Thursday, April 28, 2011

Happy and Sad! Ribbons, Lace and Buttons!

This card was created for my daughter who is moving to Portland, OR!  I am happy for her and sad, because she will be 18+ hours instead of 3!!  It seems like we don't see each other enough as it is, but I believe everyone should live their dream and she fell head in heals in love with Oregon!  Now my DD wants us to retire to Oregon or Washington, but she would be happy with Idaho!!!  Personally, I was thinking more in the line of Arizona or Nevada and a thought of Florida!  What is a mother to do! 
Lisa has us using Ribbons and Lace for Bloggers Challenge and Simon Says Stamp and Show some Buttons!
My Daughter's House!

I used Tim Holtz Rickety House and did lots of paper piecing and cuttlebug highlights.  I cut out extras to make window/door frames!  The fence was die cut and crackled painted with Fired Red and then Rock Candy.  The background paper is Mr. Holtz and I added Rock Candy Stickles over the California and Oregon licence plates.  I added the buttons and used some decorative thread (from when I sewed) and glued them on the fence post.  I used some old lace from my Mom's belongings for the curtains and the little green ribbon is from a gift my DD gave me.  Oh, I tried to capture the character of my DD new/old house.

While I was blogging this, I heard the mailman and I received some "Happy Mail." Julie Forest sent me this lovely thank you card and I see she used Tim's new movers and shapers butterflies and they are so pretty. I see some i-Rock goodness and Julie let me know that the i-Rock, Rocks! Thank you, Julie, I love this card!
Lots of pictures today!  Wish I could capture the true colors, which are always nicer in the person.  I figure there is a trick to that and will someday master the color!  Thank you for the visit and have a great weekend, which is right around the corner!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Alice Gets An Honorable Mention!

I was so excited this morning to find that my first time challenge piece over at The Altered Alice received an "Honorable Mention."  All stamps used were from Artistic Outpost and were a blast to use!  If you want more details, you can find them on my original blog post right here!
Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful Monday!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Peggy's Mixed-Up Art!

I went to visit Electra's blog to thank her for a sweet comment and I noticed she did a blog post for Peggy Gatto.  Peggy is donating $1.00 to Ovarian Cancer Research for every comment she receives.  Today is her friend's birthday who lost her battle with ovarian cancer and this is Peggy's gift to her.    She is also having a giveaway of her own, but the true gift is to help others who may be battling this disease now or in the future!

Please take a minute to go over and leave a comment for a worthy cause.

Hope you all had or are having a wonderful Easter!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Mr. Umbrella Man Still Playing the Numbers!

I just had so much fun with this Texture Fades and Distress at Studio L-3, that I had to do another.  Again this dapper dude goes off to Simon Says Stamp and Show a Lord Tim of Holtz Technique and The Artistic Stamper with layers!
Look at what Willow sent to me as a thank you!!!  She was one of the winners of my blog candy earlier this month.  This is just so  awesome!  Thank you Willow.
Wishing all of you a wonderful Easter!  My daughter is coming up with her boyfriend and his son and we are going to a Mexican Brunch, so cheers!!!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Umbrella Man Playing the Numbers!

Wow, we are hitting up four challenges and loving it! Grungy Monday #4 at Studio L-3 challenges us to use Tim Holtz technique, using Texture Fades and Distress.  I used Mr. Holtz new ATC Umbrella Man and stamped the raised area with this new reverse stamp set!  Love how that worked.  Shaded outer area of the dude and edges, then die cut using my new Tim Holtz ATC die!  Love the photo corners, which also had the reverse numbers!  The powder embossed numbers on the ATC are also from one of Tim's new stamp releases.  The Texture Fade Bingo, was embossed, inked with clear emboss ink, red and browns DI and then clear embossed.  I then went in with two colors of Perfect Pearls that I mixed and sprayed, along with a couple of sprays of Tattered Angels Iridescent Gold.  Wiped off the excess.  We have several layers of paper, inks, mists and even embossing powders, so we are happy to visit The Artistic Stamper for their Layers challenge. Bella Creations has us using an umbrella, Gingersnap Creations GC98 has us using our Mists and Simon Says Stamp and Show wants a Lord Tim of Holtz Technique and so it is!

Once again I want to thank all of you who take the time to visit and comment.  You are very appreciated and from time to time, someone is going to get a surprise from me as a thank you.  

Friday, April 15, 2011

Huck Finn Travels to Bloggers Challenge and SSSS!!

I know, long time no blog.  Trying to keep the arm less active, but my new stamp sets arrived yesterday from Artistic Outpost and that was that!  I did get two of the plates precut, so no strain there!  When I saw the new releases, I had to have them all!  At Bloggers Challenge, Lisa, has us doing a sketch challenge and Simon Says Stamp and Show has us Distressing!  Today, Huck Finn was calling out to play and I thought he would work so well with the new papers from Tim Holtz line!  So what do you think?  Do the papers work well with the stamped image and sentiment?  I also used some words from the set along the background paper.  Oh, I colored the image with chalks and then did a light matte spray to set.  All edges are distress, because we like that look!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.  Thank you for the visit!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Altered Alice!

This is my first time playing a challenge at The Altered Alice!  The challenge is to use colors of Blue and Yellow and is being sponsored by Artistic Outpost!  Now it just so happens, that I have the Alice in Wonderland set from Artistic Outpost and have used them often.  I love that set!  Since we were playing at the Altered Alice, I did!  I masked off the King from Alice and he was replaced!  Removing the King, was a bit complicated, but not impossible!  A crown was created from another little stamp within this set and I added bling!  This was not easy to cut out!!  The background is a collage of various items from the stamp set.  The time piece I clear embossed, inked the background with blues and yellow and then stamped my various images in black and blue.  I then dry ironed between blank newsprint paper to remove the raised embossing.  The frame was colored with alcohol inks and then embossed with a Cuttlebug folder.  A couple of time piece were added to the frame.  The image and frame were adhered to another chipboard frame for dimension and then mounted with dimensionals.  It really has a nice pop to it! Camera picture is a bit brighter than the actual card.  Either bright or gray today!!

This was fun, challenging and fun again!  Thank you visiting me today!  Have fun and go create.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Bloggers Challenge Flies with Grungy Monday!

Bloggers Challenge Friday is "Birds" and Lisa tells us to go with however we interpret that theme.  I was kind of busy over the weekend and then came Monday and we know that means, "Grungy Monday" with Linda.  Since I have been "dieing" to use my new Tim Holtz Mini Bird and Cage movers and shapers, the wheels started turning!  Simon Says Stamp and Show Anything but a Card, soo we are playing all three challenges with the two projects! 
I had so much fun with the first, that despite doctors orders to lay off my left arm, we continued on.  The technique we used today at GM, "Distress Ink with Studio Multi-Medium" is a video and so cool!  I even pulled on the fun foam, which I have never used and made my own little stamps!  The steps were followed in the video.  The flower on the tag was colored with alcohol inks and then dipped in embossing ink and clear embossing powder.  I also used the Cuttlebug Highlight technique from the Technique Junkies on both pieces.  This was amazing and so much fun!
Why don't you come and play along at both challenges and have as much fun as I did!  Can't wait to see what you all are up to and as always, thank you for the visit!

Friday, April 1, 2011

WOOHOO We Got Two Winners!

I can see why people might go by way of the random generator, but what fun would that be to not copy, print and cut up!  A big thank you to all that joined in my first year celebration and like I said, I wish I could give you all a gift.  I did not make it a requirement to follow, but I want to thank those who did choose follow.  Blogging has been a wonderful adventure and I have met some amazing artists and made some wonderful friends.  Thank you all again.  All the names were put in a hat and well mixed up, trust me and the DH pulled:
My #1 Winner, Willow!!!  I hope you will be happy with #1 prize, because you did not make a selection and that was the #1 prize!  And Willow gets:::::
My #2 Winner, Julie!!!  Well you get prize #2, because you were #2 and picked #2.  You will have to let me know what you think about the i-Rock.  And Julie gets:::::
Remember I need to hear by you by the end of the weekend, so send me your mailing info!  These should go out by Wednesday, so please let me know when you receive your wins!  If no one claims their prizes, I will select a new winner on Monday and announce on Tuesday the 5th! 

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend and Happy April's Fool Day!

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