Friday, March 30, 2012

A Blinged Up Shoe

The TOFF#80 challenge this week is "Bling It On." How fun is that? They even let me be a guest designer which is even more fun!!! This is my creation:

I used one of the flowers in the Whimsical Lupin image sheets (the sheet is such a deal because it comes with several different kinds of flowers and leaves, but it is priced like one image). I added some Zva Crystals from CYDI? and lots of Stickles (I added some to every dot on this SU! dp). Then I filled the shoe with Snickers Snacks - that counts as bling too, right? It does in my book because I can't eat them (on a diet you know - and Benzi just because I use them on my card or talk about them doesn't mean I am cheating on my diet- LOL) and they are beautiful!

I used the shoe template available from Ellen Hudson to make the shoe. When I went back to the store to get the link, I found a witches shoe that I think I am going to get this weekend - you need to check it out here. I love to make 3-D projects!!!

I totally love Octopode images - some are whimiscal and sweet, some are from my old favorite childhood stories, some are from some of my favorite horror and fantasty stories, and some are steampunk or just totally.... interesting. Her collection is super extensive with snowmen, elves, puppies, pretty flowers, werewolves, zombies, Audrey Hepburn, Johnny Depp, Ziggy Stardust, Alice in Wonderland, cupcake flowers, snails, houses, trees - pretty much everything. For my next purchase I am trying to decide between Audrey Hepburn and the Lybrinth King...

Hugz to all - remember you can never have enough shoes or friends!!!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Dotty Peacock Haute Couture

Dotty Peacock Haute Couture

Don't you love when the stars all align? Like when you make the cutest cake ever, find a wonderful new coffee to try, and clean your house - then someone drops by unexpectedly and your house looks spotless AND you impress them with your cake and coffee? Nah, that never happened to me either, but I was able to make a card that fit three of my fav challenges!

The newest Can You Digi It? challenge is all about peacocks (the colors, the feathers, the beauty). Be sure and check it out because there is a chance to win a $10 store certificate. I used the Chic Dress & Frame digi from LilyPink Designs which you can purchase at Can You Digi It? I love LilyPink Designs - I sure hope Dawn doesn't think I have become a stalker or something since I use them soo much! LOL!. I also used these great crystals from the Ziva Creative Crystal Wheel that you can get from Can You Digi It? - the best thing is you get a ton of crystals in beautiful colors for only $3.50!!! I also used some K&Co designer paper, SU! card stock, SU! Ink for sponging the dress and the cardstock, Prima Flowers, and a peacock feather from my friend Jacoria (thanks Jacoria!!!!). I popped the dress up after sponging it and adding lots of crystals.

The latest Freshly Brewed Weekly Challenge (FBC88) is called Lots and Lots of Dots. The challenge is to use dots on your card (Cindy, are you reading this - they are speaking to you!). I love me some dots so that was not a problem. I had dots on my K&Co paper, but since they were kind of oval in shape, I added some Ranger Diamond Stickles to every oval so there would be round dots too. Plus I had all those round Crystal dots - they count don't they?

This week's Teapot Tuesday Challenge has the Sisterhood of the Traveling Teaparty going to France. I really don't think France is ready for 42,000 teapotters, but c'est la vie! The challenge involves things you would see in France so I opted for the haute couture option - I heard there are cookies at some of the fashion shows so I am a crashing them!!! If you are unfamilar with the Teapot Tuesday Challenge, you need to check it out here. Where else to you get to make cards and live briefly in a make-believe world where 42,000 women can take on anything from giant lady bugs to the Queen of England.

Hope you week is off to a good start! Hugz!!!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Teacups and Flowers

I totally wish my kitchen counter had real teacups and flowers on it, but I will have to settle for these cards instead. My first card is for two new challenges I found this week. One is called the Southern Girls Challenge. I found it when I was visiting my new blog buddy Kevin (check out his wonderful blog here). I actually checked out the challenge because I am from the South, but I soon realized that I not really from the South when compared to this group. This challenge is hosted in the True South - the Southern Hemisphere; this makes Deatsville, AL look like the North Pole! LOL.

This week's Southern Girls Challenge is a color challenge: red, blue, and yellow. Also thisis for their monthly challenge which is a great picture of cups and can be found here. Here is my card:

The second challenge is the Fresh Brewed Blog (how fun is that title) which can be found here. Challenge #87 is to use outdoor scenery or plants so I hope my little flowers and branches qualify!

I used a Lily Pink Designs image from Can You Digi It? that you can find here. I love this image - it is my first time playing with it and it was so fun to color and decorate.

My next card is for The Case Study Challenge. This month's Muse is Laura Bassen. You can find the challenge and Laura's card here. The Case Study Blog Challenge is so great because it forces you to focus on one card and be inspired by the artist. I love Laura's card and was very inspired.

Both my cards are 3 5/8 by 6 1/2 so they fit the envelopes I have right now. I have to get both these in the mail tomorrow so I had to go with what I had on hand.

Glad you dropped by, and hope you have a wonderful week! Hugz to all.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Stars and Boyz

My first card is for this week's boytastic "Boys will be Boyz" challenge at The Octopode Factory Friday Challenge.

Any male related theme works for the challenge, but my only boy/male Octopode image is Captain Jack so I pulled him out again and made him the center of my card (literally). Some Le Petite pirate stickers from Hobby Lobby along with DWVC Far East paper helped with my Pirate-y theme. I colored my image with Copic markers from my limited and cherished collection, and I sponged the Spellbinders circle while it was still in the die with some SU! ink pads (Carribean Blue, Green Galore, and Chocolate Chip).

I think it came out cute, and my oldest daughter loved it. She didn't get the sentiment until I explained it means "understand?" - she didn't really like the movie but she thinks Johnny Depp is wonderful (who doesn't?).

My second card is for the Dilly Beans Designers & Friday Challenge Blog Challenge which involves Stars.

Aren't these little Dilly Beans Bunnies cute? I thought then needed something cute to behind them, so I used an Octopode fence and some Octopode stars for my background. The brown on the bg paper was distressed with the plastic wrap technique that Sue Worthington shared with me. She explained that you take some plastic wrap, make it look like a pom pom, dip it in some ink, and then touch it to the paper. I probably did it all wrong, but I like how it came out. This technique is from this week's Twisted Sister Challenge on Splitcoast Stampers.

I finished off my card with some ribbon, pearls, and a bunch of Stickles - probably a few more Stickles than I should have but I love the stuff!!!

Hugz, and thanks for visiting!!!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

A Summer Garden C.Y.D.I? Style

Who doesn't love a pretty garden full of flowers? This is actually a Spring garden but since my quote is about a summer garden, I had to go with Summer. The latest Can You Digi It? challenge is all about rainbows as you can see from the link here and one of the inspiration photos I have included below.

To make this card, I used the Revidevi Retro Garden Fairy set available from Can You Digi It? (just click here to find it). I cut out several prints of the flowers, colored them, and then used the cupping technique to give them some depth (to do this, you turn your image upside down on a soft foam board like a mouse pad with foam and you take a large ball stylus and press in a circular pattern). I then put some popdots under the flowers and arranged them into a garden looking pattern. The bottom needed something, so I took some moss and tied it in a bow (shhhhh...I stold that moss out of the bottom of a fake tree we have in the house - don't tell my husband). I added some Ranger Rock Candy Distressed Stickles to the center of some of the flowers since there needed to be some sparkle, and then I added a little bling under my computer generated quote since every card should have some bling. I mounted my flowers on some ovals cut with Spellbinders Oval dies that I had sponged with some SU! Bashful blue using the torn paper towel technique.

This is such a fun challenge and anyone can play (don't forget that the winner receives a $10 gift certificate to C.Y.D.I?). Hope you can play - what is more inspiring than a rainbow?

Hugz to all!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

A Card For Samir

This is for my friend Samir. Samir was a consultant on an ERP implementation we had at work. Anyone who knows me very well, knows that I am not a big fan of consultants after several giant consultant snafaws at a previous job (hey, I use to be one even. Luckily, Samir and his co-workers restored my faith in consultants. They were (and are) so helpful and so smart - especially Samir. Over a course of the last 10 months, Samir and I became very good friends - forever friends. We think a lot a like (although he thinks like 20 planes above me in most things) about the important things in life. It is really strange because we are also so different. I grew up in the lazy world of America, and he grew up in India where great effort is put into even the smallest of things. He studies and reads and stays up all night pondering important issues and working and growing his mind, and I go to bed faithfully at 8:30 and grow in size only (LOL). Even with all our differences, we became fast friends. We have the best discussions about complex life issues (i.e. the importance of life). Samir has been away from his wife and family for a long time (somewhere around 2 years). He was hoping to make it home for the last year, but it didn't work out until now. We have both been praying with all Samir's family and friends that it would all work out. Now, in the last few weeks, he found a way home with a new job. He won't be one of our consultants any more, but I can't be sad as I know he will home where he has been trying to get to for so long. Reminds me of that scene in The Wizard of Oz where Dorothy wants to go home so bad and finds out all she had to do was click those ruby red shoes. I can just imagine the joy on his face (and all their faces) when they see him!!!

Over time, Samir has actually become interested in looking at my cards. He even comments on this blog and has picked up some comment lingo - now that is a true friend!!!!

Now about my card. One day, Samir ended an email to me with the wish that God would bless me from all four directions. I told him that I wished God would bless him from all the other directions too - up, down, sideways, backwards, etc. I told him I was going to make a card based on his wish for me. So here it is. I mailed it to him in Atlanta last week, but he still hasn't received it and he is going back to India soon. I am posting it now so he can see it in case it doesn't get to him before he has to leave.

Happy travels Samir!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

A Political Statement in Green and Black

Let me just go ahead and apologize if anyone is offended by the political statement on my card. I have met some Congressmen and they all seemed very nice; however, as a whole, I am unimpressed recently. I am a huge Mark Twain fan, and I just ran across this quote and had to use it somehow. I thought these Dilly Bean dunce cap skeletons would be perfect paired with the quote. This week's Dilly Bean challenge is to use green and black on your card. I love the colors together! Here is the link if you are interested in playing.

To make my card, I used a lovely card designed by StampingQueenJar who is the 102nd Queen for the Day/Week on SplitCoast Stampers. Judy makes the most amazing cards. Her work is so detailed and so pretty - she adds some gorgeous touches to everything she makes. Judy, I tried to capture the same attention to detail in my card, and I kept your basic sketch (a fun one) - I really didn't change much..ha..ha...ha..Here is Judy's lovely card - you really must see it.

You know how cards sometimes get out of hand? Well, the Dilly Beans Challenge was to make a green and black card. I started out doing that...but after I selected by greens, I picked brown to go with them. After I had all my pieces ready to go, I realized that I didn't use black paper. So then I had to sponge all my brown pieces and make them black. I love how it came out so maybe it was a good thing.

This card is going to my Mother. She loves to talk politics with me - my husband says we are arguing, but we know different. She is going to love this one!!!!

Hugz to all!

Things I used:

Dilly Beans Dunce Cap Skeleton Digital Image
CB embossing folder (don't recall the name but it was for Halloween)
We R Memory Keepers eyelet setter (to make the embossed circles on the side of the main bg panel
SU! Cardstock: Old Olive and Chocolate Chip (which I sponged with Stazon Black Ink to make black)
Hobby Lobby Kraft Cardstock
Creative Memories and SU! designer paper
Ranger Distressed Stickles in Star Dust
Unknown Spiderweb sticker (probably Jolee)
Scrap pile star
SU! Markers and Blender Pen

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Alice and Some Mushrooms

I love challenges that stretch your imagination so I was so happy to see this week's Octopode Factory Friday challenge: Mushrooms. I own one little mushroom image, and it just wouldn't work for this challenge. I ended up drawing my own 'shrooms, and I love how they came out. The Alice with Teapot Octopode image seemed to fit perfectly in this mushroom forest.

I love easel cards so I assembled it all on a scalloped circle easel card vase and added some handmade flowers made with the Spellbinder Blossom die and the EK Sucess 5 petal flower punch. I wet the 5 petal flower punches and twisted them to get this look. On the Blossom flower, I broke down the SU! cardstock with a stylus until it seperated and then cut the petals so they curled up.

I love this quote from Alice in Wonderland it seems to fit today's political environment perfectly. LOL!

If you are interested in playing in the mushroom challenge (TOFF#36) click here.

Hugz to all!!!