Thursday, December 31, 2009

a couple of announcements...

Happy New Years everyone! I have lots and lots of exciting stuff to share with you.

First, Kelley at Our Daily Bread Designs has decided to keep me on as a permanent member of the design team! You all know how happy that makes me! Stop by tomorrow for the first blog hop of the year and make sure you check out SplitCoastStampers newest member company.

Secondly I have been asked to be Sweet 'n Sassy Digis January guest designer. My first post for them will be on Saturday.

I have been very blessed in 2009 indeed and 2010 is looking very promising as well.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

house mouse birthday...

I hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas, I know that I enjoyed mine. We were blessed to have several extra children spend the holiday with us, due to a short term foster care placement. Somehow I managed to squeak out a couple of minutes of play time, which wasn't easy with 10 kids in the house, and I made this card for the Papertake Weekly challenge this week.
This weeks challenge is a sketch challenge. I changed the sketch a little bit to make it fit a standard A2 size card. This is a great sketch to highlight several different designer papers. The papers I used are from Basic Grey Sultry collection. I thought that these papers would go nicely with this adorable House Mouse stamp.
I colored my image with Prismacolor pencils, blended with odorless mineral spirts and a blending stump. I added some retired Stampin' Up! ribbon in Kiwi Kiss and some Spare Parts white brads. The greeting is from the Stampin' Up! set Full of Life.

Our sponsor this week is Simon Says Stamp.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

thanks so much...

At this time of year we always need thank you cards and this weeks Papertake Weekly challenge is just this, to make a thank you card. I whipped up this quick little thank you card using some lovely Cosmo Cricket paper that I picked up recently, a Stampin' Up! verse, some Prima flowers and the Mojo Monday sketch.
What I used:
SU Kind & Caring Thoughts
baja breeze, confetti cream card stock
Cosmo Cricket designer paper
chocolate chip classic stamp pad
old olive grosgrain ribbon
Prima flowers
half back pearls

Sunday, December 20, 2009

anyone for anya?

I hope all is well with you. Once again I need to apologize for my late post. Woke up this morning with a terrible headache and just couldn't seem to get myself together enough to post. This weeks Anyone for Anya? challenge is to make one last Christmas card. Our sponsor is our own Caz and she has donated a fabulous prize so make sure you hop over to the blog and check it out.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

papertake weekly...

Good morning all. Today being Tuesday means that it is time for another Papertake Weekly challenge. This weeks challenge is a sketch challenge. You can find the sketch below. I colored up my Ketto from Stamping Bella to match this My Mind's Eye designer paper using my Lyra colored pencils, blending with odorless mineral spirits and a blending stump. I then added a bit of sparkle with stickles.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Happy Sunday everyone. It is time for another Anyone for Anya? challenge. Sorry that I wasn't able to play along with last weeks challenge but my life has gotten, er, well challenging these last couple of week before Christmas. In my other life I work retail and have picked up a ton of hours lately. Today is likely to be my last day off before Christmas so I am trying to get all caught up. Anyway what you came her for is the card, right? So no more chit chat. The Anyone for Anya challenge is "Bling It On!". Since we were challenged to add some bling I dragged out this really glittery My Mind's Eye designer paper and added a touch of rhinestones. All of Miss Anya's accessories have also had some glitter added to them.

Our sponsor this week is:

Make sure you hop over to the challenge blog and see what the rest of the team has done and join us and play along!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Bella Birthday Bash Blog Hop...

Welcome to the Bella Birthday Bash Blog Hop sponsored by Stamping Bella! If you've just happened upon my blog you really want to go back and start at the beginning at Bloggabella.

I colored my Stamping Bella Turtle Tots birthday wishes image with Lyra colored pencils, blended with OMS and a blending stump. I added little touches of white, glitter and glaze with various different pens. The image is layered on old olive card stock then paper pierced. I used a baja breeze card body adding a bit of My Mind's Eye Abbey Road designer paper (using both sides of the paper) as well as a little strip of old olive. One strip of designer paper is punched with the EKSuccess wavy edge punch. I added a couple of Spare Parts white jumbo brads and a buttony bow.
Three gift certificates for $100 in Bella Bucks will be hidden along the hop, but we're not telling you where so be sure to leave some love as you hop!!! Make sure you leave comments on every post so you have a chance to win!! The winners will be announced on Monday, Decemer 7th at the Stamping Bella blog. Thanks so much for stopping by! Now it's time to hop on over to Cards by Kerri.

Friday, December 4, 2009

every snow flake that falls...

I picked up this super cute snowman image a couple of months ago at my local (ok sort of local, about 45 minutes away) stamp store. I thought he would be fun to use for this weeks Midnight Madness sketch challenge. In addition to the sketch we were to use something that flies. Well in my part of the world, snowflakes fly, though thankfully not much yet this season.
What I used:
Great Impressions snowman
My Sentiments Exactly; one of a kind
chocolate chip, whisper white, baja breeze card stock
My Mind's Eye Breaking Free designer paper
Memento black ink pad
Lyra colored pencils, OMS and blending stump
jumbo brown brads

Thursday, December 3, 2009

bella's buttony bows...

Stamping Bella's Show & Tell Challenge for December is to use a buttony bow. I am combining that with the Big Bella Birthday Bash contest, this is a winter birthday card NOT a Christmas card, honest.

Just a simple little 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 inch square card. The polar bear Stamping Bella image is colored with Lyra colored pencils, and blended with OMS and a blending stump then cut out with a scalloped circle Nestie. I added touches of glitter with my Sukara glitter pen and flocking to the snow. My Mind's Eye Magnolia designer paper is layered on whisper white and riding hood red card stock and stitched on my sewing machine. I then added a fun buttony bow.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

late night stamping...

I seem to be suffering from another bout of insomnia tonight, the second in less then a week. Tonight I decided to deal with it by just getting up instead of laying there wide awake, tossing and turning. Since todays SplitCoastStampers sketch challenge and the Color Throwdown challenge were both posted early I thought I would straighten up my office and play a bit. But before I show you what I did I wanted to share with you some lessons learned while late night stamping:

1. Double check that you are using the right paper. In the middle of the night they all look alike and Copic markers do NOT work well on very vanilla.

2. Always make sure your stickles are dry before you decide that just what your image needs is to be over stamped with a weathered background. Took me longer to pick all the glitter out of all the nooks and crannies then it did to make the whole card.

3. Measure TWICE before you cut, yes Dad you were right...

4. When you drop your glasses on the floor (because I now seem to be getting to the age where they have to come off to see up close), look before you roll your chair over them.
What I used:
Our Daily Bread Designs His Gifts
weathered and linen background stamps
riding hood red, olive, very vanilla, chocolate chip card stock
My Mind's Eye Signature Christmas
Memento black stamp pad
close to cocoa stamp pad
Basic Grey brads
eyelet border punch
chocolate taffeta ribbon
Copic markers

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

mojo tuesday?

If you are looking for the Our Daily Bread Design blog hop please scroll down to the post below this one or click here.

I started this card this morning then got called into work and almost 12 hours later am finally able to finish it. I combined several challenges on this card. The color combination is from todays SplitCoastStampers color challenge; Very Black Suede. The second challenge is this weeks Mojo Monday sketch, I actually placed my ribbon where the verse panel should have been. And the third is the Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenge which was to have a "gift" some where on the card, hoping that the word gift works for them because it works for me!

I stamped the poinsettia from the newly released Our Daily Bread Designs set His Gifts on vanilla card stock with soft suede ink, stamped off once first. I then sprayed the entire thing with Suede glimmer mist. After the mist dried (or more correctly, when I got home from work and kid activities) I stamped the verse in Versamark ink and embossed with Ranger black embossing powder. I then cut the image into a circle with my Spellbinder Nestability circle die and layered it on a scalloped circle. The background of the card is stamped with a script background stamp, also in soft suede and also sprayed with Suede glimmer mist. I added the vanilla and black striped ribbon as a final touch.

Our Daily Bread December New Release!

Good morning all! Welcome to the Our Daily Bread Designs November Release Blog Hop!!! If you came here from Becca Feeken's blog Amazing Paper Grace you are in the right place! If you just happened on to my blog and did not start at the Our Daily Bread Designs Blog you should go there now and start at the beginning. You really need to start at the beginning because along your journey you are going to find secret words hidden along the hop which you need to collect along with the name of each designer, make sure you comment on each one too. Then you will return to the ODBD blog and leave a comment that you have visited all the blogs. There you will find an email address to email your secret words to. Two lucky winners will win their choice of one free stamp set! Winners will be chosen by Random from the correct emails Grace receives by Dec 2 8PM EST.

Now would you like to see a couple of projects made using the new release?
Isn't that the most beautiful poinsettia ever??? I colored this lovely image from the "His Gifts" with my Copic markers on vanilla card stock. It is then layered on black card stock and sprayed with a liberal amount of gold glimmer mist. I wish you could see how sparkly it is in real life. I used some BoBunny designer paper, black brads and striped ribbon then added the verse embossed in black on a scrap of vellum.
I had to also share with you this quick little ornament I made to tuck into the box I am sending off to a friend. I used a plain glass ornament I picked up at ACMoore. The snowflakes from "Peace & Joy" are stamped with white Stazon and the greeting was stamped with black Stazon.

I hope you enjoyed seeing what I have done with these new sets. It is almost time for you to hop on over to Betty Wright's blog Stamping to the Wright then on to Angie Zublionis's blog Quacking Creations, but before you go my secret word is basket. Be sure you are keeping a list of all the DT names so you can write their secret word next to them and email that to Grace at the address given on the ODBD Blog at the end of the hunt. You have until 8 PM EST on Dec 2 to email the secret word/words each designer had! Remember two lucky winners will each win a stamp set.

kraftin' kimmie double challenge

Kraftin' Kimmie's is this weeks sponsor of the Papertake Weekly challenge. It is sketch week again, (the sketch is below) so I thought it would be fun to combine our challenge with Kimmie's weekly challenge which I do every week anyway because I am a big fan. Kimmie's challenge this week is entitled "Touchy Feely" and we are challenged to use lots of texture in our design.

For my card I used one of Kraftin' Kimmie's newest images Small Talk from the Cindy and Mindy collection. I colored the main image with Copic markers (see I really am getting a little better with them) to match some Indian Summer Basic Grey designer paper. I added the matching glaze brads and some riding hood red and chocolate chip card stock. Each of the background layers were dry embossed with a different Cuttlebug embossing (swiss dot, textile, diamond) then sanded and sponged to highlight the texture. I added a fun ruffly ribbon and some touch of glaze to the main image to finish it off.