Monday, September 29, 2014

The Thinking Spot

It's time for a new October challenge at Deedee's digis blog, and this month the new stamp set is called "The Thinking Spot." For those of you familiar with Deedee's progressive challenge, you've already received this cute digi set just by playing along in September. If you didn't play along, you can get this cute digi set for a reduced price during the month of October, so be sure to check all the details here. Play along this month, and you'll receive November's featured digi set for free!

I used the pre-colored image and added some extra Copic color, filling in some grass and some darker orange color to the pumpkins. I added 2 smaller pumpkins from the "Goody Jar" digi set just for fun. The sentiment is included in the "thinking spot" set, and I thought it looked cute on the little sign. I added a frog brad, some raffia and a die cut black bird to the sign just for fun. The papers are from BoBunny.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I look forward to seeing what you create with this month's featured digi set! Have a great day!


Sunday, September 28, 2014

Gifts of Kindness

Here's my take on the OWH sketch #240 challenge. I used a SU! set called Gifts of Kindness, and stamped the image and sentiment in eggplant ink. I added a couple mini punched flowers and added dark purple gemstones to the centers. The two ribbons are layered and I decided to add a little bow at the bottom just to balance it out a bit. I moved the sentiment panel to the top because I had a white space there that needed to be filled. The background was done with a SU! decorative dots ef.

That's all I have for today, but thank you for stopping by and make it a great day!


Saturday, September 27, 2014

House Mouse Halloween

I have 2 cards for the House Mouse HMFMC179 challenge, which is fall/autumn. Halloween falls during that time of year, so I went with that theme. I colored the image with Copics, and added snippets of dsp from my stash, along with a SU! sentiment . I used SU! word window and mosaic punches for the sentiment panel, and added a MS punched spider with some white gel pen eyes. I embossed the dsp with a SU! ef, and added some SU! candy dots to the image panel.

This one's the same design as the first, but I used a purple card base and an orange mat for the image. I added some black mini brads and a little more paper piercing in one corner - just to make it a little different.

I'm also taking these over to the Snippets playground #143.

Have yourself a wonderful weekend and thanks for stopping by!


Friday, September 26, 2014

Thanksgiving Leaves

The Mod Squad challenge this week is "holiday." Make any type of holiday card. I made an autumn-themed card for Thanksgiving, using a piece of dsp with leaves printed on it, and then stamped and heat-embossed assorted leaf images with Carnelion embossing powder. I matted it with some orange cardstock, adding 2 leaves done with a MS punch, and a tiny leaf underneath the sentiment that was a negative from an EK border punch. The sentiment was done with espresso ink.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great Friday!


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Double the Joy

It's the 25th of September, and that means it's time for Rudolph day! Each month, I try to play along and make 2 Christmas cards for the challenge, and it's a great way to add to that holiday stash ahead of time.

I've used some dsp from MME for these cards, along with some red card stock cut with a PTI scalloped banner. The "tags" were done with a SU! chalk talk framelit die on crumbcake card stock, and embossed with a Cuttlebug ef. I attached them with some retired SU! early espresso satin ribbon and added a sentiment done with my quickutz. The card base is early espresso card stock.

I'm also entering these cards into the following challenges:

Simon Says Wednesday challenge - "anything goes"
The Snippet Playground #143 - "use snippets"

Thanks for stopping by and I wish you a wonderful day!


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Hot Air

The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers challenge #17 is "D is for Distressing." I think the sister in this graphic is shocked after seeing the card I've made for the challenge. LOL If you can't handle snarky - turn away :)

I know this isn't typically the kind of card I make, but sometimes you've got to switch things up and have some snarky fun :) This card began with a stencil-embossed flame background that was painted with twinkling H20's to resemble nuclear gas :) I found this digi in my files that was made by an artist named Marlene who stopped drawing and blogging some time ago, but I kept a lot of her hilarious images that I still enjoy using. This image somehow fit that background perfectly as she's "poofing." :) I distressed the image, adding sooty looking ink to give it a scorched look, and then added a sentiment with the Dymo label maker. I have no idea who I can send this to, but I'm sure eventually the perfect occasion will provide a need :)

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed a smile today :)


Monday, September 22, 2014

Hollyhocks Birthday

Here's my card for the ScrapyLand challenge #2 which is to use heat embossing on your die cut elements. You also must use a die sold in the ScrapyLand store, so I'm using the Impression Obsession Hollyhocks die. I cut some stems from white, lavender and mauve cardstock, and embossed each stem with clear detail ep. I added a few die cut stems with a little bow at the bottom. The butterflies were done with a Punch-a-bunch, and the sentiment is from Lily of the Valley. The papers are from the Violet Crush paper pad by KaiserCraft.

Here's a close-up that shows the embossed detail.

Wishing you a wonderful Monday as fall arrives later this evening! If autumn is as nice as the summer we've had, we're in for a real treat!

Thanks for stopping by! It's always nice to see you :)


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Another Tag

I made another tag for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge to "tag it."
They're featuring Tim Holtz products, so I pulled out some TH hardware I've had in my stash for a long time! I started with a water color paper base and painted it with twinkling H20's. On top of that I stamped assorted images of leaves, but they got lost once I embossed the tag using a Tim Holtz burlap stencil. I added a black mini CL flourish, and an embossed Poppy dachshund image, adding a black gem for the eye. I tied the metal leaves on with gold cord, adding some thick jute and black twine to tie it all together.

I hope you enjoy this last day of summer as it quietly slips away into another autumn season. It really flew by didn't it?!


Saturday, September 20, 2014

Music of the Soul

Here's my 2nd post for today, and this is for Shopping our Stash #160. The challenge is "who's who" - in other words, use a photo or image of a person. While going through my stash of pre-cut embellishments, do-dads and borders, I found this photo of Rob Thomas. I'd made a card with this image a while ago (sorry, I haven't been able to find that card yet) and apparently printed and cut two of the photos of him, tossing the 2nd in that bin of lost and/or forgotten elements until today. Anyone who knows me well, knows Rob is one of my favorite singers, so making a card with his image was fun. (right Sue K?)
I stamped the black background with some brilliance ink, using a $1 music note stamp, and then masked the sentiment words from a longer Stampendous sentiment stamp. For the final touch, I added a maroon heart with a silver heart brad, and some Lawn Fawn twine at the bottom.

That's all I have for today, but thanks for the visit! I hope you're enjoying your weekend!


Tuesday Throwdown #213

Here's my card for the Tuesday Throwdown #213 which is "Butterflies & Bows." The challenge this week is being sponsored by Deedee's Digis, so I used the butterfly image from Deedee's cute Bugs & Blooms set, and colored it with Copics. I kept the card simple, adding some Cool Caribbean, orange and black cardstock. The MFP sentiment was done on a SB ribbon tag die and trimmed with some orange gingham ribbon. The little bow was done with my Bow-easy.

Wishing you a wonderful last weekend of summer - I hope you get out and enjoy the weekend!