Monday, August 30, 2010

Operation Write Home Valentine's Day #2

The next 2 Valentine's Day cards for OWH.  TFL!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Magical Monday Challenge

This is the card I made for the Magical Monday Challenge.  I wanted to use a different image this week.  I usually go to images from Sweet Pea Stamps for this challenge.  Since I don't have that many fairy stamps, I made a fairy image.  I used Anya (The Greeting Farm) and gave her wings from the butterfly image from the Indie Art Cricut Cartridge.  My husband, Dan, has been following the blog of a young girl, Fiona.  She has been fighting a very rare disease.  This card will be sent to her in hopes of cheering her up.  

Stamps: The Greeting Farm Anya Dress Up
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: K and Co.
Misc: Indie Art Cricut Cartridge, Making Memories Flowers, Cuttlebug Swirls embossing folder, rhinestones

Operation Write Home - Valentine's Day

After I made the cards for Operation Write Home, I decided to clean my craft room.  I found these Valentine's Day card kits.  I thought soldiers away from loved ones would have more use for these than me.  So I made six more cards.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

TUIC Challenge

This is my card for Tangled Up in Creativity's challenge this week.  Our hostess for the challenge is the very talented, Danie.  Check out her blog (D-Dazzled Designs); this week she is focusing on a fundraiser for Prostate Cancer Research.  

Our challenge - use "Pacific Point" blue (or close to, which is what I did) by SU, make a masculine card, and also use ribbon on the card.  It is very difficult for me to use ribbon on a masculine card.  But I did it!

Stamps:  Simply Home by {ippity}
Paper:  DCWV
Ink:  Burnt Umber Hybrid (for the tree), Memento Tuxedo Black for the House, Stazon Black for the sentiment
Misc: Ribbon from Walmart, leaf shape made from Fimo clay

Thanks for looking!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Operation Write Home

Cards for Operation Write Home.  I should explain.  These cards and the cards from the August 12th and 16th postings were made from images I had received in swaps.  One Saturday, I had a yard sale and business was slow.  So, I sat on the front porch and colored images.  I knew they'd come in handy one day. 
Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


Last Thursday I received a WONDERFUL  package from Australia!  Danie (D-Dazzled Designs), a member of the blog group -Tangled Up in Creativity sent me some delightful goodies.  She had recently revamped her blog and offered a chance for some candy if you left a comment.  Well, her blog is FABULOUS, check it out when you have a moment.  This is a picture of the card and sticky note holder she sent, beautiful.  She won't take credit for the card, she said another SU demo made the design.  Danie you did a lovely job putting it together.
These are handmade embellishments her friend makes.
The card set on the right was actually a set of 6, very elegant.
Look at this AWESOME BLING!!  On the card envelope she wrote "You can never have too much 'bling!"
I couldn't agree more!  Thank you so much Danie, you don't know how happy  (and lucky) I was to receive this.

So, what took you so long to post this, Monica?  When I got this package I was in the middle of a project.  I was at the point where I knew I had bitten off more than I could chew, and I couldn't turn back and give up.  Don't you hate it when that happens (really, it happens quite frequently to me).

I saw this cool posting on the blog Triple the Scraps, she made a catalog of her stamp images and sentiments using a Rolodex.  You can find it here.  When I read it I thought, "what a great idea."  So a few days later on Freecycle someone offered a Rolodex and I got it.  It took a week and I'm finally finished.
Thanks for looking!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Operation Write Home

More cards for Operation Write Home.  TFL!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Operation Write Home

These are more cards I made for Operation Write Home.  TFL!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Tangled Up in Creativity Challenge

This week Rose (Pink Lemonade) is hosting our blog group's challenge.  Check out her blog, she has a whimsical style that is beautiful when transposed to a card.  

We had to make a project that had a vintage feel.  I love all things vintage, retro, shabby chic.  I just never make anything using those elements.  Probably because my husband likes all things modern.  One day I'll have that frilly girl-cave. 

The background paper is from October Afternoon, "Family Traditions" is from Cosmo Cricket, the paper doily is from Wilton's Cake (cut in quarters)- I had to ink the doily because it was bright white, the Santa image is from a Victorian paper garland, the lace is scrap and the button is by Jenni Bowlin.
Thanks for looking!

Magical Monday Challenge #2

When I unloaded my last card made with Sweet Pea Stamps to the Splitcoaststampers' Gallery, LaceyStephens left a comment.  She said I should enter the Monday challenges on the Magical Monday Challenge blog.  Check it out, the creations are stunning.  This week's challenge to make a card using a magical creature image and pink and white.  We all know how much I love these mermaids at Sweet Pea Stamps, so I had to play.  

Stamp:  Sweet Pea Stamps - Ching Chou Kuik's Fantasy Art Collection
Ink:  Memento - Tuxedo Black
Paper:  Bazzill
Misc:  Heidi Swapp Photo Corner, Scrap Lace, Rhinestones, Copic, Sharpie, and Bic Markers, Colored Pencils
Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Operation Write Home - Birthday

One of the Stampin' Up demos in my neighborhood is hosting a Operation Write Home Crop.  Unfortunately I can't make it.  So I made some cards and I'll drop them off to her this week.  It is such a wonderful cause.  These were made from some card kits I had received in a swap.  Another challenge - use up what I have before I buy more (like that's going to happen).  I'm trying.  Thanks for looking.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Purple Woods

While at CHA, my sister and I took a Copic class.  At the time I only owned a blender pen.  Of course, after the class I wanted every color Copic made.  I decided to start simple and only bought flesh tones.  This image was colored with colored pencils and blended with baby oil.  Her skin was colored with Copic markers (E000, E00), except her cheek and lip color is with pencil.  Thanks for looking.
Stamps:  Sweet Pea - Purple Woods
Paper:  Basic Grey
Ink:  Memento - Tuxedo Black
Misc:  Copic Markers, Crayola Colored Pencils, Punched corners, Petaloo Paper Blossom

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

TUIC Challenge Entry

Molly (of Miss Molly Creations) is hosting our blog group's challenge this week.  She's really making us tap into our creative reservoirs.  We have to create a card using only one stamped image and it can not be an image with detailed coloring.  This image is from Whipper Snapper Stamps.  I got it while at CHA, it was in a huge bin, and only $2.  Thanks for looking!

Sunday, August 1, 2010


This is a picture of the freebies I received (2 reusable shopping bags, 2 bottles of Tear Mender Glue, knitting needle, magazines, sample paper pack, and assorted company logo items like pens, mousepads, etc).

The next set of pictures are of the Free Make It and Take It's I made:

That is a Bubble Skirt (National Sewing Council set up machines and held beginner-level sewing classes), card (EK Success booth), Tag ({ippity} Stamps)
2 cards (one sponsored by Fiskars, the other Zip-It Glue), altered mini composition notebook (Joann's), Mini Chalkboard (made with Vinyl - Oh My Crafts),  the pattern is of a Quilted Pot Holder that I did make -but gave to my mother.  She was kind enough to take me and pick me up from the airport.  I flew in and out of National Airport in DC, and if you know anything about the traffic here, you know what a headache that can be.  She said she felt like I was back in Elem. School and I was giving her one of my art projects.  The orange and brown striped item is a holder for your sunglasses (glued together with Tear Mender).
Oh a better picture of the ugly sunglasses holder, bracelet (Joann's)
Scrapbook Layout (Micheal's)

I know your dying to know, here's what I bought:
Nothing too exciting.  Mostly adhesive that I have to buy online (thought I would save myself some shipping costs).  I'll be honest, I thought I would catch some really good deals.  I found a lot of the companies there were just there to show you how wonderful their products are.  You can catch better prices on their websites (or with the % off coupons from the big box stores) - prices that justify paying for shipping :).

Long story short, the best Make It and Take Its are at CHA the best deals are found online or at the Scrapbooking Conventions.

I had a wonderful time.  Chicago is a beautiful city.  My sister, her husband, and I stayed in the city (at the Trump Building) and we had dinner at MK (the BEST meal I ever ate!).  I'm so grateful they invited me to come.  It was a wonderful mini-vacation.