Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Donna's 3D Challenge for November

November has flown by so quickly ...better get this challenge posted before the month is gone.
Donna at Stamp TV challenged us to use Nina's Gable Box template - she also added that we will get a BONUS entry for including a handmade ORNAMENT.  Check out her details and find the template link at  http://stamptv.ning.com/forum/topics/november-09-monthly-3d

I made my gift bag from digital paper from GinaK "Deck the Halls" Pack. After cutting the bag out, I used a glitter pen to highlight the snowflakes and assembled the bag. I stamped the tree with versamark onto a glittery white CS and embossed with gold EP and colored the image with glitter pens. I cut it out with nesties and matted on to a gold mat and attached to my bag. Closed bag with a gold mesh tie.

For my ornament, I made a seashell angel using a seashell I collected in Florida. Added wings of gold mesh ribbon, made bow and arms of gold ribbon and attached a tiny shell in her "hands".  Used gold glitter glue on shells. Made halo of plastic ring wrapped with gold ribbon that I attached to her head made of a wooden bead and her hair of yarn. Attached a gold cord to back for hanging. She fits nicely into the gift bag for giving.

Stamp: Tree from GKD "A Very Merry Christmas" by Theresa

Jessica's STV Sketch Challenge

Took time from making pumpkin cookies and cranberry sauce to post this card.
Used soft sand as base card and attached mats of Basic Grey scraps following sketch. I embossed the top striped dp with CB herringbone folder and the dot pattern with a dot folder but the dots do not show. Scallop border from scrap lined with green ribbon.. I stamped a rectangle cut with nesties with sentiment. Finished with buttons thread with raffia and finished with green bow.Stamp: PXS
Paper: GinaK SoftSand
           Patterns Basic Grey-Figgy Pudding

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Thanks for taking time to stop by.

Monday, November 23, 2009

STV Technique Challenge

I am rushing to get this posted to meet the deadline but I lost the internet connection so may have missed getting in on time .
This is for the Stamp TV faux window challenge from Gina http://stamptv.ning.com/forum/topics/technique-challenge-stvtc40

I used a old stamp that I had never used which I thought was perfect for this challenge. I stamped the Christmas Village using Versfine black on white CS and colored with pencils and markers and highlighted the snow with stickles. I masked the village and sponged the sky with blue. I cut the image into panes and made the window and attached to black CS. I matted on the DP that looks like wallpaper and edged the the mat with silver pen. I attached to a base of Soft Sand CS. I purposely arranged off center.
Stamp: PSX Christmas Village
Paper: GinaK Black onyx and Soft Sand
           Basic Grey Patternrd paper from Figgy Pudding
Inks: Versafine Onyx Black and Memento Summer Sky
Thanks for looking out my window on a wintery day!
PS: actually got this in on time....was mixed up on what day it was...thought the deadline was Mon but it was Tues.  Ir's bad when you do not know what day of the week it is!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Another Challenge from My DH

My husband had a dream....a dream about a card! Why is he dreaming about cards?  It is enough that I dream about cards but not in my sleep. Well, anyway, his dream was about a pocket card made with a lottery ticket . So I thought - this is a way to get a lottery ticket for free! I told him if he bought me a ticket, I would make him a card and make his dream come true. Now, is that not being the good little wife? So here is his dream card:
I made a pocket of gold vellum on red and white stripe CS on a red base so you can see the lottery ticket that I slipped into the pocket...punched some holes so snowflakes on the ticket show through. I attached some ribbon on vellum to make it appear like a present and wrapped a ribbon around the ticket with a bow to act as a pull for the prize ticket. Finished with a ornament tag I made with a Cuttlebug die.
The size of the finished card is 5.5" by 8" so I can use this for the Creative Clear Stamp challenge to make any size card but an A2 (4.25x5.5). This can be square, long rectangle, circle, or any other size card.
Now the question is:

Do I have to share with my DH any money that I win when I scratch the card?
What do you think?  Theresa

Friday, November 20, 2009

Skating Penguin

I have spent way too much time on this card!  I love the Skating Penguin that I saw on Sue's Blog  here and had to go over to http://theresmagicintheair.blogspot.com/ to get the digi.

 I made this card using a background scene from the artwork in Photoshop Elements. I sized the digi and printed 2 copies-one a mirror image.  Then I colored with pencils and OMS and cut out the images ( very difficult because of size). I used Versamark on one image and heat embossed with clear EP. I cut an area out of the background and filled in with silver metallic paper for the skating pond. I outlined the pond with stickles for a snow bank. Added stickles and glitter to sky, trees, and snow which is hard to see in photo. I attached my penguin with his shadow on the pond . Added stickles to his brim and ball on the cap. I used a textured blue Base card and edged the mat with silver before attaching. Stamped sentiment from Creative Clear Stamps in blue, then added versamark with a pen and heat embossed with a glitter EP.
Another photo that shows pond better. Enjoy the winter that is on the way!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Happy Snowman

I made this card for a challenge but forgot to post so did not make deadline but I thought I'd share with you. A simple card made with some digital paper (HERE)   that I embossed with CB snowflakes. Matted on white CS and red base. Stamped snowman ( Clear Creative Stamps - Let it Snow) on white circle and colored with markers and added some stickles and glitter. Matted on gold circle and attached to card. Added ribbon strips and a bow .
Digital Papers:
 http://www.papercraftinspirationsmagazine.co.uk/page/papercraft?catname=/FREE papers
 Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Sharri's Potluck Friday Challenge

Sharri's STV Potluck Challenge was to make a card on a card.  She has great directions on how to make at http://stamptv.ning.com/forum/topics/stvpf39-friday-1113-potluck. Go check them out and see her great card as well. Top photo shows the front of my card. Middle photo shows front card opened and bottom photo shows card fully opened.
I am not going into details as how I made since Sharri explains much better than I can.
Papers: Basic Grey Figgy Pudding for Patterned Papers and Ornaments
            Green, Red and Ivory CS from stash
Stamps: Sentiment, Joy, and Swirls- GinaK Festive Frames by Melanie
Ink: Memento Rhubarb, Gold

This was a fun card to make. Thanks to Sharri for the great idea!

Just Us Girls Challenge

      This week's challenge at Jugs is to make a project using dry embossing and to make a birthday card for Dana. I used a green base cardstock and layered with white CS embossed with CB Happy Birthday folder inked with pink on upper half and CS embossed with CB Birds and Swirls folder on lower part. Used pink and white patterned paper on a pink mat for bottom. Cut out words and attached. Added some ribbon, bling, and glitter to finish.

Happy Birthday, Dana!
Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

2 Challenges in 1

Cindy's color challenge at STV is simply to make a card using ivory and any shade of green. She said "Use as many greens as you wish, as long as you don't try to sneak in any other colors. "

I decided to use her colors with Card Patterns Sketch 41 Challenge and this is my result:

I used a dark green base with a ivory mat and a patterned green paper mat. I stamped snowflakes on the background and layered with a strip embossed with CB folder and added a green ribbon. Layered squares with snowflakes cut from PP and center square was stamped with green ink and attached with dimensionals. Added glitter to snowflakes with Sakura pen and a bow to finish.
Stamps: Gina K- Festive Frame by Melanie
                      A Very Merry Christmas by Theresa
Papers: Basic Grey- Figgy Pudding-Patterns
             Ivory and Green CS-Stash
Cuttlebug Folder: Herringbone
Have you stamped today?

STV Sketch Challenge

Diana's sketch challenge is shown to the right:
                                                                            I chose to make a Chanukah card using her sketch. I began with a base card of blue on which I stamped with Versamark and heat embossed a sentiment and added a gold ribbon.  I then layered a white scalloped circle and blue circle with a dove cutout attached with dimensionals. Final touch was the dreidel cutout in gold.
Stamp: Rubber Stampede
CS: Bazzill Blue and White
      Gina K Good as Gold
Dove Die: CottageCutz
Dreidel Die: QuickKutz
Nestibilities Circle Dies
Thanks for dropping by. Have a great day!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Split Negative Challenge at STV

 Gina K challenged us to make a project using Split Negative. We can make a card, gift tag, or anything we want as long as it has some Split Negative going on! This was a really fun technique...simple and elegant.
Shown are the 2 cards that I made following the video and the inside that I printed on the puter.
Stamps: Gina K - Poinsettia from "A Year of  Flowers" by Melanie
             Creative Clear Stamps Sentiment  "Holiday Greetings"
Ink: Versamark
CS: Gina K Good as Gold and Black Onyx
Background Paper: Basic Grey's  Figgy Pudding Edged and Sponged with Gold Ink
Gold and Black Embossing Powder
Ribbon: Gina K
 Learn about this technique from the videos Gina K posted this week by going to

Have fun doing a split negative project!

Over the Top Award

Thanks to Mary Anne for this award. ( Known as MA54K)
Take time to visit her "over the top" blog:

This award comes with a quiz:
1. Where is your cell phone? Do not have one.
2. Your hair? Brown ( hiding the gray)
3. Your mother? 90 Years old (more energy than me)
4. Your father? Heaven
5. Your fave food? Pasta and seafood
6. Your dream last night? Don't remember dreaming
7. Your fave drink? Coffee
8. Your dream/goal? Grow old with my DH
9. What room are you in? Computer room (Really bedroom office on 2nd floor)
10. Your hobby? Making Cards and Editing Photos
11. Your fear? Losing my DH
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Where I am today
13. Where you were last night? Out for Dinner
14. Something that you aren’t? Bored
15. Muffins? Blueberry
16. Wish List Item? Copic markers
17. Where did you grow up? Tennessee
18. Last thing you did? Got out of bed and turned on the computer
19. What are you wearing? PJ's and robe
20. Your TV? Mentalist, Good Wife, NCIS, Law and Order, HGTV, Food Network
21. Your Pets? None
22. Friends? Love then all including new online friends
23. Your Life? Busy
24. Your Mood? Happy
25. Missing Someone? Sister in TN
26. Vehicle? Escalade
27. Something you are not wearing? Shoes and socks
28. Your fave store? Craft stores and Gina K online
29. Your fave color? Yellow
30. Last time you laughed? My DH keeps me laughing all the time
31. Last time you cried? Aunt's Funeral in Oct
32. Your best friend? Husband
33. One place that I go to over and over? My Studio
34. One person who emails regularly?  DH from his  basement office. LOL
35. Fave place to eat? Iris
36. Facebook? Yes, but seldom go there.

Now I have to pass this award to to 5 people but I see that "Most of the Over Top" bloggers I know have already  received and I do not want to duplicate. I will pass to:

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Karen's STV Color Challenge

For the Color challenge at STV, Karen chose Ivory, Champagne (light gold), and Burgundy.
I am disappointed in how this card looks in the photo ...is much better in real life as they say.
I stamped the bells on ivory cs
using gold ink on bells and burgundy marker for the ribbon. I heat embossed bells with gold ep and then sponged with gold ink....to repeat myself...birl!
Colored ribbon with pencils and OMS. I cut oval in patterned paper and layered bells under the oval creating an mat of the ivory showing on the edge.
Then attached to mat of champagne (light gold). I attached this to a base card of ivory which is same size as mat. Sentiment that I stamped in lower corner in gold hardly shows in photo but birl.
Stamps: GinaK - "First Christmas" by Asela, "A Very Merry Christmas" by Theresa M.
Papers: Pattern Paper-Basic Grey Figgy Pudding,
Ivory, Light Gold from Stash
Oval Nestibilities
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

TV Potluck Friday Challenge

Lee's challenge is to "use a SENTIMENT for your background!! NO dp allowed except what you make on your own with sentiments!" She said: "I'm gonna be super nice and let you do ANYthing else!"
I was just dying to use this bear stamp so I designed this card for him. Stamped him on a scrap of light brown cs and colored with pencils and OMS, markers, and white pen. Paper pieced his scarf and added dots. Cut him out with oval nesties and attached to a red scalloped oval. Stamped Ivory CS with sentiments and embossed with Cuttlebug for texture. Wrapped white mat with some brown organdy ribbon. Assembled onto base of red cs and added touch more ribbon.
Stamps: GinaK "First Christmas" by Asela, Sentiments from "Festive Frame" by Melanie
Papers: GinaK Pure Ivory, Brown and Red CS from Stash
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Rhubarb
Cuttlebug: Argyle Folder
Nestibilities Ovals

Hope you like my cute bear!

Another Entry for CCS6

Here is my second entry for Creative Color challenge CCS6 using ruby red, kraft, and creamy caramel. This time I stayed with the rules. I used a QuickKutz embossing folder to emboss red CS and punched some holes so that the kraft Base CS would show through. I wish this folder was just a bit smaller for this card. I cut an oval and stamped with sentiment and added some sponging. Assembled  and have my card. I would add some coloring to the holly and a gold ribbon but staying within the guidelines this time. LOL
Stamps: Creative Clear Stamps- Holidy Sentiments
Cardstocks all from stash-Red, Kraft, Caramel
Corner Punch and Hole Punch
Oval Nestibilities

Glad you stopped by to see my second attempt at this challenge.

Creative Clear Stamp Challenge

For the Creative Challenge this week, the challenge is a COLOR Challenge. The colors to use are Ruby Red, Kraft and Creamy Caramel. I made this card using stamps from the "Mother Bear" set and then realized I had used brown which was not a color to use....maybe it can count as a neutral color.....but I have not seen many red, kraft or caramel bears! I am going to submit it anyway and the judges can decide if it is "legal". I used kraft CS as the base. I stamped the bears on caramel CS with brown and masked them to stamp the background with sentiments in red. Added some swirls cut with a Sizzix die. Attached this to an embossed mat of red CS and then to the base.  Guess this qualifies for the STV Potluck Friday challenge since it has stamped sentiments. Not all is loss.
Stamps: Creative Clear Stamps-Mother Bear Set
Paper: CS all from Stash
Ink: Anita Art Red, Memories Art Print Brown
Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Folder
Sizzix Die Cut for Swirls
Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Monday, November 9, 2009

STV Sketch Challenge

Jessica's sketch challenge for STV is shown on the right. I used patterned papers from Basic Grey to create my card. On the ornament design, I stamped a sentiment with versamark and heat embossed with gold EP. I edged  the cutout with gold paint pen and added a bow at the top. I attached this to a mat of patterned paper wrapped with ribbon and layered this to a blue mat. Used ivory CS as my base. Added some bling and a cut out oval stamped with Joy.
Stamps: GinaK-"Festive Frame" by Melanie
Papers: Gina K Pure Ivory CS
            Basic Grey Figgy Pudding Pack
Ribbon: Gina K
Nestbilities Oval

Thanks for visiting!

Jugs Challenge

Maria's challenge this week at Just Us Girls is a sketch challenge. See on right.
I made my card using a mat of blue cs that I edged with gold ink, added the bottom mat of patterned paper that I also edged with gold and wrapped with ribbon. I stamped sentiment with Versamark and embossed with Gold EP on a circle and matted that with a circle of red patterned cs. Attached the circles and finished with gold tree brads. Used ivory base card.
Stamp: GinaK's First Christmas by Asela
Ink: Versamark
Papers: GinaK -  Pure Ivory
            Basic Grey - Figgy Pudding Pack

This was a fun challenge from JUGS. Check it out http://justusgirlschallenge.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping by to visit. Please leave a comment.

STV Technique Challenge on Autumn Wreath

Trying to catch up with my blogging to make up with missing so many days lately.
Gina K 's recent technique challenge is to make your project shine by Glazing it Up! You can use Crystal Lacquer, Glaze Pens or anything else that will create a glossy, glazy, finish. I made this simple card by stamping a wreath with rich cocoa on an ivory cs.  Painted the fruit and leaves with pencils and OMS. Glazed the fruit with versamark pen and clear ep. Used glitter pen on leaves. Added ribon and bow made with my new Easy Bow maker.
Stamps: PSX Wreath
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Paper: Gina K Luxury Pure Ivory
Ribbon from Stash

Happy Autumn!

Look Into My Studio

Made some pics of my studio to share with you some things I added recently. On the right is my ribbon display on two metals rods that I suspended with fishing lines from the ceiling. Now I can see all the colors without going through the baskets that I had stored them in.  Showing in the middle is an old bulletin board I put to new use by adding magnetic strips. Now I store my Spellbinders here and have room to add more. I now use mugs and old canisters that I store pencils, pens, markers, scissors, etc instead of using drawers beneath the counter. Not shown is a lazy Susan on the counter that I have placed some of the mugs on top as well as other items that I use most often. Will share more as I make some more pics.
Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!

Received My Prize from Scrapping Cottage

Last week I was excited to receive my prize that I won from Scrapping Cottage. Pictured are the items that I selected in my $250 Shopping Spree. Thanks to Joanne for this great gift and for selecting me as the winner!
I selected  Spellbinders, Memento ink pads, Basic Grey papers, some bling, Sizzix Die cuts,Cuttlebug Dies, QuickKutz Embossing Folders, CottageCutz dies (which are great designs) and more. I also got the Glue Glider Pro which I love, love, love. Go check out their store

Thanks for stopping by...got to go and play with my "stuff".

STV Color Challenge

Finally got to do some carding on Sunday. Yeah!!!
Last Friday, I received an order from GinaK and my prize from Scrapping Cottage ( more on this in another post) so I was really anxious to spend some time in the Studio.  Last week, Sue's color challenge over at STV was to use purple, gold, and black. I entered my card just before the deadline last night. I stamped ornaments with versamark and heat embossed with gold ep on my one and only piece of purple cs. Sponged the ornaments with gold ink and added a strip of thin gold paper on the larger ball. ...this pre-punched strip was in my scraps left over from another project. I never throw anything away. Added purple ribbons to each ornament. I stamped the sentiment  on purple card and then added another sentiment using dimensionals. I attached the card to a gold mat and then to base card of black.
Stamps: GinaK First Christmas by Asela,  Festive Frame by Melanie
Inks: Versamark, Gold
Papers: Purple CS from stash
            Gina K Good as Gold Metallic CS
            Gina K Luxry Black
Ranger Gold EP

Thursday, November 5, 2009

No Time for Making Cards-Maybe Tomorrow

Have been busy with so many projects that I have not made any cards. On Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, we were busy raking and cleaning up leaves that all seemed to drop at the same time. But we can finally see the grass again.  My DH did most of the work but I tried to be supportive by being outside with him. Think we got most of that work done in time because we had a mix of snow and rain all day yesterday and it's getting colder by the day.
I have also been working on gift calendars that I design and print...make about 25....some that I personalize with birthdays,etc. And also am planning a birthday party for my Mother who turns 90 in January and working on invitations for that event.
Today we are having a large old pine tree cut down which will involve being outside most of the afternoon.
Sneak preview of my calendars:

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