Friday, April 29, 2011

Lots of Layers

Good morning's almost 5:00 AM and the Royal Wedding is going on....I just saw the bride roll by and now she is getting out in front of the church...she looks gorgeous...Whoohoo!!!! This is the stuff fairytales are made of, for sure!!! I stayed up till after midnight to make this card for the Free 4 all challenge on Splitcoast but thought I should get to bed so I could get back up at 4:00 AM to watch the wedding...crazy, I know!!! Anyway....

The F4A challenge was to use layers...lots of layers which isn't hard for me to do!!! I have three layers of Nesties on a couple layers of designer paper and then layered the leaves and flower over that...this card will need a special hand made envelope because it's pretty thick!! The Layers of Color Merci Bouquet flower image was colored with Copics, the flower is from a SU die, the corrogated butterfly is from Jellibean, and the leaves are made from a Spellbinders Foliage die.
Recipe: Stamp: LOC Merce Bouquet, Paper: White, Pure Luxury Chocolate Brown, Baja Breeze, October Afternoon Fly a Kite dp, Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Accessories: Ribbon, Nestabilities, MFT Ric Rac die, Nestibilities, Spellbinders Foliage die, Stampin Up! flower die, Jellibean Corrogated butterfly, Pearls, Twine, Button

The wedding is over now so I can go back to bed...LOL!!! Thanks for dropping by and have a great Friday!!!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Creative Belli Challenge #116

Welcome to another Creative Belli Challenge!! The challenge this two weeks is to make a card or project with a Royal Theme in honor of Prince William's wedding (fleur de lis, diamonds, princess, crowns, tiaras, the color purple, etc......)!! 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!!!

My card features Rubbernecker's Paris 1908 set...the background was stamped on kraft c/s with several different stamps from the set using Perfect Plum and Elegant Eggplant for a collage effect. The crown was stamped with Elegant Eggplant, cutout, popped up with foam dots and silver pearls were added for a little glam. The couple was stamped onto vanilla c/s with Elegant Eggplant and distressed with Ranger's Vintage Photo. The fancy silver dodad under the image is my old thing along with the ribbon...I have had both of them for over a year!!
Recipe: Stamps: RN Paris 1908 set #SKU:528, Paper: Kraft, Vanilla, Prism Classic Purple, Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum, Accessories: Ribbon, Silver Pearls, Silver Metal Trim

This is also for a few other challenges:

1. A Spoon Full of Sugar - A Royal Knees Up!
2. Quirky Crafts Challenge Blog - A Right Royal Affair
3. Order of the Opus Gluei - Crown Jewels

Be sure to stop by the other Belli Girls blogs to see what they made for you will find lots of awesome inspiration!!! If you upload a card to Splitcoast , PCP, Stamp TV or another online gallery be sure to add CBC116 in the keywords section.
Leah Cornelius Ceal Pritchett Anne Harmon Jessica Stockmeyer Shelly Schmidt Maria Matter Darsie Bruno Joy Hadden Robin Parker Mary Marsh Karen Wallace Beth Norman

Thanks for visiting....have a great day!!!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Splitcoast's TLC Challenge

Hello's my turn to host the TLC challenge on Splitcoast this week and boy, have I got an easy one for's called *Stampin in the die*. All you have to do is stamp your image using a background stamp or any other large background image that will cover the whole die so the unstamped edge under the die creates the frame. ....easy peasy!!!

I used Rubbernecker's Victorian Damask background stamp for both pink layers and the chipboard silhouette from Maya Road was colored with a black marker. The card base and background pink layer were cutout with a large Curved Rectangle Nestabilities and two black scalloped Nestabilities oval layers were used for a little dimension. Black crinkly ribbon and a brad finish it off.

Thanks for visiting!!! Now, pull out those Nesties dies and stamps and come play the Technique Lover's Challenge with us!!

Happy Easter!!

Hello everyone...hope you are having a wonderful Easter Holiday!! We went south yesterday to take Easter cards and a little cash to our son Brian and his family..... we will go see David and his family and Steve and his family today after church and dinner. It's always fun to see what the Easter Bunny brings!! Anyway....I had to make three confirmation cards for this week so I thought today would be a good day to share them with you.

The sentiment from Our Daily Bread's Confirmation set was stamped with Elegant Eggplant and the little squiggly line is from the Clear Dollar Stamps Christian Sympathy was stamped with Almost Amethyst. I used my new Nesties Fleur De Lis Squares and Martha Stewart Butterfly punches, too.
Recipe: Stamps: ODBD Confirmation, Paper: Vanilla, Almost Amethyst, Prism Classic Purple, Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Almost Amethyst, Accessories: Martha Stewart Punches, Pearls, Square Nestabilities, Nestabilities Fleur De Lis Square.

This card features the beautiful cross and dove image also from ODBD's Confirmation set. It was colored with copics and layered with Basic Grey's Origins dp. The sentiment is from Clear Dollar Stamps Peace for the Journey set. Sewing, a Spellbinders die cut scallop, seam binding, twine, and a button finish it off.
Recipe: Stamps: ODBD's Confirmation, CDS's Peace for the Journey, Paper: So Saffron, White, Wild Wasabi, Basic Grey's Origins dp, Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Accessories: Nestabilities, Spellbinders Scallop Die, Sewing Machine, Seam Binding, Twine, button, Copics

The last card features the praying hands image from ODBD's Lift Up Our Hands set. It was stamped with Perfect Plum and cutout with the Fleur De Lis Square die. The sentiemnt is from ODBD's Confirmation set.

Recipe: Stamps: ODBD's Confirmation, Paper: Vanilla, Bashful Blue, Kraft, Prism Classic Purple, Ink: Perfect Plum, Elegant Eggplant, Accssories: Nestabilities Fleur De Lis Square, Ribbon

Thanks for stopping by on this wonderful Easter Day.....I wish you and all your families many blessings!!!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Birthday Balloons

Hi everyone....boy did this week go by it is Friday again!! Since I worked two days this week, I am really behind in my stamping therapy!! I will fix that laundry, no cooking, no cleaning...just stamping!!!

This is the card that I made for the Sketch Challenge on Splitcoast Wednesday. The balloons from There She Goes Aim for the Clouds set were paper pieced with Echo Park dp and the sentiment is from the same set. The clouds were made with MFT's Die-namics dies and Candy Dots finish it off.
Stamps: There She Goes Aim for the Clouds
Paper: White, Vanilla, Brown, Echo Park A Walk in the Park
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories: Candy Dots, EK Success Scalloped Border Punch, Cloud Die-namics, SU Punch

Thanks for stopping by...hope you get to do a little stamping today, too!!!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Taylored Expressions' April Blast From the Past Customer Blog Hop

Hello everyone and welcome to the Taylored Expressions' April 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. The theme this month is Clean and Simple designs (CAS)...I used the awesome inspiration sketch by Sankari Wegman and the adorable teacup, scalloped square, and sentiment stamps from Taylored Expressions CreativiTea set.

The images were all stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa, cutout, and attached with foam dots. The teacup was colored with copics and a craft knife was used to create a slit along the flower on the scalloped square for the teacup. Pink Paislee Butterfly Garden dp was used for the background layer and the blue seam binding finishes it off.

Recipe: Stamps: Taylored Expressions CreativiTea, Paper: Prism Baby Blue Light, Vanilla, Pink Paislee Butterfly Garden dp, Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Accessories: Copics, EK Success Scallop Border Punch

Thanks for joining us....have fun on the hop and I hope you day is super special!!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Challenge Monday

Good morning everyone.....I'm off to work but first I wanted to show you a few cards. I had a wonderful stamping kinda day yesterday!! I made cards for three different Splitcoast challenges...Whoohoo!! The first card was made for the CAS 115 challenge which was a sketch challenge and for the Featured Stamper 219 challenge to honor Sue (coffeestamper). I chose to case Sue's Love Hydrangeas card....I kept the same colors, hydrangea stamp, and Mother's Day theme but changed the layout, papers, and colored the leaves green. Stamps: Because I Care from Stampin Up!, Mother from PTI Paper: White, Night of Navy, SU dp Ink: Night of Navy, Old Olive Accessories: Button, Floss, Corner Rounder punch, Ribbon
Splitcoast's TLC 321 challenge was to make two cards using the same supplies, however, we were to make them both different...different layouts, styles, or designs.
The seamstress image from Red Lead Paperworks was stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa and the Rubbernecker Script stamp was stamped over the image. Lots of extras were added to the shabby chic design along with distressing, sewing, and seam binding. I kinda messed up because I didn't add the ribbon, lace, and pins to the CAS one...oh well...maybe no one will notice...LOL!!!
Thanks for stopping by....hope you get to do a little stamping today!!!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Cuppie Easter

Good morning everyone....hope you had a great weekend!!! My eleven year old DGD Mackenzie spent the weekend with us....we did a little shopping, game playing, cooking, visiting with Grandma and Grandpa great (my parents), attended a wedding, and after church yesterday we went to the Easter Egg hunt...this old grandma is ready for a quiet week ahead...LOL!!!
I had a chance to play in the craft room last night after Mackenzie's mom picked her up...I'm still making Easter cards!!

The sweet little cuppie image from Taylored Expressions Sweet Spring set was colored with copics, cutout, and popped up with dimensionals over the Nesties layers. The October Afternoon dp was cut at an angle over the Baja Breeze cardstock and I added the sentiment from the same set, buttons, lace, and the mini rose trim and ribbon from Taylored Expressions.

Recipe: Stamps: Taylored Expressions Sweet Spring, Paper: Baja Breeze, Vanilla, October Afternoon dp, Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Certainly Celery for sponging on the Nesties, Accessories: Lace, Rose Trim, Ribbon, Buttons, Twine, SU Punch, Nestabilities, Copics

Thanks for stopping by on this wonderful Monday morning...hope your day is super special!!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Happy Saturday!!

Hello everyone!! This is such a beautiful Saturday morning and a little later I'll be going to my DGS Cody's first baseball game of the season....I just love watching all the little kids play and hopefully, all the parents will behave themselves!!! Anyway..... I've been making some Easter cards for my family and thought I would share one of them today. My Easter card features a stamp from American Art Stamps called Branch with Eggs. The branch was stamped on Pink Paislee Butterfly Garden dp and the eggs were paper pieced with scraps. Sewing and the twine are the only embellies. It looks kinda naked but I needed to keep it flat for mailing so no puffy bow or buttons :( This is for a few challenges: 1. Daring Cardmakers - Easter/Spring 2. Pattie's Creations Design Challenge - Easter/Spring 3. Stampin For the Weekend - Easter 4. C.R.A.F.T Challenge - Easter 5. Delightful Challenge - Easter I made this card Thursday for the Ways to Use It challenge on Splitcoast. The challenge was to use people on our cards which gave me a chance to ink up the sweet couple from my new Rubbernecker Paris 1908 set . I also used RN's Ivy Frame #557 ......the images were all stamped onto ivory cardstock with Vintage Photo Distress ink by Ranger. Sponging was done around the main image and the twill, button, and twine finish it off. Recipe: Stamps: Rubbernecker Paris 1908 set #527 and RN's Ivy Frame #557, Paper: Pure Luxury Ivory, Prism Tawny Dark, Ink: Ranger Distress Vintage Photo, Accessories: Twill, Twine, Button, Nestabilities

Thanks for visiting this morning...have a great weekend!!!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Porch Play Inspiration

Good morning everyone....hope you are having a great week!!! I am going to take Mom and Dad to a nursery this morning to pick out a couple of bushes. They have a planter on the south side of their house that needs a little color...hope we can find something that will withstand the 100+ degree summer weather with full sun!! Their backyard looks sooo pretty with all the blooming iris and amarillas....I just love Spring!! Anyway....

I was really inspired by the Moxie Fab World's Tuesday Trigger Porch Play...such beautiful colors!!! I used the Card Positioning System's #213 sketch and Incy Wincy Designs Challenge to use flowers, also.

The Papertrey Ink Green Thumb flower images were stamped on white cardstock .... the flower and flowerpot were stamped twice and popped up on foam dots. Sewing was done around the background blocks and buttons and twine finish it off.

Recipe: Stamps: PTI Green Thumb, Paper: White, Tempting Turquoise, Memory Box Brioche dp, Ink: Certainly Celery, Poppy Parade, More Mustard, So Saffron, Accessories: Buttons, Baker's Twine, MS Butterfly Punch, Sewing Machine, Nestabilities

Thanks for stopping by...have a great day!!!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Creative Belli Challenge #115

Welcome to another Creative Belli Challenge!! The challenge this two weeks is to make a card or project with bunnies and/or eggs for an Easter theme!! 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!!!

My card today features the adorable stamps from My Cute Stamps set called Jelly Beans. The images were colored with copics, cutout, and attached to the square cut Nestabilities background that was sponged with clouds. The grass Die-namics Die from My Favorite Things, seam binding, lace, brad, and twine finish it off. I used the Mojo Monday Sketch #186 and the following additional challenges:

Be sure to stop by the other Belli Girls blogs to see what they made for you will find lots of awesome inspiration!!! If you upload a card to Splitcoast , PCP, Stamp TV or another online gallery be sure to add CBC115 in the keywords section.

Thanks for stopping by...hope you can do something super special today!!!!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Rubbernecker Stamps Release Day Blog Hop!

Welcome to another RUBBERNECKER STAMPS release day HOP!! Today we are featuring the OLD PEOPLE stamps!!

Thank you SO much for hopping with us today!! We really enjoy sharing our creations with you!! Besides ALL the GREAT creations there are PRIZES to be had, as well!! Take a look at what we have for you!!

If you leave some LOVE at EVERY stop, you could WIN………….


If you sign up for the Rubbernecker Newsletter, on the RUBBERNECKER BLOG, you could WIN….

We will announce the winners THURSDAY 4/14! So, you have until then, to HOP and SIGN-UP!! The official BLOG HOP ROUTE is listed below, in case you should get lost!! ALL of the NEW release stamps, you see today, are available NOW for purchase, at the RUBBERNECKER STORE!!

My card today features the fun Ethel Cooking stamp and the coordinating sentiment. Ethel was colored with copics and sewing was done around the background layer. Stickers and papers from Cookbookin's Recipe Scrapbook Kit called Mom's Diner were used along with the Sweet Sunday Sketch #112. I flipped the sketch to accommodate the image.

Recipe: Stamps: Rubbernecker's Ethel Cooking and sentiment, Papers: White, Black, Regal Rose, Cookbookin Recipe Scrapbook kit called Mom's Diner, Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Accessories: Ribbon, Stickers, Nestabilities, Copics

Here is the list of Rubbernecker Designers who are hopping today. If you came from Fran's blog, you are on the right track....wasn't her card wonderful!!! Now, hop on over to Julia's blog for some fabulous inspiration!!

Thanks for joining in all the fun and BEST OF LUCK!!

Monday, April 11, 2011

The Dream Team and Special Guests Blog Hop!

I am just thrilled to be part of the Dream Team and Special Guests Blog Hop for the Stampers Dream Store.....Whoohoo!!! How fun to be hopping with such fabulous stampers!!! Thanks, Michelle, for inviting me to be part of such a fun event!!!!

My card features stamps from Cookbookin's Baked With Love clear stamp set and I used papers from Gooseberry Patch Cookbookin Recipe Scrapbooking kit called Cookin Up Memories. The images were all stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with copics. The little sifter was cutout and popped up with dimensionals. Seam binding, twine, and a button finished it off.

I just had to make a recipe card using the same stamps and scrapbook kit....I hope to make a few more of these for Christmas presents.
Here is the blog hop list. Be sure to leave a comment for each and every one of them when you visit their blog post today. TWO have hidden blog candy, and you are required to comment on their blog post for a chance to win!

Joan Ervin - you are here

And here are the two prize packages from Stamper's Dream - one for each lucky winner! Good stuff, huh?

The winners will be announced here Thursday evening, April 14 as well as on the blogs that had the hidden candy! So be sure to check back to see who the two winners could be you!

Thanks for visiting......have fun hopping with the Dream Team and Special Guests....I hope you win one of these awesome prize packages!!!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

TLC Challenge on Splitcoast

Hello's my turn to host this weeks TLC challenge on Splitcoast. My challenge to you is called punched circle edge. My Belli Challenge teammate, Shelly, created a wonderful tutorial for this can see it here on her blog.
This is a wonderful technique for those of us who don't have a lot of fancy circle dies.

My card features a classy looking stamp from Unity called Best Friends. It was stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa and the lips were colored with a Real Red marker. My scalloped circle edge was made using an EK Success punch with Shelly's instructions and a piece of Paper Loft dp called Well Worn. The background layer was embossed with a brick folder and sewing was done around the background edges. The sentiment is from Unity's June 2009 Kit of the Month and the ribbon, twine, and button are the finishing touches.

This is how I created my punched circle edge:
1. Cut a piece of patterned paper 1"x 12"
2. Use a small scalloped punch to punch one of the long sides.
3. Now, cut in from the long unpunched side towards the scalloped edge every 1/4 inch along the whole careful not to cut into the scalloped area. Cut off about 1/2 inch from the unpunched side so it will be easier to curve around a circle. The whole piece will be about 1/2 wide.
4. Adhere double sided tape to the back of the round main image layer along the outside curve
5. Adhere the punched border to the backside making sure the punched edge shows from the front. Overlap the clipped pieces so it curves around the round layer. Tape the piece to the back so it's secure.

Thanks for stopping sure to join us for this weeks TLC on Splitcoast...I would love to see what you come up with!!!

Rubbernecker New Release Preview Day One and Iris Show Winners

Good morning everyone....Rubbernecker Stamps will be releasing MORE new stamps on Tuesday 4/12/11.  To give you a PEEK of what’s to come, we are having TWO days of PREVIEWS!!  Welcome to DAY ONE!!  You will want to visit the Rubbernecker Blog for ALL of today’s participants and a list of all the prizes!! The Rubbernecker Blog has ALL the details for you!! 
My card features the Ralph Fishing Old People stamp....this reminds me of my DH.... Fishing is serious business at our house...LOL!!! Ralph was colored with copics and the sentiment says "He only fishes on days that end in Y". I finished it off with Cosmo Cricket Salt air dp, a little sewing, distressing, raffia, and a fishing basket button.

Guess who won Best of Show in the Artistic Design division of the Belton Iris Show..... Whoohoo!!!! I was sooo excited...I think everyone could tell this was my first show...LOL!!! The name of my flower arrangement is Asian Artistry....the little wood oriental doll is my prop along with the matt and silk background.
These are the best of show winners for the different color divisions....
My Chinook Arch won second place in the yellow iris division and
my Obi-Wan Kenobi won second place in the varied color division....Whoohoo again!!!!
This is a close up of the Chinook Arch and
a close up of Obi Wan Kenobi. Several of the winners are taking their irises to Austin today for the big iris show....Austin is about 5 times bigger than the Belton show...yikes!!! I might work myself up to that one is a couple of years!!!

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy all of the Rubbernecker previews and GOOD LUCK!!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Happy Birthday

Good morning everyone....hope you are having a wonderful weekend!! I am up early getting ready for the iris show....lots of last minutes things to do!! My friend and I spect all day yesterday running around town buying fabric for the backdrop and flowers and props for the flower arrangements. Since I didn't do any stamping I thought I would share a card I made a while ago for submission to PaperCrafts Magazine that wasn't picked for publication. The fun little banner stamp is from Unity and the coral paper is from Papertrey Ink. Thanks for stopping by...tomorrow I will have a Rubbernecker new stamp preview and pictures from the iris show.....have a great Saturday!!!