Heather's Sketch #85 - Stress!

8/31/2009 09:40:00 PM Edit This 2 Comments »

This sketch of Heather's was really fun to use. And I had the perfect use for it. I've been really stressed lately, so this sentiment popped into my head. I typed it up on the computer, and added a retired SU image to it. I used scraps of paper and CS, and Dew Drop Memento Grape Jelly ink. I think that I'll send it to my therapist!

SPCC #13: Me and Frog

8/31/2009 12:56:00 PM Posted In Edit This 10 Comments »
Oooh! This LO was so much fun to do! I was really fine with the Yoyo Yellow, Old Olive, and Basic Black, but struggled to fit the Regal Rose in (although, I love pink). Soooo, it's in the in the edges of the flowers from the patterned paper. When my grandson was born about 15 months ago, my youngest daughter and I posed him for pictures with our good friend, Broos the frog. I wanted to work with frogs on this, so I printed some fun frogs (as well as the title and journaling block) from letteringdelights.com. They kind of got loose and hopped all over the page!. I used some wonderful Canson art paper for the grass, and just tore it for dimension. This page was really fun to do. Why don't you hop on over to SPCC to see what you can do with this week's color combo. And did I mention that you could win a set of COPICS from our wonderful sponsor iCopic.com?

Carrie's FF Challenge - Multihobby Scrappin'

8/29/2009 11:04:00 AM Edit This 7 Comments »
I just love the SPCC Finally Friday Challenge! Every week, Samantha has a different guest designer, and they are all so talented and creative! This week's challenge, by a wonderful gal named Carrie, has us combining scrappin' with any of our other hobbies (and aren't we all so multifaceted?). This week was really stressful for me, and I've got lots to do this weekend (laundry, mowing, grading,...), so of course, I am papercrafting! One of my other hobbies is quilting. And, like most crafters, I have a variety of UFO's (UnFinished Objects) laying around. So I took some little quilt squares and stitched them into some get well cards. Isn't that kind of what we crafters do? After a stressful week, we focus on others (or use them as an excuse to craft). Here are the details: CS is SU Very Vanilla, Brocade Blue, and Bella Birds DSP; ribbon is SU Kraft Taffeta; sentiment is from TAC; and ink is SU Brocade Blue: Miscellaneous: Heidi Swapp edge distresser. I have been so inspired by Stacy M and so many others who use sewing on their cards, so I thought I'd try it too. I'm so glad that I did. The sewing machine might just become a fixture in my living room!

Dol-Fans SPCC #12

8/26/2009 10:15:00 PM Edit This 7 Comments »
Oh, Sam! When you picked the SPCC #12 colors, you must have known that I'd be headed to a Miami Dolphins game with my sis! And that I'd have the nerve to wear hot pink to the game. So I had to do this LO of our tailgating fun and Landshark Stadium. Here are the details: CS is SU Only Orange, G-P White, and some teal from my stash; paper is TAC Brighten My Day; dolphins were cut with Cricut and SCAL; title is from letteringdelights.com; journaling pen is from Tombo.

Two Sweet

8/25/2009 10:54:00 PM Edit This 3 Comments »
My friend Samantha over at Scrapmasters Paradise was just named to a DT at Practical Scrappers, so I thought I'd check it out. They have challenges to use up some of those supplies that we have laying around (as if we have lots of "stuff" accumulating and not being used. Seriously?). This week's challenge was for vellum - a wonderful, but definitely underutilized material! Here is a LO I made of yours truly and my twin sister. The background paper, mat, and tag are from K & Co, and the letters were cut using Coluzzle. I added torn vellum to frame the little darlings, and held it in place with buttons sewn on with embroidery floss. The black-and-white photo was enhanced just a bit with chalk.

SPCC #11, Finally Friday, and Heather's Sketch #83

8/22/2009 02:55:00 AM Edit This 16 Comments »
Okay, hang onto your socks, folks! This is a first for me - I've combined 3 challenges for this card. Now for some of you super-scrappers, who combine eighty-'leven challenges into one card or LO, this might not seem like much. It's baby-steps folks; learnin' to walk before I learn to run! I've used Sam's wonderful SPCC Color Combo #11 (be sure to check out her blog - she's giving away COPICS - yes, I said COPICS), the Finally Friday Challenge (no prize, just some fun-spiration from a wonderful guest Diva, Mara), and Heather's weekly Sketch #83 (uh-huh, eighteee-threee).
Rcipe: SU Green Galore and Soft Suede (and some white I had around my stash), TAC's Enjoy Nature stamps, Colorbox Fluid Chalk (Chestnut Roan) and VersaMark, Making Memories brads, Fiskars Border Punch (which even cuts cardstock).

I Learned What an RAK is! Thanks Kristin!

8/19/2009 09:40:00 PM Edit This 2 Comments »

About two weeks ago, I was notified by this amazingly sweet and talented sister SPCC Diva that I was the lucky winner of an RAK! I did a little happy dance even though I didn't know what an RAK was! I had been away from the internet for a few days (and was obviously going through withdrawal), so I didn't even know that she had a give-away. I emailed Kristin at Leading a Craftastic Life to thank her and ask her what an RAK is. She informed me that it is a Random Act of Kindness (she did not add, "Duh, everybody knows that!" but she should have). Well, the package arrived last week while I was in Florida, visiting my sister and enjoying a needed break from a stressful time. When I got home, I had the joy of her wonderful package of goodies! You can see what adorable and wonderful things she sent : a beautiful bracelet, sweet cards, an adorable picture frame, the cutest clipboard you can imagine, a lovely bookmark and keyring, some chipboard, some envelopes, and she even added the sweetest "Grow Your Own Rubber Ducky". The great news is that she sells many of these wonderful items in her etsy store, Craftastic Boutique. So check out her blog and her store and see for yourself how amazing she is!

Finally Friday Mono Challenge

8/11/2009 10:26:00 PM Edit This 3 Comments »

Robbyn was the Finally Friday host last week at SPCC, and she challenged one and all to create something monochromatic (as a contrast to Sam's awesome color combos). Here is my project using the SU Sizzix Textured Impressions Manhattan Flower, TAC Circle stamp, and TAC sentiment. I used VersaMark ink (not sure I like the blockiness on the embossed image - meant to just highlight the ridges, but got a little carried away). Be sure to check out SPCC for the challenges!

SPCC 10 and Card Sketch 82

8/11/2009 09:04:00 PM Edit This 14 Comments »

Hi everyone! I had kind of a tough day today, so I decided to escape from the world and lose myself in scrapping and cardmaking. It's my haven from stress. This card is for Sam's SPCC Color Combo #10. If you haven't checked out her awesome weekly challenge, you should. It's so much fun, and did I mention that she has awesome prizes? This week's prize is a set of Copics - yes, I said Copics! I also decided to combine that challenge with Heather's weekly card sketch. Heather is giving away blog candy this week! Things just keep getting sweeter and sweeter, don't they?
Card details: CS-SU Crushed Curry and Pumpkin Pie, Ink-Brilliance Pearlescent Purple, SU sizzix Texturz Plate, SU Live Your Dream Stamp Set, and Prima Flowers.

Heather's Card Sketch 81

8/07/2009 12:06:00 AM Edit This 0 Comments »
Here is my version of Heather's Sketch 81. I love Kokopelli, and I think it looks great stamped in black on a background made by swirling three colors of ink on glossy CS. The blue ink is Brilliance Pearlescent Sky Blue, so I also used it for the word stamped on black. For the card base, I scored diamonds before inking. The ribbon is actually purple, but looks blue in the photo. If you haven't checked out Heather's card sketch yet, you should. She posts a new sketch every week!

SPCC #11 - Support

8/05/2009 10:20:00 PM Edit This 10 Comments »

I absolutely love this pair of stamps, and thought that a picture of me and my sisters was the perfect place for it. Several years ago we all met in St.Louis for a sisters weekend. We left our husbands, kids, and housework at home, and had a wonderful time.
This LO is inspired by the colors at Sam's Scrapmaster's Paradise Color Combo Challenge #11. Such a fun combination of colors. If you haven't tried this challenge yet, you really should. Every Monday, Sam has a new color combo (and if you check back on Fridays, she has a fun Finally Friday Challenge).
For this LO, I used SU CS, Sizzix Little Sizzles Pastel paper, VersaMagic Jumbo Java Chalk Ink,and American Art stamps.
One side note: At the time of this posting, I am in Florida visiting my twin sister and getting some much-needed stress reduction before I start another semester of teaching. I'll post more later about this magnificent visit with my sis.

SPCC #9 A Mother's Arms

8/03/2009 04:11:00 PM Edit This 12 Comments »

This beautiful color combo from SPCC Challenge made me think immediately of my beautiful daughter and her beautiful new daughter. Fortunately I had just the right picture for it. I used Bazzill Bling CS as the base, with SU Close to Cocoa and some paper from my stash. The quote is from a DCWV vellum quote stack, the corners of which are embellished with Heidi Swapp Large Flower Jewels. I also used the SU Eyelet Punch, Cricut for the title, and mulberry paper flowers, all decorated with Stickles. If you haven't tried the Color Challenge yet, don't wait any longer!