birch die cuts, embossed the background, and added the die cut hello.
 
 
Elena's card...



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Sunday, October 20, 2013

twitterpated. love ya.

A sweet little card for my "honey"!! He's been busy making several trips to Ikea looking for this black tabletop for my craft room...it's been out of stock each time soo... now, he has a number and a waiting list. He also painted and hung my new ink pad holder today!!

 
I've used the sentiments from Verve's Twitterpated set but, I don't think I've inked up these adorable little cuties!! Also played with my new award banner die from Verve. The hearts were die cut with Verve's Wavy Hearts die. Julee has a whole lot of goodness and I believe there are some sales on right now. Check it out here. 


Used Amy's week 3 sketch, yes... I tweaked it a little!! I've been known to do that once in a while :)

Hope you had a great WE... I'm getting ready to cook- wish I could say I was a gourmet cook but, my mom raised 5 children and I totally learned "down home" recipes! Ahh... good though!!

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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Vintage Tree- WMS PJ Party

Another challenge for the WMS PJ party!! I am apologizing in advance.... the pics are bad, really bad!! We have absolutely no sun today and I couldn't get my ott lights arranged to help. Maybe another day I can get a better pic!!
In Claire's words...."For this challenge we're looking for  old school spooky. Make a project to celebrate a vintage style Halloween. " Now I'm not sure if this is totally old school spooky but, I sure had fun making it.



I stamped the witch from the latest release in black and layered/popped onto a moon that I created with a nestie and sponged ink. This was attached to a lollipop stick that was sprinkled with black glitter. The shiny tree I bought at Michael's. For the ornaments I stamped a bunch of images from Halloween party and adhered to circles after attaching string between the layers. For this kind of project it's good to place an image on both sides of the circle. I added some "googly" eyes to a couple of the images. 


 
Not sure if you can see but, even the little mouse came to the party!!

Hope you're having a great Saturday.... mine's pretty laid back. Thanks for stopping by!! Love when you do and appreciate all the kind words!!

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Friday, October 18, 2013

Congrats to the BIG Cheese!!

Another card for the WMS PJ Party! THE challenge is.....  in Claire's words....."Let's have a challenge featuring lot's of black and white, clean cut geometric shapes and the pop can be whatever colour you choose - maybe red, or even gold?"

You don't have to ask me twice.... about using red... it's my fav color!!


I know... the DT have done cards with feathers.... Art Deco does love a little bling/feather.... but, I JUST had to do my own feather thing... I JUST had too....still makes me smile!! This set is so unique...I've made a couple other cards using the patterns from Art Deco backgrounds- one with black/white/blue and the other with several colors... oh the possibilities!!

Here's my inspiration...




Hope you're having a great Friday evening... I have my hubs working on a couple projects {new ink pad/re-inker- marker holder--- just painting and will need to hang this WE.... the other project is a new Ikea desk combo} Happy Girl!!

Here's the deets on the PJ party.... you have 24 hours to join in!!

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Greenish Halloweenish- WMS PJ Party!!

Happy Friday... busy as a bee {or goblin} I have been!!
 

 
Claire at Waltzingmouse stamps is having a PJ party!! 'Kay I'm not in my PJs yet, although when I put them on... it could be a WE long PJ party at my house!! Ha... glad you aren't coming to visit?!?
 
One of the challenges is "greenish Halloweenish" and here's my card... 


The challenge is....Make a card/project featuring Halloween and the colour Green. Eeeek.... is this Raven perfect or what!! A little vintage and creepy looking!! The Glitz Finnley papers are graphic but, this piece with the "dripping" green at the bottom - think claws. Ohhh. and if you don't have any "claw paper" you could use the Splat That set to make some!!

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Whooo loves ya Baby!!-- Serendipity Stamps Blog Hop

Whooo Hooo it's Friday, as if that wasn't good enough, I also  have the most adorable owl die from Serendipity Stamps to show off today!! LOVE it and it cuts like buttah!!


Pulled out some Authentique Thankful papers and layered it up!! Die cut the owl and then turned the die over and traced it to cut out the background. Added MME enamel dots for the eyes and a ribbon/button/twine combo.... love me some ribbon!!

And, as always.... the inside....


On this one you can see the tail feathers.... fabulous!! Oh isn't she a wise owl!! Finished it off with a perfect sentiment, IMHO anywhooooo!! Enough of the puns :)
 
I'm the last stop on the hop but, in case you didn't start at the beginning.... here's the list!! Don't forget to comment as you go....there's a $10 store gift certificate up for grabs. The last day to comment is the 20th and the winner will be announced on the 21st on the Serendipity Stamps Blog.
 

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Ingredients
Samps/dies: Owl, Who Loves ya Baby? 851D, Serendipity Stamps
Ink: Early Espresso (SU)
Papers: Thankful (Authentique), SU
Accessories: seam binding (stash), button (SU), linen thread (Londenderry), scallop punch (SU) 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

CTD264--Hey There!

Hey There- Happy Wednesday and welcome to the next group of colors for this week's Color Throwdown. These colors are brought to us by Broni and they are fun, fun, fun!!




I used Clearly Besotted stamps "You Said It" stamps and dies. Added a little background splatter in smoky slate {yes, Wanda- I have it now!!}, stitched a little and added a few sequins.

For more inspiration, you'll want to stop by and visit the other team members' blogs as well as our talented October guestie - Sankari Wegman at  Sankari's Sunshine Corner!

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 CTD262.  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.   

Hope you enjoy the colors and can't wait to see what you create!!

My layout was inspired by this week's CAS(E) this sketch.


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Monday, October 14, 2013

Christmas Wishes!!

Yes'm... this is three days in a row posting! My WPlus9 order came the other day and I was thrilled to get a chance to ink up some of the new goodies!! Played along with Chupa's Sketchbook Saturday challenge (two weeks in a row mind you!)


Soooo, Dawn's latest release is awesome!! Several sets along the lines of Fresh Cut Florals and I don't have any bells in my Christmas stamp repertoire. Used some older Christmas papers from Basic Gray I am TRYING to be a good steward of my supplies :) And, I think they worked perfectly here. Don't you just adore that sentiment!! Silver Bells and matching dies layered onto the Label Layers 3 die.
 
 

 Chupa's sketch....


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Sunday, October 13, 2013

You Make Me Smile!!

Yep- two days in a row {haven't traveled this week, LOL!} Played with a Verve Plain Jane {PJ} that I've had for a while but, never inked up.


A bright and happy one.... using the new Finnley papers from Glitz, Verve's Smile PJ and Verve's Rounded Rectangle die.... oh and some of the seam binding Julee sells too!! Lovin' all these bright  colors!!

Used Amber's week 1 Viva la Verve sketch.... tweaked it a little :)

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Hope you're having a great Sunday- we're a little cloudy, gloomy here today-- perfect for doing a bit of stampin!!

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