Friday, September 30, 2011

Challenges to Share

I wanted to share a couple challenge pieces that I created recently.

The first one was a challenge to use 'mostly' blue. :)

Ok ... so I used a few more colors, but I think it is MOSTLY blue. :) A glitter gel pen was used for the windshield and lights to add shine to the project.

Card Recipe :
Stamps - My Little School Bus, Makin' the Grade, Good Job, Elegant Label (all by Clear Dollar Stamps)
Paper - Deep Sea, blue, white
Ink - black, fog
Copics - Update later (list unavailable)
Accessories - Cuttlebug, Designer Labels Dies, flower, pearl, ribbon, pop dots, glitter pen

The bookmark was made for the WT342 challenge on SCS this week. I love bookmarks, but forget to make them many times. This challenge was a great reminder for me.

Card Recipe:
Stamps - Friendship Blessings Oval (Clear Dollar Stamps)
Paper - brown, pink
Ink - black, pink pigment
Accessories - Cuttlebug, folder, Elegant Accents dies, pearls, ribbon, corner punch, flowers, pop dots
Technique - bookmark

Super amounts of fun coming next week!! Don't miss it!!!!! :)

Have a sensational Saturday and a great, big, beautiful tomorrow.


Clearly Inspired ... by a Sketch

Another great day for the Clear Dollar Stamps' Clearly Inspired Challenge - #37. Today, we have one of my very favorite kind of challenges - sketch! This sketch was quite interesting to work with. I hope you find it as fun as I did - and that you play CIC for a chance to win.

I turned the sketch to make it work for the image I used. To add a little interest, I rounded only one corner and added some fun, flower confetti. A pink pigment ink pad was brushed across the embossed swirls on the brown. Faux stitching was added to the 3 colored bars behind the image.

Card Recipe :
stamps : Ice Cream Cone
paper : Berry Blast, Orange Whip, Mossy Woods, Pretty Porcelain, white, brown
ink : black, pink pigment
Copics : None
accessories : watercolor crayons, flower, pearls, white gel pen, aqua painter, flower confetti, pop dots, swirl (Tim Holtz) folder

For information on how to enter or the prizes, head on over to Clearly iStamp. You'll find all the juicy details over there. I can't wait to see what YOU make using this great sketch!

Keep checking in - our October Clear Dollar Stamps' Product Parade is coming soon!!! You don't want to miss all of the wonderful things coming out this quarter!!

Hope you have a wonderful Friday and a great, big, beautiful tomorrow!!! I'm spending a few days with my Marine son. I don't get that chance very often, so I will cherish it while I can. :)


Thursday, September 22, 2011

Winner of Tangy Trio Color Challenge

Congratulations Tangy Trio Color Challenge Blog Hop Winner!!!!!!

The winner of a $25 gift certificate for digital images is...
Elaine Sauer who was randomly chosen from Trudy's blog.

Hope all of you will play again in October!

Today - I wish my beautiful daughter a very happy 6th birthday.  Happy birthday, my little Jadybug!!

Have a wonderful Thursday and a great, big, beautiful tomorrow.


Sunday, September 18, 2011

September Blog Hop - Totally Terrific Tangy Trio! :)

Tangy Trio Color Challenge

Have you seen the new Tangy Trio paper by Clear Dollar Stamps?? Let me just say ... YUMMMEEEE! :) Its a group of gorgeous paper, and there are markers and ribbons to match. How awesome is that?

Anyway ... our September blog hop theme is a Tangy Trio Color Challenge!

Hopefully, you came here from Kathy's beautiful blog, but if you didn't, you may want to start back at the beginning after you're finished here - that would be Lori's blog.

Isn't this trio fun, fresh and festive? I love working with it. I know that last month, I used the same set ... sorry. I guess I have music on my brain (not really very unusual :) ).

Card Recipe :
stamps - Sweet Symphony
paper - The Tangy Trio!, white
ink - black, fog
copics - Y21, Y26, Y28, C3
accessories - Cuttlebug, elegant accents dies, nesties, embossing folders, Tangy Trio ribbon, pop dots, sponge dauber

You want to know how you can win a prize, don't you?? You should start by leaving a comment here on my blog. Then, visit all the other blogs in the hop and leave comments on each one. The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to win!

This month, one lucky person will win a $25 gift certificate for digital images!! The winner will be announced here on Thursday.

When you finish here, dance yourself right on over to Christi's super fun blog and leave your comment there.

Have a beautiful Sunday and a great, big, beautiful tomorrow!!!


Friday, September 16, 2011

Clearly Inspired .... and Totally Glittered. :)

What's the word for the day?! Glitter!! Yep ... CIC #36 is all about Glitter.

Now, I'm not much into the whole glittery, shimmery, shiny stuff - it tends to get scattered all over my workspace, hands, seat, floor, hair, face .... Yeah, I'm messy. Today's, challenge, though, is all about using it on our project. My use is a little more subtle than many others.

Earlier this week, you saw the invitations I made for my daughter's birthday. This card is inspired by the theme of her party.
I fell in love with this little cowgirl. I had to do it like my daughter would want - decked out in pink! She has a glittery belt buckle and glitter on her boots. The embossed background was sprayed with a layer of Sheer Shimmer, and it sparkles deliciously! The embossing folder was inked up with white ink before the paper was run through. That gave a wonderful effect to the embossing on this great paper.

Card Recipe:
stamps - Howdy Partner
paper - pucker up, mud pie, western dp (yeehaw, plaid)
ink - black, white
copics - R81, R83, R85, B32, B34, E33, E37, E71, E77, C3,E11, Y26, Y28, G21, G24, G28
accessories - Cuttlebug, ribbon, folder, sheer shimmer, punch, sewing machine, pop dots, clip, glitter pen, crystals

Join in the challenge! You know ... you could WIN a prize!! Let's see what you can create with some great glitter - a lot or, like me, a little. For all of the challenge details and all of the prize details, head over to the Clearly iStamp blog.

Remember, on Sunday, we'll have our monthly blog hop!!!! You don't want to miss the chance to comment on some fantabulous creations and to .... WIN!!!

Have a beautiful Friday and a great, big, beautiful tomorrow!!


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

YeeHaw!! It's a Party!!

In just over a week, my daughter turns 6 - I can't even believe she's already 6!! Anyway.... she wants a cowboy/cowgirl party for her special day.

The invitations are simple, but she likes them. They do go with the theme. :)

Everything was cut with the Cricut and SCAL.

I cut a white insert for the inside, as well, so that we could see the details of the party.

The inside was stamped using images from Howdy Partner (Clear Dollar Stamps). It worked perfectly with the invitations. My daughter also insisted that I use her saddle stamp, so it's on there, as well. The details were printed on plain printer paper and adhered to the invitation.

Card Recipe :
Stamps : Howdy Partner (Clear Dollar Stamps), saddle stamp (unknown)
Paper : YeeHaw Paper Pack, white, black
Ink : black, red, brown
Accessories : Cricut, SCAL, brads, printer, pop dots

Don't forget that our monthly blog hop is coming on Sunday!!!! The Clearly Inspired Challenge is on Friday. You don't want to miss either chance to win!!

Have a beautiful Tuesday and a great, big, beautiful tomorrow!!


Saturday, September 10, 2011

  What's coming soon????  It won't be long until we have .....


As well as ....

The CIC is coming on Friday (Sept. 16), and our Monthly Blog Hop is coming on Sunday (Sept. 18)!!  I know you will NOT want to miss either of these great events.

Also this week, I plan to share the invitations I just did for my daughter's 6th birthday party.  They are simple, but she was very happy with them.

Hope you have an awesome week!  I will be back soon to share creations with you. 

Until then, have a great, big, beautiful tomorrow.


Friday, September 02, 2011

Clearly Inspired ...... PSYCHO-duck-lic..... :)

I love the vibrant colors and fun style of the 70s (minus the bell bottoms!!) ... tie dye, peace signs, and psychedelic fun. The Clearly Inspired Challenge for today calls for us to use patterned paper. How fun is that? And when I saw the new digital paper pack by Trudy Sjolander - True-ly Colorful Collection - I knew I had to use it on my project! How cool are those papers?! Love 'em!

So, I had my tie dye background ..... where do I go from there???

Well ..... I added a duck - a blue one .... and some smileys .....

This is what I came up with. I call it psychoducklic. :) We couldn't have the duck be a nice normal yellow or white, could we??? Of course not. I made him blue and his bill green, added some glassy glaze to his bill and feet. Stamped some peace signs on the background with fog ink and added some embellies. What do you think??? I totally love the vibrant colors on this card. That paper is so perfect. :)

Card Recipe:
stamps - fuzzy ducky, peace out
paper - berry blast, True-ly Colorful Collection (pink and blue tie dye), gray, black
ink - fog, black, pink, amethyst
copics - 0, B32, B34, B39, RV14, BV04, BV08, YG03, YG06, YR04, G94, G99, C3
accessories - glassy glaze, pop dots, floral trim, smiley brads, white gel pen

For the details on this challenge and to have an opportunity to WIN .... head over to Lori's Blog - Clearly iStamp. I can't wait to see what you come up with when you create with patterned paper!

Don't forget to join us on September 18th for our monthly blog hop!! You do NOT want to miss what the design team has for you this month.

Hope you have an amazingly creative Friday and a great, big, beautiful tomorrow!!