Friday, October 30, 2009

Betty Pie Monochromatic

Happy Friday to everyone. Hard to believe another week has passed, it went by so quickly. Today, my daughter is dropping off their two dogs for us to 'dog sit' for the weekend. It will be a crazy time around here with three dogs in our small home, along with our two cats who have NOT met them yet. I am sure at least one of them will stay under the bed most of the time.

Well today, I have a monochromatic card for last weeks Friday Sketchers challenge. I was not able to complete it in time. I used all coordinating papers from Stampin Up and to dress it up, I decided to make some flowers and added a charm for that special touch. I used another digi stamp from Pink Cat Studio, I think they are so cute.

Let me know what you think and have a great weekend.

Image - Betty Baking Pie from Pink Cat Studio
Punches - EK Success, All Night Media, Cutting Edge, Martha Stewart
Others - Cuttlebug embossing folder, Spellbinder dies, Ribbon, Brads and a Charm

All things are heaven sent.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

My Furry Friends

I do not have a card to post today...unless I get some time later today. So I thought I would share with you our two new furry friends. They are both only 6 months old and FULL of energy. Oh my, we have water bottles in almost every room but I think they are getting used to them, for they do not scare as they first did. They insist on going where they are NOT suppose to. They are both strictly indoor cats.

The gray tabby is 'Abby' and she is the one that can keep us busy. She has NO fear and will do what she KNOWS she is not suppose to do, right in front of us - Bad Girl!! Although she is a real lovey and will want to be petted and then purr, purr and purr.

The tortoise is 'Penny' and she is a sweetheart. She gets spooked so easily and will make a mad dash for run under our bed. So needless to say, when we do have company (not very often), she will spend the whole time under the bed. Otherwise, she is a lovey girl and will purr when petted.

We have a little basket and they both love to sleep in it. When they were much smaller, they could both get in it without any issues. Now they still want to both be in there but there is not enough room, so one will lay 'on top' of the other cute. One of them will finally give up and go somewhere else to sleep.

And of course, we have our 'old' pooch, 'Apollo'. He is an Australian Cattle Dog and a little over 13, actually he may be getting closer to 14 years old. He is having some health issues but they are minor at this time. We cannot take him for walks anymore due to his arthritis. He LOVES people and animals and is totally an indoor dog. Every year, in the early summer, we take him in for a buzz, he has a thick coat of fur and he LOVES it when he gets his cut - makes him so much cooler in the summer. When his coat grows back in, it is thick and black.

Hope you enjoyed seeing our furry friends, they provide us company and entertainment.

All things are heaven sent.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Lily in Red & Green

Good day to you all. I found this adorable digi stamp at Pink Cat Studio. They have some really fun designs to use. I like the way you can adjust the size to match the card you are making.
This time I used colored pencils and it did not turn out as well as I would have liked...I think I will go back to my Prismacolor markers. This card is for the MMSC25 challenge, I used the Fleur De Lis Spellbinder die and cut it in half - I liked how it showed some of the background. I added pearls to the center of the flowers which fit right in with the background paper. It is hard to see but I used Liquid Applique for her 'muff'. To follow the MMSC design, I needed a buckle but I did not have one so I used something else in my stash to create a similiar look.

Hope you like it, let me know what you think?

DP - Provo Craft
Image - Lily Winter Coat by Pink Cat Studio Digi Stamps
Spellbinder - Fleur De Lis and Sm Circle
Others - Ribbon, pearls, liquid applique & other stuff from my stash

All things are heaven sent.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Snowflake Tilda

It is sure raining here in the Pacific NW and snowing in the mountains. I am hoping that we do not get early snow like last year.

Today, I made a card for the Just Magnolia challenge. For some reason, I seemed to find it hard to decide which DP to use and whether to layer them or not. I guess we all have those kind of days. I used the snowflake Cuttlebug to create the texture on the white scalloped oval. You can purchase both of these at 7 Kids College Fund. I used a combination of punches to create the floral snowflakes.
My camera was not cooperating with me, so it has too much glare and a tinge of yellow. This is something I need to improve my skills on but you will be able get the idea.

DP - Provo Craft & DCWV
Stamps- New Year Tilda from Magnolia & Merry Christmas by Hero Arts
Punches - Marvy, EK Success, Fiskars, Martha Stewart
Others - Cuttlebug, Spellbinders, ribbon, rhinestones & Prismacolor markers

Have a wonderful day.

All things are heaven sent.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Christmas Cardinal

Hope you had a good weekend. Mine was a bit on the sad side for I attended my brother in law's memorial. He was such a wonderful person and it is hard to see someone get sick and pass away so soon. He was greatly blessed with a lovely wife and a fantastic son. He lived his life with a testimonial to God and it carried through until his last days.

Now onto my card for today. It is for the MMSC24 challenge. Whoa, that was a hard sketch for me to come up with what to do. I decided to turn it on it's side.

I wanted to make it a Christmas theme, which you will see more of. I used the Spellbinder to create the basic shapes and the rest was coloring and a little bling. I did not get a chance to complete the inside....will do that later.

Let me know what you think?

DP - Provo Craft
Image - Dream Impressions (not sure but I believe they may be out of business)
Others: Spellbinder dies, Brads, Silk flowers, Prismacolor markers, Martha Stewart branch punch

All things are heaven sent.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

CAS Just Magnolia

I will have to say, at first, I was finding it hard to make a 'Clean and Simple' card for the Magnolia-licious Highlights challenge. I keep looking at it and thinking that it needs something here or there.... and then I have to stop myself and say "no, keep it simple".

I made two cards - the first one is a fall colored theme. I could not resist making a flower for the fall card, it just seemed like a good fit - I did Cuttlebug the gold portion of the flower to give it some added design. I used the Spellbinder Fleur De Lis die and some pearls to finish it off.

I wasn't going to add any design elements to the inside but I had already cut out a gold flower, so I decided to not waste it and create another flower for the inside too.

I was having fun, so I decided to make another card. This one has that 'fresh' look with white and a bold color. I used the Cuttlebug to create a design on white. Spellbinder dies and brads and it completed the card.

This paper matched the color scheme and was a clean and simple way to decorate the inside.

Thanks for stopping by, I would love to know what you think?

Fall card
CS - Stampin Up
DP - K & Co.
Image - Tilda with Sunflower from Magnolia
Others - Spellbinders dies, Cuttlebug, Martha Stewart leaf punch, pearls, Prismacolor markers

White card
CS - Stampin Up
Background Design by Cuttlebug
Image - Tilda with Cross Stitch Heart by Magnolia
Others - Spellbinder dies, brads, Prismacolor markers

All things are heaven sent.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Penguin in Pink

This has been such a busy week and it is not quite over yet. Today I have a card that I made, following two different challenges. One is a color challenge by Our Creative Corner and the second is Mojo Monday 109.

I pulled out one of my favorite little penguins, I think he is so cute and was fun to color. This is another easel card, just love these. It was pretty easy to put together, I used punches and ribbon for the finishing touches. I ran the punched swirls through my Xyron sticker machine and it worked perfectly.

Well that is all for today, glad you stopped by. I would love to know what you think.

CS - StampinUp
Stamps - Penguin from DOTS (now CTMH) & Sentiment from Hero Arts
Punches - Fiskars, EK Success
Others: Xyron 1" Sticker Machine, Ribbons, brads, Spellbinder die, decorative scissors

All things are heaven sent.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Rain or Shine MFT

This was a fun challenge from 'Stampin for the Weekend' and a quick one to make for I did not add a lot of extra's. I have seen some cards with red, black and white and thought that this would be a good combo for this card. I used a set called Rain or Shine from My Favorite Things - it ties well with the rain we are getting. You can get My Favorite Things from Addicted to Rubber Stamps.

Not much else to explain with this one. Hope you are having a great day.

CS - DCWV and unknown
DP - Close to My Heart
Stamp - Rain or Shine from My Favorite Things
Punch - EK Success
Others: Spellbinder dies, Brads

All things are heaven sent.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Rust & White - Penny Black

Today, I am sharing the challenge I made for Penny Black. I have been wanting to use some of the new two sided papers from StampinUp, they have some really nice rich earthy colors - oohh, I love earthy tones. I found a brush stroke stamp that would work perfect for this color and I was even more surprised to find an ink pad that matched the color perfect !!

I also used my new punch from EK Success (I bought it at Gina K Designs), just love these swirls.... you will see a lot of them in the future. I had fun making my little flowers, I am getting totally addicted to making paper flowers. My mind is already thinking of ways to cut and alter the look of them.

Hope you like it and have a great day.

Images - Allegro Brush Strokes by Penny Black & Sentiment by Hero Arts
Punches - EK Success & All Night Media

All things are heaven sent.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Snowbella's First Snowfall

It is another rainy day today in the Pacific Northwest. As I do my errands, I am enjoying all the gorgeous fall colors. I think I will take a picture of my favorite (that will be hard) and design a card around it - I will let you know when it is complete.

I was looking through my stamps and found so many that are screaming, "me next!!". I actually have a lot of stamps that have never been 'inked', oh dear. So I am going to challenge myself to use more of my stamps.

Today, I have Snowbunnybella to show off. She is just so cute and I love her big cheesy smiles, you can find her at Addicted to Rubber Stamps, as well as a host of other stamps and supplies.

I am using the Pixie Cottage Challenge (their first one) and it was fun to make. I picked some wintry bold colors and added Liquid Applique to her fuzzy parts of her outfit. It is hard to see, but it is white and puffy - I did learn this time that I need to add more so that the 'fluff' will be thicker. So what can I fluff up next.... oh well, moving on.
To create the larger scalloped border, I took the corner guard off of the punch so I could position it to create a straight line.

Have a great day and let me know what you think....

CS - DCWV & StampinUp
Stamp - Snow Bunny Bella via Stampin Bella
Punches - EK Success & Martha Stewart
Brad - Queen & Co.
Others: Spellbinder dies, Cuttlebug, Silk flowers

All things are heaven sent.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Tilda Mojo Monday 108

I hope you are having a good weekend. Here, it has been raining, but that is why it is so nice and green in the northwest.

Today, I have completed my Mojo Monday 108 challenge card, in the nick of time.... again. I used a sweet Tilda, I sure love this little angels. I have seen others make hand made flowers and decided to give it a try... oh what fun. I did try putting some glitter on the edges of one of them but I did not like how it turned out. The one I made on the front of the card, I embossed to create more texture, the ones inside, I left plain but I like them both. I used some Flower Soft for the flowers in the basket, it is first time I used it and I do like the look. It is hard to see, but it adds some nice texture too.

Sorry about the photos, it has been hard to get good coloring due to the gloomy weather outside and the inside light tends to create more yellowing. I have done my best to alter them with photo programs. It still does not reflect the best coloring but it is better than the actual photo.

Punches - EK Success, All Night Media & Martha Stewart
Others: Flower Soft, Spellbinder dies, Ribbon, Rhinestones & Prismacolor markers

Have a great day and I would love to know what you think by adding a comment.

All things are heaven sent.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Tilda Leaves - MMSC23

I stayed up late last night making this card. It was so much fun, I just love fall leaves and I wanted to make something for the Midnight Madness week 23 challenge.

Midnight Madness is having their first Blog Hop, where you have a chance to win a fabulous prize. It is so much fun to hop to all the blogs, collect the clues and enjoy seeing all the cards that were made by so many talented artists.

For my card, Tilda was holding a bird but I put a pumpkin in it's place. The basket and rake were from a Sandylion sticker set and it helped to make the scene complete. To follow the sketch, I needed something to fan around the image and so the obvious choice for me was leaves.

Hope you like it, I would love to hear your comments.

Stamps - Tilda Bird on Hand from Magnolia, Single Pumpkin from Darcie's, Double Pumpkins from 'unknown', Sentiment from Peddlers Pack
Sticker Set - Sandylion
Punches (small leaves) - EK Success
Others: Silk Leaves, Ribbon, Spellbinder dies, Prismacolor markers

All things are heaven sent.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Fleur De Lis

Today, I have a simple card to share but it was fun to make.
I love this particular die from Spellbinders and wanted to make a card using the Fleur De Lis.
I picked a simple tan/cream tone and tone theme for a masculine feel. I inked the edges and created the flower in the center using a punch, cut slits, rounded them with the end of a paint brush, turned one down and the other up, then put a pearl in the center. The lighter card stock has a nice shimmery look, hard to see with the pictures and the lighting was not the best to capture the look and feel of the card.

I would love to know what you think by adding a comment below.

CS - DCWV & unknown
DP - Paper Pizazz
Punch - All Night Media
Spellbinder - Fleur De Lis & Labels 1
Others - Pearls

All things are heaven sent.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Friday Sketcher Wk 73

I have two posts for today, this one is for the Friday Sketcher Week 73 challenge.

I decided to use this sketch to make a sympathy card for my sister. Her husband passed away this past Sunday. He is no longer in pain and is now with the Lord, Praise God!! He will be greatly missed. I wanted to give the card to her before I posted it here, since she would see it.

This was a fun challenge and it worked great for this card.
I did not have the right coordinating paper to go with my main background paper, so I two different inks to alter one that was close. Then I stamped roses on it, so it would blend with the background. Well that is about all.

Sorry, this picture came out blurry but you will get the idea.

CS - unknown
DP - DCWV & Paper Pizazz
Stamped Sentiment - Rubber Stampede
Brads - Bazzill Basic Paper
Rose - Darcies
Punches - EK Success & Cutting Edge
Others: Spellbinder dies, ribbon, silk flowers/leaves, lace.

All things are heaven sent.

Christmas Tilda

Today, I thought that I would put on some Christmas music and make a Christmas card for the Just Magnolia challenge. I love this sketch and it was a lot of fun to make. After looking through my paper stash, I found some that I wanted to use, a couple of them I cut out what I wanted, like the green strips and the Christmas trees. I punched some snowflakes and added a rhinestone in the center but they still looked a little plain, so I added some glitter for a nice sparkly effect.

I am not sure about you, but I am finding that it sure takes me a long time to complete one card... how about you?

Would love to hear what you think of it...drop me a comment below.

CS & Paper - DCWV
Stamp - Tilda with Tassels by Magnolia
Punch - EK Success
Large Snowflake - Darcie
Others: Spellbinder dies, ribbon, rhinestones, glitter.

All things are heaven sent.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Wedding Pictures

I do not have a card for you today but instead, I thought that I would share with you pictures that our son sent to us of their wedding. They wanted a simple little wedding and it all worked out really well. They live in Hawaii, so we do not have the $$ to fly over as much as we would like. Because we do not get to see them much, I will say, that we absolutely LOVE our web cam so we can stay in touch and be able to watch the grand kids grow up.
My son, Cory married Joelyn and they have two beautiful children, Chace (4 years) and Chevelle (1 month). Chace was having fun, playing in the water while they said their vows. The other little boy in one of the pictures (holding a handmade coconut basket) is their nephew and the grand kids cousin.

Enjoy and I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday.

All things are heaven sent.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Just Magnolia Mishap

Have you ever had one of those days, when you started a project as one thing and then it ended up something else? Well that is what happened to me. I was starting to make a Just Magnolia challenge card and then I remembered that I needed to make a birthday card but it needed to be masculine. By the time I decided on what image I was going to use and made most of the card, I realized I did not use any Magnolia stamps, YIKES!!!!
Well, I thought I would share it with you anyways. The layout was fun to use and I chose an ocean theme in blues and sandy tans. I painted Radiant Pearls on the punched branches to give them a shimmery look. I used some mesh (you can get a large roll at the hardware store), this projects a fish net look and feel to the card.

Hope you enjoyed it and I would love to know what you think.

Stamp - Stampin Up
3D Sticker - unknown
Punches - Martha Stewart & Stampin Up
Others: Radiant Pearls, Spellbinders, Mesh and Prismacolor markers.

All things are heaven sent.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Mojo Monday #107

Hope everyone is having a good weekend. I finally completed my card for this week's Mojo Monday challenge # 107. I know, I am cutting it close, since tomorrow is Monday, and a new challenge comes out. At first, I did not know what theme I wanted to make with it and then I decided that I would make a Christmas card, my 'first' Christmas card.

I used an ornament stamp from OnyxXpressions that I have had in my stash for quite some time but never used. I also pulled out my embossing glitters which I have not used in some time. The decorative papers were from the Winter Wonderland collection from K & Company. These papers are so pretty all by themselves, I hate to cover them with anything, do you have that problem, lol.

Thanks for stopping by and I would love to hear what you think of it by adding a comment below.

DP - K & Company
Stamps - ornament by OnyxXpressions, saying by Stampendous
Others - Spellbinders, glitter embossing powders from Stamp'n Around, ribbon and rhinestones.

All things are heaven sent.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Halloween Tilda

Well since Halloween is not too far away, I thought I would make a card for the occasion. I do not have any of the Halloween Tilda's, so I took the Tilda Gathers Straw and cut away the hay field. This one came together pretty well, I used the Martha Stewart doily lace punch to create the border on the front and the corners on the inside. The ghost die cuts were given to me a long time ago, so I do not know who made them. I added two strips of black on the orange striped DP to have it pop out more.

Stamp: Recollections from Michaels & Tilda Gathers Straw from Magnolia
Punch - Martha Stewart
Others: Spellbinders, ribbon pumpkins (I cut them up), ghost die cut, Prismacolor markers.

Have a great day.....

All things are heaven sent.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Tilda & Beaver

Happy Thursday,
I was thinking of what to make next and saw the new challenge from Magnolia-lious Highlights, an easel card. At first, I was not sure about it but after looking at the template and reading the instructions, the base card was easy to make...of course, there is the challenge of what to put on it - for me, that is the hardest part.

Usually, I will pick out my papers before my card stock, but this time, I did it in reverse. So my challenge was to find papers to go with it. I finally decided on this pack of DCWV 'Green Stack' recyclable papers. They have some really fun and cute designs to pick from. The beaver is actually on the paper, so I cut one out from another sheet and popped it up onto a Spellbinders scalloped circle. I also cut two Spellbinders scalloped circle frames to, 'frame' Tilda. You can get a lot of different Spellbinder dies at 7 Kids College Fund. I did not have the colors of flowers to coordinate, so I used a couple of Prima paper flowers and colored them with my Prismacolor markers. I replaced dark brown strip on the paper with one that has shimmery gold in it, it may be hard to see it on the photos.

This is what the inside of the base card looks like....using more Spellbinder scalloped circles.

This was so much fun to make and I will definately will be making more of the easel cards in the future.
Would love to know what you think, so add a comment and have a wonderful day.

CS - Close to My Heart & unknown
Stamp - Tilda with Flower Jeans from Magnolia
Punches - Martha Stewart & EK Success
Others: Prima Flowers (colored), Hemp from Close to My Heart, buttons and Prismacolor markers

All things are heaven sent.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Tilda with Flower Basket

Good morning, what can be a better way to start the day, than to share with you a card I made with the adorable Tilda. I think she is just too cute and wished I could have 'all' of them - maybe one day, lol.

I really liked the DP from K & Co and was trying to figure out what to do with it...well, this is what I came up with. Hard to see but Tilda is popped up for a little extra dimension and I am really getting into sewing the cards, so I had to add a little here too.
Post a comment and let me know what you think?

CS & Paper - DCWV
DP - K & Co
Stamp - Tilda with Flowers from Magnolia
Punch - SU
Others: Spellbinders, Cuttlebug, Rhinestones, Prismacolor Markers and Brads

All things are heaven sent.