Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Bah! Humbug! Challenge ---- Elegance

The decor this week at Bah! Humbug! is elegance.  Last week our lovely ladies of the holidays gave us the challenge of vellum, which I find adds elegance to paper projects.  But, I don't think I could get by with rerunning that card.  However, I did reprise the use of elegant ribbon in this challenge.  The new selection of holiday ribbons at Michael's is gorgeous.  For this card I chose two ribbons of subtle grey-green organza, one with silver glitter swirls and the other with silver edges.  They match a wonderful heavy report cover cardstock I have in my stash.  I had to take photos with the flash under artificial light, so the color isn't depicted well here, unfortunately.  To accent the organza ribbons I added a strip of silver metallic ribbon.  The glitter stars are from K & Co. and have a touch of green glitter matching the cardstock.

For the circle I used the same shimmery cardstock as last week (in fact a scrap -- never through anything away!)  Embossed with Cuttlebug Snowflakes folder and cut with Nesties circle die, it is mounted on a piece of silver metallic cardstock. 

The sentiment is computer-generated and cut with Nesties rectangle die, also mounted on the silver metallic cardstock. 

Inside is a computer-generated liner that I often use in my cards.  It is printed on grey parchment paper. 

Even though I have several images either colored, or ready to be colored, I'm liking these cards of ribbon and sentiments on the front. Just in case you are wondering --- yes, I do have more new ribbons to use! 

Thanks for stopping by!  There's a chill in the air here in Missouri and the winds blew the leaves off the trees.  It won't be long before the snow flies!

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

I'm Going To Be a Mother-in-law!!

Many of you know that I have eagerly been awaiting "official" news about my son Scott and his girlfriend, Paula.  I am proud and happy to say that news has arrived!  Scott and Paula became engaged on Friday, October 22, at the Navy Ball in Leavenworth, Kansas.  The ball was to celebrate the 235th anniversary of the U.S. Navy and Scott made it even more memorable by proposing to Paula... on one knee... in front of everyone!!! He's had it planned for weeks and Paula was stunned, not that he asked, but that he chose to pop the question in front of an audience.  That is so out of character for Scott!  It's a good thing she said "yes"! 

Here is a picture of them before the ball and a picture of the ring.  Good taste there, son!

Thanks for letting me share this news! I am extremely happy for them and very proud, too!

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Bah! Humbug! Challenge --- Vellum

This week over at Bah! Humbug! we are working with vellum. I have quite a bit of vellum but often forget to use it, so, thank you ladies, for the great challenge this week.  For my card I used two types of vellum.  The first layer is speckled with gold glitter and I laid that on a shimmery vellum.  Then the two layers are mounted on a piece of gold metallic moire cardstock.  All of these pieces are punched with EK Success Alpine Trail border punch.  Behind this combo is a strip of gorgeous metallic ribbon laid on white shimmery cardstock that was embossed with the Cuttlebug 5 x 7 brocade folder.  The gold peel off sentiment finishes it all off. 

I love white and gold together, especially when there is a lot of shimmer and texture!  I hope you like this project and that you hop on over to Bah! Humbug! to see more beautiful projects and join in the fun.  Christmas is not far away!

Thanks for stopping by today! I appreciate you!

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Cute Little Halloween Witch

I'm a bit behind with Halloween cards this year, but when I saw this little witch over at Mo's Digital Pencil Too I just had to get moving on a card.  Not only is the witch spooktacular, but that poor little cat hanging on for dear life is so funny.  In just a couple of weeks the ghosts and goblins will be winging their way through the neighborhoods looking for tricks or treats.  If they are all as cute as this one Halloween just might not be so scary.

The little witch is colored with copics and mounted on a card made with scraps of Halloween dp from last year (I never through anything away!)  The tree and skeleton were cut with my Cricut using the Paper Doll Cut Out cartridge.  The border along the bottom is Martha Stewart wrought iron punch.

Thank you for stopping by today!  I sure appreciate it!

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Bah! Humbug! Challenge --- "Cuties" Using Sketch from "I {heart} 2 Stamp"

It has been difficult to leave the television today, watching as, one by one, the Chilean miners are returned to the surface and their families after being trapped for 69 days far underground.  What a joyful day for them and for the world --- we need such good news during these times.

As for good news, the most joyful season is quickly approaching so the card I made today is one of many I hope to send out to extend Christmas greetings.  The Bah! Humbug! Challenge this week was to make a project with our favorite "cutie" image. There are so many cuties in my stash, but this was a new one that I was eager to color.  The paper is some I've had for a couple of years, but didn't use much because of the pink and black. This image and this paper turned out to be a really fun pairing!  The sketch from I {heart} 2 Stamp lent itself well to the tall form of the image, so I am also putting this card in Jen's challenge this week.

Mo Manning's "Dani with Gifts" looks pretty in pink! I used Copics to color and stickles to sparkle.  The DCWV Christmas Stack dp also has glitter.  Simply topped off with satin flowers from Olfay in Michael's bridal department, and a bow with tinsel-trimmed organza ribbon.

I hope that big gold gift is for me! 

Thank you for stopping by today!  Now I just have to get back to the rescue in Chile.  Every time that capsule rises to the top I say a prayer of thanks for another miracle.   

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Friday, October 8, 2010

Whiff of Joy Challenge #89 --- Jane's Sketch

Whiff of Joy has been one of my favorite challenges for a couple of years now.  And when I see one of Jane's sketches in the challenges I just can't wait to get busy!  Jane has a way of making a layout that produces a card full of interest and fun.  So, here is my interpretation of her latest sketch:

I've had this image colored for quite some time just waiting for the right sketch and papers.  Well, all things came together with the scrapbook kit from Colorbox.  I have a bad habit of coloring images without papers in mind but I don't often have too much trouble matching them up. This one sat for awhile and I am so glad to bring it out now.  The "Sweet Memories" sentiment says it all about this image, a sister reading to her little brother, cherished moments for so many.

The image is colored with Copics and I added a vintage Prima flower, a lace band cut from MS border punch, and some swirls of rhinestones.

Rather than post Jane's sketch here, I encourage you to hop over to Whiff of Joy Challenges and see it and all the inpiring projects for yourself.  But first, let me thank you for stopping by and any comments you leave are appreciated and welcomed.

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge #52 --- It's a 1st Anniversary Hop!

Ask me how much I LOVE Mo Mannings Digital Pencil!! Well, today I have an extra special reason ---

I won the drawing for last week's challenge!!  Woo Hoo! 

And since I just had a birthday this week this was a surprise present and I got to select it myself!  For my free image I chose "Diva" and can't wait to get her colored.  Thanks, Mo!

This is also a big birthday for Mo's DP2.  They are celebrating their first anniversary of the challenge blog!  Congrats to Mo and her team.  You really have to go check out the challenge blog here and hop along.  The theme is all colors of the rainbow and each team member made a project using a single color.  They are amazing!  But before you hop over there, please take a look at my card for the challenge:

 My favorite color is blue, all shades and tones of blue.  I especially love the aqua and torquoise shades.  Purple isn't one of my favorite colors, but it does complement the aqua quite well.  This card is for my good friend's birthday.  She just turned 50 (but looks 30) and she likes bright colors.  The paper is DCWV Pocket Full of Posies collection, accented with hot pink. The gorgeous flowers are Prima.

This image of Bella was irresistable, especially with the big question mark candle on the cake.  I colored her with Copics. 

The sentiment on the inside carries on the teasing we've been giving her about turning 50.  Although, since I just had a birthday, and I am older than she, I won't rub it in too much :-). The border on the light blue paper is from the Martha Stewart punch around set --- I just can't get enough of these!

Thank you for stopping by today.  Your comments are not only welcomed but appreciated.  Ok, now, don't forget to hop along with the DP2 Design Team!  Start here.

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Fresh Brewed Designs New Releases

It's early October and that means new releases from Fresh Brewed Designs!  This pumpkin is one of my favorites!  To see more be sure to visit FBD Challenge blog and go shopping at FBD Store.

For my card I used the image "The Great Pumpkin", colored with Copics.  This simple card is embellished with a beautiful pumpkin ribbon, some maple leaf brads, and a sticker sentiment.  I love this image and can think of many more projects to use it for. 

How lovely autumn is, and how quickly leaves change colors turn then fall.  But the fun doesn't stop there: walking down the road with the crunch of fallen leaves beneath your feet; gathering around bonfires of dried leaves; the smell of fireplaces on chilly nights; then waiting for that first flurry of snow.  This is the time of year that I missed during the 30 years in Arizona, so I get really jazzed with it all!

Thank you for stopping by today.  Now hurry on over to FBD Challenge for more inspiration.

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Monday, October 4, 2010

Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge #51 -- Altered Items

Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge this week is "Altered Items".  I'm so hooked on doing cards that thinking of an altered item using Mo's fabulous digital art was difficult.  However, I had purchased several composition books to "alter" for back-to-school gifts.  With the holidays coming up and all the shopping, baking, and card lists that come with this time of year I knew I would be making lots of plans.  So, here is my "Christmas Shopping and To Do List" all in one book.  Mo's Santa "And What Do You Want?" image is perfect! I love the little boy with the long list and Santa's somewhat concerned expression. 

The front is covered with some fun dp.  The label at the top is computer-generated with graphics on Print Shop Pro Publisher.  The ribbon for the spine is some very fun fur-trimmed velveteen.  The image is colored with Copics, cut out with Nesties label, mounted on a matching label of gold metallic.  I love buttons for dimension so I added a few on the image.

Now, I hope there will be enough pages for all the lists, ideas and planning! 

Here is a close up of the image.  Very fun to color!

The back is covered with coordinating dp.  I think I will do more of these!  They are very simple.

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope this first week of October is bringing you cooler weather and beautiful fall colors.  Be sure to hop over to Digital Pencil Challenge for lots of inspiring altered items.

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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Bah! Humbug! Challenge --- Across the Miles

It's no secret that I soooo love the ladies at Bah! Humbug! --- the Trio of Tinsel! Max, Irene and Ann always bring grins and giggles in their challenge posts along with terrific ideas for cards.  They've kept me on track with Christmas cards all year and as we get closer to the holidays I'm going to have to double down to make my goal.  So, if you don't know these ladies get on over to Bah! Humbug! and get acquainted!  Then, get busy!

I've been AWOL the past couple of weeks but I have a card for this week's theme, Across the Miles, that I can only take credit for being pretty good at cutting and pasting.  This is just one of eight beautiful Trinitage pop-up card designs by the uber-talented Jak Heath.  They can be found at Imag-e-nation, which has a bazillion other goodies!  I actually ordered the downloadable versions (I'm all about instant gratification) and printed them on semi-gloss photo paper.  On one sheet are all the pieces for the 3D on the outside of the card and the pop-up on the inside.  There is also a sheet with instructions for assembly.

This is the front and you can get a peek at the pop-up inside.

The inside reveals a beautiful scene of the Christmas train about to leave the station.  Maybe the travelers are headed to Grandma's house, or maybe a country cottage for a big family get-together.  Each layer is supported by a square tube and the instruction sheet has the template for making these.  I did find that the card stock I used for the tubes was too heavy, but plain paper is too light weight.  So I'll be trying something in between for the next ones. 

This is a closer view of the festive scene.  I love the artwork!

The 3D piece on the outside is a lovely invitation to open the card for the surprise inside. 

Now, there are seven more beautiful holiday scenes like this one.  But you will just have to go to Imag-e-nation and take a look!  And don't forget to hop over to Bah! Humbug! for more inspiration and fun!

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you are having a great weekend!

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Friday, October 1, 2010

Back In the Studio with a Card for a Guy

Oh my gosh! I didn't realize how long it has been since I posted anything! September flew by so fast I could almost swear I was in a coma for part of it! But today I have a guy card that I was asked to make. I am actually finding guy cards easier to do. The secret for me is to keep it simple and use lots of texture.  It also helped that the sentiment was given to me by the person commissioning the card.

I was inspired by a sketch from i {heart} 2 stamp.  It works so well for a masculine card.  The dark blue paper was run through the Cuttlebug with the argyle embossing folder.  The dark grey paper is a scrap of Bazzill textured card stock and the silver metallic has a nice linen-like texture.  The argyle ribbon is one of my favorites from the $1.00 bin at Michaels.  The flower is from the Paper Studio Spare Parts collection.  The sentiment pieces were computer generated. 

I like this card so much that I'm sure the sketch will be used again and again! 

Thanks for coming back and having a look after all this time!  I actually made another card today which I will post later.  It will be worth another visit and I know you'll want to try this fun project! 

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