Monday, August 31, 2009

A Colorful Beautiful Thing

I got some time to play in my craft room yesterday and made several cards. I will post them over the next few days but if I get time to make others I may have 2 posts on some days.

Today's card uses the color challenge from the Color Throwdown blog. You were to use Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, and Positively Pink. Positively Pink is an old Stampin' Up color and to show you how long I have been using Stampin' Up colors, I had this ink pad and it still worked. I paired it up with the sketch from Sketch Saturday. I love these colors together. It is so cheerful. The card is pretty straight forward so it doesn't really need any explanation. Here is the sketch and my card.


































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Stamps: A Beautiful Thing Paper: Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Pink Passion, white, Sunshine Garden DS Ink: Bashful blue, Brilliant Blue, Certainly Celery, Old Olive, Positively Pink, Rose Red Accessories: ribbon (Offray Ribbon Outlet), sticky tape, dimensionals

Hope you enjoyed today's creation. Thanks for looking and have a Marvelous Monday!

Robbie

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Prayer Request

I have a special prayer request. My daughter's brother-in-law was involved in a serious motorcycle accident. He is currently paralyzed from the nose down and his only form of communication is by blinking his eyes. They flew his brother (my daughter's husband) home from Afghanistan for 10 days but he had to return. This boy is only 22 years old and is still not out of the woods. Please pray for him and his family. Thanks.

Robbie

Friday, August 28, 2009

Hoping for a new venture

Well I am going out on a limb and trying this again. I have applied for several design teams and have not been lucky enough to be chosen. I was checking out the forums on Splitcoast Stampers and just popped into the design team calls and saw there was one posted for The Pixie Cottage. I decided to check out their stamps as you have to like the company's stamps or it will not be a good match. I loved their stamps and felt they matched my style so I decided to give a try.

One of the application requirements is to create 3 cards, post them, and link them back to their blog. I have my 3 cards below. The first card uses the sketch from the 365 Cards blog. I wanted my black layer to have a little extra so I used the trick or treat stamp and clear embossing powder to create my own background paper. I also decided to create another Halloween card. Here is the sketch and my creation.






































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Stamps: Spooktacular (TAC), Trick or Treat (Canadian Maple Collections) Paper: Basic Black, Gable Green, white Ink: Veramark, Palette Noir Black Accessories: Barely Banana - Gable Green - So Saffron markers, Sakura Stardust Gelly Roll pens - Clear & Gold, Nestabilities, ribbon (Michael's), clear embossing powder, sticky tape, dimensionals



My second card uses a new set I just got. I was in the mood to use one of my favorite color combos - Mellow Moss and Regal Rose. I used markers to color my stamps and then traced over the image with my clear Stardust pen to add some sparkle. Here is my second creation.

























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Stamps: Herb Expressions, Speckle background (retired) Paper: Mellow Moss, Regal Rose, white, Patterns Pack II DS Ink: Mellow Moss Accessories: Mellow Moss - Regal Rose markers, ribbon (Pink Hedgehog), sticky tape, dimensionals



My last card is little different from what I usually do. I used the sketch from the 2 Sketches 4 You blog. I saw on a blog someone had embossed a flower shape in just white. Then she had sponged color in 3 bands across the card. I decided to try this using fall colors. I embossed the leaves with Chocolate Chip then sponged on More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie, and Ruby Red. I was not fond of the sponging so I decided to use my aqua painter to blend the colors better. I turned out okay. After that I just had to put the card together. Here is the sketch and my card.
































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Stamps: Fall Whimsy, Happy Blessings (both retired) Paper: Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Ruby Red, white, Bella Rose DS Ink: Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie, Ruby Red, Versamark Accessories: Crystal Clear embossing powder, ribbon (Pink Hedgehog), aqua painter, sticky tape, dimensionals
Hope you enjoyed my cards today. I'm not sure I will post this weekend. Lots going on but I will try. Thanks for looking and have a Fabulous Friday!
Robbie

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Beautiful Cottage Wall Card

I created this card for the design team call but realized the requirement was to have stamps as the focal point of your card. Since I focused on using the pattern of the paper this card did not fit the requirement so I decided to post it on a separate posting.

I love the Cottage Wall paper! The colors are just so rich and gorgeous. I thought this paper would look so pretty with punched butterflies and pearls. In order to use the swirl on the paper I had to make it a 4 3/4" square card. I traced the white swirls with a Sakura clear Stardust Gelly Roll pen. I think it turned out very pretty, what do you think?


















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Stamps: Tag Tidbits (TAC) Paper: Orchid Opulence, Rich Razzleberry, white, Cottage Wall DS Ink: Rich Razzleberry Accessories: 3/4" & 1" circle punches, butterfly punches (Martha Stewart), Rhinestone Stickers (Michael's), Sakura Stardust clear Gelly Roll pen, ribbon (Pink Hedgehog), sticky tape, dimensionals
Robbie

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

A Wagon Full of Flowers

Second post, scroll down for the first!

I had the time to visit my craft room and do some stamping that was not for Halloween. I saw the color challenge on The Color Dare blog and decided to use it to create this card. I also used the sketch from Card Patterns for this card.

When I saw the colors you were to use, I wasn't sure how I was going to use them all. I immediately though about using some Crushed Curry designer paper and stamping Baroque Motifs on it. When I checked out the Raspberry Lemonade DS paper, the Crushed Curry was too busy to do that so I decided to use some cardstock instead. I used the French Script background stamp and stamped it on the cardstock with the same color ink (I used second generation stamping to tone it down a litte). After that I stamped the swirl in Rose Red and again used second generation stamping.

Now I had my background and thought I would use the Boho Blossoms punch to make some flowers. I wanted to do something different with the flowers and while looking through my stamp sets I saw Wagon Full of Fun and the wagon just jumped out at me. I wish this set had made the catalog as I love the images and it is fun to work with. I stamped the wagon and used my aqua painter to color it in. I then cut it out and at the same time carefully cut out the space between the slats. After that it was just a matter of layering my leaves and flowers in the wagon. Here is the sketch and my creation.





































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Stamps: Baroque Motifs, French Script, Wagon Full of Fun (both retired) Ink: Close to Cocoa, Rose Red Paper Almost Amethyst, Cameo Coral, Crushed Curry, Garden Green, Rose Red Accessories: Trio Flowers punch, Little Leaves Sizzlet Die, ribbon and brads (both Pink Hedgehog), sticky tape, dimensionals

Hope you liked my second card today. Thanks for looking and have a great afternoon!

Robbie

Midnight Madness Cat

Hello everyone, glad you stopped by today!

Still working on some Halloween cards. I am doing some other cards also so some days there may be 2 posts. This was a quick card so not much explanation needed. I used the sketch from the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge for this week. I thought the card would look plain when I added my strips so I stamped the background with a swirl, but the strips were wider than I thought and you can't really tell. Again this card is sparkly as I used my glitter pens. Here is the sketch and my creation.





































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Stamps: Spooky Swirls, Curls & Swirls (both TAC) Paper: Basic Black, Kiwi Kiss, white, Simply Spooky PP (TAC) Ink: Palette Noir Black Accessories: Pretty in Pink marker, light gray marker (Marvy), Sakura clear Stardust Gelly Roll pen, Spica black microflake pen, ribbon (Michael's), eyelets (Pink Hedgehog), purple grosgrain ribbon, sticky tape, dimensionals

I think I will make some of these cards for the troops to send home. It was quick but cute and I think their kids would enjoy getting it. Thanks for looking and have a Terrific Tuesday!

Robbie

Monday, August 24, 2009

Building Up My Stash

I have another cute Halloween card for you today. I have not broken into my new Halloween paper yet. Maybe I will have to use some of it soon as the colors are very similar to the retired paper I used on this card.

I was able to use some of my wide grosgrain ribbon on this card. I used the sketch from Splitcoast's Card Sketches that is posted on Wednesday. It was a good one to combine some of my patterned paper. Here is the sketch and my creation.






































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Stamps: Spooktacular Paper: Basic Black, Certainly Celery, white, DS Ink: Palette Noir Black Accessories: Barely Banana - Gable Green - Green Galore - Pumpkin Pie - So Saffron markers, dark gray marker (Marvy), bat punch (Martha Stewart), Sakura Stardust Gelly Roll pen - clear - Gold dust - Lime, Spica black microflake pen , wide orange grosgrain ribbon, sticky tape, dimensionals
Hope you enjoyed today's card. Thanks for looking and have a Marvelous Monday!
Robbie

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Mojo Maria Halloween

Last week Verve Stamps celebrated turning 100 with a different sketch every day. I saw this sketch on Tuesday and liked it so decided to use to make another Halloween card. I'm not going to spend time chatting as the card is very basic and easy to figure out. Here is the sketch and my creation.
















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Stamps: Spooky Spiders wheel, Spooky Swirls (TAC) Paper: Basic Black, Brushed Silver, Old Olive, white, Halloween Night DS (retired), black and white PP (not sure where I got it, had it for a while) Ink: Palette Noir Black Accessories: scallop border & ticket corner punch, Spooky Spiders wheel (retired), Sakura Stardust Gelly Roll pen - clear, Spica microflake pen - black, ribbon (Pink Hedgehog), sticky tape, dimensionals

I will be recreating this one to send to the Cards for Heros group as well as my son-in-law's unit. They are quick and easy to but look so cute. Thanks for looking and have a Super Sunday!

Robbie

Saturday, August 22, 2009

A Quick Halloween Card

I actually stamped a bunch of my Halloween images and colored them in. I don't usually do this as I usually don't space my images correctly to allow for different shaped image panels. This was one of the ones I had to play with to get it cut out.

I had some cool bat ribbon I got from Michael's last year at the end of the season. I thought it would be fun to add to this card. Unfortunately it is hard to tell as the image oval is large. I will use this again on another card so keep your eyes open if you want to see what it looks like. I also used my glitter pens on this one also so it is really sparkly.

I used the sketch from 2 Sketches 4 You. Laura and Kazan have some great sketches that can be used to create simple and quick cards. This card fits that bill but looks so cute in real life. Here is the sketch and my creation.





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Stamps: Spooky Swirls (TAC), Just Flying By (retired) Paper: Basic Black, So Saffron, white Ink: Palette Noir Black Accessories: Barely Banana - Basic Black - So Saffron markers, dark gray marker (Marvy), bat ribbon (Michael's), arch lattice border punch & bat punch (Martha Stewart), Sakura Stardust Gelly Roll pens - Clear star & Golden Star, Spica black microflake pen, sticky tape, dimensionals
Hope you have some great plans for today. Thanks for looking and have a Sensational Saturday!
Robbie

Friday, August 21, 2009

Playing with my Halloween Images

I got a chance to work on some cards yesterday so I will have posts the next few days.

Today's card uses the sketch from the Sketch Saturday blog. I decided to use some of my Halloween stamps for a change of pace and to build up my stash with the holiday fast approaching.

I love this set but sad to say it is retired. The group of Halloween characters on the broom is so fun. I used some of my old patterned paper as I need to get rid of it. I also used my glitter pens to add lots of sparkle. Here is the sketch and my creation.






























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Stamps: Just Flying By, Halloween Backgrounds (both retired), Halloween Ink' n' Stamp (Hero Arts) Paper: Basic Black, white, Simply Spooky PP (TAC) Ink: Going Gray, Pumpkin Pie, Palette Noir Black Accessories: Basic Black - Close to Cocoa - Creamy Caramel - Gable Green - Lavender Lace - Pumpkin Pie markers, dark gray - silver gray markers (Marvy), Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust pens - Copper Star & Clear Star, Spica black microflake pen, Oval Nestabilities, dotted wave edger punch (EK Success), ribbon (Pink Hedgehog), sponge dauber, sticky tape, dimensionals


I also wanted to share my September ATC (Artist Trading Card) with you. I joined another group and we are only doing 3 months right now. I worked on my September swaps the other day and thought I would share it with you. Here is my creation.


Stamps: Chicken Scratch (TAC) Paper: white, Bella Rose DS, gingham download Ink: Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, Summer Sun Accessories: scallop circle punch, Tag Set - Small (Sizzix), ribbon (Jody's online share), brads (Pink Hedgehog), sticky tape, dimensionals
Hope you enjoyed today's creations. Check back tomorrow as I have another card to share with you. Thanks for looking and have a Super Saturday!
Robbie

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

A Beautiful Thing Blue Dragonfly

Here is the second card I made on Monday. This was a good color combination that was posted on the Colour Create blog. I combined it with the sketch from the Eat Sleep Stamp blog. I like the looks of this card and it was fairly easy to put together. I pulled out a set I hadn't used in a long time for this card. Here is the sketch and my creation.









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Stamps: A Beautiful Thing, Painted Dragonfly (Rubber Stampede) Paper: Ballet Blue, Basic Black, Brushed Silver, Sahara Sand Ink: Ballet Blue, Sahara Sand, Encore Silver, Palette Noir Black Accessories: Ballet Blue - Bashful Blue - Basic Black, Night of Navy markers, slot - large oval - scalloped oval - 1" circle punches, silver ribbon (Michael's), blue ribbon (Pink Hedgehog), dimensionals
Hope you enjoyed today's card! Thanks for looking and have a Wonderful Wednesday!
Robbie

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Love Kraft and Black!

Sorry I was absent yesterday. I have had a family emergency and didn't get a chance to stamp. I was able to make 2 cards yesterday. I will post one today and the other one tomorrow. I am hoping to make some more cards this afternoon but it will depend on what pops up that has to be dealt with.

Today's card is for 2 challenges. I used the sketch from the Card Patterns blog. I got my colors from the Color Throwdown blog. I used ink in the stamp pad top and a blender pen to color the flowers. The rest is easily understood so I am not going to spend time chit chatting. Here is the sketch and my creation.






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Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral Paper: Basic Black, Kraft, white, Patterns Pack DS Ink: Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Palette Noir Black Accessories: ribbon (Michael's), Sakura Stardust Gelly Roll pen - Goldstar & Rose, sticky tape, dimensionals
Hope you have a Terrific Tuesday! Thanks for looking and have a great day!
Robbie

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Blog Candy Winner

I chose a winner for the blog candy and posted the name. I have not heard from her. I need jmniffer to contact me at inkedx2@gmail.com by 9:00 PM Monday August 17th or I will draw a new winner.

Robbie

Friday, August 14, 2009

A Very Summery Card

Today's card is a long card that will fit in a legal size envelope. I wanted to use some colors I hadn't used in a while so I began with Tempting Turquoise. I went to the Color Combo website and entered the color. It came back with quite a few color combinations but I chose to use Yoyo Yellow and Lovely Lilac. After choosing these colors, I went looking for some patterned paper and I knew A Flower For You had Tempting Turquoise and Lovely Lilac so I decided to use that also. I saw the sketch on Card Positioning Systems and thought it would be fun to do a long card for a change.

I wanted to use a set I hadn't used in a while so I pulled out my Eastern Blooms. It was them a matter of stamping and layering. For my image layer I stamped the leaves from Best Blossoms and then second generation stamped the flower randomly in the 3 colors. This made for a very colorful card. Let me know if you agree. Here is the sketch and my creation.


















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Stamps: Eastern Blooms, Best Blossoms (retired), Listening (Hero Arts) Paper: Basic Black, Lovely Lilac, Tempting Turquoise, Yoyo Yellow, white, A Flower For You DS (retired) Ink: Certainly Celery, Lovely Lilac, Tempting Turquoise, Yoyo Yellow Accessories: Lots of Tags Sizzlits 4 pack, Purple - Sky - Gold Sakura Stardust Gelly Roll pens, ribbon (Pink Hedgehog), dimensionals
Hope you enjoyed today's card. I am taking the weekend off as my daughter is home for the weekend and I want to spend time with her. Have a great weekend and I'll be back on Monday!
Robbie

Thursday, August 13, 2009

An Oriental Delight

I hope everyone survived the horrible heat we had. 3 days of heat advisories was too much. It is nice to have a break.

I have been doing the Creative Belli blog challenges lately. I had wanted to participate again this week so I went to the site to check it out. When I saw the challenge I knew there was no way I would be able to do this one. The challenge was to use wood on your card. So I just said I would forget this one this week.

Imagine my surprise when this morning I was making some banana bread and to test to see if it was done I pulled out some toothpicks. All of a sudden it hit me. I could use the toothpicks as they were the wooden kind. My wheels started turning as to how I could use the toothpicks. I thought of branches, flower stems, and all the usual ways to use them. But I wanted something different. That is when I thought of using the toothpicks for Chinese writing. I pulled out my retired Kanji set and looked at the symbols in the set. I decided to use the Harmony sentiment.

I began by using my Basic Black pad to dye the toothpicks. I pushed them down in the pad on all 4 sides (I used wax paper to protect my fingers). Once I had 3 of them dyed, I set them aside to dry and began putting my card together. I used the sketch from the Sketch Saturday blog. I have done several of these sketches and they are fun. With an oriental theme, I chose to use red, black, and gold as my color scheme.

I stamped the bamboo leaves from Embrace Life in Garden Green. The image panel was a little harsh looking to me so I sponged on some Mellow Moss ink. I cut my layers and used my gold painting pen to add gold to the edges. I then stacked my layers and decided to use the words from the Harmony stamp to make my sentiment strip. I wanted it to be a little more noticeable so I used my Basic Black marker and a ruler to color the edges of the strip. I got some free ribbon in an order I placed and knew it would be perfect for the card.

Once the card was put together, I had to switch the placement of the symbol to the right as I didn't have room on the left. I started cutting the toothpicks up using the stamp as a guide as to what the symbol should look like. Once the card was finished I thought I had been pretty creative and felt the final creation was interesting. Here is the sketch and my creation.






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Stamps: Embrace Life, Kanji (retired) Paper: Basic Black, Real Red, white Ink: Basic Black, Garden Green, Mellow Moss, Real Red Accessories: Basic Black - Real Red marker, toothpicks, ribbon, crystal effects, sponge, sticky tape, dimensionals
Hope you enjoyed today's card. Thanks for looking and have a Great Day!
Robbie

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Sunflower Friendship

Happy Hump Day!

Wow I can't believe it is Wednesday already. How have you fared with this record breaking heat. I have spent a lot of time indoors to avoid it.

This card was made for a shoebox swap at our monthly Stampin' Up meeting we had last night. We are trying to plan a Stamp Camp but we are having trouble trying to find a place that doesn't charge an arm and a leg for rental. Not sure if this will be take place.

I used the sketch from Card Patterns. I have been in the mood to use some sunflowers on my cards lately so I went with that for this one. The saying was stamped then I free hand cut the wavy edges following the curve of the sentiment. Here is the sketch and my creation.




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Stamps: Curvy Verses Paper: Basic Black, Chocolate Chip, Kraft, Summer Sun, white, Morning Greetings DS Accessories: Chocolate Chip - Summer Sun markers, 1/2" - 5/8" - scalloped circle punches, Spring Garden punch, ribbon (Jody's online share), sticky tape, dimensionals
Hope you enjoyed today's card and it has inspired you to put some sunflowers on your card. Thanks for looking and have a Wonderful Wednesday!
Robbie

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Some Paper Relief From the Heat

Editted to add: The winner of the blog candy is

jmniffer

If you will send me an e-mail with your address I will get your candy out to you. Congratulations!

Today's card helps with some relief from the heat as it reminds us that winter and snow is not far away. I combined 2 challenges with today's card. The first one was a sketch challenge from 365 Cards. They have a daily challenge hence the name 365 Cards. This is also Art Glitter week so you can use glitter on their challenges this week as an added bonus. I have lots of glitter and it has been a while since I have used it I decided to try this challenge today and will try and do it every day if I can work it in.

The other challenge was from the Caardvarks blog. You had to create a new Winter themed card - holiday cards, snowmen, snowflakes, whatever reminds you of the Winter season. With the heat we have had the past few days I thought this would be fun to do and hopefully bring a little relief. Here is the sketch and my creation.



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Stamps: The More the Merrier (hostess) Paper: Night of Navy, white, Ocean PP (Watercolor Collection - Making Memories) Ink: Palette Noir Black Accessories: Only Orange maker, Silver Gray marker (Marvy, small and large tag punch, glue pen (ZIG), Angel Dust - Christmas Red - Mellow Yellow - Royale - Vine Art Glitter, snowflake punch (retired), small snowflake punch (front - Michael's), ribbon (JoAnn's - Santa's Workbench), Snowflake eyelet charm (Making Memories), brads (Pink Hedgehog), dimensionals
Hope you are doing well in the heat. It has been horrible here the past few days. They are saying we will get some relief tomorrow. I am crossing my fingers! Thanks for looking and have a Terrific Tuesday!
Robbie