Sunday, November 27, 2011

Grungy Monday #28 and SSSS Some Tickets

Well I squeezed in a little play time today and just in the nick of time for Linda's Grungy Monday #28 and Simon Says Stamp and Show Some Tickets!  For GM we are following Tim's Piece for the Ranger Ink Great Pumpkin Challenge and just like many of my GM Challenge Buddies, there is not a pumpkin to be found!!  Now here is what I came up with! 
I cut my "Foil Tape Sheets" using Tim's carved ornaments and new movers and shapers mini deer and number, then followed the steps in the above link.  I did adhere my carved ornament foil piece to a piece of chipboard for depth.  After the pieces where inked, I also shaded with black and gave my little deer an eye and of course the red nose!  I used Tim's designer paper for the ticket and added foiled numbers a little Spica glitter here and there.  The Core'dinations background was embossed and sanded.  I did the background with embossed and debossed snowflakes and really liked the debossed look for this!  BTW, the red tinsel trim on the bottom is from WalMart and it was very inexpensive!    The silver tinsel stem was inked with red alcohol ink.

Wishing all of you a great week and I can't believe we have less than a month until Christmas!  How did that happen?  Thank you a bunch for stopping by today!

Ink:  Archival Black, Distress Fired Brick
Alcohol Inks:  Red Pepper, Cranberry, Meadow,  Espresso, Caramel, 
Spica, Red, Gold, Clear
Xmas Red Stickles
Dies:  Tag, Movers Shapers
Folders:  Dot Matrix, Snowflake, Cracked 

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Being Thankful!

First off, I am sorry that I have not been around that much this last week, but will be visiting all of your blogs next week!  With Thanksgiving, I was so busy cooking and it was just the hubby and myself!   Well I know that plenty of you were living in your kitchens!  Hope all of you who celebrated Thanksgiving had a wonderful time and those who did not the same!
The Appetizer

And The Thanksgiving Dinner
I am thankful for the lovely DT at Gingersnap Creations for choosing me and this card for the "Black and Grey" challenge to receive a Ginger Gem!  Always such an honor!  Thank you!
To all my followers, new and old, I am so thankful to share with you in this creative journey!  This crafty hobby blogging world is the best.  Once in a while we actually get to meet one of our crafty blogging friends and that is exactly what I did today!  It was such a pleasure to meet up with Linda from "My Happy Place" and her husband on their way home from a camping trip!  What an adorable and sweet couple!  I was so thrilled to be able to share some real quality time!   Fun time and I sure hope we do that again soon! 
Linda and Me with Sun in Eyes!
The wonderful and generous Cindy from "My Whimsical Musings," sent me this gorgeous Tag!  I just love the fairy image and the flower and lace touch is sheer elegance and even the vintage advertisement bag is amazing!  Thank you so much, Cindy, for thinking of me! 
Last but not least, I was sent an invite from Nancy of "Sugar Lump Studios" for what looks to be "12 Days of Whimsy" fun!  Click the link and take a look!  There will be prizes!!!
 Wishing you all a wonderful evening!  I am thankful that you took the time to visit!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

"I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas."

At Fashionable Stamping Challenges, we are all "Dreaming of a White Christmas." I would love to see my blogging friends join in with some of their Christmas Stamping Talent! Now we all have to get those Christmas and or Holiday cards ready, so why not take this opportunity to join in on some holiday fun, make some new friends and have a chance at a prize from Cottage Crafts! No digi images are allowed, but I know you have some stamps! Please stop on by FSC and see what the DT has in store for you! For my project, I went with two cards and it really did not take much longer to do two compared to one! Really it did not!

Actually where I live, we do receive a nice accumulation of the "white stuff" from time to time. My Dad and I would talk about the New York snow and the time we got stuck in a blizzard, when I was a teenager. So every time we would get a slight amount of snow, here in the desert, one of us would call the other! Nice memory and so I am dreaming of that White Christmas!

I inked the Impression Obsession Snowflakes background stamp starting with the lighter Distressed Ink in the center and then darker around the edges. A quick spray of water using the misting bottle and then I pressed the paper onto the stamp. I think this snowflake background would look nice overstamped with music?  Next time! On the background with the sleigh, I actually had a little leftover Perfect Pearls mix (brown tone) that I used as well as the water. It gives a nice shimmer - trust me there is shimmer! The sleigh (Inkadinkado) and Santa (Rubber Stampede) were stamped using Stazon Timber Brown and I added some glitter highlights using Spica pens, clear on Santa's beard, the snowflakes and sleigh areas. Sadly, you can't really see the glittered areas as they are quite subtle! Santa does have a little sparkle in his eyes! All paper edges distressed or not were shaded using Stampin Up Creamy Caramel. I added some decorative thread to the cream colored ribbon that actually matched my paper, a little bling and we are good to go! The chocolate trim and pearls, I thought worked out well for Santa!

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend and I truly do appreciate your taking the time for a visit! 

Inks:  Distress Ink,  Antique Linen, Pumice Stone, Frayed Burlap, Brushed Corduroy, Stazon,  Brown Timber, Stampin Up Creamy Caramel
Spica Pens, Clear, Gold, Red
Brads, Pearls, Ribbons, Threads
Paper:  Stampin Up, Whisper White, Creamy Caramel, Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip
Spellbinders, Die

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Craft Barn "Over 600 Followers" Blog Candy!

I came across this incredible blog candy offer from The Craft Barn and just had to share!!!  Not that I would not love this generous sweet candy, but I know someone will be doing the happy dance.  All you have to do is to be a follower and do a post!  For a chance to win a great stash of goodies, stop by The Craft Barn!

Now you have until November 25th, so I would run and not walk!  Congratulations to The Craft Barn and thank you for an opportunity to win - BIG!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Grungy Monday #27

We just love Grungy Monday and for some of us, it can fall on any day of the week!  This was actually finished yesterday, but by the time my stickles dried, it was kind of dark!  So here is the scoop!  Linda has brought us to Tim's 12 Tags of Christmas, 2007, Day 6 and of course we can do whatever our little hearts desire, as long as we use the same techniques!  This really is prettier in person as you can't see the shimmer or sparkle very well.

I cut my snowflake masks from Tim's Winder Wonder die, along with the Snowman.  Stormy Sky reinker and Perfect Pearls Pewter were used for my misting mix.  The On The Edge Snowflake border and Snowman were cut from white chipboard and then painted with Delta's Pearl Gleams, a quick spray of the PP mix.  The snowflake stamps (Faded Jeans and Stormy Sky) are from Mr. Tim.  Added a coat of Rock Candy Crackle to the Snowflake border and then another coat of paint.  We finished off with some Ice Stickles for the Snowman Hat and tops of the Snowflake border.  Distressed paper edges with Faded Jeans.  The "Joy" word once cut out of the Snowman was given an extra painting of the PP mix and Delta's Pearl Gleams paint. 

Have a wonderful rest of the week and thanks a bunch for stopping by!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Grungy Monday on Sunday!

My husband took this week off and so did I for the most part!  We did some things around the house and just goofed off together.  As much as I love this thing with ink, I love my time with my husband more!  However, today had to be GM day, because I don't believe I have missed one CCC or GM and can't start now!  Our most delightful and sweet Linda brought us to Tim's 12 Tags of Christmas, day 7, 2009.  You can view this here and we used masks and paint daubers.  I really stink at the paint dauber thing, really I do.  My Snow Cap always ends up kind of washed out and never white.  I have tried keeping it thicker, letting it dry natural, heat set and it always ends up looking like part of a vintage designer paper.  Maybe the paint is too thin in the bottle, but most likely, I am just dauber incompetent!  All stamps are Mr. Tim's.  For the Santa, I really wanted him to stand out, so did not add any ink other than a little face and hat color.   I am also entering this at Hel's, Sunday Stamper, who is looking for "Pine." 
As always, Linda makes our Monday's a fun place to be and for those of us doing this on Sunday, Grungy Monday is tomorrow!  WooHoo!

Hope you all had a lovely weekend and that the upcoming week will be amazing!  Thank you for dropping by!

Distress Inks:  Vintage Photo, Spun Sugar, Fired Brick, Forest Moss
VersaMark, Stazon:  Blazing Red, Black, Timber Brown
Stampin Up:  Gold Embossing Powder

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Times Gone By in Black and Gray!

"Times Gone By" is the stamping challenge at Fashionable Stamping Challenges and as always, there is a prize! Now this is a theme that most of us love and can be interpreted in so many ways! We Fashionettes would love for you to join us on this new adventure! Stop by and visit FSC for inspiration and to see what my "Stamping DT Sisters" are up to!   Gingersnap Creations GC124 is looking for Black and Gray, so no big surprise that we are headed over there!  The Three Muses Challenge is Vintage Collage Memories and I will be entering there for the first time! 
For my contribution all stamps are from Artistic Outpost. The Gatsby collection is one of my favorites and I thought it was just perfect for "Times Gone By." The handsome gentleman, champagne bottles and sentiment were stamped on white using Archival Jet Black, heat set and shaded with gray!  I stamped the car in craft black on gray and then clear embossed.  The bottles and car were fussy cut, so fun!  I cut photo corners from Tim Holtz ATC die on black and then shaded with white craft ink and clear embossed.  This gives it a nice gray color!  Added some brads that I distressed.  The black panels around the gentleman, sentiment and designer paper were also distressed to give that extra aged feel.  I used the "clipped corners" technique from the Technique Junkies for my main image.

Dot, one of the DT at FSC, is having a little GIVEAWAY once she reaches her 50th follower.  Stop on by Dot's Dabbles and have a look for yourself. 

Thank you for stopping by and I really hope you will join us at FSC!

Inks:  Archival Jet Black, Stampin Up Basic Black, Basic Gray, Going Gray, Black and White Craft, 
Paper:  Stampin Up, Going Gray, White, Black,  DCWV Naturals

Friday, November 4, 2011


For Grungy Monday, Linda asked us to create a loving tribute to someone who has passed away, using of course products or techniques of  Mr. Holtz!  Well this was a difficult challenge in many ways!  When I saw the sketch challenge Lisa had given us for Bloggers Challenge, it all fell into place!  The tribute is to the two people in my life that gave me everything!  I no longer have parents and sometimes I am in overwhelming pain.  This was the last picture taken of my parents together.  I lost my Mom in 2004 and my Dad in 2008 and not a day goes by that I don't think of them.  The scanned picture did not turn out very well, so I will make a copy of the photo and use that.

The background patterned papers are Tim's as are most of the inks!  Butterflies and Doily are from Cheery Lynn!  I cut out the doily on white card stock and then inked with Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet and Tumbled Glass.  Shaded with Walnut Stain!  The butterflies were previously cut and just waiting to be used.   Used the Papillon background stamp for the doily!  The heart trim is from my Mom's belongings and seemed quite appropriate.

Lynn of Trash To Treasure is having a Three Year Blogaversary Giveaway, so you might want to go check it out!  Sure looks like some awesome candy!   

Wishing you all a wonderfuly weekend!  Thank you for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

A Pink Rose for a Friend!

I actually finished this card for a friend a couple of days ago, so decided I would go ahead and post.  The stamp is from Stampin Up and one of my favorites.  I inked this rose with VersaMark and then Distress Brushed Corduroy, stamped and then clear embossed.  I wanted a soft vintage feel, so colored with Stampin Up Chalks (pinks, greens, yellows), added a little extra color here and there with Barely Banana and Certainly Celery markers.  Did a quick set with matt sealer.  Shaded around the edges with Brushed Corduroy.  The Cheery Lynn butterfly was cut from a cream colored shrink plastic and I used Red Pepper, Mountain Snow and Pearl Alcohol Inks to color.  Kept adding blending solution until I achieved the color I was looking for and then shaded with Stazon Timber Brown!  Added some ribbon and that was that.  Hope this cheers up my friend! 
Since I used some alcohol inks, I am linking this up to Gingersnap Creations GC122 - Alcohol Inks!  I use plenty of alcohol inks for various projects and really liked adding the subtle color to the butterflies! 

Have a wonderful rest of the week!  Many thanks for the visit!

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