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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Waltzingmouse Sketch, Color Throw Down, and a Tea Party!!!

Hello everyone!!! I finally had a little time to stamp this evening while I watched Project Runway...love that show!!! Anyway...I made this for the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge #16 (BTW, I was one of the Top Mouse Award winners last week...Whoohoo!!!) and I used the pretty colors from this weeks Color Throwdown Challenge #112: Old Olive, Riding Hood Red, and Pumpkin Pie. The flowers were stamped with Waltzingmouse Stamps Sewing Box Hugs set and papers from Basic Grey's Sugar Rush papers. The button, twine, and the Candy Dots finish it off.

This is also for a few other challenges:
1. C.R.A.F.T. Challenge Blog - Fancy Florals
2. Stamp Simple #159 - think in 3's
3. Sisterhood of Crafters - use 3 flowers on your card
4. Caardvarks - clean and simple
5. Creative Card Crew Challenge - flowers
6. Craft Your Passion Challenge - clean and simple
7. Paper Cupcakes - fall inspiration

This is the card I made on Tuesday for this weeks Color Challenge on Splitcoast to use Basic Gray, Daffodil Delight, and Rose Red. My dessert option was blue. I had a hard time with the yellow, though...the flower centers in the background paper were punched from a scrap of yellow cardstock and glued to centers...not a whole lot of yellow but at least it's there!!! This is also for da Mudders Teapot Tuesday challenge to help Summer win the Tutu by bringing stash that's worth all of the cash! We were to gussy up our cards with lots of stuff...ribbon, bling, flowers...ya know, all the things we love to hoard!!! I used the Mojo Monday Sketch #158 for the layout...stamped the adorable little teapot from PTI's Tea for Two set with Ballet Blue Craft ink and embossed with clear ep. The little metal flowers with the blingy centers are from Making Memories and the ribbon and pearls finish it off.
Recipe:
Stamps: PTI's Tea for Two
Paper: White, Basic Grey, Summer Sun, Stampin Up dp
Ink: Basic Grey, Ballet Blue
Accessories: Ribbon, Pearls, Metal Flowers, Clear ep
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Thanks for visiting tonight...now I have to go watch Out on the Rode with Austin and Santino....call me crazy...LOL!!!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Creative Belli Challenge #101 and Heart to Heart Card Drive

Carolyn King's grandmother passed away in 2008 from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. That was the year that the first Heart to Heart Card Drive began, in her memory, to honor the CAREGIVERS of patients with this awful disease. The Alzheimer’s Association does a great job fund raising for research and spreading the word about the disease, however, this card drive is an effort to thank the silent victims---those who work every day so that someone they love (and sometimes someone they don’t even know well) can survive another day.

The card drive started on September 26 because that was Cammie's grandmother’s birthday and it's a CELEBRATION of the wonderful person she was. The card I created today will go to the Staff at Artman Home in Ambler, Pa. This is where Cammie's grandmother lived for the last few years of her life.

Be sure to go to Cammie's blog to check out all the deets...one lucky winner will win over $1000.00 in blog candy....WOWIE!!!!

Today is also time for another Creative Belli Challenge!! The challenge this 2 weeks is to use numbers on your card or project!! Be sure to use something old and forgotten from your stash, too...the Belli Challenge is all about using your old stuff and forgotten treasures!!!

I have had the Friends 24-7 set by Stampin Up! for quite a while and decided to give it a little love for today's challenge. The damask image was stamped in the background with Baja Breeze (I stamped it off twice so the color would be light) and the bird image was stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa. The Itty Bitty Background stamp was used with Creamy Caramel around the edges of the bird image for a little texture. The damask image was stamped on the background layer in a ramdom design. The background was then stamped with the SU Script background stamp using Creamy Caramel and then sewing was done around the edges. The sentiment, wrinkled seam binding, button, and twine finish it off.

This is also for a few other challenges:

1. Practical Scrappers - ribbon
2. Alphabet Challenge - vintage
3. Paper Sundae's Challenge - things with wings
4. Stamp, Scrap, and Doodles Saturday - stitching
5. Incy Winch Designs - anything goes
6. Wild Orchid Challenge - ribbons and bows
7. Crafty Catz - stitching

Be sure to visit the Creative Belli Design Team Member's blogs to read more details about their designs. You will find lots of awesome ideas!!! If you upload a card to Splitcoast , PCP, Stamp TV or another online gallery be sure to add CBC101 in the keywords section.

Chris Dickinson

Ceal Pritchett

Holly Brown

Anne Harmon

Robin Kirkpatrick

Dani Marcus

Jessica Stockmeyer

Shelly Schmidt

Maria Matter

Darsie Bruno

Melisa Waldorf

Joy Hadden

Robin Parker

Thanks so much for visiting today....I hope your day is super special!!!




Sunday, September 26, 2010

Splitcoast's TLC Challenge - Stamping on Tissue Paper

Hello everyone!! I am the hostess this week for Splitcoast's Technique Lover's Challenge (TLC292) ...today we are going to stamp on tissue paper....it really adds a lot of texture to your artwork!! I bet you have some of that crumpled up tissue paper in the bottom of an old gift bag....go dig it out and lets have a little fun!!!
The first step is to spray it with water...I mixed a little Perfect Pearls powder in the water so mine would have a little shimmer. You could also mix a little Pearl Ex in the water or spritz with Glimmer mist...what ever flips you skirt!!
Dry the tissue paper with a heat tool...

I colored the Rubbernecker Wildflower stamp with Old Olive and Ruby Red markers...


and stamped on the dried tissue paper...the image was stamped off three times.

When the ink was dry I cut it out with a round Nestabilies.....

A background layer the same size as the tissue paper image was cutout so the tissue paper layer will show up....the light colored tissue paper looks best with a light background layer.

Use a glue stick to adhere the tissue paper layer to the background layer.....

Now it's ready......

Recipe:
Stamps: Rubbernecker Wildflower
Paper: White, Riding Hood Red, Basic Grey's June Bug and Offbeat
Ink: Ruby Red and Old Olive Markers
Accessories: Wrinkled Seam Binding, Button, Twine, Nestabilities, Spellbinders Scalloped Die, Dotted Swiss Cuttlebug Folder, Tissue Paper


Now we will use a piece of brown tissue paper.....spray it...

dry it.....

stamp it with white ink.....



how cool is that!!!
Recipe:
Paper: Vanilla, Stampin Up dp
Ink: PTI's Perfect Match Fresh Snow, Memento Rich Cocoa for the stamped weeds images on the background vanilla layer
Accessories: Ivory Silk Ribbon, ZVA Pearl Flourish, Nestabilities, Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch

I love this technique so much that I just had to make another card using pink tissue paper!!! Memento Rich Cocoa was used with the Rubbernecker Wildflower image.

Recipe:
Stamps: Rubbernecker Weeds and Sentiment from Rubbernecker's Party Time set
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories: Webster's Pages Brown Bloomer, Stampin Up! Leaf Die, TH Brick Embossing Folder, Nestabilities

I hope you found a little inspiration here today...now go dig out the tissue paper and stamp away!!!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Girly Girl

Good morning everyone!!! It's Saturday and all is well here in the Ervin household!!! My DH went fishing early this morning so I am home alone...oh what am I going to do....LOL!!! I am going to work on some of the projects for my church craft sale ...I just love making Christmas cards and projects!!!

I love making girly cards, too...isn't this little poodle from Imaginisce adorable!!! It was stamped on Pink Pirouette with Memento Rich Cocoa and embossed with clear ep. The nose, ribbon, and pearls were colored with a copic and it was cutout and popped up with dimensionals. The background medallion from Nina Brackett's Nana's Needlework was stamped with Brilliance Pearlescent Coral and embossed with clear ep. The chipboard button was run across the Pearlescent Coral ink pad and embossed with clear ep twice....the ZVA rhinestone flourish, scalloped paper layer and the ribbon finish it off.
Recipe:
Stamps: Imaginisce, Nina Brackett for Gina K. Designs
Paper: White, Pink Pirouette, Chocolate Chip, Imaginisce Girly Girl dp
Ink: Mememto Rich Cocoa, Brilliance Pearlescent Coral
Accessories: Clear EP, EK Success Scalloped Border Punch, Zva Rhinestone Flourish, Copic Marker, Maya Road Chipboard Button, Ribbon

Now I'm off to make Christmas cards....have a great Saturday!!!!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Headstart on Christmas!!

The Ways to Use it Challenge on Splitcoast yesterday was to make a holiday card or project. I needed to get started on my Christmas projects for my church craft sale in Nov...... I usually make around 10 sets of Christmas cards, candy boxes, and lots of tags. Most of the cards need to be flat for mailing but I just couldn't help myself with the layered snowflake!!! All the stamps were from Rubbernecker.
The snowflake was embossed with red ep and layered with the ribbon and button. The sentiment was stamped with Old Olive and the dp is from Stampin Up.

The tag, which was also for Holly's TLC challenge on Splitcoast, used the Christmas Tree image from RN's Snowflakes and Stardust set and the top was cut with Nestabilities Labels 11.

A Cuttlebug embossing folder was used on the white layer and red Liquid Pearls was used for a little flat glam. One red rhinestone was placed center below the sentiment. the sertiment was stamped with Poppy Parade and embossed with clear ep.....pretty simple but perfect for mailing!!
Recipe:
Stamps: Rubbernecker
Paper: White, Vanilla, Old Olive, Real Red, SU dp
Ink: Poppy Parade, Real Red, Old Olive, Versamark
Accessories: Red ep, Clear ep, Fiber, Cuttlebut Folder, Liquid Pearls, Nestabilities, Ribbon, Button, Floss
These are also for a few other challenges:
2. I Did It Creations Challenge - keep it simple
3. Crafty Pad Challenge - embossing (heat or dry) I used both
4. AI Factory - anything goes
5. Stamp Insanity - embossing
6. Ooh La La Creations - use a sentiment as the main image

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Happy Thursday!!!

Hello everyone....hope all is well on this beautiful fall day!!! The temps here in Central Texas are finally under 90 degrees so cooler days are coming!!! We have three old Oak trees in our front yard and every fall we rake up huge piles of leaves so the Grands can run and jump. The only thing is they will have to wait till November...LOL!! Anyway...I had some play time yesterday and made this card using Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge #92 and the Color Throwdown #111 colors of Pacific Point, Melon Mambo, and River Rock.
The Rubbernecker Wildflower image was stamped with River Rock on the vanilla background and again with Mellon Mambo on a scrap piece of vanilla. The Mellon Mambo flowers were cutout and layered over the ones stamped with River Rock. Glitter was added for a little glam and the punched butterflies with the pearls, ribbon with the button and twine, sewing and distressing finish it off.
Recipe:
Stamps: Rubbernecker
Paper: Vanilla, River Rock, Mellon Mambo, Pacific Point, Stampin Up! dp
Ink: Mellon Mambo, River Rock
Accessories: Glitter, Spellbinders Scalloped Border Die, Ribbon, Button, Twine, Sewing Machine, Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch, Pearls, Nestabilities
This is also for a few other challenges:
1. Flutterby Wednesdays - all winged things
2. Little Red Wagon - glitter
4. Wild Orchid Challenge - ribbons and bows
5. Crafty Pad Challenge Blog- embossing wet or dry (I used dry embossing on the River Rock panel)
Thanks for visiting today......it means a lot to me!!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Christmas Bird and da Mudder's Kitties

Hello everyone...hope you are having a great day!!! My cousin Larry and his wife Shirley are here visiting this week from Iowa. One of our donkeys was born on Larry's birthday so we named him Little Larry. Every time they come to visit Larry has to check up on his little God son...make sure we are treating him right. Actually, Little Larry is the prettiest of all the donkeys but I'm not going to admit that to my cousin....his head is big enough as it is...LOL!!! Anyway....I wanted to share a Christmas card I made for the sketch challenge over on the Waltzingmouse Sketch Blog. The bird image from Sewing Box Hugs was stamped on Memory Box Mistletoe dp, cutout, and popped up with dimensionals. The edges of the background were sewn and distressed and the banner sentiment (from the Oven Fresh Gingerbread Joy set) , wrinkled seam binding, button, and twine finish it off.
Recipe:
Stamps: Waltzingmouse
Papers: White, Riding Hood Red, Memory Box Mistletoe dp
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories: Button, Twine, Wrinkled Seam Binding, Sewing Machine, Dimensionals

I made this card yesterday for the Color Challenge on Splitcoast to use Baja Breeze, Cajun Craze, and Wild Wasabi. I also used the sketch from Card Pattern's Challenge #82. The challenge colors and sketch were both perfect for da Mudder's Teapot Tuesday Challenge on Splitcoast. It seems two kitties named Nibbles and Fritz are being moved from Texas to California....much to their displeasure. I'm hoping this fine looking RV will make their trip a little more comfortable. The Unity trees were paper pieced and the Bella Blvd. camper and MFT's kitties from Congrats All Around were colored with copics. The destination for our cards this week is the sweet Bertie (Bertlady) who moved to California and needs some welcome to the neighborhood cards!! We will be having out teaparty at her new house on top of all the boxes...Whoohoo!!!
Recipe:
Stamps: Bella Blvd. Clear stamps (RV), Unity stamps (trees), My Favorite Things Congrats All Around (Cats), Stampin Up (Track Wheel)
Paper: White, Baja Breeze, October Afternoon Cozy Home dp, Prism Desert Coral Dark, Stampin Up dp for the trees
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories: Pearls, Nestabilities, Brick Embossing Folder, Ribbon, Copics

Thanks for visiting today....have a great Wednesday!!!!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Taylored Expressions September Blast From the Past Blog Hop

Hello everyone and welcome to the Taylored Expressions Blast from the Past Customer Blog Hop!!!! You are going to find sooo much inspiration along the hop...each project will feature Taylored Expressions Stamps and products. I just love the little cuppies...they are soooo cute and fun to color!!!

My card features the sweet little cuppie from Home Sweet Home. He was colored with copics and I used papers from October Afternoon's Good Cheer dp. The sketch was designed by the uber talented Sankari Wegman!! Ball fringe, ribbon, floss, button, ric rac, and punched snowfloakes finish it off.
Recipe:
Stamps: TE's Home Sweet Home
Paper: Vanilla, Riding Hood Red, October Afternoon's Good Cheer
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Nestabilities, Ribbon, Floss, Button, Ball Fringe, Nestabilities, EK Success Snowflake Punch



Monday, September 20, 2010

Halloween is just Around the Corner!!!

Hello everyone and happy Monday!!! I made these Halloween cards yesterday before my DH returned from his fishing trip. George and his fishing partner actually won a little money...Whoohoo!! Enough to pay for all the fishing stuff they bought to get ready for the tournament...LOL!!! Anyway....I used the sketch from Crazy 4 Challenges C4C55 to create this fun little Halloween card. The adorable Rubbernecker Halloween Stamp called Dragon Boy was colored with copics and the papers are from Memory Box's Spooky dp. Candy dots, ribbon, and the scalloped border finish it off.
Susan (Rainy) challenged us with a sketch challenge on her blog. I just had to make another Halloween card since I send them to all my Grandchildren. The adorable Lockhart stamp was colored with copics and the papers are from Stampin Up! and My Minds Eye. Sewing was done around the background edges and the bats are felt stickers. Pearls and ribbon are the finishing details.

The last Halloween card features this weeks sketch from the Our Craft Lounge Blog. The super cute image from OCL's Ghostly Greetings set was colored with copics and the little pumpkin from the same set was popped up on the ribbon. Other details include the papers from Memory Box's Spooky collection, pearls, scalloped border (EK Success punch), ribbon, and a punched bat (Martha Stewart Punch).


Don't be shocked but I actually decorated the inside a little!! I usually don't do that till I send the card out so now it's already to go!!
Thanks for visiting today....have a wonderful start to your week!!!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

A Sunday Full of Challenges

Good morning and thanks for dropping by on this beautiful Sunday morning!! I have been stamping up a storm this weekend...that is when I wasn't washing clothes, mopping floors, and feeding horses....my DH should go fishing more often...LOL!!! My friend and I went to see Eat, Pray, Love Friday night....I loved it but she fell asleep twice....maybe we should have gone to something a little more exciting...LOL!!! Anyway...on with the show.....

I made the first card for the challenge on Paper Sundaes Challenge to make a card with fall colors. The Rubbernecker Cornucopia image was stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa and colored with copics. It was then cutout and popped up .....the nesties shape was first sponges with Pumpkin Pie while it was still in the die. The sentiment is from a Just Rite oval frame...it was stamped, cutout, and attached with dimensionals over a squiggly line I drew on the background. The buttons strung through the twine, wrinkled seam binding, button, lace, leaves, and twine finish it off.
Recipe:
Stamps: Rubbernecker, Just Rite Autumn Blessings
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Memento Rich Cocoa
Paper: Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Really Rust, Fall Harvest dp from K&Co.
Accessories: Nestabilities, Buttons, Twine, Lace, Wrinkled Seam Binding, Prima Leaves, Metal Leaf, Copics

This is also for a few other challenges:
1. Stampin' Sisters in Christ - fall colors
2. Thoughtful Thursday - anything that starts with a C (cornucopia)
3. My Sheri Crafts Challenge - Fall/Autumn
4. Wee Memories - orange and string (I used twine)

Jen has a great sketch this week on her i {heart} 2 stamp blog. I took a few liberties by using the scrunched lace and tilting the image layer just a little. The Crafty Secrets Material Girl stamps were stamped onto the vanilla cs with Memento Tuxedo Black and the edges were sponges with Tea Dye Distress Ink and distressed. Sewing and distressing was done around the background layer and the twill, button, twine, and the button on the image layer are the finishing touches.
Recipe:
Stamps: Crafty Secrets Material Girl
Paper:Vanilla, Riding Hood Red, 7Gypisies dp
Ink: Tea Dye Distress Ink, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Buttons, Twill Ribbon, Twine, Lace, Sewing Machine
This is also for a few other challenges:
2. Stampin Royalty - stitching
3. ABC Challenge Blog - D is for distressing
4. Gingersnap Creations - red and black
Thanks for dropping by....hope you have a wonderful Sunday!!!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Christmas is in the Air!!!

Good morning everyone!!! I had such a great day yesterday....first of all I got my hair cut which makes me feel human again...LOL!!! I also went shopping and found a few things on sale...Whoohoo!!! To top the day off, I actually made three cards....one of which I'll show you tomorrow. I made the first card for the Queen for the Day challenge on Splitcoast to honor our fearless leader, Anne Ryan!! She has honored many worthy stampers with her wonderful challenges and now it's her turn!! I didn't case any particular card of her's but made a card in honor of her. The Christmas card features a Cotton Scrap from Crafty Secret...I just love the vintage look!!! It was mounted on a piece of Rose Red cardstock and the background paper is from Webster's Pages Home for the Holidays. The Heidi Swapp Ghost Shape snowflakes were colored with a copic and the pearls, lace, wrinkled seam binding, button, and ribbon finish it off. Congrats, Anne...hope all is well and you are able to return home soon!!!

This Christmas card was made for the Walzingmouse Sketch Challenge # 14 found on their challenge blog. The adorable images from their Oven Fresh Gingerbread Joy were stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa and Poppy Parade, cutout and attached with glue dots and dimensionals. The background papers are from SEI's Winter Song and the scalloped edge and ribbon are the finishing touches.

Thanks for visiting today.....I hope you have a great weekend!!!!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Lanterns, Leaves, and Ghosts!!

Good morning everyone!! Hope you are having a great day!! My DH went fishing so I have the house to myself..I bet ya can't guess what I am going to do today!!! I have some new stamps that haven't seen inked yet so I will be doing a little coloring and designing. I spent most of the day yesterday planning out this card....it takes me forever to decide on paper, colors, stamps...Oh, to be able to stamp fast.....that is my dream...LOL!!! Anyway.....
I made this card for the Color Throwdown #110 to use Rich Razzleberry, Basic Gray, and Pink Pirouette and the sketch from Our Craft Lounge's Friday DT Sketch Challenge#30
The adorable Oriental lanterns from OCL's Oriental Garden set were stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with copics. They were cutout and attached to the background that was stamped with the cherry blossoms image from the same set. The sentiment is from OCL's Giving Thanks set and the ribbon and Metal Sign from Making Memories finish it off.
Recipe:
Stamps: OCL Oriental Gardens and sentiment from Giving Thanks
Paper: Basic Gray, Pink Pirouette, Rich Razzleberry, White, Memory Box Poppyfinch dp, SEI's Jolie Chocolat
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Going Gray for the branch
Accessories: Sewing Machine, Ribbon, Metal Sign, Nestabilities
I made this card for last weeks sketch challenge on Splitcoast... I haven't had a chance to upload it till now. The leaves image from Rubbernecker's Fall Trilogy set were first stamped with Dusty Durange, dried for a few minutes, and then wiped down with my embossing buddy. Next, the leaves were stamped with Versamark and embossed with gold ep. The metal leaves were colored with a copic, and attached with dimensionals. The background golden yellow layer was embossed with a leaf CB folder and the buttons, twine, lace, and ribbon finish it off.
Recipe:
Stamps: Rubbernecker's Fall Trilogy
Paper: Dusty Durango, Prism Suede Brown Medium, Priam Papaya Puree Medium, Me and My Big Ideas dp
Ink: Versamark, Dusty Durango
Accessories: Metal Leaves, Copic, Gold ep, Nestabilities, Lace, Ribbon, Buttons, Twine, Cuttlebug Folder


Last weeks Ways to Use It challenge on Splitcoast was to use twine....I love to use twine!! The cute little ghost stamp from A Muse was stamped with Versamark and embossed with white ep. The background paper is Basic Grey's Eerie and the button with the black twine finishes it off.
This was such a fun little Halloween card to make. The orange button looks ok but I would really like to find some pumpkin buttons. If anyone knows where I can find them, please let me know!!!!
Recipe:
Stamps: A Muse
Paper: White, Pumpkin Pie, Black, Basic Grey Eerie
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: Button, Twine, Dimensionals, White ep

That's it for today....thanks for dropping by and if you are in the neighborhood, come on over and we will do a little stampin!!!!!