Saturday, October 31, 2009

tag your it...

Sorry about not posting all week folks. Had a bunch of drama here in our household, even beyond our normal drama. I fried the hard drive on my computer, don't ask me how, I haven't a clue but since it is my only computer you can imagine that I was just a tad bit annoyed. Anyway long story short I ended up fixing it mostly myself since no one could fix it quick enough for me to fulfill my design team responsibilities. I can say that I learned a lot but that is not an experience that I wanna repeat, if you know what I mean! And let me share a tiny bit of wisdom with you. If you do not own an external hard drive for your computer, run don't walk to your nearest store and buy one, then back it up frequently! Seriously I would have lost everything if I hadn't had one or I would have to have paid someone a fortune to try to retrieve my data. Yes it still took me 2 days to get everything fixed,reloaded, updated and tweaked but I am back in business! Then just when I think things are good and I can finally get some sleep again instead of sitting hunched over my computer, two of my kiddos came down with the H1N1 virus. They are doing alright (though I am a little concerned about how this will effect Manny's asthma) and it is likely that their older sister had it last week so we are just waiting for everyone else to get sick. I am running around like a nut, wiping down all the surfaces and yelling at anyone to wash their hands! Well enough blah, blah, blah and on to what you really came here for...

Todays Kraftin' Kimmie's challenge is Tag Your It! I used the super cute Posy image to make this card and I added a clear acrylic Tim Holtz tag, held down by the cutest flower brad.
What I used:
Kraftin' Kimmie's Posy
GP white card stock, SU baja breeze and basic black card stock
Basic Grey urban prairie designer paper
Tim Holtz clear acrylic tag
momento black stamp pad
Lyra colored pencils, OMS and blending stump
copic markers for flesh and shadows
white gel pen, glitter pen and glaze pen
SU flower brad
SU real red polka dot ribbon

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Our Daily Bread Design sneak peek!

I could not sleep for some reason this morning so I got up early and actually had time to finish a card before the kids are even all off to school. Good thing since I have to work today. I was quite literally dreaming about this set and the other 2 new sets that Our Daily Bread Designs will be releasing on Sunday, all night long. And you are going to LOVE them! I have a couple of other cards using the sets done already and I will see if I can fit in another sneak peek for you before Sunday. Make sure you visit the Our Daily Bread Designs blog, it has a new location on Sunday so you can participate in the blog hop and challenge. Kelley has a couple of wonderful prizes for you, so you really, really want to play along.

For this card I combined two of todays challenges. The Lord have Mercy sketch challenge, I love her sketches and the SplitCoastStampers color challenge. This card is really very, very simple but I think the colors work really well together and the simple sketch is really exactly what I needed.What I used:
Our Daily Bread Designs, Luke 2:11
basic black, melon mambo, kraft card stock
Versamark stamp pad
black detail embossing powder
eksuccess wavy edge punch
circle Nestie
wide black grosgrain ribbon

spots and stripes...

This weeks Papertake Weekly challenge is (you guessed it) Spots and Stripes. The challenge is sponsored by Simon Says Stamp. Make sure you check out the blog to see all the great stuff the team has done and you really want to play along since I am sure there is a prize involved.

I needed a little inspiration so I turned to the Mojo Monday sketch challenge for a little bump to my mojo. I colored up Henry Mouse with my Lyra colored pencils, blended with odorless mineral spirits and a paper stump. I added a little bit of glitter with my Sakura glitter pen and some shine with my glaze pen. Cut him out with my circle Nesties and sponged around the edge with some chalk ink. What I used:
Whiff of Joy Henry Celebrating Mouse
Stampin' Up! Full of Life
GP white
My Mind's Eye Everyday Tango
Momento black stamp pad
VersaMagic Pink Petunia chalk ink
Nesties circle and scallop circle
Lyra colored pencils, OMS and blending stump
white satin ribbon

Sunday, October 25, 2009

anyone for anya?

Its time again for the Anyone for Anya? challenge. This weeks challenge is a sketch challenge. Below is the sketch we are using this week, please join us and play along. You can find all the details, the other members of the design teams creations as well as Mr Linky, so you can link your creations on the Anyone for Anya? challenge blog. This weeks sponsor De Hobbykamer. Here is what I came up with. I had to really play around with my lighting while taking the picture for you to be able to see all the flocking I added to Miss Anya's coat, muff, scarf and boots.
What I used:
Greetings Farm, Miss Anya
GP white, soft suede, real red card stock
SU Christmas Cocoa designer paper
SU Mistletoe ribbon
Spare Parts white jumbo brads
Lyra colored pencils, OMS and blending stump
Fun Flock
copic markers for flesh and shadowing

Saturday, October 24, 2009

shades of autumn...

Kraftin' Kimmie's challenge this week is Shades of Autumn. I colored up Charlotte to match this My Mind's Eye designer paper from the Simply Delightful pack. I added just a hint of striped ribbon anchored with olive brads, any more would have been too much with this rather large image. I am having a lot of fun with these images and I love that there are challenges to inspire me.
What I used:
Kraftin' Kimmie's Charlotte
GP white, old olive, pumpkin pie card stock
My Mind's Eye Simply Delightful designer paper
Lyra colored pencils, OMS, blending stumps
glitter pen
old olive striped wide ribbon
old olive brads
white gel pen

Friday, October 23, 2009

with deepest sympathy...

I spent my morning in pursuit of the perfect green card stock of a project I am working on. After visiting 3 stores I have only 4 sheets that will work but are not perfect and I picked up a couple of other sheets of designer paper because ya all know I have paper issues right? But I was a good girl and went right home and used two of them on this card.

The main image from Our Daily Bread Designs, With Deepest Sympathy was stamped in close to cocoa and sponged with the same then the verse is embossed on vellum and placed over the main image.What I used:
ODBD With Deepest Sympathy
very vanilla, soft suede card stock
My Mind's Eye Breaking Free designer paper
The Paper Studio red country crackle designer paper
close to cocoa classic stamp pad
MM copper brads
Zing copper embossing powder
soft suede polka dot ribbon
Oval Spellbinders

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

blessed are those who mourn...

I made this quick card this morning for the Lord have Mercy Tuesday sketch challenge. I love Mercy's sketches and this one is wonderful in its simplicity. The verse I used is from the With Heartfelt Sympathy stamp set from Our Daily Bread Designs. The message oval was cut with my coluzzle cutting system and gently sponged around the edges.What I used:
ODBD With Heartfelt Sympathy
very vanilla, chocolate chip card stock
My Minds Eye Bella, Bella designer paper
chocolate chip classic stamp pad
coluzzle cutting system
wide chocolate chip striped ribbon
jumbo vanilla brads
double slot punch

another papertake weekly sketch challenge...

It is time for another Papertake Weekly challenge. This weeks challenge is sponsored by Toodles & Binks and they have provided a terrific prize so make sure you check it out. Below is the sketch:I tweaked the sketch a bit to make it fit my needs. I stretched it to fit an A2 card and turned it on its side. This adorable Willow (Whiff of Joy) image is one of the stamps from my latest spending spree, financed by selling off a bunch of my old stamps sets that I no longer need now that I am not a demo. If you are interested you can find my list of items for sale HERE. Current Stampin' Up! items can not be sold on SplitCoastStampers but if you contact me through here they can be. A link to my email is right below my profile on the left.
What I used:
Whiff of Joy, Willow kneeling
GP white card stock
My Mind's Eye Simply Delightful designer paper
coluzzle cutting system, 1 3/8 circle punch
dusty durango polka dot ribbon
Lyra colored pencils, OMS and blending stump

Sunday, October 18, 2009

another anyone for anya challenge

This weeks Anyone for Anya challenge is to use autumn colors. While sorting through my paper stash for some designer paper with fall colors I stumbled across some scraps of this designer paper. It is from an old retired Stampin' Up! pack that I absolutely loved the colors in. It was so nice to pull it out and use it again. I also used this weeks Mojo Monday sketch, turned to use a tall main image instead of a long one. What I used:
The Greetings Farm, Anya
GP white, more mustard, buckaroo blue card stock
retired SU designer paper
buckaroo blue stitched ribbon
little leaves sizzlet
Prismacolor colored pencils, OMS and gamsol

Saturday, October 17, 2009

playing along with kraftin' kimmie...

I spent a little bit of money on myself and picked up some new stamps. This Kraftin' Kimmie image is one of the newest ones I picked up. This new line of stamps caught my eye. First of all because I love to color but mostly because I adore these slightly twisted kids. LOL, I don't mean that in a bad way if you know what I mean. Since I had the images I thought that playing along with the Kraftin' Kimmie challenge would be good fun. This weeks challenge is Buttons, buttons, who has some buttons? I have these really cute cord covered buttons so added one to this card.What I used:
Kraftin' Kimmie Francesca
soft suede, buckaroo blue, chocolate chip, very vanilla card stock
K&Company Saffron designer paper
cord covered button
soft suede polkadot ribbon
Lyra colored pencils, OMS and blending stump
glaze pen

Thursday, October 15, 2009

praying for you...

Sorry about the big gap in my posts everyone. I told you how crazy football season is for me right? Well I started back at work this week too, so I am still trying to find balance. But I had forgotten how much I love my job, I work at one of those stores that "it all started with a mouse", if you know what I mean, and I came home from work absolutely covered in glitter from all the halloween princess costumes. So today was all about getting caught up around the house then this afternoon I found a little time to stamp.

I made this card for today Ways to Use it challenge on SplitCoastStampers. The challenge was to use Autumn Leaves in our projects. I used one of this months Our Daily Bread Designs stamp sets, Praying for You and die cut leaves.What I used:
ODBD Praying for You
chocolate chip, more mustard, always artichoke, very vanilla card stock
My Minds Eye designer paper
always artichoke, close to cocoa classic stamp pad
curved rectangle nestabilities, little leaf sizzlet
wide striped chocolate chip ribbon

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Anyone for Anya; Perfect Paper Piecing...

Good Morning in all! It is time for another Anyone for Anya challenge and this weeks challenge is Perfect Paper Piecing. I pieced my Anya together with a bunch of little scrappies that were in my scrap box, colored her with a combination of copic markers and Stampin' Write markers. What I used:
The Greetings Farm, Anya
riding hood red, crushed curry, chocolate chip, GP white card stock
My Mind's Eye designer paper
EKSuccess wavy edge punch
crushed curry polka dot ribbon
ticket corner punch

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

be happy...

It is the yuckiest, dreariest day here! I had to take 4 of my kids to the dentist this morning so my day didn't exactly have a tranquil start to it but I still found some time to squeeze in a little stampin' time.

I combined todays SCS sketch challenge with the Color Throwdown challenge AND the Bella's Show & Tell challenge to come up with this one. The color throwdown colors were: kraft, olive green, dark brown and dark yellow, which sounds rather fallish to me SO I figured those colors would work for the Bella challenge which was to use an autumn palette.

What do ya think? Now I have to ask you to overlook the slightly smudged stickles. Apparently I got a little excited and put my card together just a little to quickly without waiting for my stickles to dry completely. Should have used glitter instead but my hubby's laundry is currently in my office, and I don't know why but he gets just the teensiest bit cranky when I get glitter on his uniforms. Evidently it doesn't look very professional. I guess the bad guys just don't take you seriously when you are sparkly. But Ketto, she seriously needed some sparkle because she is just that kinda girl!
What I used:
Stamping Bella Ketto
chocolate chip, crushed curry, kraft, GP white card stock
My Minds Eye Simply Beautiful designer paper
Memento black ink
stampin' write markers
wide olive grosgrain ribbon

a time for every purpose...

To Everything there is a season, a time for every purpose. And it is time to celebrate Kelley Holland (the owner and creator of Our Daily Bread Designs) because it is her birthday today! Happy Birthday Kelley!I wanted to make a pink and frilly card for Kelley for her birthday but evidently I didn't have pink and frilly in me today, I just kept coming back to clean and simple. The colors are from todays color challenge on SplitCoastStampers and the sketch is from the Lord Have Mercy! blog. I just kept seeing a butterfly peeking out from behind the verse and had to tear through my not inconsiderable collection of stamps to find it.

What I used:
ODBD DT Scripture Collection 1, Inkadinkado Garden Delight
GP white, kraft, mellow moss card stock
mellow moss, basic black stamp pads
RR SU brads
mellow moss taffeta ribbon

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

look, look, look at what I got...

My Card was featured at SSCC!

Hey everybody lookie! The Stampin' Sisters in Christ chose me (and my dt partner in crime) and Dawn Lusk as two of their Shining Stars for last week! How cool is that? Check it out on the Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenge blog.

papertake weekly sketch challenge #25

It is time for another Papertake Weekly sketch challenge. Below is the sketch we are using this week. We were also generously provided with the TAC images that I used. Isn't he the cutest baby giraffe? I colored him up with Lyra colored pencils, OMS and a blending stump. His blanket is layered with a second image and popped up on dimensionals.
What I used:
TAC Hello Baby
certainly celery, baja breeze, whisper white card stock
My Minds Eye Simply Beautiful designer paper
basic black, certainly celery ink pad
celery wide grosgrain ribbon

Monday, October 5, 2009

with heartfelt sympathy...

I had a super busy weekend and it felt so good this morning to settle down in my little office, with the washer and dryer going, knowing that I had time to play along with some challenges. I actually combined 3 challenges together to make this card. I used the Mojo Monday sketch, the SplitCoastStampers Technique Lovers challenge and the Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenge. Below is the Mojo Monday sketch.
Todays Technique Lovers challenge is faux suede. If you follow the link above to the challenge Lynn provides a good explanation of this technique. Not sure how well this picture show it but the chocolate chip layer behind the main image is sueded. I love the soft look this gives and the added texture. The Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenge is to show the "earth rejoicing" for that I chose the soft earth tones in this card and the wonder ferns in the designer paper a I have chosen. The stamp set is With Heartfelt Sympathy, one of the new releases from Our Daily Bread Designs.
What I used:
With Heartfelt Sympathy ODBD
chocolate chip, whisper white card stock
My Minds Eye, Bella, Bella designer paper
chocolate chip, mellow moss classic stamp pads
white satin ribbon
brown brads
scalloped circle nestie

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Anyone for Anya; Your Anya

Good morning all! I am in the middle of a major cheer and football weekend. It is homecoming here in my home town, where we are blessed to live within walking distance of most of the festivities. You have to love small town America where for homecoming we still have a spaghetti supper , bonfire, dance and crowning of the king and queen on Friday night. Followed by a 5K race, parade, alumni gathering and home football game on Saturday. Add into that 2 Pop Warner football games, cheer fest and a cheer competition and you have my weekend in a nut shell.

This weeks Anyone for Anya challenge is "Your Anya". So my kids are my life. If I am Anya then as the mother of 5 I am buried in laundry. So this is Anya as me...
What I used:
The Greetings Farm, HG Laundry
kraft, chocolate chip, GP white card stock
My Minds Eye Simply Beautiful designer paper
Lyra colored pencils, OMS and blending stump
copics for flesh tones and shading
wide stitched chocolate chip ribbon

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Our Daily Bread Designs October new release blog hop...

Welcome to the Our Daily Bread Designs October new release blog hop. If you just arrived from Lorelie's blog you're in the right place. Make sure you read all the way to the bottom to find out where you should go next. If you just popped in from somewhere else you really should go to the Our Daily Bread Designs blog and start the hop at the beginning, there are prizes involved and you don't want to miss out... Three of the design team members (and we don't know who yet) will be giving out a prize to someone who comments on their blog. To win you need to

1. visit and comment on each blog on the hop
2. return to the ODBD blog, tell us that you have commented on all the blogs and tell us what you like best about the new sets

before 6:00 PM EST Friday, October 2nd. Then make sure you stop back Saturday morning, on the ODBD website to see if you have won!

Now do you want to see what I made for the hop?
What I used:
Our Daily Bread Designs With Deepest Sympathy and Praying for You
soft suede, blue bayou card stock
My Mind's Eye Bella, Bella designer paper
watercolor paper
soft suede classic stamp pad
stampin' write markers, aquapainter
blue bayou double stitched ribbon

What do you think? I so love this image and it was a lot of fun to color. This card was actually inspired by two different challenges; the Mojo Monday sketch challenge and the Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenge. Below is the Mojo Monday sketch:
The Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenge was to make a card letting someone know that you are thinking of them or praying for them.

I colored the image using markers on watercolor paper and blended with an aquapainter. I love the bright vivid colors you get using this method. Most of the edges of the card stock and designer papers are sponged with soft suede ink, the ribbon as well since the white stitching was just a little to bright.

Now it is time for me to send you on your way, first to Betty's blog then from there you will go to Silke's blog. Have a blessed day!