Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Play Date Cafe Challenge #134

I have two posts today. If you're looking for the Tami Mayberry Stamp Release Blog Hop please click here or check out the post just below this one. 

It's time for another fun color challenge at The Play Date Cafe! This week the colors are Apricot, Canary, Latte and Rose. For this card I went outside of normal "box" and added lots of embellishments. I created the card around this pretty handmade butterfly from The Gilded Bee on Etsy. The word stick is from Tim Holtz and says WISH - it's a little hard to see in the photo. 

The lucky winner this week will win a FAB prize from The Play Date Cafe Vault and I can assure you - it is filled with some amazing things!! So why not get creative and go make a fabulous creation now!!

1. Patterned Paper - polka dots (American Crafts) Stripes Starter (Sassafrass Lass)
2. Scallop Border Sticker, Number Border Sticker (Sassafrass Lass for Studio Calico)
3. Twine - Soiree (Pink Paislee)
4. Fabric Buttons - Story Teller (Crate Paper)
5. Butterfly (The Gilded Bee on Etsy)
6. Buttons - Toy Box (Crate Paper)
7. Word Stick - Wish (Tim Holtz)
8. Pearls (Queen & Co.)

Tami Mayberry Blog Hop

It's almost time of the Gina K. Release Party!!
The party starts at 11:00am on StampTV
While we are waiting for the new release I have a card to share using Tami Mayberry stamps. I used Masculine Tags to create this CAS Masculine Birthday Card. The paper I used is Casual Fridays by Gina K. Designs.

Your next stop on the hop is:
Jamie Cripps

Here is the full list of designers participating:
Tami Mayberry
Ceal Pritchett
Donna Bowman
Jamie Cripps
Jennifer Ingle
Lalo Ik
Regina Hardy

Here is the full set of Masculine Tags. You can see how many options you have with the different tags and all the sentiments.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Happy Father's Day

The card I made uses a set called Masculine Tags. I chose this one first because my dad loves cars and when he sees this one he will definitely tell me the make and model of it. I love the sentiment that says You're a Classic and I was glad I figured out a way to fit it in to the card. The decorative papers are a new set by Gina K. Designs called Casual Fridays. So, since this card fits into the Casual Fridays Challenge theme this week, I thought I would also enter it. The card stock is Crumb Cake by Stampin' Up and the ink is Tuxedo Black - Memento. Thanks for taking a look!!

Here's my card.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Moxie Fab World - Gingham Challenge

I finally made a card for the Moxie Fab World Gingham Challenge. I've seen so many cards already submitted by my friends and I just couldn't seem to think of an original idea. I always keep my new stamp sets out on my work table until I use them a couple of times. Then, I put them up and hopefully don't forget them - but, these things happen. So, I've had this Stamp set out for a while and haven't used it and I really wanted to and this design just popped into my head. I haven't seen anyone else use a school bus in their gingham challenge - of course I haven't looked at all the entries - there might be one out there. And, after looking all afternoon I officially don't have a stamp that says back to school, so I found this one in my search and thought it also fits these cute little kids riding to school. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!

1. Card stock - Whisper White, Basic Black (Stampin Up)
2. Gingham Paper - Yellow (A Muse Studio)
3. Stamp Set - A-Z Coordinates (Samantha Walker for Unity), Sentiment (Hero Arts/Studio Calico)
4. Ink - Tuxedo Black (Memento)
5. Markers - Copics
6. Foam tape (Stampin Up)

Sunday, May 27, 2012

CAS-ual Fridays #54

I made this card for the current CAS-ual Fridays #54 Challenge - to make a masculine card using patterned paper. I used a new stamp set from Papertrey Ink called On the Links for the golf bag & clubs. The paper is On The Bright Side by My Minds Eye. I also used a Nestabilities Die set. The ink is London Fog by Memento and Chocolate Chip from Stampin' Up. This will be my dad's Fathers Day card. He can't golf enough since he retired 12 years ago. Thanks for taking a look!

Here's my card. 

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Operation Write Home Blog Hop 2

Hi! Today I made a card for the Operation Write Home Blog Hop. This card uses stickers from a set by EAD Design called Patriotic Party. The stamp are from a Paper Smooches set called Circle of Honor. The papers are from Stampin' Up - Whisper White, Real Red, and Bashful Blue. I used OWH Sketch #90. Click here to view all the awesome OWH sketches. 
Here's my card. 

Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Play Date Cafe Challenge #133

It's time for another fun color challenge at The Play Date Cafe. This week's colors are Baby Blue, Denim and Cherry. I had this decorative paper that I thought was perfect for these colors. It's called The Sky's The Limit from Stampington. I used a stamp set called Gus, from this week's sponsor - Mr. Cricut Crazy. I think this dog is so cute and the sentiment is very appropriate for those of us who are dog lovers. When I saw one of the colors was denim, I definitely wanted to use my denim ribbon.

As I mentioned above, our sponsor this week is Mr. Cricut Crazy. Please take some time to go check out his blog and be sure to click on the link to his fun stamps. He generously provided the PDCC Design Team with stamps for this challenge. His design team will also be playing with us this week! Hopefully, you'll play this week since one lucky winner will get a great gift from Mr. Cricut Crazy.

1. Card stock - Night of Navy, Whisper White (Stampin' Up)
2. Patterned Paper - The Sky's the Limit (Stampington)
3. Stamps - Gus (Mr. Cricut Crazy)
4. Ink - Tuxedo Black (Memento)
5. Dies - Label (Nestablities), Banner (Papertrey Ink)
6. Ribbon - Denim (Stampin' Up)
7. Rhinestones - Red Flowers (Queen & Co.)

Merry Mondays Challenge #21

I made this card for the current Merry Mondays challenge where my friend and fellow teammate from The Play Date Cafe Design Team, Colleen is the Guest Designer this month. They have a really fun sketch this week. All these papers and stickers are from the Echo Park Holly Jolly Christmas Collection and the sentiment is from Hero Arts. I also used a couple Nestabilities Dies. Thanks for stopping by!

Here's my card.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Art Journal With a Tag

I haven't done anything in my art journal for a while, so I wanted to make a new page tonight. Since I've been making backgrounds in the morning before I go to work, I already had the background sprayed and ready to go. It was done with Dylusions spray inks - but since I made it last week, I can't remember the colors! The stamps around the edges are Dylusions and the pretty lady in the middle is from Unity - Ippity - Angie Girl: Dream with Your Heart. I colored in the leaves and flowers roughly with oil pastels.

When I make my backgrounds I spray on a plastic sheet so any ink that gets on the edges can easily be swiped up on my stash of tags. This tag was made from the overspray of inks when I made one of my backgrounds. I have tons of these tags now and they are all so pretty and unique. The twine I used on the tag is from Lawn Fawn. I made the tag from a Tim Holtz Die and an old manila folder. Thanks for taking a look!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Christmas Card Challenge #25

I made this card for this week's Christmas Card Challenge #25 - this week it's a sketch challenge. The papers and the embossed wreath sticker are all from the We-R-Memory Keepers Peppermint Collection. I'm definitely going to have my Christmas cards finished early this year! Thanks for taking a look!

Here's my card.

Embellish Magazine Bicycle Color Trends Challenge

I'm on a challenge roll today! I spend a lot of time checking out challenges during the week and I finally get time to make them on the weekends. When I saw this Bicycle Color Trends Challenge from I knew I wanted to make a card for it. I love this Lawn Fawn bicycle stamp and the chevrons are from Papertrey Ink. These colors are really happy and it was fun using them on this card. Thanks for stopping by!

Here's my card.

1. Card stock - Whisper White, Pacific Point (Stampin' Up)
2. Stamps - Bicycle - Cruising Through Life (Lawn Fawn), Chevrons (Papertrey Ink)
3. Ink - Grape Jelly, Dandelion, Tangelo (Memento), Pacific Point (Stampin' Up)
4. Rhinestones - Orange (Queen & Co.)

Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger - Bright Bite

I made this card for the current Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger called Brite Bite. I love the colors of these cookies. I've had this stamp a while and I couldn't figure out what colors to use on the birds, so I thought I would take my inspiration from the colors in this week's Tuesday Trigger picture. I think the birds look really cute in these fun bright colors. Thanks for stopping by!

Here's my card.

1. Card stock - Whisper White (Stampin' Up)
2. Ink - Tuxedo Black (Memento)
3. Stamps - Love Birds (Impression Obsession), Sentiment - Cuckoo Clocks (Unity Stamp Company)
4. Markers - Copics

Saturday, May 19, 2012

E.A.D. Designs May Color Challenge

I made this card for the EAD Color Challenge. I was perusing the EAD Web site the other day and had to pick up a few things. I've recently discovered stickers and how fun it is to make cards with them. This scooter is from a Stickerz set called Groovy. The sentiment is from Paper Smooches. Thanks for taking a look!

1. Card stock - Island Indigo, Melon Mambo, Whisper White (Stampin Up)
2. Patterned Paper - Ski Lodge (Crate Paper)
3. Sticker - Scooter - Groovy (EAD Designs)
4. Stamp - Sentiment (Paper Smooches)
5. Ink - Tuxedo Black (Memento)
6. Dies - Circle, Scallop Circle (Nestabilities), Banner (PTI)

Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Play Date Cafe Challenge #132

It's that time again at The Play Date Cafe. We have a super fun color splash challenge!! This time it's a splash of Mustard. I used this fun Samantha Walker designed stamp set from Unity Stamp Company Called Cuckoo Clocks. I love the image of this cuckoo clock and thought it would be perfect for this color challenge. I cut out a bird from the set, colored it with my Mustard Copic Marker and adhered it to the card with foam tape.

I also added some fun black pearls from this weeks' sponsor Want-2-Scrap to accent all the little flowers on the clock and the center of the clock. Then I added one to the flower in the bird and two to the sentiment punch. They are so great to use for some added interest and accents on cards. This weeks' winner will receive a great prize from Want-2-Scrap!!! Their very talented design team coordinator Karen Taylor is guest designing with us this week. Be sure to check out her creation and leave her some love!

1. Card stock - Natural White, Basic Black, More Mustard - Stampin' Up
2. Ink - Tuxedo Black - Memento; Mustard - Copic Marker
3. Stamps - Cuckoo Clocks - Samantha Walker for Unity Stamp Company
4. Pearls - Black - Want-2-Scrap
5. Punches - Modern Label, Word Window - Stampin' Up
6. Foam Tape - Stampin' Dimensionals - Stampin' up

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

CAS-ual Fridays #52

I made this card for the current CAS-ual Fridays Challenge - Feathered Friends. The letters are from Lawn Fawn and the Bird is from Pebbles. I colored them with Copics and stitched a line on the bottom with We-R-Memory Keepers thread. Thanks for taking a look!

Here's my card.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Merry Mondays #20

I played with Merry Monday's Sketch Challenge again this week. I have a huge stash of Christmas goodies and I'm trying to make some throughout the year so I have plenty when the season gets here - which seems to be the busiest time of the year. The papers and the sparkly wreath are from the BoBunny Blitzen collection. The sentiment is from Hero Arts. Thanks for stopping by!

Here's my card.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Sparks Challenge - The Sky's The Limit

I made this card for the current Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge called The Sky's The Limit. I used Two Paper Smooches sets - a new one called Get Outta Town and the clouds are from Sunny Side Up. I liked the idea of flying in the clouds over the mountains going on vacation. Thanks for taking a look!

Here's my card. 

Lawnscaping Challenge #33

I made this card for the current Lawnscaping Challenge - Clean & Simple. I chose Ornate Ornaments for one of my publication incentive sets, so I just got it and I really wanted to use it. I love the bold graphic ornaments in this Lawn Fawn stamps set. This is just a simple stamped card. I colored the ornament with Copics and added some rhinestones. The sentiment was created from words in the Cozy Christmas set. The decorative paper is from Echo Park - Holly Jolly Christmas. Thanks for stopping by!

Here's my card. 

Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Play Date Cafe Challenge #131

We have a group of fun colors this week at The Play Date Cafe - Seaweed, Algae, Goldfish and Black. I used a Paper Smooches stamp set called Party Posse. I love that dinosaur and I thought I would use some shapes in the set to make him a party hat - the top of it has some Rock Candy Distress Stickles on it. It took me awhile to sort out these colors, but once I did I had so much fun making this card. I hope you'll play along this week!!

This week's winner will receive a gift certificate from Simon Says Stamp

Simon Says Stamp

1. Card stock - Pumpkin Pie, Garden Green, Whisper White - Stampin' Up
2. Stamps - Party Posse - Paper Smooches
3. Ink - Tuxedo Black - Memento, Copic Markers
4. Dies - Nestabilities
5. Embossing Folder - Argyle - Sizzix
6. Rhinestones - Orange - Queen & Co.
7. Glitter Glue - Rock Candy - Distress Stickles

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

I Can Explain...

I made this card for the Merry Mondays Christmas Challenge. This month my friend Colleen is the Featured Designer at Merry Mondays. I decided to play along with the fun sketch this week. I used this pretty paper by We-R-Memory Keepers from the Peppermint Collection. I couldn't resist using this cute sentiment!! Thanks for stopping by!

Here's my take on the sketch.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Dream With Your Heart

I had a skin cancer removed from my shoulder today. Just a Basil Cell Carcinoma - nothing that spreads. But, I have lots of stitches and can't pick up things for a while. As I sat on the couch feeling mellow from the pain meds, I really felt the urge to work in my art journal. So, I got up and made this simple page. No intricate details, just some stamping. I really like how it turned out. With the awesome backgrounds you can make with Dylusions spray inks your images don't have to be complicated. I just love these new stamps.

Lately, I've been spraying backgrounds for pages with my Dylusions sprays before I got to work so they will be dry when I get home. If I do them when I'm ready to make the page, I have to use the heat gun and they get a little wavy and curled. So, I've got several backgrounds ready to go and I decided to use this one today. I used the Squeezed Orange, Crushed Grape and Cut Grass ink sprays. The stamps are from a new Ippity set by Angie Blom for Unity Stamp Company called Angie Girl: Dream With Your Heart. FYI - My Ippity Chick is JenMarie Taylor and she is the best. Thanks for stopping by!

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June 1 Giveaway Post, etc...

It's time for this month's Giveaway Post. This month's Giveaway includes an adorable plush Chihuahua from The Douglas Company. It also includes 2 Stampin' Up Stamp Sets, 1 Hero Arts Cling stamp, 1 Package of Purple trims, 1 Pack of SEI Rub-ons and some October Afternoon Journaling cards. To be eligible to win, follow my blog and leave a comment on this post by midnight EST on May 31. The winner will be announced on this blog on June 1 so be sure to check back to see if you're the lucky winner.

I also wanted to mention something on a personal note. Some of you may know that my brother is Bob Bowman and he coaches Michael Phelps. He and Michael were interviewed by Anderson Cooper for a segment on 60 Minutes. It aired this past Sunday. I'm including a link to interview here They are busy getting ready for the London Olympics. Good luck Michael!! I'll be going to Charlotte, NC this Saturday to watch Michael swim. It will be the last time I will be able to see him swim in competition.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Play Date Cafe Challenge #130

I'm so excited to be the newest member of The Play Date Cafe Design Team!! This is my first official post for The Play Date Cafe. This weeks colors are Dolphin, Salmon and Sea Glass. After seeing the inspiration photo I couldn't help but pull out my Flamingo #2 stamp from Impression Obsession.

I colored the flamingo with Copic markers and sponged on Versa Seafoam ink around the Flamingo. I used one of my favorite new products to ink the edges - a Jenny Bowlin Chalk Ink Edger in Old Road.

The winner of this week's challenge will receive an awesome prize from The Play Date Cafe Vault. Please check out the other inspiration posts from the rest of the design team and join us this week.

Card stock - Gray- American Crafts, Whisper White, Pretty in Pink - Stampin' Up
Stamp - Flamingo #2 - Impression Obsession
Ink - Tuxedo Black - Memento, Versa - Seafoam
Markers - Copic
Edger - Chalk Ink Old Road - Jenny Bowlin

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

May 1 Giveaway Winner!!!!!!

Hi everybody! Today's the day to announce the latest Giveaway winner. And the winner is...... Maria from Maria's Merry Makings please stop by her blog and give her some love!! Congratulations Maria!! Please send me an e-mail with your address so I can get these goodies out to you ASAP!

Also, if you missed my BIG news a few weeks ago, I will be the new Private Blend Designer at The Play Date Cafe Challenge Blog! This Thursday will be my first official challenge. Please stop by this week and join us for a super fun color challenge and be sure to let them know I sent you!

Check back soon for the June 1 Giveaway post.