Yes, my life is in transition. I am now getting used to life as a widow. What will this bring? Time will tell.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

It's Sunday and It's MyGrafico Day

The MyGrafico challenge for this week MGC03 is "Alter Any Object".
The DT was supplied with a download of the paper "Tyca Patterns by
Mujka Designs". When you join in the challenge YOU ALSO WILL
details are on MyGrafico Challenge Blog.
I altered an Altoids tin with mine. After downloading the paper
I copied it to my image program and resized the paper. One page
regular size, another part of the paper cropped and resized larger for the
flower and a full size page resized smaller. You can't
see this one because it is fixed to the bottom of the tin.
To make the flower, I cut 3 of the largest images of flower using
a different layer from each. Put them all together with a little
bling and a pretty flower has bloomed.

If you want to try digital stamping getting a freebie from MyGrafico is a good
way to start. And, don't forget to stop by the challenge blog to get your free
scrapbook paper and join in the challenge.
It's Fun!!!

Saturday, May 30, 2009

My 2nd Post for the Day

I made this card for the
Rosie-Dee Challenge
Theme Embossing

And Flutter By
Theme Brads or Eyelets

Well, it looks rather dark doesn't it. I suppose I should have used
a light card stock.
I used heat embossing in gold on purple for the Rosie-Dee challenge
and added brads to the sentiment for the Flutter By challenge.
I am not sure who made this stamp.

That's it for today.

Kaboodle DT Call

Kaboodle Doodles
"What the Kaboodle is Going On
and Challenge Blog"

Design Team Call
Enter by June 1
Winner posted June 15

This is my entry for their Design Team Call

I followed their sketch for this weeks challenge #6.
The image that I used is from MyGrafico "Playful Pals"
digital stamp collection. I used watercoloring with markers
to color the image. The sentiment stamp is from a collection
of sentiments by Inque Boutique.

I see several people that I know trying out for
the Design Team. Good Luck to us all!!!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Well, that was a fine mess I got us in.....

Yes, and I apologize to everyone in
my address book that received one of
my unwanted emails.
I inadvertently got mixed up in a "Bot".
A bot goes in your address book and starts
sending emails. The next "innocent" that gets
caught up in it has the same thing happen to them.
And, try to find their unsubscribe contact, almost impossible.
But I found it buried away and finally
got myself unsubscribed. So if you
get anymore emails from "Tagged" they
aren't from me.

I feel like I've gone to the Birds.
That is the challenge theme at Inchy x Inch this week.
I did three inchies because I used 3 different finishes.
The top Bird is covered with glitter, the second is plain and
the third is done covered with SU Crystal Effects. They each
have a tiny crystal for an eye.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

A Conversation with Cokie Roberts

I had a wonderful time visiting with Cokie Roberts. In fact, it wasn't so
crowded that I really did get to "visit" with her. She is very
friendly and charming.
We were all entertained with stories of her family. I knew
that she lived in the home where she grew up in Washington DC but
I also found out that her mother still lives in the family home
in New Orleans right on Bourbon Street. Cokie said, "if you've
been to Bourbon Street you've been to moms.
I've always admired Cokie and watched her and Sam Donaldson
co-anchor "This Week" for years. I asked her about Sam and
she said he is doing fine and appears on the show occasionally. She
does also but I don't watch the program much anymore.
While waiting for the program to start, I read some of her book
"We Are Our Mothers' Daughters". I'm really enjoying it. When I've
finished it I'll be sending it to my mom to read.

I also found out that her journalist husband, Steve, will be appearing
for a book signing in the fall. Guess who'll be there!!!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

"All Tore Up"

That is the title Lora gave to the challenge
that she hosted at Cardmakers
last week.

For this this card I started with a white base card. I just bought a pad of
Yellow Shadow Ink from Hero Arts and decided to try to
liven up the white. I opened the container, YUK! What a
strange color of yellow. What a surprise. It is beautiful swiped on
the white cardstock. I've got to see if it comes in more colors.
I next found a piece of heavier mulberry paper in a mix
of greens and blues. I applied it in a what I hope is a
stylized version of grass and sky. The butterfly and leaves
are torn from a scrap of designer paper. I swiped some
of my shadow ink across the leaves. It really gave them
more depth.

This week Teresa has challenged us to use
embossed foil (aluminum) as demonstrated on

Late this afternoon I'm going to a book signing and talk
by Cokie Roberts. I'm really looking forward to meeting her.
Our local book store Litchfield Books sponsors these
wonderful presentations. They have brought Nicholas
Sparks, Nora Roberts, Paula Dean in the recent
past. I also attended the Nicolas Sparks book
signing. He really gave an entertaining talk.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

A New Stamp....

She's just a tiny little thing. I got this in my Inka Stamps order.
When I went to get this link, I read that she rec'd over 100 orders
on the first day of her sale. The sale is still going on and
she claims there are plenty of stamps left to buy.
I'm certainly happy with my order. I got some
really nice stamps at a great price.

This card is for Flutter By Weds challenge
The challenge this week is to use 2 designer papers
along with our butterfly or fairy.
My designer papers are freebies from Stamp Tv. What I did
was cut the cover page with all of the papers represented to size and
used 3 wide strips. The next layer is vellum with my single
stem flower (Hero Arts) stamped multiple times. I did the coloring
with markers on the back side of the images. My fairy's wings
are colored with copper gel pen and the rest is colored with marker.
I cut her out and placed her on top of the vellum. I had to
do this because I made a boo boo when I stamped right
on the vellum. Had to hide my sloppy stamping some how.
I like her stockings.


Monday, May 25, 2009

My First Challenge at Squigglefly

The challenge on the
Squigglefly Blog
this week is a color challenge.
Kim is having us use "Pretty in Pink, Bordering
Blue and Chocolate Chip".
Oh, why is my first challenge a color challenge?
They are sometimes difficult for me but they also
make me stretch and see beyond my normal color range.

For this card I used Squigglefly image "Smelling Sweet".
The coloring is done with markers on SU Whisper White card stock.
I didn't have a background paper the appropriate colors so
I made my own on my image software program. I wish now
that I would have chosen to make something a tad more
feminine. Maybe the flowers and buttons help.

I have a partial listing of the Squigglefly DT in my sidebar.
Very soon that will be all updated with the complete
DT names and blogs links.

But for now visit the Squigglefly blog
where everyone is listed. Check out the challenge
and give it a try. Under the DT list is a link that
takes you shopping. To get you started they have
freebie images for you to try. Of course, you can do a
little shopping while you're there.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Get Caught Reading

This week at My Grafico Challenges
we are celebrating Reading by using
"Bookworm Princess" clipart by
JD Digi Designs that can be found
at MyGrafico

You can enter this challenge by sending us any creation celebrating reading
and possibly win this clipart set by
visiting either of these sites
MyGrafico Challenges or PCP MyGrafico Group
(This is just a small portion of the
images included in this set)

Yep, she looks just like me with my nose in a book.
I should run out and get me a crown tho.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Auntie Amy Sketch challenge

A new monthly feature at RubberStampChat forum
is a sketch challenge. This month the sponsor and challenger
is Auntie Amy Stamps. Auntie Amy is offering some
fantastic prizes to the winner. You have until
the end of May to participate.

This is the sketch

Now, look at those angles. You will notice the triangles are not even.
What to do. Do I have to do lots of math, do I just wing it and hope for
the best? I can't believe how long it took me to come up with a
solution. I put the pattern in my image program, resized to a 5" x 7" and printed
it. Now it was just a matter of cutting the pattern, tracing around the
pieces on to card stock or designer papers of my choice. Cut those and
piece on to a base card. It was sooooo easy.

Here is the finished card.

The stamp that I used is "Greece" from Auntie Amy but any
stamp will do. You just have a chance to win more by using
her stamps. I really wished that I had matched
up the stamping ink better to the overall color of the
card. But, this is at least my third try matching and
decided that wasn't too bad with a touch of
charcoal ink tapped onto the ochre. I was trying
to duplicate a scene that I saw on TV of a hillside
Greek village that shimmered in gold. It was

Well, we just got over the Harley Davidson Rally week here in Myrtle Beach and now the
Memorial Day Rally Bikers are here over the long weekend. Thank goodness they hardly come
this far south. During the Harley Rally we heard the steady drone of motorcycles going down
the highway almost 24/7 for 10 days. We are a ways from Hwy 17 but it was always in the background. I will say this much, Harleys are beautiful bikes and some of the get ups the bikers wear are very creative.

Friday, May 22, 2009

The Cutest Dogs

I love these little dogs. This is the second Gabby and Zoey stamp
that I received from DogGoneStamps.
This card is for a DogGoneStamps challenge on the Group
page at PaperCraftPlanet.
The challenge is "Don't Be Square" using a circle card sketch.
I colored Gabby & Zoey with colored pencils. I don't
have a lot of the new stamping tools, so I used my handy dandy
circle compass to make my circles. You remember them, a stem
with a point to anchor the arm with as you twist the pencil
around to make your circle. That part is pretty easy. It's the
cutting of the circle, by hand, that can be tricky.
The scallop circle I traced from a pattern and hand
cut. That one was much easier.

There is a new Challenge Blog on the net.
It's called "The Next Level" and you can find it here.
Dawn and Ann invite you over to check out what their
goal is for this new challenge blog. They also have
some pretty nice blog candy to give away. Another thing
that is fun to see on their page is the "traffic feed". I saw visitors
from all over the world visiting the page. I think this is
going to be a very popular place.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Owie !!!

Oh, not really. But, about 2 hours ago I had a root canal. The numbness is starting to go away and I'm just a tad tender.

I did get my Christmas card finished this morning for the SNR Card Universe Holiday Challenge. And, I'll be posting it on their page in a few minutes. The challenge this week was an "Inspiration" challenge. We were to take our inspiration from this photo.

And this is my card. Can you guess what inspired me?

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

I've Got a Treat for You Today

Last week on the Cardmakers forum
I hosted a weekly challenge. Well, from the looks
of all of the cards submitted, I didn't challenge them at all.
In fact, I chose 2 winners.
The theme was "Trash to Treasure"

This is Jane's lovely fabric card. I love the colors and the detail
of this card. The fabric flower is beautiful and that pretty
piece of lace, that's hem tape.

This is Terrie's great Iris fold balloon card.
The balloon is made from 2 discarded security envelopes. The basket
is from a scrap of wallpaper. And, get this, the clouds are
paint chips. I think this is terrific.

If you want to see all of the entries log in to Cardmakers forum
scroll down to Weekly Challenges enter and click
on Trash to Treasure.

There is a new one being hosted by Lora
called "All Tore Up".

Here are a couple of new links for you.
Scrapbook & Crafting Friends

Weekend Crafter Challenge Blog
This week they are supplying images from
MyGrafico to use for the challenge. Better hurry
though a new challenge will be posted on Friday.


Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Things with Wings Bringing Good News


I was just notified this morning that I've been accepted into
the Squigglefly Design Team. I'm so pleased to be a part
of this wonderful Digi-Stamp Company. They have
such wonderful images to work with.

This beautiful hummingbird image is a "freebie" they have
available for download here. I printed the
image for this card on to Stampin Up Ivory card stock. I then
resized it to the size that I wanted for this card. That is just
one of things that you can do with your digital image.
I then colored it with watercolor using my markers.
The caption is computer generated. The finishing touch
is a green feather. I do wish the ivory showed up better here
because it really adds to the card.

I will be updating my blog ASAP with my fellow DT
member's links and other important links related
to Squigglefly.

I'm not finished with wings yet.
This is my entry for Danni's FlutterBy challenge.
This week we were to use a quote with our fairy or butterfly.

So here Danni is my entry for this weeks challenge. I had fun doing the
watercoloring and glittering on this card. I'm quite fond of your
challenges and I've just ordered some new fairies just so
I can play along.

Well, gotta go now, I've lots to do.


Sunday, May 17, 2009

Sunday Kick Off

MY GRAFICO Challenges

click here to see all of the details
Challenge #1 "Layout Mania"
using the "Drive Me Crazy MiniKit"
by Scrapbooking Season

Here is the sample that I made for "Layout Mania"

Truth be told, this is the first layout I've ever done. Wow, was it
easy. If I can do it, so can you. Everything is all ready for
you to download and mix and match til your hearts content.
I used three elements of the MiniKit. The green dotted/scallop
edge paper, circle frame and banner. Before adding the
banner I changed the color to white. "Pamela" is computer
generated. I had so much fun picking out what I wanted to use,
and modifying it to how I wanted it to be by resizing, changing
color and moving the arrangement around. I did make
two of the circle borders. I used one to paste Pamela's
picture in and one that I cut out and layered over the pic.
Added my flower and button.
I just made a layout, yay!!!
To join in create any size layout.
Link us up by leaving a comment at PCP group
If you are using SCS forum or another group gallery
please use MyGrafico Challenge #1 and/or MGC01.
Your creations are due no later than Saturday, 12 p.m. EST.
The winner will be randomly chosen and posted by Saturday evening, 10 p.m. EST.
My Grafico has its own community and newsletter that offers freebies.
Subscribe here.
You might be posted on their inspirations board.

Stop in at the challenge blog and meet the
Design Team and the Kick Off Guest Design Team.
and all of the samples they have made.

Sara has just sent the challenge for next week. Ideas are
swirling around in my head. I can't wait to get started.
I will be checking in at the blog to see all of the
wonderful creations that you have submitted.
Oh yes, you could win a prize!!!
See ya there.

More useful links for MYGrafico:
MyGrafico shopping, community, blog, newsletter
PaperCraftPlanet My Grafico Group
Design Team: See Sidebar for links.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Creations is Small Doses

These are two ATCs from the last CCT challenge at RubberStampChat.
These two made me laugh out loud.
The crayon colored ATC with ducky was made by Teena. I think this is
so cute and creative.
But, I guess the creative genius in this group is "Tucker de Ratt". Although,
he must have been in need of a snack while creating this ATC.
I just love what my stamping friends come up with.
I hope you got a giggle out of these.

Third Coast Art Rubber Stamps
is having a 40% off Overstock sale.
They have several pages of unmounteds listed in this sale.

We are having very interesting weather here today. We keep getting
these thunderstorms that seem to pop up out of nowhere.
We just had one go through that lasted about 5 minutes.
Although, nothing likethe Midwest.
I hope you are all doing OK out there!!!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Won't You Come In and Relax

Just move the cat aside and have a seat.

This is my card for this month's More the Merrier challenge.

"This months challenge has been set jointly by last months winners Jill and Janet.
The theme is "masculine"
White, red, brown, blue and yellow are the colours.
Good luck everyone - entries in by 25th of May please."

And, this is the sketch.

Being typical and not having done many masculine cards. This was a real challenge for me. After looking through everything I have for something "masculine" and that I could us all of the colors required, I found the patchwork background paper and the comfy chair image from AJs Country Stamps. The pillow is a clip from an ad that I recolored. Maybe I made it a bit too bright. The sentiment and banner are computer generated.

The More the Merrier challenge blog is from the UK. Maybe how they used "colour" was a tip.
Janet and I are the only 2 from the US, so far. And, we are both here in South Carolina. She's lives upstate and I'm here on the coast. How about that?

I like this challenge because they don't use the "Randomizer" to pick the winner. We actually get to vote. I know it isn't always practical but I like it that way. And the winner hosts the next challenge. Fun!

Well, I must get busy on my first MyGrafico challenge sample. It will be posted here on Sunday, May 17. If you would like to meet the new DT I have them listed in my sidebar.


Thursday, May 14, 2009

Challenging News

Several news items today

It is my pleasure to be part of MyGrafico as a member of
MyGrafico Challenges Guest Designer Design Team. I will be
part of that team until June. I really look forward to supplying
a sample for the weekly challenges.
Our first challenge will be posted this coming Sunday, May 17.
Join in and enjoy the fun of working with digital stamps.
To get you started they offer quite a nice selection of freebies.
I will have all of the DT members listed, with links, in my sidebar later today.
See ya there on Sunday.

Starting today
I'm guest hostess at One Powerful Hour challenge blog for a week.
Stop in and participate in my "On Vacation" challenge.
I'd like to see what you have planned for this summer.

My next bit of news is
RubberStampChat is hosting its Annual Spring Virtual Convention.
Attending this convention is very convenient. Just sign in
at RSC click on Virtual Convention and visit 20 vendors. All will
be featuring a very nice discount or free shipping or BOTH. You
don't even have to get out of your jammies.
Convention dates May 14th - May 19th

Sunflowers and Dragonflies

Beth has posted a very interesting technique for fixing up some
of those designer papers that you don't like that much after
bringing them home. It's quick and easy and the end result is really nice.
While you are there Beth has lots of interesting posts on her blog.
She is a contributor to Technique Junkies Newsletter. So you can
learn a lot from her.

Now for the "challenging part".
The Small World of Inchies & Twinchies
posted a "Swirl" challenge for us this week.

For my entry I chose a DP with a small floral pattern. I wanted to use one
of the new stamps that my daughter gave me for Mother's Day.
I had seen where a swirl was used as a stem for a flower. I decided to
try that. After embossing the swirl on the stem of the flower with
gold I cut it out and applied it to a Twinchie sized piece of the
same DP with pop dots. To dress it up a bit I added metallic gold floss.
Thanks Susan for the great Swirl Stamp Set.

I think that is all of my news for today.


Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Glitter and Shine

Yes, we are talking Holiday's here.
At the SNR Card Universe Anne House
has started a brand new challenge. She wants
us to get a head start on our Christmas cards. So, she
is posting a weekly challenge for this new group.

This week the challenge is to use non-traditional colors, bling and ribbon.
I used my software program to make the blended background and the sentiment.
The tree stamp is Canadian Maple Collection. I isolated the star and stamped
it 3 more times and attached a blue bow. I glittered the tree and stars.
There, unusual Christmas colors, crystal bling and ribbon bow.

A few weeks ago Cardmaker forum started a Weekly Challenge
with rotating hostesses. This week is my week. On Monday I posted
the challenge "Trash to Treasure". Recycle, reuse, repurpose something in
a card. For a sample I posted this card made with a used dryer sheet splotched
with watercolor. There is gold candy wrapper punched with a decorative
punch and an image cut from a scrap of designer paper. I also applied
a liberal amount of glitter to everything.

Lots to Do
Stripes or Lines challenge

This is also part of "Trash to Treasure" challenge. Beside being made from
scrap pieces of DP I made an aluminum flower as part of the "Trash".
I traced a pattern of a flower and cut out 2 pieces, crumpled then smoothed
them, swiped a little red permanent ink over the petals assembled and
adhered it to the card. My "Treasure" is complete.

There have been some really creative cards posted for the challenge.
Among them you will find one that uses fabric and another uses pieces of security envelopes.
They are worth a look. You might even want to join in.

Just a reminder, that at midnight the "April Shower Bring May Flowers"
challenge will be over. There is still time to submit something at
Paper Arts Mingles & Challenges blog or PCP forum group.


Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Talk about Bright

Now this is bright!!!

Oh, it doesn't look quite so bright here. But it is.

This is my entry for
FlutterBy Wednesday
One Powerful Hour
" In Flight"

For FlutterBy we had this photo for inspiration.

My inspiration came from the bright orange butterfly.
The images that I used are from my ancient Printmaster software.
I edited the photo by changing the filter to "sunset" and what
did look much like this photo turned bright orange and fuscia
pink. Ahh, my kind of colors.
The butterfly and flower images are highlighted with orange and
bright pink glitter gel pens. The background paper is a freebie insert
from a Somerset Studio magazine.

A note about One Powerful Hour

I will be a Guest Designer for this challenge blog on Thursday
5/14/09. Christine is preparing to make a huge move and
asked for guest designers to fill in for her for awhile.
I contacted her and volunteered. I was surprised when
she accepted my offer because I had never participated in
any of her challenges. I visited the challenge many times but she really didn't
know me from Adam. I thought it
was very nice of her.
Anyway, I'm pleased as punch to be coming up
with this Thursday's challenge. Please stop by OPH and
check out my challenge. I hope that you join in the fun.

At SNR Card Universe they have started a new
challenge group "Holiday Challenges".
It is a Christmas Card weekly challenge. I joined
in to avoid that crunch that I experience every
year when I dally and I end up making Christmas Cards
in a rush. I'm working on my the first challenge right now.
Our challenge is to use non-traditional colors for Christmas, 3 pieces of
bling and one ribbon. The colors of my card are Blue and Pink.
I'll have it finished today.
Isn't this a great way to get a head start on the holidays?

Monday, May 11, 2009

Where did the day go?

I had a dental appointment this morning and I guess it just wiped me out. I had lunch around
noon then stretched out to read a bit. A bit, ha! Almost 4 hours later here I am.

This is the sketch for
Inspirational Card Sketches

And, this is my card.

I wasn't sure that all of this purple was going to work, but, I like it.
All of these papers came from my mat stack from Big Lots. The pretty
bird with swirl is Inkadinkadoo. And the other swirl is from Michaels $1 bin.
The stamping is done in copper pigment ink and highlighted.
with copper gel pen. The sparkles are nail art and the
bit of feather I plucked from a decorative feather fan.

Earlier today we had a quick moving thunderstorm pass through. I think
it went right over our house by the way the house shuddered with
the noise. It is almost summer here and we are starting to
get our unsettled, maybe unsettling, too, weather. Keep your fingers
crossed that we don't have any tropical storms or hurricanes. During our
next stop at Walmart we will be stocking up on any supplies
that we might need to get us through a storm. I try to impress
on Lorne that we need to keep lots of gas in the car also.


Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day Everyone

Yep, today is our day. Have a wonderful relaxing day.

At Cardmaker there is a
Weekly Challenge.
The challenges are supplied by the members of the forum.

This week Terrie posted the challenge
"Wipe Out"
Stamping with bleach.

I poured a small amount of bleach on a paper towel and used that as
my stamp pad. I chose the Horse from Inkadinkado. I stamped the image
on 2 shades of brown card stock and like this one the best. The panel is
attached to burlap using brads. The tiny stars are also brads. I used my
very, very sticky red tape to adhere the burlap to the distressed
card stock. That tape will hold just about anything.

I really like this technique except for the smell. The odor
lingered even though I immediately cleaned up and washed my stamp.
I did this while the bleach was doing its job on the CS.
There are some fantastic samples done by Cardmaker members
on the "Weekly Challenge" page. They are worth checking out.

Monday, it will be my turn to post the weekly challenge. I will be
picking an entry to receive a thank you gift. Play along, we'd
love to have you.


Saturday, May 9, 2009

Geez, I had a Glitch

I was going to post this at about 8 a.m. this morning. I tried but my computer was all messed up
for some reason. My dear Computer Guru, Lorne, finally has it all straightened out. One, of these days I'm going to get a new computer. This has been the best computer but it is at least 10 years old, maybe more.

Which happens to be a sketch challenge this week

I used 2 stamps from DogGoneStamps new Grass Set. I stamped them with a mix of
green and yellow pigment ink and clear embossed on white. The rest of the CS
used is from one of my Big Lots mat stacks.
The tiny yellow flowers are from a floral bush with tiny glittery
buttons for centers. A scrap of matching fiber and finished.

I am so far behind today that I'm keeping this really short. I just wanted
to make sure I got my Rosie-Dees challenge posted.


Friday, May 8, 2009

It's Friday - So it must be........

Paper Arts Mingles and Challenges day here at H20 Creations.

You can enter our challenge here
PAMC Group Page
or here
PAMC the Blog

The theme for PAMC Challenge #10 is
"April Showers Bring May Flowers"
by DT member Candy

The base card and some of the flowers in the field are stamped with my
newest $1.00 stamp from Michaels in yellow gold. I computer generated
my sentiment and distressed it with yellow/gold.
The panel is watercolor paper stamped in waterproof black ink using
a Stampscape stamp. Another oldie but goodie from my collection. It is colored
with watercolor pencils and smudged with water. My version of watercolor
painting. The birds are hand drawn by me. The field of flowers is
stamped in yellows and golds. I used a stamp from my DogGoneStamps
"Grass" set and my new $1.00 stamp. I then lightly marked in some
grass with a green marker. I put in a few black dots with my Sharpie. I don't
know why really but I like it.

Please join in the fun at either PAMC site. The deadline for Challenge #10
is Wednesday, noon, May 13. You may be the random winner and
have your name placed in our hat for the monthly prize. The monthly
prize winner is chosen by popular vote.
So come on, click on over and join in.
You might win our monthly prize from


Thursday, May 7, 2009

A Face in the Crowd

Lot's to Do
"Let's Face It Challenge

I saw a card in a magazine a few years back that I just fell in love with.
It used an "art" stamp of a women nestled in curled paper. Thank goodness
she included a supply list. I never would have known to use parchment wrap to make
the curled frame. I've made this card a couple of times and love it
every time that I make one.

For this one I used a face stamp from CowTown Stamps and another piece of my Once
Upon Time mat stack from Big Lots. The ribbon is two toned shear using
brown to maroon colors. The flower is Prima and all is accented with
pearls. The ink I used was Distress Tea Dye and colored pencils
for coloring.

To make the curled frame just tear of a piece of parchment wrap to size.
Crinkle up in your hand then carefully smooth it out. At this point you can gently
ink the mountain wrinkles of the wrap. You can
skip that step if you like. Next, tear part way to make several strips
to curl. Take one strip and dampen it then carefully wrap around the
end of a paint brush of something similar. Hold that for a moment to
set then gently remove handle from the curl. Do all of your strips in this manner.
When they are dry they are curled (just like you curl your hair).
I apologize for the quality of my picture. It has been dark and
cloudy here and scanning would smash the curls.

If you make a card using this technique I'd sure like to see it.
You can always link me up and I'll post your card on
my blog if you like.


Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Fantasy for One Powerful Hour

Yep, this is my fantasy for the One Powerful Hour challenge this week. Living in a multi storied castle (with central heat and air), high in the sky where the sun shines brightly at night being watched over by a magical unicorn. Ahhhhh! I can fantasize right along with the best of them.

My fantasy is done with clip art. The unicorn is from LucyLearns and I can't remember where the castle came from. I colored with chalks and glitter gel pens.

Today it was recommended by CMOH of OPH that I also enter this in this weeks ABC Challenge. OK I've linked everyone up with ABC challenge and now off to leave them a comment and tell that I'm here.


Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Vicki's "double background poppin' pastels"

Stamped Smiles
Vicki's Blog
Where you can get the tutorial on how to make this fun background

Double Background Poppin' Pastels

Sample Card by Vicki

I think you will find it a fun background to know how to do.
Check it out and leave Vicki a comment.

Here is another card to show you just what a talented lady
Vicki is.

I think this is just gorgeous.

When you visit Stamped Smiles be sure to check out her
"Hidden Potential Tues" (my favorite)
and "Saturday Spotlight"


Monday, May 4, 2009

Challenges for Today

This is the easiest of the 3 challenges I'll be posting about today.
Inspirational Card Sketches challenge #14.
Isn't this a pretty sketch.
Want to work with a pretty sketch like this every week. Dawn is
having a DT call. Stop by her blog and check it out. I'm going to.

And, this is the Mother's Day card I designed using that sketch. With a
few modifications, as you can see. I think Mom will like it.
There is a story behind the making of this card. At Cardmakers forum
Jeanette (another Jeanette) has posted a challenge using
the technique "thumping". The video demo for this technique is
on Stamptv. There are several cards posted for this challenge and they
all demonstrate the "thumping" technique very nicely. I'm a failure
at "thumping". I inked, I thumped, I stamped, I almost cried. Yuk!
How can something so simple be so difficult. I tried several times. I have
several very nice images of roses all ready to use if I don't want
to demonstrate "thumping". I finally ended up with this image. You can barely
see where I "thumped" but it's there. What is funny the rose that
demonstrated the best "thumping" looked like it had the measles. Some of
us came to the conclusion that color choice and image makes or
breaks this technique. It is very nice when it is done properly.

2nd Challenge
Susan's Remodel Update
She has new pictures posted here. After reading her blog
check out the pictures on her Flickr. She has some beauties
of her new bedroom and bath.

My Third Challenge
Going to the dentist today.

I'm going to slip in a 4th challenge
Join us at Paper Arts Mingles and Challenges
for our Trifold card challenge. It's a fun one and you
have until Weds to complete the challenge.
You might become eligible for the monthly prize
given by our sponsor MYGRAFICO


Sunday, May 3, 2009

Bunnies and Blessings

Bunnies for CowTown Stamps

I had to put my thinking cap on to come up with ideas for Bunnies besides
Easter. You know, it was really pretty easy. These images are so
cute you can use them in may ways.

This first "Hello" card starts with a black base card with Black & White tile Designer
Paper. On the white panel I stamped my bunny in black pigment ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. It is accented with red glitter gel pen. The black frame
around the panel is seam binding. Let me tell you that isn't the easiest thing
to do. I used the extra sticky red tape to hold it. I used 4 pieces because the corners
would round and look terrible. The un-mitered corners are covered with
black beads. I think this bunny could be used for adults or kids.

Bon Voyage, Have a Nice Trip, Hawaii Bound? Well, I chose Hawaii. This bunny is
really stringing popcorn but it is way too early for a Christmas or Halloween themed card.
On my "travel" card my bunny is stringing a lei. I used black pigment ink and clear embossing powder for the image. The lei is colored with glitter gel pen. The image is anchored with pop
dots. The sentiment is Clear Stamps.
Have a nice trip.

Soon I'll be stamping up some really cute Doxie stamps from CowTown to share with you. Laurel has over 200 of these darling dog stamps. Can't wait until I stamp out
a few, go here to check them out.

Blessings at the Inlet
This year the Belin Church celebrated its13 th Blessing
of the Inlet. It is very popular and just gets bigger every year.
One of the highlights of the celebration is the all day gospel singing.
Our favorite group is Creekside an all male quartet from the church choir.
They are absolutely wonderful, so wonderful, they will be singing at
Carnegie Hall.
The beautiful grounds overlooking Murrells Inlet are filled with crafts and
food and beautiful scenery. Under the shady Live Oaks in front of the church
is the entertainment and blessing area.

View of the inlet

Another view of the inlet

In this picture of Belin Church the inlet is behind me.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Bling, I love Bling

Here is my inchie for InchyxInch challenge "Bling". I love bling. All kinds be it, glitter, gems, metallics, etc. You can see I made a necklace and earrings for my snooty lady with sticky gems
usually used for nail art. Nail art is a nice embellishment to have in my collection. I usually pick some up at the $1 store. My background is a black and white swirl card stock that was a free download from The Angel Company.

InchyxInch is having a one year birthday celebration now. As part of the birthday party, Fiona is hosting an inchie swap. I've already signed up to make 9 inchies using the theme "House" to be swapped with members from around the world. I'm really looking forward to it. Visit Fiona at InchyxInch and join in the festivities. You'll be glad that you did.

Two of the Design Teams that I belong to just had their monthly reveal.

My card for My Sketch World is done with metallic lavender card stock with a matching glittered flower panel. Gotta have bling. I dotted the edges with white gel pen. Trimmed with rick rac and Prima flowers with button centers. A touch of Spring.

My card for Just My Sketches also celebrates Spring. This time with pretty pastels, florals and a butterfly and just a small strip of pink gingham ribbon. The elements that I used for this card are ones from here, one from there, whatever matched. Deanne is also having a special RAK drawing this week featuring a nice gift. Just submit a card or scrapbook layout following the sketches and you will be entered for special drawing. She is celebrating National Scrapbook Day
which is today.

Who went shopping at the Inka Stamps sale yesterday besides me? I couldn't believe what wonderful bargains she had on her great art and photo realistic stamps. Well, I shopped til I
dropped and patted myself on the back to saving so much money on my addiction to stamps.

Today we are taking a day trip to Conway for the Library book and yard sale. After that, back this way to the Inlet for the Belin Church Annual Blessing of the Inlet. They will have seafood from local restruarants, crafts and gospel singing. At 11:30 a.m. is the Blessing. The church sits on the banks of the Inlet with a beautiful view of the marsh and is shaded by
stately Live Oaks dripping with Spanish Moss. I love going there.

I'm going to enjoy my day. I hope you enjoy yours.