Sunday, June 29, 2008

Baroque Tiles

This was a difficult sketch challenge for me (Splitcoast). It reminds me of tiles in a kitchen which also has lots of copper in it...possibly a stove hood or lots of copper pots and pans. I sponged the whisper white with green galore, night of navy and creamy caramel. The stamp sets used were SU Baroque Motifs and Mostly Flowers. Then I cut it in equal sizes and embossed it with two layers of glassy glaze. I mounted the tiles on night of navy and layered it on copper paper. The emblem on the front is embossed with SU copper EP. The ribbons are sheer navy and copper cord. Thank you for your comments.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Papertrey Ink Blog Hop Contest

I made this card in a hurry to try and satisfy the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop Contest requirements. I also used the Splitcoast color challenge for this week. I'll add more details later. Thank you for looking.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Dancing in the Rain

I made this card for the Unity Company Sketch Contest. While I was in Walmart I found these pretty embroidered iron on "thingies" and fell in love with the colors. They are colors I would never have put together on my own. I used Yo Yo Yellow, Opulent Orchid and Really Rust. The ink is Autumn Leaves Kaleidacolor. Thank you for looking and leaving your comments.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Just Clownin Around

I have to tell you a little story about a very special woman in my life. My sister, Karen, is incredible. She is always taking care of other people and maintains a beautiful home with her wonderful husband. Sissy is an incredible cook and enjoys entertaining from one to one hundred on a regular basis. In addition to all of the numerous things she does on a volunteer basis, she is part of a group of ladies that clown at the Children's Hospital in Corpus. I have tried for quite some time to make a set of clown cards for her, but they never came out "just right." This card is the first in a series of clown notecards that I will be giving to her when I see her later this summer. If you click on the image it is easier to see the glitter and coloring. The clown is colored with pencils and blended with gamsol. The buttons are a puffy paint and there are dazzling diamonds on the ruffle and gloves. The paper is SU whisper white, glitter stack and a purple that was in my scrap box. The clown stamp is a very old DOTS stamp that I purchased on Ebay. Thank you for your comments.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Sudsol Chat & Challenge 120

A very nice lady over at Sudsol invited me to participate in a Chat & Challenge #120 over at SUDSOL (demo only site). What she neglected to tell me was that I would have about 15 minutes to complete it as I was late getting in. (Tee hee!) Oh well, I'm a fairly adventurous person...... so here is the sketch and my completed card. Thanks for your comments.

Color Challenge 171

Definitely NOT my favorite color challenge at Splitcoast. This card is for CC171 using soft sky, basic black and kraft. Oh well....I guess you can't like all the choices all the time.... Thanks for looking.
Stamps: Garden Silhouettes, Warmest Regards
Paper: Soft Sky, Basic Black, Kraft
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: SU Punch, Ribbon, Pearls

My "Working" Room

Ever since my boys were old enough to talk, they called this my "working room." I spent most of today rearranging things and trying to make it more "workable." On the right side (outside of the picture) is my sewing table which houses my Janome quilting machine and on the back wall is a shelving unit with all of my stamps. It's still a work in progress, but it's better than its ever been.

Boys At Camp

Well, we are able to go on a special website and see pictures that are taken at camp everyday. You never know if you'll get to see your kids or not because they are taking pictures of over 250 boys every day. Well, I went to the website and....VOILA.... I would recognize those long, gangly, frog legs anywhere. (Plus, I recognize his new swimsuit.) This is the backside of my older son, John. Looks like he's having a ball!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Glimmer Missing You

I made this card to send to my boys at camp. It uses the technique challenge #173 on Splitcoast. I made my own glimmer spray using a travel size bottle of hairspray, 4 drops of caramel reinker, 6 drops of marigold morning reinker and about 1/2 tsp of bronze pearl ex. I really like the effect and want to try and make other colors. Thank you for leaving your comments and have a blessed day!
Stamps: Lovely as a Tree, Simple Sayings
Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip, Mulberry
Accessories: Reinkers, brads, ribbon, pearl ex

Monday, June 16, 2008

Embrace Life Challenges

I made this card this morning to satisfy two of the challenges over at Splitcoast - the color challenge CC170 and sketch challenge SC180. I changed the color of the pearls by dipping them into my Versamark pad and then in gold EP. Thank you for visiting and leaving comments.
Stamps: Stampin Up Embrace Life
Paper: Real Red, Regal Rose, WW, So Saffron
Ink: Versamark, BB
Accessories: Ribbon, Pearls, EP

Boys Headed to Camp

Well, it's been a really rough weekend for mom. My boys, John (11) and Michael (8) are headed to Camp Stewart in Texas for one month. This is the first time they've flown alone and been gone this long. I took this picture in front of the fountain at Denver International Airport before putting them on their flight to Austin where my sister will pick them up. All I've been able to do is cry since Saturday morning. I know they're going to have a wonderful time, but I sure hope the month flies by quickly.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Just Chicken in the Coop

I dreamt this card up yesterday on my way to work, but didn't get a chance to try it until this morning. You can open the coop door as well as the red card. Thank you for looking and commenting. The next picture is with the "coop" door open.

Stamps: Best of Cluck, All Night Media Wood BG, Sonlight Chicken Wire BG
Paper: Marigold Morning, Real Red, Whisper White, MM Polka Dot and Basic Grey, Transparency
Ink: Versamark, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Silver EP, Ribbon, Hodgpodge Hardware

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Antique Armoire?

Well I had a few minutes before I had to go to work and decided to try and Inspiration Challenge from Splitcoast. I've decided to call this card a "barn door gate fold card." What do you think? I used bashful blue and whisper white and the stamp set SU "simply silhouettes". At least I think that's the name - sorry I'm already at work and can't check the box. Thank you for all of your constructive comments. Have a blessed Sunday!
This was the inspiration picture:

Friday, June 6, 2008

New Double Challenge Kindness Card

I think this is one of my new favorite cards. I made it for Splitcoast challenge SC179 and CC168. I versamarked the sage shadow and VV with SU Baroque Motifs and applied dazzling diamonds to the Very Vanilla so that it would resemble an elegant ribbon. I stamped the center with Sage Shadow and Chocolate Chip using SU's Just Kindness. Then I outlined the K with dazzling diamonds. I had some Swarovski crystals laying around and applied them to the center motif. After tying the ribbon....Voila....a new kindness card. Click on the image so that you can see it up close. It's much prettier in real life than in the picture. Thank you for looking and commenting.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Manly One of a Kind

I fell in love with this older color challenge on Splitcoast. The challenge number is CC132 and uses River Rock, Really Rust and Chocolate Chip. I used my blender pens and my stamp pads to color the image. I cheated and used a little pumpkin pie to give some depth to the flower. The center has a triple coating of UTEE and I versamarked the background papers. The stamp set is "One of a Kind" from SU. I thought that if I don't have time to make a different one, I can use this for my hubby's father's day card. Thank you for taking the time to look and comment. Have a glorious day!

Another Organizational Item

I found these really neat bead organizers at Walmart and spent some time organizing my brads into the two I bought the other day. I'm going back for more. The inside containers have screw on lids and the outside box is acrylic. Even if all the inside containers spill out, none of the brads will get loose. I find it easier to use than the SU storage cases. I like being able to pull one clear box and look at them to decide what I'm going to use or order. I'm going back to buy five more to organize the rest of my brads, crystals and eyelets.... maybe I should get ten more... They're 5.95 each and are in the craft section at Walmart.