Saturday, March 31, 2012

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #46 - Name that Tune

I made this card for the current CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #46 - Name that Tune - to base your card on a song title or lyrics. My card was inspired by a song from 1983 called 99 Red Balloons by a group called Nena - the original song was in German and called 99 Luftballoons. The stamp are from the Lawn Fawn sets Admit One and Hats off to You. The banner is from Papertrey ink. Thanks for taking a look!!

Here's my card.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

My 1st Art Journal Page & Good News!

For the past few months I've been checking out bloggers who make art journals and watching Dyan Reaveley create awesome pages with her Dylusions stamps, spray inks and stencils. So, I've been collecting some Dylusions stamps, ordered all the sprays and some of the stencils. It just looks like so much fun, but for some reason I just felt like I didn't know where to start. So, today I just said I'm going to do something and I made this page. The background is made from Dylusions sprays - I love their bright colors and how they blend together. The stamps are also all Dylusions. Today I finally got in my full set of Tim Holtz distress markers so I couldn't resist trying them out on Doolally Dorris and these little houses. Love them!! I also highlighted some areas with a fine point white paint pen.

Part two of my post is for anyone who gets The Stampers' Sampler Magazine. In the new April/May/June issue I have a 3 page feature article called Striking Strips and I also have 3 cards in the Different Point of View Section! I was so excited to see my cards when I got my copy yesterday! Check it out if you get The Stampers Sampler.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Wednesday Gel-a-tins - Wild Things & Distress Stains

Here's my Wednesday Gel-a-tins post. For this card I used the Gel-a-tins stamp sets called Wild Things and Merci. For more information check out the Gel-a-tins blog. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Moxie Fab News!

Hi, I just wanted to stop in today and share some fun news with you. I'm Moxie Fabber of the Week in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so flattered and excited that Cath asked me to be Moxie Fabber of the Week. Stop on over and check it out if you get a chance

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, March 25, 2012

Play Date Cafe #124

I made this card for the current Play Date Cafe Color Challenge - to  use Harbor, Raspberry and Honey Mustard. The stamp is from Imaginisce and it's called Lucy Bird. I colored her in with Copics and added some rhinestones. The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn Sophie's Sentiments. Thanks for taking a look!

Here's my card. 

CAS - You Inspire Me

I made this very CAS card for the current Lawnscaping Challenge #30 and Tuesday Trigger - Simple Elegance - in the Moxie Fab World. The Lawnscaping Challenge is to be inspired by anything and I was inspired by this week's Tuesday Trigger photo. I was inspired by the white moulding with the darker painted wall and by the pink tulips and green stems in the lower right corner of the photo in front of the white fireplace. The flower and sentiment are from the new Lawn Fawn stamp set called Flutter By which was also given to me as my publication incentive - thank you Lawn Fawn!!  Thanks for stopping by!

Here's my card. 

Friday, March 23, 2012

CAS-ual Fridays - The Bold & The Beautiful

I made this card for the current CAS-ual Fridays Challenge - to use pastels with black. The plaid paper is from We-R-Memory Keepers - Cotton Tails. The bunny is a Tim Holtz die. The other dies are Nestabilities. The black & white papers are Stampin' Up. Thanks for taking a look!

Here's my card.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry Class Day 3 Techniques

Today Tim focused on using Archival Ink. From left to right I did the alcohol ink "Agate" Technique, the middle one is Archival Resist and the last one is the reflections technique even though I don't have any reflections stamps. Thanks for taking a look!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry Class Day 2 Techniques

I'm taking Tim Holtz new online class called Creative Chemistry at We learned 3 Techniques today - in order of my picture Blending, Stamping and Layering with Distress Inks. So far I'm loving watching his videos on my I-phone while I work out at the gym at 5am. It helps me get up. You can still sign up if you want to and go at your own pace. Thanks for taking a look!

Monday, March 19, 2012

April Giveaway Post!!

It's that time again. This month I'm giving away a cute little Pug plush toy named Mr. Tibbits. I also have Unity Itty Bitty stamp set called Made for You and a Stampin' Up stamp set called Afterthoughts. Just make sure you're a follower of my blog and leave a comment here. I'll announce the winner on April 1st and I won't be foolin'!! Good luck!!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

A Fun Time Scrambling Today!

As you may have read in an earlier post, I hosted the Hero Arts Flickr 90 Minute Scramble today. It was so much fun and there were over 40 cards made for the Scramble. Here are two of the cards I posted as examples for inspiration. Thanks for stopping by!

This one uses the Hero Arts stamp called Newspaper Skyline.

This card uses a stamp from the Messages set and paper from Studio Calico.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!

Here's a fun card I made using a cute Stampin' Up Stamp and the Tim Holtz rosette die. You need this die if you make rosettes - it's so much easier than scoring it by hand!! The solid and patterned paper is Stampin' Up Garden Green. I used craft ink in Garden Green and embossed in clear. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a Happy St. Patrick's Day!!

Don't forget to join me for the Hero Arts Flicker 90 Minute Scramble tonight at 6pm EST!!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Hero Arts Flickr 90 Minute Scramble!

Hi everybody and Happy Friday! I just wanted to let you know that I will be hosting the Hero Arts 90 Minute Scramble with the Hero Arts Flickr Group tomorrow-Saturday, March 17 at 6:00pm Eastern Standard Time. If you haven't participated in a 90 minute scramble before, you just check the discussion group at the start time, see the prompt for making the card, and make a card and upload a photo of it to the Hero Arts Flickr pool before time is up! Oh, you must use at least one Hero Arts stamp! Two random winners will be chosen-one will get a digital download from Hero Arts and I have a little something for the other winner! It's so much fun I hope you can join us!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Grungy Monday 39 - Easter Plaid

I made this card for Grungy Monday 39. The challenge is to use Tim Holtz technique of making plaid with alcohol inks. Click here to see Tim explain this technique. I chose these colors because I wanted to make an Easter card. I used Distress Ink & Distress Stickles in Dusty Concord on the bunny and the frame and Scattered Straw on the bow. For the card, I colored it with a Lettuce Dabber and inked the edges in Dusty Concord. The stamp is from a Stampin' Up stamp set called All Holidays. Thanks for taking a look!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Wednesday Gel-a-tins - Wild Things & Distress Ink

This is my Wednesday Gel-a-tins post. I used a new stamp set called Wild Things and distress inks to created this CAS card. Check out the Gel-a-tins Blog for more details. Thanks for stopping by!

Here's the Wild Things Stamp Set

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Lawnscaping Sketch Challenge - Happy Wishes

I made this card for the current Lawnscaping Sketch Challenge. I used the new Lawn Fawn Bright Side Papers that I was given as my publication incentive for my Plus One Baby Card that is in the March issue of Card Maker Magazine. I love these papers. I also used the Lunar Lights Stamp set. Thanks for taking a look!

 Here's my card.

The Play Date Cafe Challenge

I made this card for the current Play Date Cafe Color Challenge. The butterfly was in my new Studio Calico KOM, the decorative paper is October Afternoon Sasparilla - High Noon. The stamp is from Stampin' Up.

Every time I use this sentiment I think of my friend Leona. It was her favorite thing to say and she would call all the ladies in our running group Club PLJ. Unfortunately, she died 3 years ago in a car wreck. Dusty's Birthday Party in 2008 was one of the last times I saw her. I was glad to see her husband Tom at Dusty's Party last week with 2 of their dogs. So, this one's for Leona - PLJ my friend.

Here's my card. 

CAS-ual Fridays - For Sentimental Reasons

I made this card for the current CAS-ual Fridays challenge - For Sentimental Reasons. I used some of my new Dyan Reaveley stamps - Doollaly Dorris and Quintessential Quotes. I colored the images with Prismacolor pencils and then blended with Gamsol. The paper is Confetti White and I used Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere the images both are from Stampin' Up. Thanks for taking a look!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Grungy Monday 38

I made this card for the Grungy Monday 38. I used Tim's technique to stamp with dabbers, clear emboss, then create background with distress inks. To see Tim technique click here. The stamps I used are all Dylusions by Dyan Reavely. I stamped the sentiment on white paper and rubbed it on my Antique Linen distress ink pad. Thanks for taking a look!

1. Stamps - Bags of Bunting, Quintessential Quotes, Birds on a Wire, Doolally Dorris - DylusionsDyan Reaveley
2. Dabbers - Red Pepper, Purple Twilight, Pitch Black
3. Ink - Black - Stampin' Up
4. Embossing Powder - Crystal - Martha Stewart
5. Distress Inks - Stormy Sky, Peeled Paint, Seedless Preserves, Antique Linen
6. Ribbon - Perfect Plum - Stampin' Up

Gel-a-tins Wednesday - "Country" Thank You Card

Today I used these fun papers from Pebbles called "Fresh Goods" to create this Thank You card using the Gel-a-tins stamp set called Merci. For all the details check out the Gel-a-tins blog today. I think I'll also enter this as my second card in the current "Cure for the Winter Blues" Contest in the Moxie Fab World since it also uses a lot of navy. Click here to join in all the fun!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Layout & a Party!

I've been teaching paper crafts classes at a local assisted living community in the last couple of months. Yesterday the ladies and I made this St. Patricks Day layout. I thought I would share it for anyone who is looking for a simple and easy layout for any holiday. I use lots of stickers because many of the ladies are not able to use their hands very well. The really enjoyed making their pages and we all had a great time! All the materials are from Michaels - I made the letters on adhesive paper with my Cricut.

For the second part of this post, Sunday we had Dusty's Birthday Party. I thought I would share some photos of the festivities. All canines and humans had a great time!!

The party spread 
Treat bags I made for the canine guests

Dusty was loving her party!

Addy & Reece

Tom was popular

Mr. Potato Head had a rough day

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Hello Baby!

I made this card for two challenges this week - The Play Date Cafe and CAS-ual Fridays. The colors are from the Play Date Cafe and the them from CAS-ual Fridays is Baby. I used the Lawn Fawn Plus One stamp set for the carriage and Stampin' Up Teeny Tiny Messages for the sentiment. The papers are Certainly Celery & Sahara Sand from Stampin' Up. Thanks for taking a look!

Here's my card.

Friday, March 2, 2012

The Cure for the Winter Blues - Moxie Fab World

I made this card for "The Cure for the Winter Blues" Contest in the Moxie Fab World. Click here to join in on the fun. The challenge was to use Navy in an innovative way. I used the Stampin' Up Build a Blossom Punch to make the flower. This card uses Stampin' Up Night of Navy Card Stock and Decorative Paper. The button and the pearls are both Stampin' Up also. I rounded the corners with my Corner Chomper. I was trying to come up with something graphic that showcase the Navy and I liked the polka dot paper and thought it looked good on the newsprint. So, there it is. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Tim Holtz March Tag 2012

Today has been a great day. I found out I was a winner in Tim's Tags February Giveaway!! I can't wait to see what goodies I get from Tim Holtz!!! And, on my doorstep was my signed copy of Tim's new book A Compendium of Curiosities Volume II. He is selling the signed copies on his blog!!

So, I was totally inspired to get working on his March tag. Here's a link to the post where he describes how he did the March Tag. Here's what I did differently. I didn't have that cool tape he used so I cut up little pieces of paper and glued them to the butterflies. Then I covered the bare grunge areas with my Zig embossing pen and embossed with Tim's Milled Lavender powder - I don't have Cement and it was the closest I had. Trust me, I wish I had that tape - mine worked, but it was not the easy way!! The paper I used was Vintage Shabby. I made my tag from Stampin' Up Crumb Cake paper and Tim's #8 Tag die. My woodgrain stamp is from Stampin' up. The Distress Ink I used was Gathered Twigs, because I don't have Walnut Stain. Then, I used frilly trim from Tim's Holtz Lavish Trims and colored it with Milled Lavender Distress Stain. Thanks for taking a look!

March Giveaway Winner!!

The winner of my March Giveaway is Amy E. Congratulations to Amy!!! Check out her blog Thanks to everyone who has left me such nice comments. I'm still working on getting around to everyones blogs - making more progress each week. 

Be sure to check back for the April Giveaway post - I will definitely post it sooner than I did the last one!! The winner of that one will be announced on April 1 and I won't be foolin'! Remember to tell your friends because when I hit 200 followers I'll offer another BIG BLOG CANDY!!! 

Amy I'll be contacting you to get your info unless you get to me first!!