Thursday, April 30, 2009

challenge time

It's that time again. Time for an Elzybell challenge. Todays challenge was a sketch challenge set by Rachel. I love sketch challenges and this sketch that Rachel came up with is a fun one. Try it out and see what you come up with.

Here is what I came up with. I used prisma color pencils to color the bear and blended with a rolled paper stump and mineral spirits. My camera kind of washed him out a little bit, my fault for taking the picture in the middle of the night.
What I used:
Butterfly Ted Elzybell Art Stamps
whisper white, wild wasabi, bashful blue card stock
My Mind's Eye designer paper
prismacolor pencils
coluzzle circle cutter
small corner rounder
wide stitched bashful blue grosgrain ribbon

Make sure you check out what Elizabeth and the rest of the belles have done with the challenge...

I'm back!

Sorry about the long delay with out any new post. Our family just returned Sunday from a 2+ week vacation to Florida. This post will mostly be blah, blah, blah about my trip so if you are only interesting in the stamping part of my life you might want to skip this post, though I have a second one with todays Elzybell challenge that I will put up just as soon as I am done with this one.

I have spent the last several days doing what seemed like a mountain of laundry, grocery shopping and catching up with everyone. Does it ever seem like your vacation makes you need a vacation? Anyway we had a wonderful time. We spent the first week of our vacation on Sanibel Island, at the beach or mostly anyway because our 2 day drive to get there turned into 4 1/2 days. We started out on Good Friday in 2 vehicles because we were bringing Matt (our oldest son) his car, which is finally on the road. We ended up staying the night near him and having breakfast with him on Saturday morning before we began the rest of the trip to Florida. Of course when we were within hours of our destination, we had a break down with our camper (on Easter Sunday). After dealing with towing, finding a hotel to stay at, waiting for the mechanic to find the part, fix the rig and get back on the road we were really, really anxious for the fun to begin. We had planned on spending Easter with my father in law so we stopped for a quick visit with him then finally arrived on Sanibel Tuesday. We stayed at the only campground on the island, a very nice place with an incredible collection of exotic birds and lemurs. My girlfriend Carol and her family graciously hosted us as well. Allowing us use of her beautiful home that is within easy walking distance of the beach. We were joined by another one of my friends and her children and everyone had a wonderful time. Between the wonderful company, lovely beach, fabulous food, fun by the pool and deep sea fishing for the guys I think we had one of the best times ever. Of course me, being me, didn't manage to finish my last 3d project for my Artisan Award entry before we left so I ended up finishing it poolside and shipping it over night from the island so it would arrive in time

Our second week we spent in Orlando, with my parents. We were able to get our three little ones together with their biological brother for a lovely visit which went beautifully. Now when we adopted Jessi and Manny we took them to Disney World to celebrate. So when we knew that Ellie's adoption was really going to go through we planned this trip as her celebration, she requested that we also visit Sea World. Here are some of the pictures from Sea World

Isn't he handsome? He was quite happy to pose for his picture.
My kids were amazed by the manatees...
and awed by the dophins.
the crew, forced to pose for mom...
Now I have to say that Disney World is one of my favorite places and I work for the Disney store part-time so I might be the tiniest bit biased but I have to say that this years Celebrate theme at Disney is wonderful. Maybe you know that you can go to Disney World for free on your birthday but did you know that if you go to guest services and let them know what you are celebrating the will give you (and your whole party) a pin that states what you are celebrating? I knew that they had pins for the usual birthday, first trip, honeymoon, anniversary stuff but figured I had nothing to lose by letting them know that we were celebrating Ellie's adoption. They made up some special pins of Ellie and all of us and I have to say that everyone made a huge deal out of Ellie and she could not have felt more special. Several castmembers and even several of the character really, really went out of their way. For a little girl that had a really kind of rough beginning in life to have everyone congratulating her, fussing over her and just generally making everything so special is a huge deal. I am still tearing up just thinking about it and I wish I could let each of them know how grateful I am for recognizing what a really big deal this was. Okay enough mushy stuff, how about some more pictures?

Our reason to celebrate...
Meeting with the mouse...
lunch with Pooh and friends....
Ellie's favorite princess, Ariel...
resting with Roy Disney and Minnie...

Monday, April 20, 2009

the last of the April sneak peeks...

Today is the new release of the lastest Elzybell Art Stamps. Make sure you head on over to the store to check them all out and visit the rest of the design teams blogs to see what they have created.

What I used:
Elzybell Art Stamps
baja breeze, chocolate chip, whisper white card stock
My Minds Eye designer paper
eyelet border punch
striped baja breeze grosgrain ribbon
prismacolor pencils, mineral spirits and a stump
ticket corner punch

Sunday, April 19, 2009

even more sneak peeks...

Day three of the Elzybell design team sneak peeks! Are you loving these adorable bears or what? Make sure you hop around to the whole teams blogs and see what they are up to.

What I used:
Elzybell Art Stamps
tangerine tango, pacific point, chocolate chip, whisper white card stock
My Minds Eye designer paper
prismacolor pencils, mineral spirits and a stump
striped pacific point grosgrain ribbon

Saturday, April 18, 2009

another sneak peek...

Day two of our sneak peeks. Make sure you check out what all of the team are doing and check back tomorrow to see what else I have done.
What I used:
Elzybell Art Stamps
tangerine tango, green galore, chocolate chip, whisper white card stock
My Minds Eye designer paper
basic black
wide stitched chocolate chip grosgrain ribbon
prismacolor pencils, mineral spirits and stump

Friday, April 17, 2009

April sneak peek time...

It's that time again. Time for an Elzybell sneak peek. Isn't this bear just the cutest??? Well on Monday you can order him!
Make sure you check out what the rest of the team is doing:
What I used:
Elzybell Art Stamps Bear with butterfly
bashful blue, whisper white, chocolate chip card stock
My Minds Eye designer paper
basic black stamp pad
primsacolor pencils, mineral spirits and stump for blending
wide stitched bashful blue grosgrain ribbon
brown brads

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Elzybell challenge #17...

It is that time again. Time for an Elzybell Design Team challenge. This fortnights challenge is a recipe challenge. We are to use one piece of ribbon and only one embellishment. I paper pieced my cat in the window. The window itself was stamped on chocolate chip card stock then cut out with an exacto knife. The window pane is vellum with the curtains behind the glass. The little kitty and flower pot are then layered on last. My embellishment is the little red gem in the center of the flower.Make sure you check out what Elizabeth and the rest of the team have done as well
What I used:
Elzybell Art Stamps Cat Window
Chocolate Chip, Whisper White card stock
My Mind's Eye designer paper
vellum, watercolor paper
basic black classic ink pad
Stampin' Write markers
wide chocolate chip grosgrain ribbon
label punch, 1 3/8" circle punch

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

ever after...

I know it has been awhile again since I posted but I am almost done with my Artisan Award projects and hope to go postal with them this weekend. Decided to take a break from that and household drudgery and play with todays sketch challenge and yesterdays color challenge from SplitCoastStampers. I have had this stamp set, Ever After, for a while now, I bought it to make some wedding cards but haven't had time to play with it before today. I thought it would work nicely with the Pirouette Pink, Riding Hood Red and Chocolate Chip color combination. Nothing very fancy or different on this card though I did sponge the edges of everything with chocolate chip ink. On the background I used one of the Stampin' Up! texture plates and sponged the texture a little bit to make it stand out more. The heart of the main image is inked with riding hood red classic ink then I ran a chocolate chip marker around the end before I stamped. What I used:
Ever After stamp set
Romance wheel
Chocolate Chip, Riding Hood Red and Pirouette Pink card stock
Chocolate Chip and Riding Hood Red classic ink pads
Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write marker
Chocolate Chip wide grosgrain ribbon
texture plate