Wednesday, November 20, 2013

My Style Stamps DT Project!!

This is my second design team project featuring My Style Stamps. :)


I created corner bookmarks, using Crate Paper's "Random" paper collection (LOVE that denim, it's just perfect), for my mom and mother-in-law for Thanksgiving. To add a little more to this project, I featured the coloring in two different ways. The first I used Prismacolor pencils on their own. I blended my colors by finding two that were close (I only have the package of twenty-four so I had to work at this a little bit). Then I just kept adding color until I achieved the look I was going for.



On the second one, I used Prismacolors pencils and Gamsol (or odorless mineral spirits, OMS). This technique is sometimes called "Gamsol Magic". To achieve this effect, I dipped my blending stump into my OMS and then blended my colors using small circles. I could then go back and add more color if I wanted to, repeating the process.



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Monday, November 18, 2013

Cutesy Christmas

Second post today...on a roll, I guess. :)



My main image is from Tiddly Inks called Happy Day and stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink then colored with Copic Markers. The paper comes from an old K and Company Christmas stack that I only have scraps left. I love these colors together. I followed the C4C212 sketch. Used Diamond Stickles on the bows, ribbons and the "brads" in the top corner. And her shoes are Glossy Accent-ed. The inside sentiment is from a clear set I've had FOREVER and the packaging is long gone. If you recognize it, please let me know.

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I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Tiddly Ink #121 - Anything Goes
Crazy 4 Challenges #212
Stampin' Royalty - No Embellishment Holiday Card

Make-a-Card Monday: Unconventional Thanksgiving Card

I really like the unconventional card I created using a couple different challenges as inspiration. 




I used Paper Smooches stamp sets Many Thanks and Gently Seasoned. I stamped the tree in Chocolate Chip and then added the "leaves" in Melon Mambo, Regal Rose, Certainly Celery, and Really Rust. The sentiment is stamped in Melon Mambo. The card base in Pool Party, the designer paper is from Crate Paper's Random collection, the shadow circle is Certainly Celery, and the harlequin embossed piece is Really Rust.

On the inside, I used the scraps from the designer paper, Really Rust, and Regal Rose paper to create some interest. I stamped the sentiment in Chocolate Chip.

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I entered this card into the following challenges:
Ribbon Carousel #87 - November Holiday
Just Inspirational - Autumn/Fall Colors
Craftin' Desert Divas#19 - Thanksgiving
Sweet Sunday Sketch #197
Color Throwdown #268
Simon Says Stamp - Thanks/Thanksgiving
There She Goes Stamps #233 - Thanks/Thanksgiving
Get Inky #17 - Thanks/Thanksgiving
Sentimental Sundays #181 - Giving Thanks



Sunday, November 17, 2013

Adventures in Running: The Checklist

I'm makin' my list and checkin' it twice. I need to gather the things that I will need for the half and for long runs in general. I would like to keep a bag in the car (or carry it with me) that has whatever I need, covers whatever comes up, and holds all the essentials as well.

The Checklist:
Chapstick
extra top
Shot Blocks
feminine products
a little cash, just a few bucks
face towel
sunscreen
extra house key
I.D. (looking into a Road ID bracelet - anyone use/have one?))

What do you always have with you? What would you recommend to a fairly new runner like me?

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I'm a Goddess! :)

This card was chosen as a top pick over at the Stampin' Royalty blog. Check out my new badge in the sidebar. :) Thank you for the honor, SR!!


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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Warm Winter Wishes

Time to get serious about those Christmas cards. Most years I make 100+ of one card and send it out to everyone. Then I had my third kid and Tiny Prints became my best friend. This year, I am doing both. Don't know yet who will be getting homemade cards (if I don't make enough, and it's lookin' like that ain't happenin') but all will receive our photo Christmas card.

Anyhoo, I made this card to start off the marathon Christmas card making. :) I am trying to decide whether I want to try and use the same stamp or change it up. I'll keep you posted, no pun intended. :)


I inked up Stampin' Up's The More the Merrier set with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored my image with Prismacolor pencils. I used Diamond Stickles on all the white parts of the "clothing" and Black Soot Distress Stickles on the buttons. I had a really hard time controlling the Distress Stickles and I should have given in and stopped but instead I jacked up the buttons. Oh well. I guess if it was perfect, no one would believe I made it. I stamped the heart in Real Red and the sentiment (both from the same set) in Versafine Black Onyx.


I cut the circles out with my Nestabilities small and large circle dies and punched the gray chevron from a new SU punch (I want to say it's available in the holiday catalog?). I embossed two of my circles with the Cuttlebug Snowflake folder and mounted everything on Real Red cardstock circles.


On the inside, I used the leftovers from the circles I had to cut from the front and used them to frame my sentiment, stamped in Real Red from the Teeny Tiny Wishes set. 


How do you do your Christmas cards? Homemade or bought? All at once or over time? Let me know.

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I entered this card into the following challenges:

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Friday, November 15, 2013

Many Thanks


This color combo scares the daylights out of me. I'm not a Rich Regal kind of girl. But I really wanted to challenge myself and see what I could come up with. I knew that I needed the right stamp set so first thing I went looking through my stash. When I saw this Clearly Besotted "Honeycomb" set, I knew this was it.


Freshly Made Sketches inspired the layout and Colour Q challenged me with their color choices. I didn't have Crushed Curry ink so I substituted More Mustard but all the other inks and papers are the true colors. I used the sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes on the inside. I also heat embossed one of the hexagon patterns in the set and embossed the bigger hexagon with Swiss Dots embossing folder.



I entered this card into the following challenges:
Freshly Made Sketches #112
Colour Q #215
Created with Love #66 - Thank You

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It's a Birthday Day!!

I can't believe my baby is two. TWO!! Where did the time go?


A look back at his actual "birth"day...









L is actually about 3 weeks old in this picture but it's one of my favorites.
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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Love you.

I got inspired when I saw the challenge prompts at Addicted to CAS and Inkspirational. Anniversary and White on White. I immediately thought of this card. Don't you love it when you know exactly what you want to do?


I punched the little hearts out with a Stampin' Up punch. I adhered them to the card front when I was happy with the placement. The "red" heart is actually four of the little hearts stacked together, then covered with Christmas Red Stickles. The sentiment is from the SU set Short and Sweet and is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.


I entered this card into the following challenges:

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Hey, Handsome.

I made this card for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. I used Kelly Purkey letters for the sentiment. I punched the hearts out with a SU punch and then covered them with Christmas Red Stickles. Popped the panel up on foam squares and adhered to a Real Red card base. Rounded the two right corners and called it done. :)



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Monday, November 11, 2013

Make-a-Card Monday: My Style Stamps

This Monday is all about My Style Stamps. (Did you know that I am on the design team for the month of November? :)) I was playing around with my stamps and created a couple of cards that I wanted to share with you.



I used a Mojo Monday sketch for this card. I cut, by hand, corrugated paper (from the sleeve of a Starbucks cup) into the shape of a tag, added the ribbon from my stash, and the image popped up on foam squares. I colored the image using my Copic markers. The pendant was cut out of Crate Paper's 'Random' paper collection. I used the Little Yellow Bicycle canvas stickers that Nicole sent me in my DT package for the sentiment. On one of the larger sizes, I swiped my SU Chocolate Chip ink pad over it until I had the coverage I wanted. Then on the smaller one, I stamped the sentiment with the same ink. My faux stitching was made with the same ink.



After I clear embossed the sunflowers from the set, I used that adorable scarecrow as my focal point. I colored him up using my Prismacolors and tied some thick natural thread around him for his belt. I die cut a Pumpkin Pie Label 9 and added faux stitching. I popped everything up on dimensionals. On the inside I used Chocolate Chip and Really rust to stamp the image and sentiment.

I entered this card into the following challenges:
The Pink Elephant 225 - Photo Inspiration
Loves Rubber Stamps - Anything Goes


This card was simply done by adhering the My Style Stamps leaf sequins to my card front. I stamped the sentiment in SU Chocolate Chip ink. Forgive the simplicity of this card; I had just gotten my DT package and wanted to make something right away. I didn't have time for much more than this but I love the way it came out. :)

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Marion Smith Designs are Available in my Zibbet Shop!!!

I am beyond thrilled to announce that my Zibbet shop now carries Marion Smith Designs NEW paper lines "Mad Tea Party" and "Nirvana". I have enjoyed watching Marion (and Garett!!) create and have been working with her products myself for a very long time. I am so excited to be able to help her in her new venture of launching her own line. 

Her papers are luscious and so detailed that I still find fun, hidden, little details every time I look at them. She created the Mad Tea Party papers with her daughter in mind and I think, with two girls myself, I feel a special affinity for that line. Her papers included gorgeous ephemera pieces, as well as florals, graphics, small, and large prints. She really does include a little of everything.

Marion Smith Designs - Mad Tea Party line:


Tea Party Stamp Set
Curious Stamp Set








Marion Smith Designs Nirvana line:









Typo Stamp Set
Flying High Stamp Set

Please go check out my shop and her products!!

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