Wednesday, December 31, 2008

SCS Blogger 3 Challenge 3

Happy New Year's Eve everyone!!

Well, our 3rd challenge has arrived. First, it was a sketch challenge with a Christmas theme or summer theme (it was still before Christmas when this started).

I used some of the leftover pp from our Christmas cards, added the red strip down the middle with some ribbon I had bought for the cards, but never used.

The bella was from the image swap I participated in with my blogger group. I colored her with copics, did my first shadowing (!), edged the sides with versamark and heat embossed red glitter powder. I added a bit of red stickles to her shoes and the wreath.

The voting will begin tomorrow... I'll be back with the link once I have it!



Tuesday, December 30, 2008

MFT Sketch

This was an MFT sketch that I tried the weekend before Christmas. I used some more CTMH pp's from my friend Melissa (love this paper!).
I paper pieced the tub, colored with copics and used glossy accents on the the metal parts. Then, did some sponge distressing on all the papers, including the card base. I even distressed the ribbon b/c it was a little too pink.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Faux Silk technique

SCS challenge on 12/22 was to try a new technique: Faux Silk. To see the video tutorial for this... go here.
I used the SCS Sketch challenge from the 24th as well...
The verve butterfly stamp and sentiment is my only Verve stamp set... but I love it! I paired it with a butterfly border set that I've had since I first started stamping.
I simply used CTMH Hydrangea ink, with pp I've had for awhile.
This is not my favorite technique or sketch, but isn't this about trying something NEW??? That's how we know what we do or don't like!!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Disney world LO... FINALLY!!

Well, for all my long time friends... I have FINALLY finished the Disneyworld layout for Jake. Took forever!!

I was able to pull it together fairly quickly... I used a sketch from the CTMH Cherish book, all the pics were 4x6 that I cut down to either 4x4 or 3x3 (got lucky).

I distressed a lot with Ranger inks, and typed up the journalling (even using my DW font!).

Can't wait to go back!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

More to come!!

Hi all! I've finally gotten some time to myself today. I've made (finally!) Jake's disneyworld LO (from last year!!), and 2 cards. I'm working on a 3rd now.

If I get time to upload pics and write some posts tonight, they should be up starting tomorrow.

Also, I've done the next challenge card for my blogging group. Check in on the 31st to see the card and on the 1st to get to the link for voting.



Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas

Luke 2:1-20 (New International Version)

The Birth of Jesus
1In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2(This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3And everyone went to his own town to register.
4So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
The Shepherds and the Angels 8And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ[a] the Lord. 12This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
13Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."
15When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."
16So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

Matthew 2:1-12 (New International Version)

The Visit of the Magi (Wise Men)
1After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi[a] from the east came to Jerusalem 2and asked, "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east[b] and have come to worship him."
3When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4When he had called together all the people's chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ[c] was to be born. 5"In Bethlehem in Judea," they replied, "for this is what the prophet has written: 6" 'But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.'[d]"
7Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. 8He sent them to Bethlehem and said, "Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him."
9After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east[e] went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. 12And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas Eve!

Sleigh pic at the Gaylord Texan...

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Card and Tree...

Okay, Christmas is soooo close. Can you tell? Hopefully, the chaos is settling down and the merriment of the season is picking up. Maybe it's warm where you live, or cold... here in TX it's both! Simultaneously! Ha!

This is a pick of our tree in our living room. Terry does such a great job every year putting it up. I do the ornaments, but he does the rest. I collected snowmen for many years, so you might see a few :-). I have one of those lighted towns from my sister when I got married, and except 1 year, it always is up.

This will be the last card I show till after Christmas. I used Taylor's sketch challenge TECC47
but paired it with the Bella color challenge #59. The CTMH colors were Buttercup, Outdoor Denim, and Sorbet. I don't have buttercup cs, so I used PTI Lemon tart (shhhh!). And, if it weren't for my good friend Melissa (my CTMH consultant), I wouldn't have had any Sorbet. But, the pp in the pic is Sorbet (pretty isn't it?... cross between pink and peach).

The flowers are there b/c of a mistake when I was cutting out the scallop circle on my cricut. I just can't get my mats to stay sticky for very long! Oh well. The bella baubles finish out the flower and the 3 "dots".

Next couple of posts will be non-stamping stuff!

Merry christmas!


Monday, December 22, 2008

Pretty Bella- Image Swap

My blogger group had an image swap a few weeks ago. I got my images this last week and didn't get to play until this weekend!
This is jammybella. Isn't she cute?? I pulled out some unloved CM Gazebo paper that I bought when Emma was a newborn. I used it a couple of times in the kids scrapbooks, but finally made it card paper. Still didn't use it much!
Anyway, once I picked the papers, I colored her in copics to match. Then, I paper pierced the main image, matted her and tied the ribbon.
Once I decide who she'll go to, I'll stamp the sentiment.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Altered Bag for Teacher gift

Sorry that the pic is crooked, I took this about 6:15 am before we had to take it to school for Jake's teacher!

I wanted to alter the bag of monogramed stationary and CASED an idea from Sharon Johnson's No Time to Stamp?

I used some of the same paper from our Christmas cards and paired it up with an ivory/offwhite cs. I used the Swiss dots cuttlebug folder on the 2 larger cs pieces, and one of those small folders with the heart/package image. I also used the Threading Water punch for the scallops. I did a lot of distressing- b/c I wanted too! :-)



Saturday, December 20, 2008

Christmas Cards!

Hopefully, by the time this is posted, most everyone will have rec'd their card from us. If not, don't look! lol.

Anyway, I originally started out wanted to reproduce the same card. Yet, I kept running out of supplies, so I gave in and started using various supplies, but the same layout and idea.

These are the 7 different versions. All using supplies I either bought last year or this year at various stores. I don't know if I'll do this again! I think making a variety of cards that look different might be more the way to go.

I stamped all the insides with the same sentiment, and used a coordinating star stamp on the envelopes.

I used red and gold stickles on the main image panel... red for the wreaths and holly and gold for the wreaths and tops of the trees.

Enjoy! and Merry christmas!


Thursday, December 18, 2008

Gone Fishin'

When we visited Terry's family in September, Jake got to go fishing for the first time in granny's pond. This is the pond that EVERYONE goes fishing at in Terry's family.
Jake had actually brought it up (who knows why) several weeks before we went, and Terry set the whole thing up.
Jake had so much fun (even caught a bigger fish than Terry!).
I used CTMH Rustic Trail (apparently been around for awhile, but I love this paper!) and a layout from the CTMH Cherish book. I also used the CTMH stamp set (Outdoors, or something, I borrowed it and have already returned it). I also used Cricut PDDU (so VERSATILE!!) to cut out some fish. I think this layout turned out so great!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

One Sheet Wonder and Cards

I keep seeing people in blog land talking about One Sheet Wonder (OSW). It's from Stampin' Up and you take a series of stamps and colors on a piece of plain cs and stamp either a pattern or randomly on the cs. Then, you cut that paper up to make cards.

I used 3 stamps from CTMH sets: Friendship Blessings, With Love, and Love in Bloom. I used CTMH inks: Watermelon, Amethyst, and Buttercup for the main images, and from the same sets I used smaller stamps in Bubblegum, Topiary, and Chocolate.

I intended on making 3 cards, but didn't like 1 at all and trashed it.

The first card is my favorite. It was Taylor's Cupcake challenge, but you don't have to use cupcakes (good thing!).

I cut up the OSW into 2 identical pieces and glued to PTI Lemon Tart cs. I cut out an add'l piece of cs and used my punch to scallop the bottom. I then stamped a sentiment from CTMH Follow your Dreams.

Then, I used Lauren Meader's Saturday sketch
for the 2nd card. I am not as happy with this one b/c the colors aren't what I would have picked.
I cut out one of the flowers and popped it up, then stamped the sentiment and adhered it. I also used my scallop punch on this.
I also used PTI on this card as the cs base (Chocolate) and the Chocolate Remix pp.
Try a sheet of OSW yourself... let me see it.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Vote for our challenge cards

Here's the link for the cards for our most recent challenge...

Blogger 3 Challenge 2

Please go and vote for your favorite card!!


Monday, December 15, 2008

SCS Blogger 3 Challenge 2

Our newest Blogger challenge was a "Flap Card" either with a Christmas theme or a summer holiday.

As you can see, I picked Christmas!

I used some textured Bazzill red cs as my base and the same kind, but in green, as the accents/mats. The pp and ribbon I bought last year after Chrismtas when it was on sale.

I stamped the penquin in CTMH black, paper pieced his hat and scarf from the same red cs. I colored his beak and feet with copics. I used stickles on the trim of the hat and pom pom, then covered it with glossy accents (after the stickles had dried).

I used my cricut to cut the 2 circles to layer and pierced the image.

On the inside I used rub ons that matched the paper on the outside.

I glued the ribbon on the bottom part of the flap, so that when I tied it the card would stay closed.

TOMORROW, the voting will begin!

I'll post the link here on my blog.



Thursday, December 11, 2008

SC 205

An old friend had a birthday and this was the card I made her from the SCS 205 sketch. I used the D'Vine swirls folder and then cut apart the three rectangles. I highly recommend cutting and THEN embossing, but live and learn!
I stamped the MFT image in CTMH Holiday Red, then White Daisy ink for the icing- I heat embossed it and stamped the sprinkles in red and used stickles on them.
I layered everything on some old CM cs I found and tied a cute AC Ribbon on, and done!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Mojo 63

I sorta went to town on the bling! I used the Mojo 63 sketch from Julee at Verve stamps.
I put white Bazzill Bling cs as my base, then stamped my snowflakes in glue and poured blue glitter over them. While that was drying, I stamped my sentiment and then main image. I paper pieced the snowman, and colored his nose, candy cane, and water with copics. I matted both on more snowflake paper.
Put all the layers together and added more sparkly ribbon and done!

Monday, December 8, 2008

SC 204 Spring in December!

The other day I wanted to use a stamp that's been sitting in my "bucket"... it is a definite background stamp. Hmmm, what to do?
I decided to go with versamark and silver embossing powder. Then, found some pp that matched and paper pieced this butterfly image to coordinate.
I used my paper piercer to make it look like it had been flying around.
Last touch was the ribbon.
I know the colors are bright and springy, but sometimes you need that when it's 30 degrees in December in N Texas!!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Merry Christmas Mom!

I made my mom her christmas gift and am now finished. She doesn't write to a lot of people, so I only made 4 cards, but could make more if she needs them.
Just used pp I got from Sams- 1 side is pp and the other side is a coordinating solid color (love that!). Everything matches!

I used my monogram stamps, scallop circles on my cricut from Okie, and some ribbon. On 2 cards I used my Threading Water punch and lined the inside so the scallops would show up better. I also used Swiss dots folder on it for some added texture.
Last, I used Lauren's template for the holder. I made it at the craft day a couple of weeks ago.


Saturday, December 6, 2008

Going Away

Terry asked me a few weeks ago to make a "going away" card for a friend of his at work who had gotten a new job. Had to be a guy card. Well, I sorta forgot! So, on Tuesday he went to go buy a card!! *gasp* WHAT???!!!
So, I came home that night, got the kids down and started working. No time at all and I had this done. I scored the bottom and top of the white cs base. Used MM paper I bought at Big Lots last year for $3!! The stamp is CTMH, and I used my square nesties to cut and emboss it for a bit more elegance.

Now, the funny part?? When Terry gave this card to his friend (kinda a guy's guy)... the guy asked Terry if I had a cricut at home??? Too funny... Terry said yea, but how do YOU know what that is?? (apparently there is a new girl in this guy's life!)

Friday, December 5, 2008

October layout for Jake

First, sorry for the lighting. It was well after dark!
Anyway, I finally put Jake's October layout together. I tried to follow the sketch I used for Emma's (see here). (I scrap them chronologically and try to use the same sketch when I do the same event for them).
I used the CTMH Rough & Tumble papers/colors. I added some "ugly" brown ribbon (b/c he IS a boy!), a close up of the pumpkin, and a handmade tag.

I always try to do lots of distressing with inks and sandpaper on his layouts... I always feel the need to make his look very boyish, since I really go to town on Emma's with glitter! :-)

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

I tried a Zindorf!

Hi all! There is a true artist in the blogging/stamping world... Michelle Zindorf. She has these amazing tutorials on her blog using a rubber brayer and inks after clear embossing a colored stamp image.

I finally had to try. I inked this stamp up and colored with copics. I used versamark over the image and clear embossed it.

Then, I masked off the bottom and used CTMH amethyst, petal, and hydrangea (from lightest near the edge touching the brown and working to the top of the card) on the top. I masked the top part and then used CTMH chocolate, desert sand, and cocoa (moving from the purple to the bottom).

I stamped the sentiment, tied brown grosgrain ribbon ("earthtones" as my dh said- hehe) and matted the image panel. Finally, I matted on the white cs.


Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Please Vote!

Hi all! Remember this card? There is now a survey you can go to and vote on the winner between me and my blogging sisters. Please vote for your favorite (even if it's not mine... just don't tell me- haha).

The survey will be open until December 8th.

It is a zoomerang survey and very easy... go here



Monday, December 1, 2008

SCS Color Challenge 194

I had to make a quick Thank you card last week. I used the Color Challenge from last week. The gray cs is the base and I randomly stamped the leaf in gray. I used Autumn Terracotta (CTMH) cs and ran through the cuttlebug (not that you can tell... I made the vanilla cs too big!). I also stamped the leaf in AT and the sentiment in gray. I used 3 copper brads to finish it off.