Friday, July 30, 2010

Tag Tuesday Christmas Colors in July

For the Tuesday Tag Challenge, Louise has chosen "Christmas Colors," but you are not to use Christmas Stamps! The first thing that came to my mind was to use the new Tim Holtz Halloween stamps that I ordered from eclectic Paperie! Once I saw a couple of my favorite people using "Halloween," that made the decision easy! I also knew I was going to use another new Sizzix die that I picked up from Stacey. These are pretty huge wings and would look great in scrapbook layouts or wall hangings! The wings and tag background are embossed and highlighted. The background for the witches face, bat and crow were done with various alcohol inks in shades of green. All images were embossed. I added red color to the eyes using a alcohol marker and added a red pearl eye to the crow and other flashy bling to the tag and wings.

This was another fun challenge! Thanks you for stopping by and commenting! Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

GC61: Chestnut Theme Challenge - Heat

Well the "Heat" is on over at Gingersnap Creations and I finished mine! We did make an attempt late yesterday afternoon, but the ship sank and could not be recovered. It was pretty devastating, because it was very nicely colored and I did not realized my "black" ink had not dried! Oh yes, a big black smear! This is my first attempt using Stampscapes stamps and I have never had a class. I did one time get to sit in on a make and take, about a year ago, which was awesome to watch Kevin in motion!

I used my new Sizzix "Fan" die, which I thought was so appropriate for "Heat."  I colored the background using Distress Inks and added some pearls at the handle.  Wish I had tiny little shells!!

Your visit and comments are so appreciated. I wish you all a wonderful day!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Compendium of Curiosities Week Seven Meets The Play Date Cafe

Before I get into my challenge piece, which I am submitting to both Studio L3 and The Play Date Cafe, I have just a little story to tell about the fan. Now I hope I am the first to post using this wonderful new "Fan" die from Sizzix! Stacey the owner of Scapbooking Made Simple, received an order of new release dies much earlier than expected. Because she knows me and how much I am a fan of Sizzix dies, she gave me a call and held a nice collection for me! Well I left broke yesterday or I should say DH did! Now Stacey has a few of my projects in her shop and will probably want this, but don't tell her that it won't happen! If you are reading this Stacey - Big Thank You and I can't wait to use the others!!!

Down to the real business! Going with the colors from PDCC39, which were delightful and worked so well with what I wanted to do over at Studio L3. Linda has taken us on another adventure through the Compendium of Curiosities, Page 55, Tinted Vision Fragments! Thanks to Linda, this is now the second time I have played with fragments and I am loving them! I used an old picture of my parents in an embrace. My Mom has on this long beautiful dress and my Dad is quite nicely dressed. I miss my parents very much, so these little things that I can do to bring them to life, makes me happy! The paper that was used as the Photo background is Graphics 45. The butterflies are cut and embossed, the fan is cut out with decorative paper and then chipboard, embossed and then highlighted. All edges are shaded in black. The strings that tie the edge of the fan are old decorative threads from when I once sewed.

Thank you PDCC for giving me great colors to work with, Linda for the ride and Stacey for giving me first choice! The blog and I thank you for your visit and we always appreciate your kind words! Have a creative and wonderful day!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Tag Tuesday Challenge #60 Faces

Faces are the theme this week at Tag Tuesday! For some reason with all the financial concerns that so many people are dealing with these days, I decided to make a little light of the situation. When I have an extra few dollars, I like to invest in the stock market and if any of you are in the market, I don't have to tell you how stressful it can be. So speaking of stress, all I could think about was "Loud Larry" from Scrolls Work just yelling about how stressed he is! The money used is mine and I reduced the size to make little monies! Some were reduced to 25% and that is how it feels at times!! The background paper is from Graphic 45 and is Wall Street paper! Oh "Loud Larry" does have blue eyes to go with the blue background paper. I did stamp out a few, incase I removed any body parts and lucky me, I did not. The extras I gave a little color to the mouth area only, but just did not like him colored with the style of this paper.

Hope you all enjoy my "Stock Market" humor! Have a most wonderful weekend and as always, the blog and I thank you for visiting!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

New Background - Same Old Stuff!

I was forced to go in search of a new background and I am liking this more and more.  It is from cute 'n' cool blog stuff by Itkuplli. I loved my previous butterfly background, but am enjoying the flowers.  I have an idea for putting something in the background of my Header, so that shall be interesting! 

Did anyone else who had to select a new background have a difficult time deciding on what to use??  Is it a woman thing?

Have a great day and now maybe I can go create something!!


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge Week Six

Linda has taken us to page 66 of the "Compendium of Curiosities." I know the meaning of "Stupid is as stupid does" now, because today I have Forrest Gumped my way through this challenge. First of all I did not have the "special medium," so used Mod Podge. The use of Mod Podge was probably fine, but my idea for vintage paper was less than ideal. I did not have any old books that needed a good tearing! First attempt I printed some nice vintage music sheet paper and I put my MP on the printed side. I can't tell you #2 stupid, because it might give away too much.  Then of course I realized that it certainly would not tear very well due to the thickness!! Next step we had the most brilliant idea to use tissue paper, so we stamped words on the tissue paper. So far so good! We then added the glue which went right through the tissue paper and glued down on my surface! Ok, the next brilliant idea was to use rice paper - it is sturdy. Again with stamp and ink in hand it was stamped. This works better than tissue paper, but leaves behind little hairy legs after tearing, which we clipped and clipped. I lost the white from the rice paper and have something more cruddy gray!

Thank you Linda for taking me on this adventure and no, I did not swear once or run for a Margarita! This will be a redo with the correct materials at a later date! As always your visits and comments are deeply appreciated.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

The Play Date Cafe Challenge PDCC38

Well this is my first challenge with the Play Date Cafe. The stamp I chose "Alice" is from Artistic Outpost. All papers are from Stampin Up and the the white paper I sponged on the three PDCC colors and did a light Glimmer Mist Spray. Alice requested a jewel on her crown and so it is! This was a very fun challenge!

Thank you for stopping by to visit Alice and me!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Double Duty Tag

I decided to enter this tag for two challenges! For the first challenge at Studio L3, the lovely Linda has taken us to page 43 of the "Compendium of Curiosities," week five!! Louise at Tag Tuesday has us with the theme of "Hearts," Challenge #59. This is my first time working with Distress EP and although I like that there is no shine, I am not sure that I would use it again for sentiments. I wanted kind of a rainbow effect, so used five different colors of EP and do like how that came out. Just wish the lettering would have held onto more crystals! This was quite enjoyable to work with a new product and come up with a combined design for two challenges! Fun, Fun, Fun!

The background music stamp is from Impression Obsession. I die cut and embossed the heart and wings using Tim's new Sizzix line and added pearls. Thanks for popping by and commenting, which I always do appreciate. Have a fantastic weekend!

Monday, July 12, 2010

GC60: Color Challenge - Shades of Blue

While I was working on the "Shades of Blue" challenge at Gingersnap Creations, I realized I have not done "Fairies." Oh well! Ever since I bought this lovely "Alice" stamp from Scrolls Work, I have so wanted to use it. When I was trying to come up with something for the "Shades of Blue," Alice just kept popping into my mind! I was not sure how to keep it as blue as possible, but I think I kept her pretty in blue! I will tell you that I actually masked off all the critters and Alice to keep the background blue from bleeding in. I also decided to present her in a couple of ways! Since I did three of these delightful images, I have a third to figure out what to do with!
Along with the Scrolls Work stamp, I also used one of Tim Holtz new embossing folders, alcohol inks, and a brand new punch I just bought a Michael's for $6.99! Did that come in handy or what to go with Alice's flying cards? The embossing of the little cut-outs was quite a job!  Here is a close-up shot of Alice.  Notice the pink eye I gave the rabbit!
As always I appreciate your stopping by and visiting my blog and commenting! Have a most wonderful evening!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge Week Four

Linda at Studio L3 selected "Shabby Chic" for this week and what a fun technique!  I have never played with the paint daubers, so I cracked open a couple of bottles.  My color selection is limited in the daubers. The stamps I used are from Stampin Up, the new Elements of Style. I used Twinkling H2O's on the flowers and leaves.  The Hummingbird was cut out and I was so afraid that I would remove the beak!

I did with one sample use some of my acrylic paints to make a sky and used Tim Holtz stamp. This was really cool to me how the sky came out!

As always your comments are very appreciated and welcomed!  Thanks so much for visiting me.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Tag Tuesday Challenge #58 -- Summer

Here is my challenge piece for Tag Tuesday! Red/White/Blue papers were 1/2" cuts adhered to the tag. BBQ stamp is an older Stampin Up set. The BBQ was embossed and then I cut out a separate base to give a little pop! Hot dog is layered on top of the bun (of course). Could not resist the beer bottle cap!

Have a safe and wonderful 4th of July!

My 100th Follower gift from Lost Bird Studio

Was I surprised to open up my mailbox and have a most wonderful scent waft through the air! It never dawned to me that it was the package from the generous and sweet Marie at Lost Bird Studio - - - all the way from Germany.

As wonderful the scent was in the package, oh my, you should be here to breath in the lovely fragrance! Thank you again so much Marie! I am happy that I was #100! Wishing you the best always!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

GC58: Transparencies

Working with transparencies at Gingersnap Creations and this is my first attempt!  Very interesting the things you learn as you go along.  The Jesters are stamped on acetate and the little disk was stamped and embossed and then cutout and placed on white paper, which was framed with black glitter.  The little balls on the shoes and hats were embellished with tiny little gold stickers, which don't really show up in the photo.  All stamps are from Scrolls Work.

Thanks for stopping by!

Bling It On! Incredible Giveaway!!! Beads-Beads-Beads

Wow this is a beautiful giveaway over at Bling It On.  You only have until tomorrow (July 2nd) so run, don't hop!!!  Check this out!  Beautiful or what??

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