Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Stampsmith Challenge

I have so many beautiful stamps form the Stampsmith, yet I never find time to use them or any others for that matter. Well, I am still on vacation this week, and saw the challenge on their blog. A sketch was given and you have to foll

ow that and use at least one Stampsmith stamp. I went with a Christmas theme and stamped in Archival black on glossy for my image. Used a few designer papers, mostly glittery ones. I added some ribbon to the one strip to break it up a bit and cut one of my new doily die-cuts from Cheery Lynn designs. I am loving their dies and so glad I stumbled upon them. This was a fun challenge for me as I never seem to use sketches anymore.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Eyelet challenge layout

On the Outlaw Women's Scrapbook Emporium (OWSE)yahoo group, we are challenged to make a project and use at least 15 eyelets. Now, that's a lot of eyelets! I even used my Cricut to cut the scalloped circle layer to begin with. I punched holes for the eyelets only to discover that my Crop-o-dile couldn't reach all of them. I dug and dug until I found an old fashioned eyelet setter and never did find a mat. LOL.

I guess I need to buy the Big-Bite after all. I made several of all the sizes of Tim-baby's rosettes and several fancy flourishes to tie the colors together. The pics are of my oldest daughter, Angela, and her kids, Victoria and AJ (Anthony). What fun I had making this and now I know that I need to start making some more layouts. I haven't scrapped anything in so long!

December tags, Day #11, 2009

OMG, where has the time gone! This vacation time is more hectic than working. LOL We were out of town for a few days and I forgot to have my post ready for Saturday morning, so here it is, a bit late. This was a fun one for me, though my brads did not cooperate, even though I have the tool, and with not mush time before leaving for vacation, I decided to use some cute buttons from my stash instead. Will play with that tool later and get it figured out. Don't forget to add your link if you play along and go see what Donna and Allison have made as well.


Having to go for a two-fer again this week! I needed to do a masking challenge for my OWSE yahoo group and the theme at SSSS this week was Travel, so I am using this piece for both. I started out with a vanilla cardstock and laid my masks on it. Sprayed with color washes in butterscotch and sunset orange. Dabbed and removed the masks. Using an ink blender, I added Vintage photo and then Walnut Stain to the edges of the card for depth. I then stamped many background images randomly using Archival inks in a few colors, mostly sepia, coffee, and olive. i also added a few in Monarch Orange. Yum! I then stamped the car in embossing ink and then black powder and heated it. Then stamped the verses in black archival and coffee archival inks. Mounted it to a brown cardstock and called it finished. Will make a nice page to a 6 x 6 I think so am keeping it flat without embellies at this point.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Eclectric Paperie Challenge

What a fun challenge I saw over on the Eclectric Paperie blog that I just had to make the time to enter. We were challenged to use an egg carton, a die, and distress inks and or stains. Well, that part was easy as I use them on everything I stamp. My background was wrinkle-free distress and then I took the bottom of the egg carton and cut apart the sections where the eggs sit and used it to stamp the background with Pumice stone distress ink. I die-cut a flourish from the egg carton and colored it with Peeled Paint stain and glued it dwn with glossy accents. I die-cut 6 flowers from the egg carton and used Worn Lipstick and Spiced Marmelade stains to color these, stacked and bent and formed them and used a large brad to hold them together and used "snot-dots" to hold them onto the tag.You know, the dimensional big globs of glue. LOL I added Distress stickles in the same colors to them for a little sparkle. I stamped the verse on bottom corner and then die-cut the butterfly movers and shapers out of more of the egg carton I used for the flowers. I stamped it with a crackle stamp in black after using Broken China distress stain on them. Added the Gunmetal Stickles for the body and glossy accents to adhere it to the tag. Died seam binding with Distress Stain to match and voila!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

December Tags- Day #10, 2009

Quickie post again as I am swamped with things to do. Sorry it's late as I am posting on my lunchbreak. I struggled with this one as you can see. I couldn't find a lot of the supplies I needed so had to improvise big time! Hope you gals do a better job on it than I did. LOL

Friday, August 19, 2011

SSSS- Show Us Some Bling

This week's challenge over at Simon Says Stamp and Show,(SSSS) is Show Us Some Bling. Well, I finally decoded to try to use some of the various baubles and trinkets Ikeep buying and hoarding and made this up. What was I waiting

for! This was so quick and easy and turned out so cute!

Grungy Monday #20

Wow, week #20 already of the lovely Linda's challenges! I finally made something for this. Have been wanting to try my jalopy die for a while now, so used it here. I used plain old black cardstock to cut it and then cut the trim pieces with aluminum tape from the hardware aisle (used for plumbing I think.) I used a map for the background and then after I added tecture to my jalopy with one of Tim's folders, I smeared it up good with Black soot Distress Stickles. Hard to get the cool sparkle effect on a camera but I caught some of it for you. Once dried, I added several of the trim pieces cut from aluminum. I thought it looked like chrome, so no need to color it with alcohol inks. Also wanted to thank everyone for praying for my oldest daughter, Angela. We got great results, NO LUNG CANCER as they had suspected, but Sarcoidosis instead. We will deal with that! Much better than cancer! It was a long couple of weeks waiting and she is still very sore and in a lot of pain from the accident but hoping to heal. She has three vertebrae that have torn ligaments in her neck area so long way to go to feel good and return to work but at least we won't be dealing with cancer on top of it.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Outlaw Women's Scrapbook Emporium- Quickfire Challenge

In the OWSE yahoo group, we are having a quickfire challenge where Robyn has challenged us to cut at least two hand-made dies and create a piece using them. She made a really great piece with hearts but I didn't want to copy hers, though I can draw and cut a heart. LOL I went with Christmas trees. I used two different patterns of glitter cardstock I have been hoarding forever and then cut trunks from brown cardstock. I used snowflake brads as my stars and distress inked the edges of both layers of my background in
Vintage Photo ink. I glued one tree down and pop-dotted the other for depth. I used my Viva Decor Pearl pens for the ornaments. Oh, those are fun! We only have until 7:00 p.m. tomorrow to finish them her time so it is just what it's called, a Quickfire Challenge". What a fun challenge and I have got a card done for Christmas!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Grungy Monday #19

Wow, 19 weeks already into Linda's Grungy Monday challenges! I can't believe how fast time goes. Thanks to Linda for giving us these fabulous challenges every week to keep us creating! I so enjoy these and going to all the other blogs to see the wonderful artwork that is shared! It has been a blast for me and have made so many blogger friends! This week we revisited Tim's Christmas tag for the technique we used. I decided to make a humorous Halloween tag from mine, so cut my embossing folder like Tim does to use it on tags. I also tried his Distress Stain marbling technique on the tag with Picket Fence, Dusty Concord, and Marigold stains. I used my tiny attacher to add the packaging to the tag. One of my bats was added to the outside of the plastic packaging and I painted it with Rock Candy crackle paint and blasted it with my heat gun and made it blister for some cool texture. Colored my white ghost ribbon with Dusty Concord using the blending tool and pad.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

December tags, Day #9, 2009

Happy Saturday bloggers! Here is my tag for Day #9, 2009 of Tim's Twelve tags of Christmas journey we are almost done with. I am also using it as my entry to the SSSS challenge this week to show a Tim technique. This is such a fun and playful tag. I wish now I would have used the faux enamel technique on my numbers as well. I might have to take them off and do it! Such a hectic week here with lots of running to Dr's and specialists with my oldest duaghter. She was rear-ended a week and a half ago and was hurt. When she had her cat scans for the injury, they found some other possibly very serious things that need to be acted on right away so we have been to three appt's so far and will go Tuesday morning for the results of the lung biopsies they did on Thursday. We are so praying for the sarcoidosis rather than lymphoma. Please pray for Angela if you are a believer!

Friday, August 5, 2011


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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Grungy Monday #18, SSSS, show us a tag, and December tags Day #8, 2009

Going for a three-fer again this week! For Linda's "Grungy Monday" #18, we are using Tim's Christmas Tags technique from Day #8, 2009 which is exactly where we are this week on my challenge here and on SSSS

we are to make a tag. I loved this tag of Tim's since I saw it, so had a great time with this one. Love the lamp-post but will be happy to have the die instead of cutting it out after stamping on grunge. LOL Love the music background on the vellum also. Very cool effect.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Grungy Monday #17

Last minute attempt to get this uploaded. Had grandkids here and didn't get it done last night even though the tag was done. My 6 yr. old grandson made me up a pile of backgrounds on tags using Distress inks and blending tools so I am putting them to use. He and my 10 yr. old granddaughter love to craft with Grandma, so I taught them how to blend distress inks and to do wrinkle-free distressing. They made a pile of small tags for themselves to use and a few large ones for me.This week we are using Tim's "Get Ready to Rock" technique. I have been itching to try one of my new sets of Tim's stamps so used it here. Love that Rock candy! AJ did too. He had to have his tag crackled too.