Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Summer Camp has begun

Hello Bloggers, I'm so excited that Summer Card Camp has begun. It was just the bit of sunshine I needed to get me out of my funk! If you're not joining in the fun at camp you can follow me as I go along in the journey. But really I must say it's a great deal. You can find all the details on Jennifer McGuire's blog or you can click HERE for more details.
Here is my card for the first week's color combo.
This first thing I realized with this color combo is I don't do purple! I did find some purple twine and gem stones but other than that I don't have much in the way of purple. For the flower I really wanted something in bright pink so after I embossed my flower in white I added "Worn Lipstick" distress ink by swiping it directly from the pad to the paper. I was happy with the results. I also swiped it across a piece of white cardstock to create the border at the bottom of the card.

I think I will also add this to the CAS-ual Fridays challenge which is...

Thanks so much for stopping by. And if you're at camp please let me know. I would love hang out with you and see what you're creating.


Friday, June 24, 2011

Hello Friday

Yes it is finally Friday! Although in my current state of "unemployment" I'm not sure it matters what day it is! The day of my last post I was feeling so excited and inspired by the fun colors from the of the Play Date Cafe Challenge. Then Monday hit and I've been in such a funk! I haven't been unemployed or looking for work in nearly 20 years and it's so different now. The past 10 years I have had the joy and the pleasure of working in the Paper Crafting business and I REALLY miss it. Prior to that I did Mortgage Lending and that is certainly not an option in this "housing crisis". 

I did get some great inspiration from "Heather Maria" over at the Hero Arts Flicker site. Click Here for the link to her project. I have a wedding shower to go to tomorrow so I totally cased her idea.

On Heather's blog she gave directions on how to create the box, but I just used an envelope to create a little bag. It was a bag I saw Lisa Spangler do in the fall over on the Hero Arts Blog.

Thanks for stopping by, sorry if my post was a little down, just how I'm feeling right now. I hope to play on Sunday so maybe that will pick me up a bit.


Saturday, June 18, 2011

2 Cards today

After I got settled from our little trip I started looking at some of my favorite challenge blogs. The Play Date Cafe had this color combo up and it just spoke to me! I love these colors!!!

So here are 2 cards I came up with and they are both doing double duty! I usually don't use the same card for 2 challenges but this week I decided why not :-).

 This card is going into the PDCC #86 and the Hero Arts June challenge for congratulations. I'm sending it off today to my friends daughter who just graduated from OSU. So really I guess it's doing triple duty, lol.

And for this card I am submitting it to CAS-ual Fridays for their color block challenge. When I saw these colors I immediately thought "flip-flops".
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. We are headed off to a Dodger's game. I've only been to a professional baseball game once before so I'm looking forward to it. Only sad it isn't a Giant's game, lol.


Thursday, June 16, 2011

It's begining to feel a lot like

We had a great time in Reno this past week. Alex's graduation was so much fun and seeing all my Reno family & friends was wonderful.

When we returned it was HOT, and we spent an afternoon in the pool....aahhh! So I thought I would give this color palette from Lily Pad Cards a try.

Just a clean and simple card featuring Alcohol Inks, Technique Tuesday Stamps, Quickutz Label and some Twinery. I hope your enjoying the weather wherever you are!


Tuesday, June 7, 2011


When I bought this stamp set I was motivated by my love of the ocean. The underwater world I love to dive in. Since I started playing with it I have found it a difficult set to work with. So here is my attempt at creating an underwater scene, one that falls very short of the real thing, lol.

I started off by swiping distress inks across my craft mat, Stormy Sky, Tumbled Glass, Shabby Shutters. I misted and then laid my paper into for the background. I dried with a heat tool and then used my craft iron to flatten it out. On the bottom I used the coral stamp in Tattered Rose and Shabby Shutters. I added in the tips of the flower/weed image from CL428 "Earth Flowers" using Forest Moss. I stamped the little turtles in the coral using Pumice Stone and after the card was complete I added glossy accents to the turtles. For the fish I stamped them on watercolor paper. For the yellow fish I stamped first using Mustard Seed. I took a wet paint brush and went over the image to blend the color and fill in the image. I then stamped over it again in Pumice Stone to add the definition of the lines. I went back in with my paint brush and a little Spiced Marmalade to add in some more color. Finally I spritzed the fish with Pearl Glimmer Mist. I was thinking of the shimmer on the scales of a real fish. I hope to find time to try this card again, I know there is a lot of room for improvement!!


Monday, June 6, 2011

More Grad Cards

Here is the card I created for the Lilly Pad Challenge. If you haven't been over to Lilly Pad or signed up for their e-mails you should check them out. They have so many wonderful things going on over there. Jump in and check it out here. One of the great things they have over at Lilly Pad are digital download challenges. Here is this month's FREE download.

And here is my card using the film strip, camera and stars.

I used my Silhouette to cut the images. I stamped the stars with white embossing powder using the Hero Arts "Bold Flourish S5146" and inked with Chipped Sapphire distress ink. I used my Copic markers to color the yellow letters and small stars. The "Congrats" sentiment is also from Hero Arts, CL371.

I guess I was on a roll, cause I create a second Grad Card...

I cut the Phrase and Grad Cap on my Silhouette. I used my Copic Marker and a silver colored pencil to color in the phrase. On the white background I used the Hero Arts "Graph" Stamp, S5435 to make it look like a torn page from a spiral bound notebook and the EK border punch.

Have a great week and Thanks for the lovely comments. I really appreciate them!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Hello Friends!

Wow what a week. I wish I knew where the time goes. Here is a card I did for the Create Blog challenge. I havn't pulled out my quickutz in a while. It was fun to create this little card using them.

I used the silhouette to cut the waves and covered them with Distress Stain (Broken China). I just love how quick and easy it is to color a die cut image with the stains. The rest of the card was created using scraps. Another thing I love to do...use up my scraps.

Tomorrow I will be back with another graduation card I'm finishing up. Hope you had a great weekend!