Friday, October 31, 2008

Whoo Hoo I finally got in a High Hopes Challenge!

I really wanted to get in on this weeks High Hopes Challenge, I loved the sketch by Katharina, and I have a bunch of High Hopes Stamps that really were needed some inky love.

The sketch was a challenge this week, the size. I have gotten so use to the square cards, or at least 5x7.... but this larger longer card was really different for me. I went through each of my HH stamps and found this cute scarecrow that I really don't even remember the last time I used him. I thought he might be perfect to try the distressed coloring, I am determined to figure this out! So I stamped with my Staz-On on heavy watercolor paper and pulled out all of my Distressed Inks and went to coloring... I still am having problems with how to not get out of the line... I figure that my watercolor pen is too wet, is that right? It took me twice as long to do this rather than my comfort zone of Copics, but I finally got it where I was ok with it.

I cut him with a Nestibilities Petite Oval, then ran it back through and embossed the edge. My pattern paper is fabulous, I wish you could see it in person. I have been hoarding this sheet for a long time. It is from K&Company and is distressed and the swirls are actually raised on the paper and feel like paint. Really cool. I cut the wave side with my bendable ruler and my craft knife. The light yellow mat behind the cream colored paper is Core'dinations and is sanded and inked, the cream paper is stamped with a Heidi Grace stamp. And how yummy is that ribbon! It matches the base color perfectly! It didn't show very well when I first put it on the card, so I ran a piece of wide satin pale yellow under it, and that helps. I used three dew drops at the top of the ribbon. Now... I guess I am going to have to make the envelope....

So happy I used one of my High Hopes, and thrilled I got to join in the High Hopes Challenge in time this week!
I have a neighbor coming over any minute to show the donkeys to an out of town friend... people love to come and show off my babies! Better get outside and make sure everyone is ready for a visit. Hope you have a wonderful day... Happy Halloween!
HUGS and-

Thursday, October 30, 2008

mmmm coookies... Whiff of Joy!

I was so sad when Willow with Cookies was sold out during the first sale of the "new" Whiff of Joy stamps. This was my favorite... as it must have been everyone else's too as it was sold out ;0)

Well I got it as soon as it was available again, and I just love it! Ok Willow is just gorgeous, we all love her, but I think the warm cookies just puts me over the edge! MMMMM warm cookies!

Today's Challenge at the Whiff of Joy Challenge blog is Burgundy (red) and Green! Well perfect for all the yummy Christmas papers.

Willow is stamped out and colored with My Copics and white gel pen. Then I chose two pieces of American Crafts Christmas paper, used the back sides of the papers for their mats and inked the edges and blanket stitched around them both with dark red thread. I then inked the edges of Willow and the sentiment (which is from Stampapbilities) and the sewed a straight stitch. I ran a piece of American Crafts ribbon across the bottom, then added two white metal corners... sorry I don't know who made them as they were in a drawer in my stash. I am happy with this one! Makes me want to go and pull out my Christmas Cookie recipes and start baking!

Today is a rare day for me... Hubby is fishing, house isn't a total disaster, a little bit of laundry but I can put it off a day, and no where that I have to go today... I think I am going to catch up on some DT work, prepare a few samples for some classes in November, and just get inky!!! I haven't had a day like this in forever! I do think I need to clean my space a bit too, but I will do that in between projects.

So I am going to go get a Coke and some breakfast, spend a little bit of time surfing the net... then "get to work" he he ! Oh and don't forget the Candy in yesterday's post!!!

Hope you have a great day planned too!
HUGS and -

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Sorry for the second post today... I just couldn't wait to share some news and some candy!

We have some exciting and sad news...

The sad news is Tilda & Co / Sarah Kay Challenges are no more, unfortunately there has had to be some changes.

Donna has needed to merge both the blogs together to free some time up for herself. The good news is we have a brand new challenge blog Magnolia Vs Stampavie.

We hope you will join in the challenge each Sunday (as before) The blog is now partnered with Stampaive so you can use Magnolia Stamps, Sarah Kay Stamps and any other stamp made by Stampaive including the ever so lovely Rachelle Anne Miller Designs (these must be the ones made for Stampavie – check out the list on the challenge blog if you're not sure which stamps can be used).

The blog will go live on Sunday with the first challenge on Sunday.

Donna has given us some fab Blog Candy for each DT member to give out which she has kindly donated from her craft store Crafty Krafts So you like what you see in the photo? Want to get your hands on this yummy candy?

This is what you need to do: Firstly please only enter one candy draw – there are 5 DT members and 5 lots of Candy up for grabs, but only one entry per person.

The candy is open to all, and Donna will post worldwide. You have until Saturday 1st November 10pm to enter.

1. Place a link to the new Blog on your blog, you can grab a Logo here
2. Post about the new challenge blog on your blog and link to it
3. Leave a comment on the new challenge blog with a link to your post and mention which DT candy you have entered. (That would be me :0) ... MichelleO)

Each candy is different to it's important to state which draw you have entered. Donna will then use a random number counter on Sunday and go through all the Designers blog comments and choose one winner from all the entries on that blog. We are looking forward to you joining in with the challenges on the new blog.

I so hope you will all join in the new and improved site... Now two of our favorite Challenges in one!

HUGS and don't forget to keep checking the new blog... it should go live any time...

Some Love with a Hanglar

Wow... ok....I do not want to be a Pizza Delivery person... and I didn't do hardly anything. HA.. you have no idea what I am talking about do you? Well my nieces are in dance and they had a fund raiser this year of selling pizza kits.. well it was pizza's, bread sticks, salads, and frozen cookies... ok, great fund raiser... but my poor sister literally became a door to door pizza delivery person, I only picked up a few for my side of town and took them all to one place. We are not talking about a total of 5-10 pizzas... we are talking 40-50! Whew! She really worked hard, but it was worth it as the girls are at their total needed for everything! Yea!

Anyway, I wasn't home early and so that cut into my crafting time. Luckily I had an image colored... so I just had to put it all together. It was kind of fun, I didn't worry about any challenge or work that needed to be done... nope just a card to match my already colored image. And well it did help that I got some gorgeous paper yesterday at Hobby Lobby... love the new SEI paper collection called "Chocolat"!! Oh I may have to get a second pack of this stuff!

So I took my Hanglar image, that is on watercolor paper and colored with my pencils and mineral spirits, matted it with the base card stock and a chocolate brown, then cut a piece of the SEI paper... very carefully making sure to get the parts I wanted without wasting any of it. Matted that with the chocolate brown, and wrapped the satin ribbon around the top. I then stacked a bunch of prima flowers up, with spacers, and mini brads. I cut the edge of one of the flowers and slipped the image behind it. The sentiment is a sizzix die cut that I cut out of the pink, edges with brown ink, then stickles. I gel pen stitched the edges. "Love" the colors and the Hanglar is one of my favorites.

I had to feed and water this morning as Hubby left early... brrrrrrr it was cold, I love the donkeys when it is cold... I wish I could get a photograph of them, their fur gets really full and puffy, so cute. Maybe in the morning I can try, as it is hard to photo, feed, water and love on them by myself.

Now for some breakfast and then some blogging.... Have a great Wednesday, and get inky!

HUGS and-

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

A Spoon of Sparkle & Bling.. you may need your shades here!

This week A Spoon Full of Sugar Challenge Blog would love to see some Sparkle and Bling on your creations - ok check... lots of sparkle and bling on my card! LOL And there is aa fab prize this week which has very kindly been donated by Lana From Dotty do crafts!

I apologize that my card ended up with a really Springy look... I think is was so warm when I was working on it last week and with the fun of the Hanglar girl in her Bumble Bee suit.. it just went that direction.
Starting with the Hanglar girl colored with my Copics, I wanted it to look like the entire costume was blinking... so I covered it with Glazed Dimensions, while still wet I sprinkled ultra fine yellow and green glitter over it. Letting it sit a few minutes (the glaze dries pretty quick... considering how thick it is) I tapped off all of the excess glitter... so check off the sparkle! I then went to look for paper to go with my image, sitting right in front of my was the new Debbie Mumm/JoAnn's Glitter Pad and the paper just called to me as it has glitter to it as well and it was perfect colors. I chose three card stocks to match, for the base and the mats, the pink I ran through the Martha Stewart floral scallop border punch... I don't know if I like this one or not. Really didn't leave much of an embossed flower.. I even inked it trying to show it off more. I ran two pieces of ribbon stacked, don't you just love the green one with the butterflies on it? Then found the 5 flower blings to add across it. Springy yes.. Sparkly yes.. Bling yes.. And I love it! Not very timely for the fall and winter, but hey it warms ya up! And if you can imagine it... it sparkles more in person!
Now make sure to run over to A Spoon Full of Sugar and take a look at all of the other DT work... GORGEOUS STUFF!!! Then again I love bling!
Well it is MIL shopping day, yes the day my Mother-in-Law and I do our "errands" and shopping. And today I think we are going to try and go do early voting. I hear the lines are really long! Got to find some warmer clothes though... pull out my winter stuff! It was 36 degrees here this morning... remember Sunday I had a BBQ and it was over 80???? Gotta love Texas!
Hope you have a great Tuesday... Get Inky!
HUGS and-

Monday, October 27, 2008

Wacky Prize Giveaway... Sneak Peak... oh and a card -

Stampavie is in the swing baby! They are in full prize package give away. I hope you all had a chance to get your name in the hat for the one day weekend blog candy they gave away Saturday night, and then Sunday they started up "Wacky Prize Give away"!

What is Wacky Prize Give away you ask? A fun different Blog Candy. All you have to do is email Stampavie a picture of you, a friend or family with a card made using one of their stamps in the most original manner you can think of. Participate in the wacky prize give away and be in with a chance of owning the brand new stamp First Kiss from Sarah Kay before it’s available in the stores! Seriously!

All entries that we receive will be shown in a blog gallery and judged by Heidi, founder of Stampavie. The wackiest entry will win this fantastic goody bag including the First Kiss Sarah Kay stamp -

Send your entries to before midnight Paris-time 2nd November.
Be creative, be original, be wacky! And you really need to see Heidi and Stuarts daughter showing off a Sarah Kay card..... Stampavie Wacky Prize Give Away!

Boy you are lucky I don't qualify for the prize... I so would have a card riding a mini donkey! HA.. maybe I should do it just for fun! So have your kids dress up, train the dog... have fun cuz that is one great prize you want in for this one!

Oh and while you are there.... YOU HAVE TO LOOK at the sneak peak of the new line collection of stamps created by the talented designer Leeré Aldrich! OH I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THESE! I can't wait to get them in my hands, ink them up and color! They just look so fun! I LOVE the bathtub one! See them HERE. While you are visiting the Stampavie Blog for two things today... take a look around, there are some really cute cards from all of the DT.

Now my card for today....... With all of the Stampavie news I decided I really needed to make a Rachelle Anne Miller Stamp and "Lily - Teddy's travels" is one I had not inked yet. I really am trying before I play too much with all of my new Christmas Collections to try and use some of others that haven't been inked yet, just so much to work with right now.
Lily is colored with my Copics, Spica Glitter Pens and white gel pen, for the layout I used this weeks Sketch Saturday Blog Challenge, perfect for this image. I cut Lily with my circle Nestibilities and a larger circle for the mat from the same card stock as the base. The pattern paper is a sheet from K&Company, yes that is the reverse side... oh I love that! I cut the flower side to fill the card, the plaid side I cut the two bands. I inked the edges of everything with dark brown, then sewed it all down. The lace is also sewed down, and yes.. it sagged in one section and once sewed down... sigh its attached and no moving it. I attached 6 prima flowers, spacers and mini brads for some frill as well. The sentiment is form Hero Arts and I stamped on a scrap of the card stock and used the smallest Fiskar's Circle Squeeze Punch. I know this isn't a "Fall or Christmas" image, but hey... we had a warm front here this past few days and yesterday it was over 80 here. Then last night a cold front came through will be 40 tonight so I am thinking I am getting back in the cooler images...
Whew... that was a long post! I think I am going to go get a coke, breakfast and sit and enjoy some blogs - Have a great Monday and find some time to get inky!
HUGS and-

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Sarah Kay goes to the Zoo!

I have to admit, I really had some fun with this one. My plans were actually much bigger, but I think I will save that idea for later ;0)

So this weeks challenge at the Sarah Kay Challenge Blog is to use Animals with Sarah. There are so many wonderful images that already have animals in them, so really the challenge is wide open! But I wanted to bring in an animal to mine, well while doing the isles at the new Super Joann's that opened in town, I found the cutest things on the ribbon isle. Offray has these adorable pre-made animal heads! There were Lions, Tigers and Bears... OH MY! (ok... I just had to do that) Seriously there were quite of few different animals and I fell in love with this Giraffe! But how could I incorporate him into my card? Well Sarah either had to go on Safari or to the Zoo right? And since it was only the neck and head the Zoo was the best choice, plus the safari would have been pricey... LOL.

So here is how it all came about. I started out by stamping my Sarah Kay image and coloring her with my Copics and cut her out with my Fiskars fingertip craft knife. I then stamped the Magnolia Brick wall stamp and colored it with Copics as well, then cut it out. I cut a piece of the cloud pattern paper from Cosmo Cricket and pulled lots of my Catseye inks and my Rubbernecker Kitty Kit Cause for a scene stamps, these are fabulous little nature items to build a background... I adore these! I worked them, and created the tree and the ground in lots of colors.

My giraffe head is attached with glue dots, then the wall with pop dots. Sarah Kay is then attached 1/2 with pop dots and 1/2 with adhesive so she looks as if she is standing on the corner of the wall. I added a few tiny Prima flowers to the grass, and then needed a sign for the Zoo... otherwise we wouldn't know why there was a giraffe with his head over the wall. I found a Martha Stewart journal tag, I thought the cut outs around the edge looked a little like fancy iron scrolls, I hand wrote the word Zoo and the arrow. eeekkk. I so wish I had something that would have looked better for that! I think this is a fun card... and can't wait to show off more of the giraffes friends!

Make sure to see how the other DT have animals in their cards! Too fun!!!

It is Sunday... breakfast with the gang, some outside chores and then Hubby's family is coming out for dinner later. We are grilling....mmmmmm love the smell of steaks on the grill this time of year! Hope you have a great day too!

Hugs and-

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Thank Ewe.. Donkey Day!

Thank Ewe! I have always loved this stamp, it is just too cute with all of those curls. And it was perfect for this weeks sketch and Friday Sketchers Challenge Blog.
This week the sketch is by my Buddy Claudia... love her stuff don't you, she has so much talent! And I loved the sketch, she added the challenge of making your image fit within the vertical band.

Well this Rachelle Anne Miller stamp "Cuddle Up" was perfect for this.

I started out by stamping out my sheep twice, and cutting out one for a mask. I then covered the main image and pulled out my Copic air system, to create the sky and the ground, while I had it out I sprayed the four flowers, then I ran out of air! Darn it! (then I proceeded to beg Hubby for a compressor.... as the cans just do not last long enough!) After being told not now, I added just a bit of color to the sheep's wool and their faces and the hearts.

For the card base I used a green card stock, and then I was so excited to use some new Basic Grey I picked at Hobby Lobby, Periphery... cool name and really cool papers! Picking three of the patterns I cut them to follow the sketch. The band across the middle I ran through the Doily Lace Martha Stewart Border punch, and then inked the edges of everything. Then with a blue thread I sewed down all the pieces. Attaching my image in place and adding my artistic flowers with spacers and mini brads, then I stickled the sheep... they just had to have some bling. The sentiment on the bottom corner is from High Hopes.

Now it is Saturday so here time for Donkey Day Photographs. This week I am showing of photos of Hubby or "Daddy" with the kiddos... Last night just before dark we went out to check on Bella ... we still have no babies... and to say goodnight to all of the donkeys.

First thing is to find Annabell "Bella" and see how she is doing, she is really putting off this baby. "Daddy" is now telling Bella that anytime would be nice.... Any book you read on donkeys will tell you there is no for sure signs of exactly when they will deliver. You have signs that show they are close, and to put you on guard, but they can also put it off, just in case it is not a safe time to deliver a baby. Bella really looked like it was any moment this last week, then all things stopped. So we are on code yellow for just a bit longer. Maybe this will be the week - You also see the Jolene "JoJo" one of our dark faced donkeys is Bella's best friend, they are always together. I LOVE JoJo's bracelets on her legs, and her fur is so beautiful.

In the same pen is Irene and her Momma Patti, Irene is a real attention hog, and loves to have her Daddy's attention, heck she loves attention from everyone. Hugs are just the best from her... all of our babies are taught to give hugs and at times they really lean in almost knocking you over. Donkey Hugs are a day one thing with Hubby and I....

Here is Gloria getting her Hug from "Daddy"... and you can see Angelina is in line for hers... this looks as if it is a controlled atmosphere, it is anything but that! They do not like taking turns and usually it is a free for all and they all attack at once.

Hope you enjoyed Donkey Day, I so hope I have some baby photos next week... heck I'll break in the week and show those off! Have a great Saturday!

HUGS and-

Friday, October 24, 2008

No time to waste... Stampavie Blog Candy!!!!

Seriously.... no time to waste, only a one day blog candy give away! And its a great one!

Stampavie has put together this great candy giveaway containing one of the brand-new C’est Noël stamps by Sarah Kay, Joy of Giving. And lots of goodies too!!!!

If you want to be in with a chance of winning this candy run on over and check it out..... HERE

Yee Haw - You're Great!

This one is different for me. I had a idea in my head, and it just wouldn't come out and go onto the card. Cute Card Challenge this week is "The Stars at Night"... to use stars in your card. Well Yee Haw I just got a few of the New Martha Stewart border punches and was really looking forward to using one, I picked the picket fence border. That has a "western" kind of feel, don't you. I then found a piece of paper that has stars on it, ok they were really large stars so only one would fit on my card, but one big star qualifies right? I matted the star and found a piece of Core'dinations paper that would go with it, I sanded it to distress and match the feel of the pattern paper.
It really made me happy to pull out a stamp I haven't used in a while. Sweet Ebony Giddy Up! She is perfect for this card, don't you think. I colored her with my Copic, Spica Glitter Pens and white gel pen and then cut her out with a border. The Hero Arts Sentiment is stamped on a Martha Stewart label card, it was white and red... and when I put it on the card I think it glowed in the dark - really bright. So I colored it with a Copic marker to tone it down. I punched the picket fence border out of the back side of the star paper, it needed more. I found a star ribbon, but it was royal blue, did not match at all. I was upset because it would have been perfect. I then decided it wouldn't hurt if I tried and inked it. Taa Daa... that worked! Then for some bling I added some brown dew drops and some red foil stars to it. Now I am ok with how it came out, but let me tell you this all took me probably 2 hours! I really struggled with the layout and the items. Do you ever have a card like that? It just won't go together like it should.

Can you believe it is Friday? I think a couple of days this week were missed. I am going to sit and enjoy some blogs, eat some breakfast, and then put myself in fast forward and get my list done today so I can go and play tomorrow!

Hope you have a great day, and have some fun plans for the weekend... like getting inky!
HUGS and -

Thursday, October 23, 2008

It's Raining Love and Birthday Wishes!

Why is it when you are trying to hurry... computers slow us down? I was going to fly on early this morning and get my post on, but no, a required update held up my computer forever! But I am on now, so here is my card. I love how this one turned out, it is for this weeks Whiff of Joy Challenge blog, this week is a fabulous sketch by Heather and as soon as I saw it I knew I loved it.

I was also excited because I got to use one of my new stamps. This is Willow with Umbrella and I love her, I mean how can you not with that polk-a-dot umbrella! I colored her with my Copics and white gel pen, I then used my Glazed Dimensions to make it rain... love that! Just hope you can tell in the photo how raised the rain actually is.

Then following the sketch from the challenge I picked out a Core'dinations card stock and 6 pattern papers from the K&Company Designer Paper pad. I cut all the pieced to size and inked the edge of everything. One of the pattern pieces is a brown with a faint print that I used as the mat for the image and the sentiment, that is also from Whiff of Joy "It's raining Love and Birthday Wishes". Then I dug through my border punches to find my scallop punch to put to the left of the image, when I saw this Fiskars border punch and loved how it looked with the rain and the papers. I attached everything down and then found some Prima yellow flowers that I inked as well. And do you love the metal flowers that I used in the centers? They have a hole just large enough for a mini brad. I have saved this weeks sketch, as I think I may have to used it again, and again, I just love all the layers! Run over and see how fabulous their DT did with the sketch... all I can say is WOW!

Announcement: Make sure to run over to Papercrafts by Rach oh my I drooled on the screen when I saw her give away! I just love her cards!

Well Hubby is off today, and a "Cold Front" blew in last night. I am sure most of you would laugh as it was a brisk 56 this morning... and I had to put on my socks and warmer clothes before I went out to love on donkeys. Sorry it was cold! Remember I am in central Texas... anyway we are going to do some clean up around here today and then run some errands... Hubby and MIL need new shoes, and I think I really need to go by Micheals and see if they have the new punches in stock... I really need to. ;0)

Hope you all have a great Thursday, and get inky!
HUGS and-

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

A Pink and Blue Christmas Mouse?

My Stampavie Christmas DT kit came yesterday!!!! Hubby even recognized the importance of the box coming from France! Well of course last night I had to ink up one and use it, I placed them all out and decided that the Rachelle Anne Miller Christmas Mouse was the perfect one to start with. One he is just adorable, and two that ornament was the perfect excuse to use one of the colored Glazes I got this weekend. Told you yesterday I was going to be using these a lot!

Ok, so the mouse is colored with my Copics. I left the ornament white.... and moved on to the rest card, going through the stacks of the Christmas paper I found these two patterns from Paper Studio. Ok, different Christmas colors for me, but fun and thought I would try it. The card base is a light blue to match the blue dots and the sky in the image. I matted the pattern paper with red card stock, stitched the edges with white gel pen and red around the edges of the card. I cut the image with Nestibilities and stitched it to. It needed more... so I found a red satin ribbon and tied a knot and placed it across the bottom. Ok, a pink and blue Christmas Card needs bling right? So I found some pastel shades of sparkles and ran them across the ribbon. Now it is time for the ornament... I colored the top with Spica Gold Glitter Pen, the the ornament is filled in with Stencil Collections Glazed Dimensions dark pink. It looked better when it was only one layer of it. But the cat ran through.... no she didn't step on it.... I grabbed it so she wouldn't mess it up, and in grabbing it I hit it against a piece of paper.... so a second layer was needed to fix my mess up. So what do you think of my Pink and Blue Christmas Mouse?

I also want to shout out a huge Congrats to my Sister!!! She just opened her own online store! Ok.... so it isn't full of paper, and crafty things, darn now that would be really cool. But she has opened up a embroidery shop! And she makes some great and fun things. I have to say I am really lucky that I get some of the "sample products" to wear... here are the fronts of a couple of my latest new T-shirts

Now here is even better.... she said that anyone that clicks to her store through my blog will get a "DONKEY DISCOUNT"! Isn't that a riot! You don't even have to put in the discount it is automatic! Just click the link here or on my side bar and you get 10% off.... she has other items as well these are just the kind that grab my attention. Go ahead and visit her store see what grabs your attention G-Town Designs - Good Luck Melanie... Love Ya!
Ok, I am off now .... Long list again, and a pile of laundry that even the cat is scared to climb! Hope you have a great Wednesday and get some time to get inky!
HUGS and-

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Two cards for Tuesday -

Spoon Full of Sugar is "Spooky" today! Yes a Halloween theme is in the plan. I will admit, I haven't ever really been into making Halloween Cards... and now this is two days in a row! And I think I want to make a few more as there are just too many adorable stamps I really want to use.

My DT card for Halloween today is again from Alota Rubber Stamps, Helene has just brought out so many really cute fall and winter stamps. This is "Witch with Pumpkin/Ghost Garland" isn't she adorable. I colored her with my Copics and Sakura Glaze Pens. I used an orange card stock as the base, the pattern paper ahem... well I did it again, the name is glued down, sorry. I matted the witch with orange and then black and the sentiment is from Alota Rubber stamps as well, looks really cool in person as I use embossing powders to do it. I sewed everything down with shiny metallic thread, now don't ask me what stitch it is... as my machine did not like this thread and was totally messing up, but after I stressed and was upset I realized it was a cool look for a Halloween card so I finished it "messed up". The ribbon is funny... it came on a cookie gift from a friend, good timing huh? Two prima flower are stacked and I cut out one of the pumpkins for the center.

Make sure to check out the other DT cards at Spoon Full of Sugar, really spooktacular this week!
Oh and don't forget there are prizes so why not make up your own Halloween card and join in!

Now my second card today was one to join in on Sketch Saturday and two because I had a new product I was dying to use! I picked out one of my Hanglar images sent by a wonderful friend and colored it with my Copic Markers. I really colored it heavy, including the background. I matted it with the same Bazzill Bling card stock as I used for the base. The pattern paper is from a Debbie Mum/JoAnn's stack, love the heaviness of these papers and the fact that they have bling to them! I found a scrap of yellow card stock and cut it to follow this weeks sketch and placed it down on the pattern paper and sewed it down with a blanket stitch. I sewed around the pattern paper and the image with a regular stitch and attached everything to the card. The image with pop dots.

I decided to color in the star with a gold Spica Glitter pen... then the new product that I got at this weekends Expo.... TAKE A LOOK AT THE MOON! then remember that in a photo you can't see just how cool this is. I put "The Stencil Collections Glazed Dimensions" over the copic ink. Now this stuff is really thick. It is like many many coats of Diamond Glaze. Really cool in person! And really cool is it comes in colors! This is the clear, but I did get a few of the colors so I plan to try them soon too. I love this stuff! I decided to not add anything else to the card, I wanted the moon to be the focus! The sentiment is from Hero Arts.

Ok, now to grab some breakfast and do some blog surfing before I get my day going. Hope you all have a great day and have some time to get inky!
HUGS and-

Monday, October 20, 2008

Embrace The Goddess Within - and Alota Halloween!

Before I get to the two cards I made for today - I have to say a HUGE Thank you to Katharina!!! I was gone all day yesterday and late last night I was heading for bed after a long day and decided to take just a few minutes check my email and see a few blogs to relax a bit. When I saw Katharina's blog... no relaxing! I was screaming for Hubby to hurry and see! Katharina chose me as her featured YaoB Sunday (Your artwork on my Blog)creation for this week! How exciting is that! Thank you from the bottom of my heart Katharina! You have made my day, week, and month!

I do have two cards for today. How about fun and just for laughs first? I didn't get but a small handful of stamps at the Expo this past weekend. This is two of them from Rubbernecker. I have quite a few of their "character" line. I find them... well hysterical! This was a new one to me and I had to have them! Embrace the Goddess Within - is just a perfect sentiment for this beautiful little lady! LOL! I have to tell you Hubby thought it was an Alien, then once I colored it in, he said "Well it still looks like an Alien... but it also looks just like..... " I won't finish that here just in case. ;0)
Quickly, My little lady is colored with Copics, Sakura Glaze Pens and Spica Glitter Pens, really looks awesome! Love her glitter purple shoes! I used a light purple card stock for the base, then found some scrap dark purple card stock that I placed under a piece of patterned vellum. Thought that had a different but pretty look. The pattern paper is from Heidi Grace and has a beautiful shimmer to it. I matted everything and sewed together (this helps with attaching vellum he he) I wrapped a satin ribbon around the pattern piece and then used three of my new bling flowers across the ribbon. Ok, how funny is it!!!
Now for some serious work.. ha! I just got the new Alota Rubberstamps Halloween Witches Brew collection! There are so many fun images with this collection. I picked a few to fit the sketch of this weeks Friday Sketchers and colored them with Copic Markers, Sakura Glaze Pens and Spica Glitter Pens. My circle is Heidi Grace Halloween Shimmer paper, love it very fun, I cut it with my Fiskars Circle Cutter and placed it on black card stock. I was a little frazzled about what to use for the band across the middle, and then remembered this fun Halloween ribbon that I purchased last year on clearance. Dug for a while and found it! I ran three pieces across to make it wide enough, love how the "boo" ribbon matches her dress. I should say I planned it, but nope pure luck! I turned the sketch to place the pumpkin and cat at the bottom corner. Now you can't see it in the photo but on the black card stock I used a spider stamp that is part of the set and VersaMark water mark stamp, looks kind of neat in person, just hard to see in a photograph. Then I stitched the edges of the circle and around the edge with the orange Soufle pen. The image is inked on the edge with purple and stitched with purple.
Because a black card stock would be hard to do anything on the inside I placed a matted white card stock inside, stamped with the Alota Rubberstamps Happy Halloween, doodle the edge and then stamped with the spider stamp from the set. And this card is perfect timing for this weeks Papertake Weekly Challenge which this week is Halloween! YEA!
I have a few minutes so I am going to try and hit a few blogs, then I have to run... it is MIL shopping day. I hadn't planned for that today but my MIL has a few things she has to do today, so we are going to get everything she needs for the week done today. Hope you have a great Monday planned, make sure to have some time to get inky -