Sunday, November 28, 2010

time to play

hello all!  hope you have had a wonderful Thanksgiving week!  We had a nice and quiet holiday here at visitors...and no going visiting!  while i missed seeing my extended family, it was a nice change of pace!  did a little shopping on black friday...took care of a good chunk of the Christmas gifts...and even picked up a gift for myself!  I picked up the Vagabond by Sizzix on sale at AC Moore Friday morning...just now got around to trying it out today!  I LOVE IT!  very easy to use...because I'm not cranking anything...i feel less nervous about the thickness of materials i am sending to clear a space in this disaster of a craft room and provide the Vagabond a permanent spot!  anywho...enough about me...wanted to get crafty and play today so i took a peek at a few challenges out there.  the first challenge i played along with was the Compendium of Curiosities Challenge #23 (CCC#23) at Studio L3 which was Double Distress.  I used a Tim Holtz Embossing Folder to get me started with that one.  The second challenge is over at Simon Says Stamp and Show...Stamp and Show your Distress Inks...the two challenges went together soooo well!  Here is my tag:

Here is a close up to kind of show you the different layers of distressing and inking:

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and maybe I'll be back later!

Supplies: Tim Holtz Embossing Folder; DIstress Inks - Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters, Broken China, Rusty Hinge; Tim Holtz Alterations - Tattered Florals and Scrollwork; Grungeboard - Harlequin Elements; Idea-ology - Memo Pin, Film Strip Ribbon and  Play Tag; Music stamp - stampabilities; Ranger Archival ink in Coffee

Friday, November 12, 2010

thinking of flowers!

so this is a totally random card...needed to make something to get my rear back in gear!  after all of the cards last weekend it has been...shall we say get myself back to my craft desk...definitely had a bit of a case of burnout...HOWEVER...I have found in the case of burnout...instead of sitting and feeling's best to get back up and get going!  (after a few days rest of course!) now i'm feeling the urge to get to work on some more!

Supplies:  Cardstock - The Paper Company (kraft) and PaperTrey Ink; Image and sentiment - PaperTrey Ink; Ribbon - unknown; Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black and Copics

now...either i'm going to get to work on another card or (gasp!) a layout...we'll see...i'm also feeling the pull of Glee season the show, watch it every week...and hubby bought me season 1 on I can revisit some of my faves from last season!!  heehee!

Monday, November 8, 2010

pictures pictures pictures

ok...this post pretty much will speak for itself, but here are the remaining cards that brought me to the completion of the Hope You Can Cling To challenges with supplies used listed below each card:

Stamps: Verve; Cuttlebug Embossing Folder Damask; Paper - Basic Grey Capella; Liquid Pearls; Bazzil Cardstock; Ranger archival ink in Coffee

Stamps: Verve; Paper - My Mind's Eye; Bazzil Cardstock; Ribbon unknown

the above is NOT my fave...but I had to use felt!  LOL!  that's what i blame it on!
Stamps - Verve; Bazzil Cardstock; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Stickles in Diamond, Gold, Silver

My absolute fave of all 32 cards!
Stamps - Verve; Paper - Basic Grey Capella; Nestabilities Labels Eight; Prima Bling; Bazzil Cardstock; Queen&Co pearls

Stamp - SU; Ink - Ranger Archival in Olive; Paper - Basic Grey Capella (LOVE this line!)

Stamps - Verve; Paper and Cardstock - CTMH; Ranger Archival ink in Coffee; Spica in Chocolate; Sketch from CTMH book

Image - The Greeting Farm; Ink - Copic and Memento Tuxedo Black; Nestabilities standard circles and lacey circles; Paper - Basic Grey; Pearls - Queen&Co

Stamps - Studio 490 and Verve; Kraft and Bazzil cardstock; Recollections bling

another one of my fave's of the 32...I just am really happy with how this came out

Stamps - Tim Holtz (Stampers Anonymous); Stampabilities; Verve; Ink - Distress Inks: Antique Linen, Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo; Other inks - Ranger Archival in Olive, CTMH White Daisy; Stampendous clear embossing powder; My Mind's Eye paper

And that's all she wrote folks!  Had so much fun making all of the cards...often times made me stretch well outside my comfort zone!  and now...some new PTI stamps arrived today...feeling the urge to get inked!


just a quick post...I was able to finish up the remaining cards on Sunday morning!  I have lots of pics to post, but once I got the challenge completed...I had to walk away from my desk!  It's funny...I thought I would be facing craft "burn out" but in reality I'm anxious to get some more done!  Pics to come later!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

23 of 32 complete!

got three more done!  WOOHOO!  the end is ALMOST (but not really) in sight!  actually I'm having a blast working on these Hope You Can Cling To challenges (see blinkie to the left)!  I started them on World Card Making Day...and a month (and a few days later) I may just might get them done!  So here are the three latest cards:
HYCCT15 - Pink Aqua and Olive 

Supplies:  Stamp - Tim Holtz (Stampers Anonymous); Distress Ink - Crushed Olive, Worn Lipstick, Broken China, Black Soot; Idea-ology word stick; Stampendous clear embossing powder; Queen&Co pearls

HYCCT29 - Sentiment only

Supplies: American Crafts Cardstock; Kraft paper; Sentiment - SU; Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black

HYCCT26 - Cancer is for the Birds

Supplies: Paper - Basic Grey; Bird - Basic Grey; Sentiment - Verve; Bling - Prima; Ink - Ranger Archival Coffee

Ok...9 cards to go!  Feeling energized!  Will hopefully get some work done on them while I watch some football tonight!  Later!

only 12 left!

wow...ok...two more cards done!  and then it's time to take a quick break...otherwise my body is going to start fighting back from sitting hunched over this desk!  LOL!

This card is for the Hope You Can Cling To Scrabble challenge (square card, pink, with at least 4 additional squares).  I STRUGGLED getting this one done...there are actually several...I'll call them prototypes...littering my craft room right now...but I'm at fairly happy with this one

Supplies: Paper - CTMH; Sentiment - Verve; Cardstock - CTMH, Bazzil; Ink - Ranger Archival Coffee; Ribbon - unknown

This card is for the HYCCT Get Glimmer Misted challenge (WOOOHOOO!  Love Glimmer Mist!).  I used three different mists to create the background paper.

Supplies: Cardstock - CTMH; Glimmer Mist - Candlelight, Tiger Lily, Peppermint Stick; Image and Sentiments - PaperTrey Ink; Stampendous Embossing Powder in White; Perfect Medium by Ranger; Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black; bling - Recollections; Ribbon - Unknown

Off to have lunch and see if the kiddo wants to actually hang out with me (yeah...right), run some errands and then back later to get to work on those final 12 cards!

Orange we fabulous!

Ok..silly title...oh well!  But...have you seen how much ORANGE is on this card?  This card was created for a few challenges...color inspiration (fab fab combo this week!) from The Play Date Cafe (PDCC54);

Sketch from Splitcoast (SC305); and recipe from Hope You Can Cling To challenge.

For this particular card, I did not have any orange pearls to coordinate (still shocked thatI did not have that color in my stash!) but thankfully I do have my Copic AirBrush system and was able to custom color some pearls so I could be all matchy-matchy.  Ok...18 of 32 HYCCT challenges completed...that means 14 cards in a little over 24 hours...WOW...onward!

Supplies: Paper - Basic Grey; Image - The Greeting Farm; Ink - Copic and Memento Tuxedo Black; Flower - American Crafts; Pearls - Queen&Co; Ribbon - unknown

on a challenge journey! since I posted last night...i have gotten a few cards completed for the Hope You Can Cling To challenges...For these two cards I was able to use my new stamps from PaperTrey Ink (more on those later!).  For the first card I cased a card by Nichole Heady (found here) because I just thought it was soooo gorgeous!  I had to add a little bit here or there for the buttons challenge at HYCCT:

Supplies: Image and sentiment - PaperTrey Ink; Cardstock - Kraft and Bazzil; Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black and Copic ((R11, R12, R14, R17, Y21, YG93, YG95, YG97); Pearls - Queen&Co.

For this next card I wanted to go very simple in design to ensure that the flower stood out (literally...the challenge was to pop out your image!):

Supplies: Image - PaperTrey Ink, Sentiment - Verve; Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black and Copic (R30, R32, R35, R39, R20, R21, YG93, YG95, YG97; Spica - Garnet

and to make some MORE cards!

Friday, November 5, 2010

17 to go...and FF#53

hello hello hello!  long time no post!  had a blast last weekend...went to the race at Talladega with my hubby, my bff and her hubby...good times!  had a lot of fun and got back Monday and have done ALMOST nothing crafty since I made it back!  did finally get pics uploaded to my computer yesterday (all 280 of them) so that ought to keep me busy scrapbook page wise in the future...but now...I have finished 15 of the 32 Hope You Can Cling To challenges...I want to get the last 17 done before the deadline fingers crossed it'll happen!  This card is for the sketch with a dance theme is also for the Fashionista Friday challenge #53 over at the Shoe!  This week's Shoe challenge is to use blue!

and now...OFF TO MAKE CARDS!!!!!

supplies: image and sentiment - Kraftin Kimmie Stamps; Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black and Copics; Paper - K&Co Que Sera Sera; Cardstock - Bazzil; Nestabilities - circles and scalloped circles; CTMH Glitter, Glossy Accents; Spica - Sand; Ribbon - Unknown