Monday, November 30, 2009

Window Pane Iris

Tis the season to be too busy to blog. I hate when that happens. Visiting family over the weekend left little time to create. I did manage a little time yesterday as I watched the Colts triumph over the Texans. Go Colts! This coming weekend I'll be away again in Boston to visit my son, Dan. I'm hoping I get one more post in before I leave on Thursday.

Today's card I made for the Cuttlebug Challenge #59. The theme this week was glitter. I hope you can see the glittery irises.

The image is from a Gina K set Elegant Flowers and the sentiment is from another Gina K set called Holiday Greetings. I used my Cuttlebug and Victoria folder to emboss the background. The windowpane effect was a technique that Gina K demonstrated on Stamp TV. I love the way this card turned out with the brayered background. And the glitter adds so much! Hop on over to the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog and see what the wonderful design team is up to. They always have some exciting things going on.

Happy Monday! Hope your week is off to a great start amd the rest follows in smooth fashion. Thanks for stopping and come back again soon!

Happy inking,

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Cuttle Bug Spot Challenge

Happy Sunday! It's almost time to start another work week but at least it's a short one!

This week the Cuttlebug Spot challenge was to use a turkey on your card. So I used a digital image from the Character Cafe. Such a cute Pilgrim and turkey wishing you Happy Thanksgiving! I think this will be my last turkey card for the year.

I used my rectangular scalloped Nesties to cut out the image and the background. The swirls are from a new Quick Cutz die that I bought about a week ago. Then I added some bling.

Thanks for stopping by today and here's wishing you all a wonderful week!

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Blog Hop and Challenge

Happy Friday! Welcome to my blog! This weekend Gina K is having a blog hop with several of the newest stamp sets. Anyone with any of the sets can play along so check all the details out on Gina's blog. I created this card using the sketch challenge on Stamp TV. I used the Stamp TV Holiday Cheer Kit.

The background paper I won in a blog challenge. The silver paper is actually adhesive-backed paper and very easy to use. I punched the edge of it with a Martha Stewart punch. The images and sentiments are from Holiday Cheer and embossed with gold embossing powder. The beautiful ribbon is also from the Holiday Cheer kit. I used golden rod Stickles to make dots on the silver edge punched paper. You have all weekend to join in the blog hop and of course there are prizes. Gina is so generous!

This card also works for the Kaboodle Blog challenge. This time they are asking for buttons, bows and bling. You have lots of time to join in with this challenge too.

I'm hoping to get more time to play this weekend. I have to train Girl Scout adults in Math & Science tomorrow while their girls are doing Math and Science at IU. I give them all kinds of ideas to take back to do with their troops. My teacher background comes out every once in a while. Hope your Friday is going well. Take care!

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Let It Snow

Happy Monday! Are you ready for a little snow? It's a bit early in our neck of the woods, and we're expecting rain tonight and not snow but I could go for a little white stuff. However if it starts this early, I'll be ready for spring in January. LOL! But my snowy card tonight is for two challenges. First up is the sketch challenge at Card Patterns. I get the Card Patterns sketches every week in my email but this is only the second time I've ever entered one of my cards. I loved their sketch.

I used two patterned papers for the background and cut my squares from solid card stock. The images are actually all one stamp that I found at Hobby Lobby. It has four squares, three with snowmen and one with the sentiment "Let it Snow". So I stamped them and cut them apart. The third snowman I used for the envelope. The die cut flourishes are actually the requirement for the second challenge. Little Paper Shop's challenge is to use a die cut on you card. I found these Quick Cutz Flourishes at Hobby Lobby this past weekend so I was dying to use them.

Here's the inside of my card. The Martha Stewart paper edge punch I used leaves a little piece of paper left over and I love to use that in some way on my cards. So I used the left over top and bottom on the inside of the card, stamped a sentiment and added a couple of glitter snowflakes. You can see several on the front of the card also. The glitter doesn't show up very well though. I hope you like my card. It's a much 'busier' card than I'm used to making. I usually like them clean and simple but this was fun for a change.

I hope your week is off to a good start. The Colts won last night so I am a happy camper! But I didn't stay up to watch the whole game. It would have made me nuts and I wouldn't have gotten any sleep at all last night. LOL! And I had to work today. The day went much smoother because I got some sleep last night. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you come back soon!

Happy inking,

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Honoring Our Soldiers

This past Wednesday was Veteran's Day. And I was thrilled to see the Cuttle Bug Challenge blog honoring all those veterans and current soldiers by making the challenge to send cards to Operation Write Home. The challenge this week was to use the sketch to make a flat card to contribute to this cause. I made two cards from the sketch and I intend to make more. I have two brothers and a sister who are veterans and I so support our troops overseas and here at home. Where would we be without them. So my goal this week is to have a big envelope full of cards to send to Operation Write Home.

Both of my cards used my new Flurries embossing folder that I got in a set from HSN last week. For this card I made an easy pinwheel out of Basic Grey paper and added a ribbon and a couple self-adhesive rhinestones. The sentiment is from Carolyn King's set called Warm Winter Wishes. You can find this set at Gina K Designs and all proceeds go to fight Alzheimer's Disease. Another worthy cause!

My second card is of course from the same sketch but instead of the ribbon I used a Nutcracker drummer boy stamp from Drummer Boy by Flourishes. The background and sentiment is also from a stamp set by Flourishes called Christmas Music.

Please take a moment and thank a veteran. Better yet, join in the challenge and help our soldiers stay in touch with those they love back home. Send some cards to Operation Write Home. That's one of the reasons I love this hobby. There are so many ways to use it to help others.

So happy Sunday! I hope to get some crafting time in today along with a little football watching. The Colts play the Patriots tonight so it will be GO COLTS! later today. Have a super week this week and check back for more eye candy!

Happy inking,

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

New Challenges

Happy Wednesday everyone! We're on the down swing for the week and heading for the weekend, my favorite time of all! More time to play.

My card tonight is for two challenges. One is a new challenge that I've never played in before. Clearly iStamp blog is a great blog that I subscribe to. They have wonderful ideas and tutorials that make stamping fun! Their Clearly Inspired Challenge is announced each Friday. This week you were supposed to use 5 of something. So on this card, I have 5 layers above the card base and 5 gemstone embellishments. You still have time to drop by and check out the fun this week!

The card also is for the Cuttlebug Spot challenge. The challenge this week was to use fruit in your card somehow. My image is from a Stampin' Up! set called Sun Ripened II. The sentiment is from the Holiday Cheer Stamp TV kit by Gina K. And of course I used my Cuttlebug to emboss: the black sheet is embossed with the Victoria folder and the green sheet is embossed with Swiss Dots. You can still participate in this challenge too. Doesn't that apple look good enough to eat?

Well, I'm off to work on a few more thing tonight. I hope you're having a fabulous week and you'll stop back again to see what else I'm working on. Take care and...

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Christmas Drawer Surprise

Just a quick post tonight to show you one of the projects I've been working on lately. This is a little drawer that I made and decorated, then filled with Hershey kisses. I'm thinking of giving these as Christmas presents to my co-workers.

I used a variety of different sets for the background paper with all the greetings. The image is from the Stamp TV kit Holiday Cheer. I made the project for the Potluck Friday challenge on Stamp TV.

The challenge is to make a project with no designer paper but what you can make and you can only use words on your background. This was great fun. Loved the challenge! You might want to try it. You still have several days to participate!

Thanks for stopping by today. Tomorrow is Wednesday and halfway to the weekend! Take care and make it a wonderful week!

Happy inking,

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Cuttlebug Be Inspired #56

With the holidays fast approaching lots of challenges are asking for creations that deal with Thanksgiving and Christmas. This week the Cuttlebug Challenge #56 is looking at Thanksgiving and our mission (and I chose to accept it! LOL!) was to create a Thanksgiving project. So I made these turkey boxes that I filled with candy corn. I cut the feathers from a template that I drew and then ran them through the Cuttlebug with the Herringbone embossing folder. It gave the feathers a distressed look. I also used the Diamond Plate folder for the turkeys body to give it a ruffled effect.

Check out the goggle eyes. I found these at Hobby Lobby. They have little eye lashes on them and the irises are colored. Hard to tell from the picture but one turkey has red eyes and the other has blue eyes. I'd never seen these before and I thought they were so cute!

Here's a better picture of the box but you can't see the candy corn that's in it. It's a very easy box fold. The card stock was cut at 7 inches square, scored at 2 inches on each side. Cut the opposite sides, and assemble the box with sticky strip. I also covered the side with the green paper to give it a bit more strength.

I hope you like my Thanksgiving project. I had such fun making it. These cuties will be gracing my table throughout the holiday season. Thanks for stopping in today and have a wonderful week!

Happy inking,

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Challenges Galore!

When I sat down last night to work on cards and looked at my list of challenges this card just came together and it fit a bunch of challenges I had on my list. I started with the sketch challenge from Stamp TV. The Cuttlebug Spot Challenge #55 asked for a Thanksgiving card. I could do that and use the sketch. And on top of that the Character Cafe Challenge #4 wanted Halloween colors and glitter but not a Halloween card. That fits too. So here's my card!

The details: I used the Victoria Cuttlebug embossing folder to emboss the black background and then I painted black Stickles on the embossing to give it a glittery effect. The image and sentiment is from Whimsical Autumn, a Gina K stamp set designed by Carolyn King. The leaves I stamped and colored twice and pop dotted them so they stood out from the card. And I added some self-adhesive rhinestones along the side. I think that's probably a record for me; three challenges in one card.

I hope you are having a wonderful Wednesday. We're on the downswing for the week and looking forward to the weekend! Thanks for stopping by today. Hope to see you back again soon!

Happy inking,

Monday, November 2, 2009

Be Inspired #55

This week on the Cuttlebug Challenge blog they have wonderful things going on. They are giving away new Cuttlebug embossing folders that have just been released. HSN had them for sale over the weekend and I did get my order in this time. I missed the last release and paid significantly more money to get the folders when they went on sale the second time. So check out the blog and win some goodies. And then participate in the Cuttlebug challenge. The idea is to make a card that depicts some of your favorite things. I love flowers. And my friend Angie sent me some adorable stamped images and I used one of those images of this little flower girl on my challenge card.

The background is embossed with the Victoria embossing folder. I used a scalloped rectangular Nestability to cut out the image and added ribbon and the birthday wish. Isn't she adorable!

After being so behind on posts this is my second for the day. Hmm. It probably won't last too long; especially since I have to go back to work tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by. Don't forget to come back!

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I am so pleased to have a new entry today. It's been way to long since I've posted. I thought maybe the fates were conspiring against me. Work was unbelieveably busy the last few weeks. I finally got the Enrollment Report out last Friday. And then I wasn't feeling well over the weekend. With all the busy times, I decided to take off work today to take a "me" day. So far I've done a little shopping and got my hair cut.

Yesterday I got a chance to work on a few things. Here's the first to show you. This card is for the Inspirational Sketch challenge #40. I hadn't done this challenge in a while, but I love their sketches. So here's my take.

This card also works for the color challenge at Stamp TV. The challenge was to use burgundy, olive and ivory. Here's the details: I used the Swiss Dots embossing folder on the olive background. The Music notes background is stamped from Flourishes Christmas Music and the sentiment is from the same stamp set. The jingle bells arre from Gina K Designs A Very Merry Christmas by Theresa Momber. I added some ribbon and some bling to the card.

Happy November 2. Can you believe how fast the year is disappearing? It's amazing. I'll be back with at least one more post today. Thanks for stopping and I'm hoping to be a better blogger this week! Make it a wonderful week!

Happy inking,
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