Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Play Date Cafe Challenge


I feel like it's been weeks since I've participated over at the PDC! I love the splash of color challenges but since I didn't have much time I decided to do a real quick and simple card. So easy and fun to do. You could create these for every color of the rainbow.

Well I'm off to spruce up my Resume. I have an appointment with an agency tomorrow. I hope I will find something soon!! Wish me luck. It will be hard not being in the Paper Crafting industry anymore, but I have to do what I have to do!  If anyone out there knows of any opportunity's please let me know. I'm open..... 


Sunday, July 24, 2011

Hero Arts Scramble

Well today over on the Hero Arts Flicker group Natalie hosted a 90 minute scramble. For anyone who doesn't know what that is, you sign in on the given date and time and a challenge is posted. Then you have 90 minutes to create, photograph and upload your card to the group.

Today's challenge was "Christmas in July" with a twist. To use non-traditional colors, no Red or Green. Or you could create a card not Christmas related using Red & Green as the main colors.

Here is my card:

I received so many lovely comments from my flicker friends and I decided to share with you how this card came about.

Do you ever have an idea in your head and then as you create it all goes south... and you even mess the whole thing up, hahah. Well that is how this started. I started off stamping the Big Pine Bough (Hero Arts Stamp) across a 4 x 5.25 panel. Then I stamped some snowflakes below, planning to make them look like ornaments hanging down. I drew a white line up to the pine bough and hated it! This is when I decided I really need an ornament stamp, I can't believe I don't have one, lol. So I tossed it a side thinking what to try next...the clock was ticking. Well I kept looking at it and not wanting to give up I grabbed it out of the trash and cut off the part I didn't like, and cut it into thirds. From there it just came together so quick, I couldn't believe it!

So there you have it, from the garbage to the group and then here to the blog. If you're not familiar with the Hero Arts flicker group you should check it out! The ladies there are incredible. Go Here to be inspired and join all the fun.

Thanks so much for all the wonderful comments here and over at the flicker group. I appreciate your inspiration and friendship!


The final week of ...

Summer Card Camp. I can't believe 4 weeks flew by so fast. What a fun and inspiring month it was! I'm sure I will refer back to my daily handouts often and continue to be inspired.

For today's card I used the last color combo from the last week of camp. I started off with the sea horse...it just happened to be sitting on my desk top, all plain & white. So I threw some ink down onto my craft sheet spritzed it with water and laid the sea horse into it. I used tumbled glass & shabby shutter and also sprayed some pearl glimmer mist over the top. For the background I used the HA Sweet Threads Ledger. I inked it up with Crushed Olive and Rusty Hinge then spritzed it with water. 

Thanks again to Jennifer, Kristina, & Melanie for a wonderful class. You ladies ROCK!


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Another Camp Card

Well I just completed another card for camp. I honestly created this card in less than 10 minutes. I used one of the sketches provided today by Kristina Werner and it made it so easy. I know my card doesn't follow the sketch exactly but that's the beauty of camp....to be inspired and run with the idea.

First of all I apologize for the lighting. It's just after 9pm so I didn't have the nice natural light to work with. I started off by randomly inking the background stamp, Hero Arts S5473, Reverse pattern, with Broken China, Tumbled Glass, Peeled Paint and Shabby Shutters. I misted the stamp with some water and stamped onto the smooth side of a scrap piece of white Bazzill Cardstock. I cut it into even strips and placed it on my card. I adhered the top and bottom strips first and then spaced the middle ones from there. I did not pull out my ruler and get all precise I just eyeballed it. Next I used white embossing powder with the Penny Black Flower stamp 4160K Chearful. After I stamped and embossed I used my distress blending tool to add Tumbled Glass and Broken China. I cut the flower out and popped it up onto the card. Before I adhered the flower I stamped the "Hello" with Technique Tuesdays Petite Posies stamp.

I also wanted to say Thanks to everyone over at the Hero Arts Flicker Group for all the kind comments. If you haven't been over to the Hero Arts blog today my "Flip Flop" cards were chosen as one of the lucky "Fab 5".  I am honored and thrilled to be in such good company. Go Here to see all the wonderful cards that were chosen for round 1 of the July Challenge. Thanks Hero Arts!!

I appreciate all of you and your sweet comments so much and I also wanted to also give a special "Shout Out" to my Reno friends! I miss you guys and I miss having the opportunity to craft with you and for you.

Thanks for stopping by

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Camp Card

This is the final week of card camp :-(  It has been so much fun. Luckily we have all our camp handouts and the website to keep us going. It was well worth it and if you didn't participate you will have to consider it next time.

Here is my card for this week...I hope I have time to create another before the week is over.
This was done using distress inks, white embossing and Hero Arts stamps. This inchie technique was one Shari Carrol did for the HA's blog last year and I just love it.

I hope you are all enjoying your week. I have been super busy trying to find work and keeping up on all the jobs around the house. I hope I will have time to work on another card soon.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

2nd Camp Card

Well here is the second card I created for this weeks Summer Card Camp.

For this card I used the Hero Arts "Sweet Threads" stamp CG309. I stamped it twice in Red Pepper and once in Cranberry Adirondack ink on Kraft cardstock. After I cut it out I added a little glossy accents to the center. I used the Tim Holtz "Ornamental" die for the dark brown piece and a fiskars border punch for the light brown. I also stamped the background with HA S5213 "Dots & Flowers" using Espresso Adirondack ink. The sentiment is also from Hero Arts, stamped in Frost White Color Box pigment ink.

The next card is another one I did for the Hero Arts Digital Die Cut theme.

Again using the peeking posies form yesterday's post. On today's camp video by Jennifer McGuire she talked about how easy it is to take a long sentiment and curve it. When I was working on this card I felt like the flower was just hanging out there in space and I think the curved sentiment helps it to feel a little more grounded. I don't know...what do you think?

Thanks for stopping by, and again for all your lovely comments. I really do appreciate hearing from you.


Monday, July 11, 2011

Summer Card Camp Week 3

Well here it is already week 3 of Summer Card Camp. I feel like since camp started I haven't had as much time to play as I would like.  I feel like I got off to a pretty good start today and completed 2 cards for camp. I'm only posting one tonight, I ran out of sun light to take a photo of the second card but I will get it posted tomorrow.

This month the theme over at Hero Arts is Summer time & Parties. The technique is Digital Die Cuts & Printables. So I thought I would also submit this card over there. I used the HA Peeking Posies Stamps LL072 and the matching HA Digital Die Cut, Peeking Posies DT022. I'm having so much fun with this set! I used my copics to color in the flower and the sentiment is also from Hero Arts.

Here is another Digital Card I'm submitting over at Hero Arts, and at CAS-ual Fridays. For this card I used the Hero Arts digital die cut from Silhouette, C00317_23067. I decided to make the shape into a card by using the duplicate and mirror commands. I also used the print & cut function to add the words. I sized it so it would fit into a standard A2 size envelope. The flowers are also from Hero Arts, CL495.

On 2 of these I stamped the background for a little fun.
Thanks for stopping by and making it to the end of my rambling post, lol. I hope you have a great week. I will be back tomorrow with another camp card.


Thursday, July 7, 2011

Summer Card Camp Week 2

It's the second week of Summer Card Camp and it is so much fun. I love having an email each morning to inspire me! But once again it's been a very busy week. In fact this is the only card I have done for this weeks camp colors, which are so yummy!!!!!

And here is my card

The first thing I thought of when I saw the colors was fruit. So I decided I was going to some how use fruit on my card. I'm such a flower person and I really wanted to do something different. The watermelon & sentiment are from Hero, I colored the watermelon with Copic. The lime is a Silhouette design that I printed out and then cut and colored with my copic's. The orange is a Silhouette print & cut. I also used the Hero Arts Graph stamp for the light orange strip and the patterned paper at the bottom is from a Basic Grey "Sweet Threads" 6x6 pad.

I hope your enjoying the warm summer days and eating some of the yummy fruits that come along with it :-)

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Happy 4th!!!

I hope you are all enjoying a fun weekend with Family & Friends!

Happy 4th of July!!

Hero Arts Stamp S5146 Bold Flourish, Star & Banner Quickutz, Freedom stamp WeR Memory keepers. Paper Crafts color Inspiration #6.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Friday Fun

Where did the week go??? I guess it's that time of year. My Mom was in town for a week for her birthday. I spent a day helping my Niece, she has a 2 month old, a 3 year old and a 5 year old who was very very sick. My Nephew, her husband is a Fireman and was on duty, so she was on her own. Luckily my little nephew is much better, and I was glad I was able to spend the day helping out. Strep throat in the summer is no fun for a 5 year old :-(

I had planned to create a few more cards for camp but only got one additional card completed. Here it is...
I used the sizzix "swiss dot" embossing folder for the light blue background. The sentiment is from Hero Arts and I stamped it 3 times in orange, pink and purple. The arrow is a Quickutz die. I cut it in half and put one inked piece at the top and at the bottom, trying to make it look as though it was wrapping around the card. (I think next time I will keep the pieces of the arrow the same color.) I finished it off with some more of the purple twine. A very quick and easy card.

I'm really enjoying each day of camp. We get an email each day with a technique or a video and so many card ideas. I'm really looking forward to next week!!!

Thanks for stopping by,