December 29, 2011

Great Surprise - I made the "Best Dressed List for 2011" at the PPA

Wow Wee! What exciting news for me today. I just received an email telling me that one of my challenge cards was chosen by Nina Dee as a winner on the  "Best Dressed List for 2011" over at Pal Paper Arts!   challenge blog. How exciting is that!
Here is my card that was chosen for the month of August by Nina.
This was my very first attempt to make a 'lollie' card.
You can read all the details of my ''lollie' card from my original post here.

More exciting news.... my VERY talented SU up-line Nance Leedy from Canopy Crafts was also chosen as the winner for April. How wonderful! If you would like view all the other monthly winners stop by Pals Paper Arts for the complete list.

 Once again I want to say THANK YOU to all the Pals Paper Arts design team members for such wonderful inspiration every week of the year, and a special Thank You to the very talented  Nina Dee from "Designs by Nina Dee" for choosing my card as one of the monthly winners. Please stop by and visit Nina along with all the other fabulous members of the Pals Paper Arts design team.
Happy New Year.

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December 20, 2011

Established Elegance

This is such a busy time for me but I decided to post this card that I made for a friend to give to her goddaughter for her 18th birthday. I used the Established Elegance stamp set and the inspiration came from Ann Schach here. Here is my card for my friend.
I started with a pretty in pink base embossed with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder. I used some bordering blue cs to mat the DSP (retired) and stamped a few images from Established Elegance on the DSP and glued to the card front.
I added some scrunchy baja breeze seam binding to the top edge.
I stamped the dress form and flower from the same set and embossed with the oval from the Textured Impressions set and distressed the edges with soft suede ink, then added with dimensionals. A few flowers colored with stamp write markers were added as well a sentiment with a few rhinestones and the number 18, both mated and popped up.  I also 'attempted' to make a seam binding rose (ugh) and added a soft pink pearl.
A peek at the inside and done!
The colors really are much prettier but my photography STINKS!
Hope she'll like the card I made for her Godchild's 18th birthday!
This is my last post for 2011. Have a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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December 8, 2011

Putting-on-the-Ritz {PPA123}

Hello everyone! I posting this for the Pals Paper Arts  'Putting-on-the-Ritz' challenge {PPA123}. First let me say I have to leave for the airport in one hour so this is going to be a super short post as far as details! I also must mention I CASED this from one of my favorite stampers, but I can't remember who at the moment, and I don't have time to find it right now, but I LOVED thanks for the inspiration!  Here's my card.
I made this card last night at class using the "Christmas Lodge" stamp set and the masking technique. I masked the snow using a torn piece of scrap paper and stamped the lodge in Stazon black ink. Then I used daubers and sponges to create the night sky with pool party, pacific point, crushed concord, and night of navy inks.
I also took a dauber and with more masking and light touches added inks to give the snow some dimension.
Then I used a two way glue pen and sprinkled glitter for the sky and some Mica Flakes for the snow mounds. I used a non SU puffy pen and heat gun for the roof.
Then the inside also has a touch of glitter on the trees but it's hard to see in the photos.
I hope you liked my "Putting-on-the-Ritz" card for the PPA 123 challenge,
Now I'm off to see my grand kids! Yippee!

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November 27, 2011

FMS #12 Sketch - circle

Today's card is for the Freshly Made Sketches #12 challenge by Jen here
 I really should have played the peek-a-boo snowman card from my last post, but it was not a new creation, so quickly made another clean and simple card today. Here it is. 
Now first let me say, I'm the worst photographer of cards and today's wins the prize for worst ever! I've tried to take it about 10 times; with/without flash, with lights on/off, but it just doesn't come our correct at all. The DSP is retired SU paper that is a beautiful tans, deep red, and hunter green... this photo just looks blah.
 The flower was stamped in cherry cobbler ink on real red cs, with a few colored rhinestones in the centers, but.... well... and it looks almost plastic. The circle with the sentiment and leaves were stamped in hunter green ink, with the same colored sponged edges..then popped up with a few dimensionals. So all I can say to you is that it really is pretty in person.

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November 19, 2011

No MoJo Class Colection

Well I'm not sure if the reason I have NO MoJo left is because I've been kitting up items for classes or just the Holiday approaching faster than I'm ready for or what, but I am completely out of MOJO... so today's post is going to be a collection of some of the cards I've had in my last two November classes and the a few for my December class soon approaching. Not only am I out of MOJO I'm feeling pretty lazy too! So think of this more like a slide show - without sound... Hugs.
Beautiful Season and scored background.
Christmas Lodge in Non-Traditional colors for Christmas.
Peek-a-Boo Frames Snowman
Winter Post and Lovely as a Tree.
Super Simple Folded Christmas Tree from 1/2 circle with striped emboss folder.
Dasher .... dashing through the snow... la laa la la la laa la.
Ornament in non-traditional colors with Morning Mocha DSP.
This last one is a CASE from my very talented Up-line Nance at Canopy Crafts. After completing it I decided it's not going to be a class card, but this Curly Cute card is going to my friends as a "Thank You" for our up coming Thanksgiving Day dinner invitation which they always include us to.
THANKS Nance for all your wonderful inspiration!
Well that's the end of my slide show.
Hope you enjoyed the show!
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

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November 11, 2011

Emboss Resist Fall FMS#10 and PPA #119

My card today is for two challenges;  the Sketch challenge #10 from Rita Wright at Freshly Made Sketches
 and also for Pals Paper Arts Holiday photo inspiration challenge #119.
However, I think you'll have to use your imagination with the 'holiday' part of my card. You'll just have to pretend my banner says 'Happy Thanksgiving'.... okay?  I just saw this inspiration photo, but I really needed a Get Well card instead, so here is my card.
I started with a crumb cake base and stamped the "French Foliage" in versamark and covered with clear embossing powder, then heated with the heat gun. Then I just started covering the front with daubers and ink. I started with the lightest colors first; more mustard and added cameo coral. I continued with some lucky limeade, and finally rich razzleberry.
The center part was made by flagging the ends of a piece of chocolate chip cs which I ran through the crimper. I added another flagged piece of very vanilla stamped with a "Sweetly Said" sentiment, then I distressed that piece in all the colors of the card front. I added a few die cut felt leaves and top them with a "Holly Berry Bouquet" button tied with hemp twine. I popped the whole piece with dimensionals in the center of the front.
The inside has touches from the front.
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November 1, 2011

Anything Goes FALL theme at Paper Players challenge #70

This is very simple card for the Paper Players FALL theme challenge. Here's my card.
It's a very simple card on a natural white card base. It's hard to see in the photo but I started by scoring the two lower corners on opposite angles.
Here is another view, but the one side doesn't want to show up too good.
I really have to work on a light box for photos in the New Year!
I then stamped the top part of the card with French Foliage in more mustard, rich razzleberry and cameo coral. I also used the water spot in river rock. The same was done on the focal piece except everything was stamped off once.
I then heat embossed Give Thanks from the Hand-Penned Holidays in copper embossing powder and matted it with shiny copper paper.
I added a copper leaf brad, then popped it up with a few dimensionals.
The inside is touches of the front but I forgot to take a photo! ddaahhh.
Well that's it.... Done!
It was very difficult to photograph due to the flash back from the shiny copper paper, but I did the best I could. Hope you like it.

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October 30, 2011

Toile & Trouble

Well all the Grammas out there know that I have to stay impartial with the grandkids, so I decided to post another page to include them ALL! Happy Halloween everyone!
Here are all three; Becca the Witch, Hannah is Tinker Belle and little Bumble Bee Brian. Becca informed today... "Gramma, all three of us can FLY!"
Not only are they cute as bug, they're smart as a whip too!

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Becca's Skating Competition - Oct 2011

Well I keep saying I have to practice my MDS, and this weekend while going through a blog HOP I saw a few MDS cards. So it gave me some inspiration to practice a little.  I finally had reason to make a page, not that I don't have tons of catching up to do with my scrapbooking mind you, but this occassion is something special; in our family anyway.
 My middle grandchild... Becca won third place in her figures (where they have to go on one skate in a figure 8 on the floor at her skating competition. She also participated in the "Shoot the Duck" position (down on one skate with one leg out front) and "Stroking" (don't know that one) and she's getting better all the time. She was so proud and told me all about it on the phone. The second day she won a "Reward" certificate too. Isn't she just cutest 5 year old skater you ever saw!
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October 29, 2011

Triple Treat Ribbon Cake - {PPA117}

Today's post is for the Pals Paper Arts - Ribbon - challenge 117 using one of my favorite new stamps.. the Triple Treat Flower and here's my card.
This needs little explaination but the colors are cajun craze, crumb cake, chocolate chip cs with pieces of the new SPICE CAKE (love it) DSP and a scrap of cameo coral designer DSP to add some punch.
I tied the chocolate chip wide stripped ribbon with piece of linen thread, then added the flower which was stamped twice with the Triple Treat Flower; Once on lucky limeade, and again on crumb cake. Then I used the 5 point flower and punched out the center and held together with an antique brad.
The leaves are actually the wings from the two-step-bird punch tucked in behind the ribbon. I stamped the sentiments from My Friend, but in hind sight I should have heat embossed it..
Here's a peek at the inside using touches from the front.

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October 22, 2011

Watercooler Llama Holiday Hop! Halloween, Thanksgiving & Christmas

This post is for the Watercooler Llama Holiday Hop. If you are following the HOP in order you should have arrived from Debbie Martin's blog. The HOP rules are to make three projects, any holiday of your choice, however, ONE must be a 3D project. .... AND...... It's my very FIRST HOP ever! I'm very excited and nervous all at the same time. Excited to participate but nervous because I don't really understand it all yet and I really hope I linked everything correctly. So with that being said, here are my Watercooler Holiday HOP projects.
PROJECT #1 Halloween Treat Holder
Let's start with Halloween. I made a 3D Witch Hat Candy Holder.
 I used the Petal Cone die and embossed with the Spider Web embossing folder. The base of the hat is a circle cut with my Cricut. I shaded with rich razzleberry ink, added a few strips of  DSP for a band then I tied a rich razzleberry ribbon around the base.
The sentiment from "Hand-Penned Holidays" is stamped and distressed with rich razzleberry ink on piece of whisper white cs with flagged ends. I added to the witch hat with glue dots at the center.
Now for the fun part. When you turn it upside down you find the prize! Two flaps of the Petal Cone die go through two slits in the large circle to form a closure. The other two flap of the die make a easy access to the candy, yet stay closed enough to prevent spillage of the same.
 This photo below shows it closed with a paper clip, but this will be replaced by pieces of magnet sheet. I only hope it holds, otherwise plan 'B' is velcro closings.

  I hope you like my 3D Witch Hat candy holder. You can find detailed instructions of many demos by typing "petal cone witch hat" into any search engine.

PROJECT #2 Thanksgiving Favor
For my next project I made another 3D table favor for Thanksgiving (or Fall).
 This favor used two cuts from the milk carton die. Here it is ...
Isn't he the cutest little acorn guy ever? I found this punch art acorn from a free tutorial at Stamp and Scrap with Frenchie; check it out! I used dark green cs for the milk carton pieces. Once together I added a strip of DSP as a band and decorated with some leaves stamped from "French Foliage" directly on DSP scraps then fussy cutting them, adding to the box with glue dots.
Here's a peek at the back.
I punch holes around the top flaps and strung with hemp twine and tied a bow.
The little acorn was punched using the ornament punch and a few partial pieces of large and small ovals make the hat and smile. (It's all in the tut). The silver brad was colored with a pumpkin pie write marker. The cheeks come to life with a touch of ink and dauber end, then the eyes are made with a black write marker; hat, cheek and eye highlights from a white gel pen.
"Thanks" from "Fabulous Phrases" was stamped in soft suede on very vanilla and punched with an oval punch, then glued to a piece of cameo coral and punched with the tag punch. It was added with one of the new mini clothespins to the twine! Done!

PROJECT #3 Christmas Card
My third and final project is a Christmas card using the new "Stocking Builder" punch. Here's my card.
It's a pretty simple assembly using lucky limeade cs as a base,then layered with Jolly Holiday DSP (retired and I'm so sad) and I thought this DSP looked like a fireplace. How about you?
I stamped 'believe' in cherry cobbler ink on a piece of very vanilla then drew a line 1/4" inside the edge with a cherry cobbler write marker to connect the sentiment.
I punched two stockings with the Stocking Builder punch from various DSP scraps and assembled, then added some bling with dazzling diamonds. I used a 1/8" hole punch a the top of each stocking,  then tied a bow with cherry cobbler bakers twine. I added to the front with dimensionals. Now we're all ready for SANTA!  Done!
I hope you like my Stocking Builder punch Christmas card. I look forward to any comments on my first HOP attempt.
 I hope you enjoyed viewing my three Watercooler Llama Holiday HOP projects and your next stop on the HOP is Heather!
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For those that did not play this time, here is my SWAP card.
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