Friday, April 27, 2012

Colorful Clay

So I'm onto my 2nd and final post for the day :)
I made them last night thinking that I'd be free to spend the day with the kids,
So I'm super tired, late night :) But we will be enjoying the rest of the day together
getting to go out later with Daddy to take pic's of the beautiful trees blooming in the park.

This LO will be going into 3 Challenges...

Sketches In Thyme: Challenge #76

Colour Q: Challenge #134

Craft-room Challenge: Ink It

So here it is...TA DA

Stampin' Up Pumpkin Pie, Bravo Burgundy, Calypso Coral, Pool Party and Vanilla Cardstock
Stampin' Up Embrace Life stamp set
Stampin' Up Calypso Coral and Bravo Burgundy ink pads
Stampin' Up Calypso Coral ribbon
Basic Grey Color Me Silly letter stickers
Carolees Creations Tiny Worn Navy letter stickers
Versa mark pad and Clear embossing powder
Creative Memories Orange pen
Pop dots, blender pen and adhesive

I started by inking the edges of the Pumpkin Pie paper with Versa mark and then clear embossing them, I thought it added a little texture and since my oldest was getting crafty I thought it went with the pic's.  I Tore the edges of the Pool Party and then tore into some areas and stuck it into place. Then I stamped all over the Calypso Coral and inked the edges.  The fun part came when I punched the holes into the Bravo Burgundy and laced the ribbon ending in bows.  I popped up the bottom of the Bravo burgundy stripes and adhered the tops directly to the page then placed the Calypso Coral over the top.  I stamped the flower images onto Vanilla with Bravo Burgundy and colored them in with a blender pen and Calypso Coral ink sticking them where you see.  I made the title using the two letter sets and the flower with the stem image to anchor it and popped it up.  Finally I wrote the directions to make the clay all around the boarder of the Calypso Coral and the Ingredients as the journaling on the side.


I'm excited to say that 2006 is almost done!!!
LOL I know, really.  I've jumped around and now have a
pile up of random years to scrap :)

So for this LO I used the sketch from
Sketches In Thyme: Challenge #74

Here is my LO...

K&Company Que Sera Sera DP papers
Stampin' Up Everyday Enchantment brads
Stampin' Up Smarty Pants stamp set
Stampin' Up Basic Black ink pad
White gel pen, Black pen, adhesive and pop dots
Letter stickers from local scrapbook store, sorry I can't find the brand

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Nicean barks of yore

I'm going to start by sharing an Edgar Allen Poe poem to Helen 
(which is the inspiration for the challenge over at Quoth the Raven, Nevermore.)

Helen, thy beauty is to me
like those Nicean barks of yore,
that gently, o'er a perfumed sea,
the weary, wayworn wanderer bore
to his own native shore.

On desperate seas long wont to roam,
the hyacinth hair, thy classic face,
thy Naiad airs have brought me home
to the glory that was Greece,
to the grandeur that was Rome.

Lo! in yon brilliant window-niche,
how statue-like I see thee stand,
the agate lamp within thy hand!
Ah, Psyche, from the regions which
are Holy Land!

I am putting this card into the following Challenges:

Quoth the Raven, Nevermore: Quest 7 to Helen
Where you create an offering to Helen.

Crafts and Me: Challenge #81 Embossing
Emboss to your hearts content.

Stamptacular Sunday Challenges: #160 Loaded with Layers
The more layers the better.

Layer, layer, layer.

Sweet Sketch Wednesday: Challenge #151
Create from the following sketch...

This is my card...

I took inspiration from the line...
Like those Nicean barks of yore
that gently, o'er a perfumed sea

Stampin' Up Tempting Turquoise, Pacific Point, Certainly Celery,
Bashful Blue and Whisper White cardstock 
Stampin' Up The Open Sea stamp set
Close to my Heart Makin' Waves stamp set
Stampin' Up Lucky Limeade ribbon
Studio 112 adhesive gems
Stampin' Up Clear and White embossing powder
Cricut cartridge Heritage
flower dry embossing template

I embossed waves, bubbles and ship.
Dry embossed flowers on the green (I quickly remembered why I haven't dry embossing in awhile, wish I had a cuttlebug or other embossing folder system)
The cameo is my homage to Helen :)

Little Boys

Kids have vacation and are off with friends so I'm getting crafty while I can :)

I'm putting this card into 4 Challenges:

Totally Gorjuss: Challenge 128 Boys Toys
Where anything boy goes.

Shopping Our Stash: Challenge 49 starts with a "B"
Where they'd love to see you use anything with a B.

Scrapbook Sisters: Card Challenge #81
The recipe is 1 circle and 2 buttons.

The Play Date Cafe: PDCC #129
Where you use the following colors...

So here's my card...

Stampin' Up Night of Navy, Certainly Celery and Eggplant Envy cardstock
Stampin' Up Little Boys stamp set
Stampin' Up Basic Black embossing powder
Versa mark pad, adhesive, pop dots and buttons

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Brotherly Love

I am putting this LO into 2 Challenges.

The Altered Alice: Splendidly Dressed
Where you create a project using ruffles, lace, ribbons and frills.

WhoopsieDaisy Challenge: Use Flourish
Where you create a project using flourish.

Stampin' Up Very Vanilla, Basic Gray, Crumb Cake and Confetti White cardstock
Graphic 45 Hallowe'en In Wonderland paper pack
Stampin' Up Baroque Motifs stamp set
Cricut cartridge Heritage and Celebrate with flourish
Offray red rose accents
Instant Vintage striped flower
Stampin Up Antique brads and Victoria crochet trim
pop dots and adhesive

I found the striped flower and knew I had to use it on an Altered Alice project :) Love how it looks like one of the dresses from the Tim Burton Alice in Wonderland.
I stamped and distressed, popped up and layered...there's alot going on :)
The flower in the upper righthand corner I made by cutting, and fanning out the crochet trim adding a brad to the middle to keep it in place.
Hope you like it :)

Beauty is in the EYE of the beholder

Over at Haunted Design House this week the challenge is

This is my attempt at an eye :)
And I wanted to get the beautiful cherry trees that are in bloom in my yard.

Stampin' Up Bordering Blue, Confetti White and Basic Gray cardstock
Stampin' Up Marina Mist and Night of Navy ink pads
Stampin' Up Daisy stamp set
Stampin' Up Clear embossing powder and Versa mark pad
K&Company Halloween boarders 
Tear shaped bling, adhesive and pop dots

I started by cutting out a circle card, the white for the eye and the blue as a crescent moon.
I Stamped the flowers in blues for the iris then covered in versa mark and clear embossing powder for the sheen of the eye.  Then I popped some flowers around the skull, used as the pupil and popped everything up and placed it in the center.
I glued the spiders, used as the eye lashes along the eye lid and popped up the middle and adhered the sides. Inking the lid up a bit for shadow.
Finally adding the tear shaped bling in the corner.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Cupid circa 2001

I love the sketch challenges, 
they're a great way to get layout's that I've been meaning to do finished.

This LO is from the 
Sketches in Thyme: Thursday takes #75

Stampin' Up Brilliant Blue Whisper White and Real Red cardstock
Valentine's pattern paper-unknown
Circut cartridge George and Basic Shapes
Stampin' Up Baroque Motifs stamp set
Stampin' Up Brilliant Blue ink pad and basic pearls
Creative Memories pen
Cloud 9 Design glitter stickers
Gold smooch spritz
adhesive and pop dots

Retreat Refresh Relax

This card is going into 3 Challenges...

Retro Sketches: Challenge #7
Where you create a project from this sketch

Rogue Redhead Design: Rebel Challenge 10 Spring Fashion
Where you create a project using any combination of the following colors.

Totally Gorjuss: Challenge 127 Bling
Where you create a project and use bling.

This is my card...

Stampin' Up Baroque Motifs and Summer by the Sea stamp sets
Stampin' Up Pale Plum, Sage Shadow, Basic Gray and Whisper White cardstock
Stampin' Up Pale Plum, Basic Gray and Sage Shadow ink pads
Creative Memories Circut Cartridge Reminisce Accents
Close to my Heart Licorice opaques
Metal embellishment-unknown
Blender pen, adhesive and pop dots

I colored in the image using a blender pen and ink pads.  Then stamped image in basic gray on basic gray, pale plum on pale plum inking up the edges and inking edges with sage shadow on sage shadow.  
Finishing the card by popping the metal embellishment up and added the pearls.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Bonus Pirates :)

I had so much fun with the card I decided to complete a LO of my oldest son's Pirate Room.
Hope you enjoy :)

Stampin' Up The Open Sea, Ahoy Matey and Bitty Background stamp sets
Sandylion Pirate paper
Stampin' Up Marina Mist, Real Red and Basic Black cardstock
Stampin' Up Basic Black ink pad
White and Red embossing powders
Versa mark pad and pen
Stickers Unknown

I again went embossing crazy, but I love how it came out.

Arrr Me Matey

I had a swashbuckling time with this card, and I'm adding a bonus LO in my next post :)

Sail on over to Haunted Design House for this weeks challenge

I decided to make a stair step card after viewing 

After a few tries, my folds finally worked and I love the finished project.

Stampin' Up Beware Pirates and The Open Sea stamp sets
Stampin' Up Basic Black, Real Red, Whisper White, Very Vanilla and Bravo Burgundy cardstock
Stampin' Up Real Red and Basic Brown ink refill
White, Black and Clear embossing powders
Red hemp, Black eyelets, Pop dots and adhesive

Card 6x12
I cut the card 1 1/2 in. from the top 3 inches in down to 1 1/2 in. from bottom.
Folding left side first down 1 1/2 in. then up 2in. then down 2in. then up again with remainder.  
Using my bone folder to make the folds very crisp.
Then I embossed everything, I went embossing crazy :)
The ships page I had fun again using my ink refill and slashing the red all over then stamped image in black and finished by clear embossing 6 times, cracking then dripping brown ink refill and rubbing in the cracks and back off the image.
Finaly added the anchor with hemp and eyelets.

I'm also posting this card at 
The Old Back Porch : 52 card pickup week 15

Monday, April 16, 2012

She's here :)

It's turning into a crafty day!!!
This is my second post of the day and I'm putting this LO into the following challenges:

Where you use bold and bright colors to ring in spring

Where you incorporate a gird into your project


Scrapbook Sisters: Challenge 79
Where anything goes

Stampin' Up Tempting Turquoise, Summer Sun and Cameo Coral cardstock
Stampin' Up retired designer paper, sorry but I can't remember the name
Stampin' Up Exotic Birds stamp set
Stampin' Up Distressing tool
Close to my Heart Sparkles
Creative Memories pen
Stamp-n Stuff Midnight Black embossing powder
Versa mark pad, Pop dots and adhesive

I distressed all of the sides, embossed the image on pattern paper and added bling.