Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Color Dare 49

Like 99% of blogland I'm on autopost for the Christmas break. We're somewhere in New Brunswick right now celebrating with family. I hope everyone had a fabulous Christmas and is gearing up for a rip-roaring new year!







Ok...I know I've said this before...but I think I've found a new favorite color combo! And that right there is why I love being part of the Color Dare team. Riley's combos push us to try new and sometimes challenging color combos. This week we're using Soft Suede, Cameo Coral and Bashful Blue. This MFT image is great for mixing up color combos and I just happened to have a piece of this fabulous SU Raspberry Tart dp leftover (ok...actually I'm still hoarding some of it LOL). I'm sure the other Color Dare divas have come up with some fabulous creations with the combo...so be sure to head over to their blogs and leave them some love too. We would love for you to play along with us this week...just be sure to link up on the blog so we can find your creations.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Corrosive Challenge Day


The challenge this week at Corrosive Challenges is New Year's Resolutions. I don't generally make resolutions because I can't stick to them LOL. However, I think I can handle this one... to read more! I know of at least two books coming out in soft cover this year that I'll be buying... the next books in Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series "Echo in the Bone", and the next one in the Sara Donati Into the Wilderness Series. Plus, I have a feeling I'll get pulled into another vampire series along the way somewhere (notice that this cute little Inktegrity raccoon is reading New Moon LOL)

What's your New Year's Resolution? Come play along at Corrosive Challenges this week and show us!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas



And the angel said unto them, "Fear not! For, behold, I bring you tidings of great joy, Which shall be to all people. "For unto you is born this day in the city of David A Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, Lying in a manger." - Luke 2:10-12

Merry Christmas

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Color Dare Sneaky Peek


When I got my pre-order of Stampin Up! goodies from the new Occasions mini-catalogue that is coming out in January, I just about had a coronary! OMGosh this new stuff is soooo nice! I'm loving the clear mounted stamps (I ordered almost every new set they offered LOL) But, the one thing I haven't stopped playing with is the new bird punch. You might have noticed it on my Club Anya blog hop post a couple of weeks ago and here it is again. It punches like a hot knife through butter and it's just so darn cute in any color!

Ok, ok...enough raving...This week's Color Dare was Old Olive, Pretty in Pink and Soft Suede. We'd love to see what you come up with this week. Please link up to Mr. Linky on the blog to be in the running for Riley's pick of top 3 each week.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

A little Bling Bling for a Corrosive Challenge



This week's Corrosive Challenge is BLING! One of my favorite uses of bling is on the Scallop Oval punch from Stampin Up! I added some purple rhinestones on each of the scallops  and then two more on either end of the white tag.

Now...can you tell me what TGIO stands for? He. He. I saw this in a Cardmaker magazine a couple of years ago and have been waiting for the chance to make one... It stands for Thank Goodness It's Over! LOL... get it? Christmas shopping? LOL...I think this is a super card to send out around January 1...or wait...maybe the  end of January when all the "returns" are finished LOL

What do you like to do with your Blingity Bling? We'd love to see your blingilicious creations linked up with Mr. Linky on the Corrosive Challenge blog.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Moody MOJO Makeup


Since I have all my Christmas shopping done *YAY ME* I found myself with a little time to play today...and I decided to play with one of my new Moody Girls that I hadn't inked up yet. This week's Makeup for the Weekend Challenge at PMS is Red, Green & White...but I'm over-Christmased in the card department...so I went with the coffee image instead. The sketch is from MOJO Monday by Julee Tilman.

I recently watched THIS VIDEO about bow tying...if you need someone to show you how to tie a bow, this is a great resource. Joanne does it the same way that I have been doing, so I don't feel like I need to do my own video LOL...I'll just direct you to hers! However, after getting a nice bow, she adds a button...thus calling it the "buttony bow". I just loved how her bow looked, so I decided to try it myself on this card. I love it...you will be seeing more of these buttony bows.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Gift Packages

Just a quick post to show everyone what I gave to my DD's bus driver and bus attendant today for Christmas (she rides on the special needs bus). I just love how they turned out...there are also some hand amde gift tags inside, but I didn't show them because they didn't match the rest LOL


I am really loving the blue & purple combo this Christmas....it's just so cool & cheerful. Anyhow, I hope they liked it. Oh yes, and there was a box of cards inside each bag too. Now...tomorrow the teachers get their gifts and WHOO HOOOO! I've cleaned out a whole drawer of stuff that I was hoarding for Christmas LOL

I've had a couple of people ask me about these gorgeous tags I've started using...so if you're wondering, this tag is part of the Fancy Labels set from Spellbinders.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Color Dare 47

Sigh...I'm just not functioning properly these days...too many things on the go and too little time! Last Friday I was working on some DT assignments...including this week's Color Dare...trying to get ahead a bit so I could relax. I put together a really nice card for the Color Dare: Real Red, Glorious Green and Chocolate Chip. Oh...wait a minute...that's the wrong green LOL Hmmmm.... I'm supposed to use Green Galore this week, not Glorious Green. Man...I hate Glorious Green. It's the only SU color that I really do not like...I didn't even have a piece of GG cardstock in my scrap bin! But, I managed to come up with a card that I actually really liked... except when I went to check on what number it was, I realized I'd used the wrong green...sigh...all that work to get ahead and now I needed to do another card. So, here is the right one.


I am actually quite happy with this too... It's kind of funky. And I made a few of them as "gifts" for some customers that have orders to be delivered this week.

Now if YOU want to play along, and YOU happen to use the wrong color, that's ok :) Just use what you have that's close to the colors Riley has dared us to use. Please make sure you link up to Mr. Linky on the blog so we can see all your fabulous creations!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Club Anya Blog Hop



Welcome to my space on the Club Anya Holiday Blog Hop!

My sincerest apologies to Marie...but I am NEVER EVER EVER going to alter an Anya again...wait...maybe she likes that LOL. I got the idea for this little Anya tree angle in my head, but making it a reality just about put me in the grave! I have the utmost respect for those designers that are combining several Anyas into those amazing rockstars we've seen...crap...this was hard! LOL


Ok...so I started with Angel Anya, of course...but... her wings needed to be cut out to go on the back of the cone. When I did that, it left a big hole in her hair! Sigh... ok... I only seemed to have one Anya with long "uninterupted hair" lol...and that was Princess Anya... so I had to ink her up with a marker, only the parts around the crown and wand...and then I did my best to draw in the missing pieces. I also added some dimension by adding a layer with her bangs.

The whole project didn't turn out quite like I envisioned... I couldn't figure out how to decorate the tree! The cardinals are made with the soon-to-be-released bird punch from Stampin Up! I added a string of flowers and some bling to make it sparkle.

Next time I am sticking to an un-altered Anya LOL. Thanks for looking! See you at PCP for some chattin'!

Your next stop is: Kris (sorry I was so late updating with your info Kris!)

ETA: Please remember to comment at the TOP of the post :)

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Brrrr....it's a bit CHILLY for Corrosive day!



Oh the weather outside is frightful...LOL... this week's challenge at Corrosive Challenges by Janet is "Winter Wonderland". I am just in love with these Moody Girls from Paper Makeup Stamps, so I had to ink up Moody for Winter again for this challenge....that and...would you believe I don't own a rubber snowman??? I have some digis but my printer is still out of commission.

I used Melissa's Tuesday Morning Sketch for this week...but with a twist...there were some fancy fold challenges happening this week, so I decided to convert her sketch into a "Joy Fold" card. I rather like how it turned out.


I also choose this paper for my colors this week because I love purple...and especially purple and blue for wintery/Christmas cards... and the challenge at The Pink Elephant this week was to use your favorite Christmas color combo...so I hope this fits :)

I hope every one is more ready for Christmas than I am at this point! We still have a lot of shopping to do...well...the shopping part would be easy if we just knew what to buy! Sigh...some people are just difficult to buy for. At least I don't have to do a lot of baking...we go to one of our parents' houses every year, so I just take a few cookies (and mostly because I don't like their favorites LOL).

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Color Dare 46 - Something a little different

I have two cards for this week's Color Dare Challenge: Taken with Teal, Rich Razzleberry and Sahara Sand. While this sounded like a great combo for some flowers...I went WAY out of my box on this first card... I won this fabulous Doodlefactory stamp set last month and wanted to play with it, so I decided that aliens could be Teal & Razzleberry :)


Not sure if you can tell, but the black paper is VERY sparkly...no...it's  not a special paper...it's plain ol SU Basic Black...with some of that fabulous new shimmer paint in the mini catalogue spritzed all over it....I thought it made for a really cool "space scape".



This card features the fabulous coffee cup from PaperMakeup Stamps again, and uses an old CPS sketch.

How's that for two VERY different cards with the same colors? The Color Dare team would love to see what you can do with this combo... and did you know that Riley picks her favs to feature each week now? If you don't have the exact SU colors, just use what you have on hand... but be sure to link up with Mr. Linky so we can find you!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Mojo Monday


Whoo Hooo! I'm on a roll! I did another Mojo Monday ON Monday! I love it when that happens. It took me ALL morning to do this card...getting those two back circles to look right was really hard for me it seems. I used the Color Q combo from last week again because it was just too awesome.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Corrosive Challenge

WHOO HOO! I am soooo happy to finally tell you that Janet has asked me to be on the Corrosive Challenge Blog's DT for this term. I've been doing the Corrosive Challenges for a while now and I am really looking forward to working on this team. So here is my first official creation for Corrosive Challenges as a DT member. It was based on this sketch by Janet.




And here is my take on the sketch...I just notice now that I moved the sentiment up on the band...oops...Please don't fire me already Janet!


I also squeezed the Color Throwdown combo into this card: Olive, Red, Pink & Chocolate. Why not join us this week at the Corrosive Challenge? There are prizes every week! Just link up your creation with Mr. Linky so we can check you out.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

ColorQ 4You


Oops...put on your sunglasses...I may have over-brightened this one LOL. I find it very hard to judge on my laptop. This card was done for the following challenges:
1. ColorQ: Gable Green, Pink Passion, Pretty in Pink, Bermuda Bay & Neutral (I used Kraft)...the green is there, in the mats and the holly leaves
2. Cuttlebug Challenge: Glitter/bling (besides the bling, I used stickles on Holly's fur)
4. Flutterby Wednesdays: Open challenge...anything with wings
5. Creative Card Crew: Christmas

You'll notice that I am branching out and trying some new-to-me challenges...now that I don't have my Inktegrity & Digiments images that I'm required to work with, I'm looking for ways to use up all my neglected stamps LOL.


Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Color Dare 45


This week's Color Dare is a great one for masculine cards: Very Vanilla, Dusty Durango and Kraft. I instantly thought of my new Totally Tool set from Stampin Up! Why don't you play along with us this week? If you don't have these colors, just use what you have that's close...but don't forget to link up using Mr. Linky so we can see all your creations and pick the top three to feature next week!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Manic Monday


I have been so busy & tired addicted to Facebook games that I haven't been doing much cardmaking...which is just WRONG. I mean, Christmas is just 25 days away now and I know at least one friend who will mail her Christmas cards tomorrow...sigh...where did the time go? I have a lot of cards made, but not nearly enough for all my cyber friends that I'd LIKE to send to. Plus, I still have hand made gifts to make start. So....I found myself alone this morning with some time to make cards and I did manage to get one done! It's even a Christmas card! Now...I intentionally made this card for the following challenges:

1. Mojo Monday Sketch
2. Corrosive Challenge: Red & Green
3. Paper Makeup Stamps: Christmas
4. The Pink Elephant: Favorite coloring medium (markers & blender pen on watercolor paper)
5. 2Red Bananas: Christmas/Winter

When I was finished making this card, I had enough time to go looking for another challenge... ummm...I think the challenge world is against me today because when I looked at these challenges the card I already made fit! I guess I was only meant to make one card this morning :)

6. Cupcake Crafts Challenge: Red & Green
7. Cuttlebug Spot: Winter

While I didn't get another card made this morning, I did find a card (uh...this one LOL) to mass produce for a swap I'm doing, so that's good, I guess.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Insert Witty Title Here



It's just too late, after a long day to try to come up with a witty title for this post :) This card is for the Tuesday Morning Sketch and the JUGs color challenge (oops, I'm a couple of days late for that one)... I'd enter it in the Corrosive Challenge too, but it wasn't really movie inspired...if I was inspired by Stuart Little I would have left this cute little Inktegrity guy white LMBO. Hmmm...the mice in Cinderella are grey... or there's that movie with Nathan Lane chasing the mouse all through the house... Ok...I'm cheating, I know.



Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Super Challenging Card

THIS IS MY SECOND POST FOR TODAY.
PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR MY COLOR DARE POST.


Ok...well maybe that came out wrong! It wasn't a challenging card to DO...but I did it for several challenges :)

1. Paper Makeup Stamps Makeup for the Weekend color challenge: Navy, Mustard and Olive
2. The Pink Elephant: Plaid, brads and no ribbons
3. Card Positioning Systems sketch challenge
4. Flutterby Wednesdays: use circles
5. Flourishes Timeless Tuesday: Thank You or Christmas Card (this is a thank you card)
6. 2 Red Bananas: Thankful Card

I'll be redesigning my blog for the holidays this week, so if you come back and things are wonky...well... hopefully I'll get it straightened out LOL.

Color Dare 44


FINALLY! I can show you the "other" choice I gave my SIL for her sympathy card a while back. This week's Color Dare is: Real Red, Soft Suede and So Saffron. This is a gorgeous color combo and I cannot wait to see what everyone else came up with. Please join us and play along this week. Just link up your creation at the Color Dare blog so we can check you out!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

More Inktegrity

I am soooo happy to report that while you are reading this I am enjoying a weekend of scrapbooking & girl talk at a friend's lakeside cottage. Let me tell you, last year when I woke up on the Saturday morning of this "retreat" and looked out over the lake, with the sun rising in her huge windows, I was in heaven! I can only hope the weather will be just as perfect this year. I finished approximately 30 pages last year, but with my printer down this year, I don't know if I'll be able to get as much accomplished...I didn't get to print out my pics before it died.

Anywho...enough personal dribble...you're here to see some cards, aren't you? I do have an Inktegrity card to show you today.



Isn't he CUTE? This is a free image that Joni has available HERE. I used this week's Card Patterns sketch. I think will be a great card for some upcoming kiddles bday.

Friday, November 20, 2009

PMS November Blog Hop


If you've just hopped in her from Dawn's blog then you're on the right trail! If not, welcome to the Paper Makeup Stamps November Blog Hop...to see all the wonderful PMS creations today, please go back to the beginning and follow along for lots of fabulous inspiration!

As soon as I saw this piece of dp in my bin, I knew I had to pair it with Noel for this Paper Makeup Stamps Blog Hop! Poor little guy...he looks so sad. Ok...maybe frustrated...I guess he kind of reminds me of DH trying to string the lights on the house every year!

And with any luck, by the time this is posted The Printer Doctor will be here fixing my poor sick little printer...sigh... lucky for me I was able to get Noel printed out before it died! I cannot believe how little I've been able to accomplish this week with my printer down...totally ruined my MOJO!

Ok...it's time to hop along to the next stop on the PMS tour today, which is Lisa Kind! Have fun on the rest of your blog hop!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Corrosive Christmas Card


This is my submission for the Corrosive Challenge this week, which was to use some embossing on your card. I also was playing with the "homemade" version of shimmer mist this week...mix rubbing alcohol with the SU Shimmer paint in a mini mister and VOILA! It is soooooo sparkly...I wish you could see it better on this card. I am doing it on everything now!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Inktegrity Release Day 3


THIS IS MY SECOND POST FOR TODAY!
PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR MY COLOR DARE CARD!

Today is the final day of releases at Inktegrity...and so I can finally show you my mantle creation. This is the famous Friday the 13th card that I stuck my hand in the stickles TWICE... and jammed up my printer with! After seeing what the other gals have done with this image, I was not sooo happy with my own creation, so REALLY... you need to go check out what the other girls have made for you to see.


The sentiment (printed before the big crash) is from the latest release of Digiments. And see that cute fuzzy bear? He's the new image being released TODAY at Inktegrity. Here's another card I did to focus just on the bear image.


Don't forget you can go to the Inktegrity Blog HERE to pick up your free mantle image. If you'd like to share your decorated mantle, by linking up with Mr. Linky you could win the new Inktegrity images being released on Dec 1st!

Color Dare 43


This is my card for this week's Color Dare: Green Galore, Chocolate Chip and Rose Red...it was a tough one...the green is a bit bright with the Rose Red, for me anyhow... However, the red & green did make me think of Christmas, and I had these cute MFT kitties waiting to be colored, so I gave it a whirl.

I would love to see what you can do with these colors. Remember, you can use any brand to play along...just remember to link us to your card with Mr. Linky on the Color Dare Blog post for this week so we can check out your creation!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

PMS Challenge Cards

THIS IS MY SECOND POST TODAY!
PLEASE SCROOLL DOWN FOR MY INKTEGRITY RELEASE CREATIONS!

Gosh...it seems like forever since I used my PMS stamps...I got so busy with DT assignments that I just wasn't able to pick them up for a while....but I got this awesome Nurse Fairy a while back and with the "Whine Flu" going around I figured I should have some get well cards on hand LOL. The challenge at PMS this week was a great sketch and I was able to pull all this dp out of my scrap bin! YAY! I love it when that happens, because my scrap bin is HUMUNGOUS!



I also managed to get a few images of Henry printed off before my printer died...so I pulled this card together for the charity challenge at JUGs, as well as the CPS sketch challenge. The proceeds from the sale of Henry will support the Anderson family who recently lost their baby to a virus. There are several companies who are working to support the family, so please check out the JUGs challenge and the PMS site for more info on how you can help.



Inktegrity Release Week

Well this week has started off pretty much as bad as last week ended...on Friday the 13th I had a devil of a time with a card you'll see later this week...I jammed some paper in my printer, then when I finally managed to get it out, I couldn't get clean prints! GRRRRRR....so I gave up for the rest of the day. Back at it yesterday, I find another piece of paper still stuck, so I manage to get it out, and then my printer just won't work. It makes a terrible scratching sound and just doesn't move...soooooo, it's a darn good thing my DT work with Inktegrity & Digiments is all done because it looks like I will be without a printer for a while! Anyhow, before it died, I did manage to print off enough images to do a few cards. Here are two new images that have been released yesterday and today at Inktegrity.


Favorite Doll was actually released yesterday, but I'm having such a bad week that I didn't have her ready to go until late last night. I used this week's challenge at The Pink Elephant for this card. I wanted to put the doll on her side and add the sentiment "ROFL", but since my printer is broken, I went with a plain gift tag instead.



Ok...now that I'm all caught up :) This cute little guy is being released today! He DOES come all assembled for you...I just cut him apart for a giggle. I really missed my printed on this card...I soooo wanted to add more parts and print the sentiment...my handwriting just ruins the card IMO....oh well. You should really head on over to the Inktegrity blog to see what the other designers have come up with...they are totally different and super fabulous! Come back tomorrow for the last image being released, as well as my entry for the mantle challenge...you still have time to grab your free mantle and decorate it to win some Inktegrity images!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Pretty Patterned Pines


Yup...another card HEAVILY inspired by someone on SCS LOL...but there's just soooo much inspiration there...how can I NOT copy them? I just loved the color combo on this one: Garden Green (didn't I tell you it was a great color?), Real Red and a touch of Old Olive.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Happy Birthday Joni!



SURPRISE Joni!

The girls at Inktegrity are all getting together (cyber-ly) to celebrate Joni's birthday today...we all made her a birthday card! Joni has been one of the most fabulous people to work with and I will miss being on her team greatly. Since Joni designed Pasha for me (well, my DD) I thought it only fitting that I use her on this birthday card. In case you can't see it, her "poufs" are all flocked with light grey flocking :) She looks quite warm and fuzzy in person. The "frame" was cut using one of the MS "round the corner" punch sets...kind of tricky to get the hang of (maybe I was having a blonde moment), but the results are gorgeous!

Joni, I hope you have a great birthday filled with lots of love, friends, family, surprises, great food and a little stamping time LOL

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Digiments RELEASE DAY is here!


Super cute new Digiments for the Holidays are available TODAY at the blog. As soon as I saw LAST week's Fall-to-Layout I knew I wanted to pair this cute little peeking Santa with this Digiment from the Christmas Tags set. You can win the entire release by commenting on the Digiments Blog AND... here's a little something special: because this is the season of gift-giving, when you buy 1 set, you can buy another for 1/2 price that we will send to a recipient on your behalf. This is great for secret sisters and all your cardmaking friends. Our own little BOGO - LOL

Thursday, November 12, 2009

These are a few of my Favorite Things!


The challenge over at Flourishes for November is to be inspired by the Sound of Music song "My Favorite Things". I chose the line "Brown paper packages tied up with string" and wrapped a little gift in some brown paper and added a brightly colored Iris tag.

Then I pulled out one of my other "favorite things" an old retired SU set that someone sent me as a gift a while back...it's one that I regretted not buying while I had the chance. The color challenge at SCS this week was Burgandy, Kraft & Vanilla and I thought it would be perfect to showcase this peaceful church scene. I used the Sweet Sunday Sketch for this one, too.


And then I finally got a chance to use this cute digi image I won from DigiStamp Boutique a while back...and I used the Sweet Sunday Sketch again.


Digiments Release Week Part 2



This week is release week at Digiments and Michelle has cooked up some great sentiments to help you finish up your Christmas cards and gifts! This card was soooo simple and could be done in pretty much any color. I printed the Digiment right on the front panel, added the embossed image with some stickles and Voila!

This release includes three Digiment sets: All the Best, Christmas Songs and Christmas Tags... everything you need to finish up your projects for just $8! Check out the Digiments Blog to see what the other designers have done with this set, and don't forget to come back on the 14th to grab the set for yourself!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Daringly Colored Digiments Release


Here's a little sneeky peeky of the Digiments set "Christmas Songs"... Joy to the World is one of my favorite songs, and I thought it just fit perfectly with my new favorite Studio G set. I am just loving the FTL sketches with my Digiments...I find they work really well together... but if you're not a CAS type of gal, check out what some of the other Digiments design team have done with the upcoming releases (AVAILABLE on Saturday Nov 14!). There are three sets of Digiments available in this release: Christmas Songs, All the Best and Christmas Tags...and you can get all 24 Digiments for just $8! Kinda like a Holiday Special :)

I doubled up on this card by using this week's Color Dare: Really Rust, Bashful Blue and Chocolate Chip. Another one of those challenges that was saved by finding just the right printed paper...this time, it is last year's MME Christmas stack.


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

MOJO Monday...on Monday!


YAY! I did Mojo Monday on Monday again! This sketch was hard for me...maybe it's just the papers I chose...I actually did the same card in two sizes...a bit of an experiment again...just 'cause :) The one in the back is 5x7 and the front one is 4.25x5.5.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Fall to Christmas


There's another FABULOUS Sketch this week at the Clean and Simple Stamping Blog... I pulled these two cuties together in about 10 minutes. Super cute for gift sets, craft fairs, or fundraising cards!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

CASEing ME for Playdate Cafe


I was soooo SHOCKED to be chosen as the "I Wanna Be Just Like" card at Club Anya this week. It was one of my simplest, plainest cards that Jessica chose...so you just never know what's going to catch someone's eye! So, I decided to play along and case MYSELF Lol... but I also used this week's color challenge from the Playdate Cafe which was Red, Black and White. If you haven't played along with Club Anya's "I Wanna Be Just Like" challenge, you have until 7pm CST tonite to get your card uploaded in the TGF Galleria...and I get to choose the winner!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

GASP! A Scrapbook Page!


Are you totally stunned? I KNOW! It's a real, finished scrapbook page. I can hardly believe it myself. I haven't finished a scrapbook page (finished as in, with photos) in MONTHS! I don't normally put my scrapbooking on my blog (not that I have a lot to show), but the challenge this week at Corrosive Challenges was NO CARDS... and since I did actually do this page this week, it qualifies! I got all gooey looking at these photos of Samantha (they're 3 years old!). She has changed soooo much!

Note to my scrapbook club ladies: Sorry for the spoiler, but this is one of the pages we're doing this month :)

OK...tomorrow I will return to your regularly scheduled cards Tee Hee.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Sympathy Cards


Whooo Hooo! My first "commission" :) My SIL asked me to make a sympathy card for her to use. This is one of her two choices. I can't show you the other one yet. I love playing with this Iris...there are so many color combo possibilities. I colored this one with So Saffron, a bit of Crushed Curry and Pumpkin Pie. I did this card with the Flourishes Timeless Tuesday challenge in mind...the challenge was to use neutrals, texture and a pop of color. I showed this to my DH to see what he thought and he said the bow was "gaudy"... guess he doesn't understand the card making world at all! LOL

Trio of Tildas


This started out as the MOJO Monday challenge...but I ended up doing three cards. They're all my favorite 5x7 size again...gotta use up those envies! The top two in the pic follow this week's MOJO Monday sketch and the bottom one is a bit different. they're all very plain... gotta keep 'em flat for mailing or I'll still have them all next year! LOL I am on a mission to use up all the Christmas images I swapped for over the past year... I've still got a bunch of this Tilda, the Christmas cats, Christmas Owls and some you haven't even seen yet! Happily, or NOT, it's beginning to look like Christmas here...we had our first storm the other day...so I'm gettin' in the mood!

A little experiment



Today's experiment began with this card...a case of one I saw in a magazine recently. Soooo simple and such great way to use up some scraps! I love how the colors "POP" on the black base. I am thinking about adding some random bling or pearls to a few of the butterflies, but for this experiment, I wanted to keep them plain. After I made this card, I wondered how it would look on other base colors...thus my little experiment was born :)


So, next I tried the same color scheme on a Kiwi Kiss base (the kiwi prints didn't show up very well, so I kept them all pinky). Hmmmm.....wasn't reall thrilled with this one...so I thought I'd try white.


Ooooh...now isn't this a nice spring-y card? It's a totally different feel from the black one, isn't it? Funny how that is...it's the same basic card. But I couldn't stop there. I wondered if Cameo Coral would be better than the Kiwi version.



In the end, I decided I like the black one the best LOL with the white a close second. And wouldn't this make a great boxed set to give as a gift? I mean think about it...all the scraps you could use up? One little tip for this card...I used my Xyron to adhere all the butterflies...gives them a nice even coverage of adhesive and makes it super quick to do. Oh...and if you load up a repositionable cartridge in the X then it also makes it REALLY easy to move the butterflies around if you don't get them straight the first time (tee hee).