Saturday, September 25, 2010

Halloween Bosko

Earlier this week I won this adorable Halloween Bosko image from Claudia at Die Cuts R Us so I just had to print him out and use him for a Halloween card.  
I decided to make a little scene with this guy.  The background panel was black paper that I rubbed my Palette new canvas ink pad across to make it look like a sky.  I added a fence and then some torn green paper for grass.  I cut the image out and then also cut in between his foot and the pumpkin so I could put the one pumpkin behind the grass.   I had to add a little bling so I put stickles on the band of Bosko's hat as well as on the bat in the sky.  

For my layout I used this weeks sketch from Friday Sketchers.
I would also like to enter the following challenges with this card:

Paper Sundaes - "Fall or Halloween Colors"
Wild Orchid - Ribbons and Bows 
A Spoonfull of Sugar - "Anything Goes"
Copic Creations - Shading on or around images
Tuesday Taggers - "It Takes all sorts" - anything goes.  Sponsored by
Charisma Cardz - "Anything Goes"
Speedy the Cat Friends Challenge - "include a pumpkin on your card"
CES Challenges - "Animal Antics"
Catch the Bug - 3D Halloween - unfortunately the picture doesn't quite do it justice

Will be back in a bit to update with the recipe....but have to link up a challenge real quick. 

Recipe  ~ all items SU unless indicated
Stamps:  Halloween Bosko-digi stamp (Claudia & Co)  
Ink/Coloring:  Copics (YR14, YR15, YR16, YR18, V04, V05, V06, V09, G82, G85, N3, N4, N5, N7, N9, N10); Palette Ink (New Canvas)
Paper:  Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Garden Green; Gina K Luxury White; DP - K & Co (Spooktacular) and Recollections (Halloween stack from last year)
Embellishments:  Ribbon (Offray); Button; DMC Floss; Stickles (Stardust and Frosted Lace)  
Tools:  Martha Stewart border punches and Bat punch; Dimensionals
Have a great day! 

Friday, September 24, 2010

I'm Kickin' it Old Skool

.......with The Greeting Farm that is.  The challenge was to use an older stamp/set (June/July 2009 and prior).  I had many ideas for this challenge, but haven't gotten around to any of them as I ended up really sick this week.  I think I have bronchitis, which doesn't appear to be going away anytime soon, so in between coughing constantly, chills from the fever and all over body aches, I have been really dragging.  Unfortunately that means I haven't been in the craft room this week either, well until today....I just had to get in there for awhile and make something.     
Instead of using an image as a focal point I used a saying from the now retired "Butterfly Wishes" set and added a couple punched butterflies to it.  To carry on the butterfly theme I added a panel of larger punched butterflies.  The papers are from My Minds Eye and have been stitched on the background edges.  I used two different Martha Stewart butterfly punches as well as a SU scallop border punch.  

I would also like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Fab n' Funky - "Quote Me Happy" - use a longer quote
Gingersnap - GC70 Spicy Supply "Punches"
AiFactory - "Anything Goes" 
Charisma Cardz - "Anything Goes"
Crafty Sentiments - "Use Your Scraps" - all the DP used was scraps I pulled out of my drawer
Crafty Catz - "Stitching"
Allsorts - "Use at least 3 punches"
Sweet Stampin Challenge - "Stitching"
Ooh La La Creations - ""Sentiment" - use sentiment as your focal point
Tuesday Taggers - "It Takes All Sorts" - anything 
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Ok, time for me to get back into bed....I ache all over again.

Have a great day :)


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Happy Birthday ♥Alicia♥

Today was my oldest daughter Alicia's, I can't believe she is already 11 years old.  She is smart, talented and growing into such a wonderful young lady and I am proud to be her mom ♥ I love you sweetheart!  Tonight we celebrated her birthday with the family ~ us and then my parents and my brother.  On the kids birthday's we let them pick whatever they want for dinner and Alicia's choice was Cousins Subs ~ I have to say that I love their subs and their Broccoli Cheese soup (not to mention that I didn't have to do any cooking) so I was happy.  After dinner we had some delicious cake from our favorite baker (marble with buttercream frosting) and then it was time for the presents.  OK now for the card....

Yesterday I had Alicia pick out a few of her favorite images and I went with the Tuesday Creeper for her card~ my first time using the Creepers and boy are they fun!  The paper I used is actually digital paper from Tiddly Inks (and this was my first time using digi paper as well).  I stamped a large flourish stamp on the right side of the heart paper in gray and then colored over it with a Spica clear pen.  The edges of the cardstock and her "eyeshadow" were also colored with the same Spica pen ~ it took awhile to color the cardstock, but the shimmer it has in real life made it worth it.  The bottom has three layers of scalloped tulle and then a silver organdy ribbon along with a trio of pearls.  On the image panel, I used the distressed stripes folder, sanded it and then sponged it with gray.  The sentiment was computer generated and I then colored it with R21, T0, T1 and 0 to mimic the heart paper colors.  As a final touch I added one of my precious rhinestone swirls ~ I have a few of these, but because they really are not cheap, I hate to use them unless I know the card will be cherished and I know in this case I have nothing to worry about ~ she absolutely loved it! :)

Here is a close up showing the shimmer a little better:
I hope to head into the craft room again this week, but I am swamped with appointments and Girl Scout events through Sunday.  And here I thought once the kids were back in school I'd have all kinds of free time.....maybe next week.

Since I have to post while it is still her Birthday, I will come back and update the challenges I want to enter this card into.

OK...after a bit of picking and choosing (to remain at 10 total challenges), I am entering the following:
Nutty Nutshells - "Pretty in Pink" 
Southern Girls - "Anything Goes" 
Stamp and Create - "Pearls and Gems" 
One Stop Craft Challenge - "Fashion Throughout the Years" 
Aly's Sunday Challenge - "Sparkle and Glitter"
Club Anya and Friends - Case this card:  My notes...In place of the musical notes I stamped the flourish stamp on my paper.  The rhinestone swirl replaces the butterfly, the sentiment replaces the circle with the 8, the ribbon "bow" replaces the flower and the scalloped layers of tulle replace the torn paper layers
Pear Tree Designs - "Pink"
Our Daily Bread - "Make Your Creations Sparkle"
Scrap Creations - "Gotta Go Digi" - digi paper and digi sentiment 
Paper Sundaes - Minimum of 3 embellishments - Organdy, Tulle, Rhinestones, Pearls 

Have a great day! 

Recipe  ~ all items SU unless indicated
Stamps:  Tuesday Creeper (The Greeting Farm); Baroque Motifs  
Ink/Coloring:  Memento Tuxedo Black; Going Gray; Copics (E00, E01, E11, R20, E33, E35, E37, E57, E77, E79, T0, T1, T2, T3, T5, R21); Atyou Spica Clear
Paper:  Basic Gray, Going Gray, Pink Pirouette; Gina K Luxury White; DP - Tiddly Inks digi paper (Light Pink Grungy Heart)
Embellishments:   Organdy Ribbon (Silver); Pearls (Kaiser); Rhinestones (Michael's); Rhinestone Swirl (WalMart); Stickles (Stardust and Fruit Punch); Tulle  
Tools:  Key Tag Punch; Cuttlebug Embossing Folder (Distressed Stripes); Sanding Block

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

I've Been Spotted by Claudia & Co (and a new card too)

I was thrilled to get the email telling me that I had been spotted and they wanted to showcase my cards on their blog.  What an honor ~ thanks Claudia & Company!  Here are the two cards that they spotted: 

Both of these feature Ella Puddle Jumper.

But I had to make another card as well, so here it is.....

I couldn't leave the boys out, so I pulled out Davey Puddle Jumper and made a Back to School card for my youngest son Trevor.  For this card I followed the sketch over at Die Cuts R Us.

Surprisingly the layout is very similar to the previous card.  I used paper from the Summer Dream collection and instead of adding ribbon or another pattern paper across the center, I used plain cardstock punched with a border punch and then embossed with a Cuttlebug folder.  When I saw that ruler folder in the store I thought it would be perfect for school themed projects and just had to have it.  I changed the direction of the circles (well buttons in my case) and put them across the bottom instead of up the side (hope that's ok).  I came across these buttons going through some of my older supplies (the stuff I bought when I was "collecting" a few years ago) and the color was perfect for this paper.  They came pre-threaded and as a bonus already had adhesive on the back ~ how easy was that!?!  The little note he is holding says "Have FUN in 1st grade Mom" 

I know, I know, a "Back to School card" when the kids started last week....Well what can I say, they are a bit late this year.  As you can tell from my lack of posts last month, I didn't have a lot of time to spend in the Craft room, so while the intention was there, the time to do so just wasn't.   But, since I make them for my kids every year, better late than never!

I would also like to enter this last card in the following challenges:

Digi Doodles - "Write Me a Message" - use a sentiment
Pixie Challenge - "Back to School"
Stamp Something - "Something Cute"
Fussy & Fancy Friday - "Back to School"
Our Daily Bread -"Forgotten embellishments" - buttons, brads or eyelets
Simple Doodles - "Back to School"
Allsorts - "New Beginnings"
Secret Crafter - "Clean and Simple"
Cowgirl's - "Anything Goes"
I Did It Creations - "Beige and Blue and one other color (Red)"
Crafty Cardmakers - "Clean and Simple"
Incy Wincy - "Celebrate"
Little Paper Shop - "Clean and Simple"
The Pink Elephant - "Back to School"
Creative Card Crew - "Back to School"
Scrap Creations - "A Children's Themed Card"

Thanks again to Claudia and Company for showcasing my work today!

Recipe For Puddle Jumper Davey ~ all items SU unless indicated
Stamps:  Puddle Jumper Davey (Claudia & Co); Note paper stamp - Studio G  
Ink/Coloring:  Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics (E00, E01, E11, R20, E31, E33, Y28, E51, E53, E57. E59, B32, B34, R05, R08); Bliss Blue; Crumb Cake Marker
Paper:  Bliss Blue; Naturals (Ivory); Gina K Luxury White; DP - DCWV (Summer Dream)
Embellishments:   Buttons (Stickopotamus) 
Tools:  Martha Stewart Border Punch; Cuttlebug Embossing Folder

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Birthday Hugs

It's been awhile, but I'm finally back!  The kids went back to school on Wednesday while I got to catch up on phone calls and paperwork that I put off earlier in the week.  On Thursday I had to take Alicia to get her braces put on.  She is really hurting right now, but hopefully will be feeling much better before she has to go back to school on Tuesday.    

This afternoon I found myself with nothing on the agenda so it was time to head into the craft room and this is what I came up with:
I know I used Ella on the last card I posted, but she is just so cute I had to use her again (and I realized that I used the same papers as last time ~ guess I really do love them).  I made the lace flower and when going through my charms to add behind the button came across some pearls that were from a vintage necklace and they already had a loop on them, so I decided to add that to the chain as well.  I added some stickles to her necklace and parts of her dress and then added some pearls to tie in the dangling one.

I used the sketch from Claudia & Company
I also have another card using this sketch and hope to add that sometime tomorrow.

I am also entering this card in the following challenges:

Wild Orchid - "Make It Sparkle"
Die Cuts R Us - "Anything Goes"
Your Next Stamp - "Anything Goes"
The Crafty Pad - "Simply Pearls"
Simon Says - "Lace and Pearls"
Oh Alice - "Shine or Sparkle" (although I was originally going to enter this in the Girl Theme challenge I was a bit late, but since this does qualify for this weeks new challenge I'm keeping it on here)
Crafty Cardmakers - "Glitter and Sparkle"
Fab N' Funky - "Use Material" (lace included)
Cute Card Thursday - "Use Material" (lace included)
Copic Creations - "Pleats or folds on Clothes"
Aly's Sunday Challenge - "Use pink in your creation" 
Cowgirl's - "Make your own Flower"
One Stitch at a Time - "Girly" 
Stamptacular - "Pretty in Pink" 
Pollycraft - "Add a little nature" - flower paper, lace flower and flower charm
The Shabby Tea Room - "Old Meets New" - old~lace new~stamp
Papertake - "Just the One" - use one of something ~ one charm, one lace, one image, one button
ABC Challenge - C is for Charms 
All That Scraps - "Lace"
Penny's - Birthday
The Creative Cottage - "Celebrations"
Digi Doodles - "Write Me a Message" - use a sentiment
Stamp Insanity - "Birthday"
Stamp Something - "Something Cute"
Stamp and Create - "Flowers"
Our Daily Bread -"Forgotten embellishments" - buttons, brads or eyelets
Craft Your Days Away - "Girly and Glitter"

Have a wonderful day!

Recipe ~ all items SU unless indicated
Stamps:  Puddle Jumper Ella Mini Set & So Random Sentiments (Claudia & Co)  
Ink/Coloring:  Memento Tuxedo Black; Rose Red; Copics (E00, E01, E11, E35, E37, R81, R83, R85)
Paper:  Rose Romance; Gina K Pure Luxury White; DP - My Minds Eye (Quite Contrary)
Embellishments:   Pink Gingham Ribbon; Lace; Button; Pearl; Charm; Silver Chain; Pearls (Kaiser); Stickles (Star Dust)  
Tools/Other: Dimensionals

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