Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Wishing for My Fairy Godmother

Everyone has times where they really need their Fairy Godmother - I am needing mine right now and the day is still young!

This is my Tuesday Challenge Card for the Can You Digi It? Challenge found here and it starts at 6:00AM today. The Fairyland inspiration pictures are so fun. I used the Revidevi Retro Garden Fairy digital image available in the Can You Digi It? store (click here to get right to it).

You should play in the challenge - they are giving away a $10 store certificate and there are lots of amazing things in this store!!!

I also used the following on my card: Ranger Rock Candy Distress Stickles (available in the store), Diamond Stickles, some old ribbon, Prima Flowers, Graphic 45 and SU! paper, and Spellbinders dies. I sponged SU! More Mustard ink around the Spellbinder die before taking the paper out of the die.

Hope my Fairy Godmother shows up soon! Hugz!!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

A Blue Mud-riding Monster Truck!

Kim (Luv Flowers on SCS) is the Featured Stamper on the Sunday Challenge at SCS today - hooray! I love her work. If I had better flower images, I would have made some awesome flower cards today. I decided to go rugged and manly with my case instead. I think I was also inspired by all the truck cards Pat Smethers has been making. Click here to see Kim's awesomely brilliant White Orchids card that I cased.

Even though Kim's card is a flower card, the colors and panels said masculine to me. I tried to capture that in my card as well even though I didn't have her fun papers. I was going to do a twine bow, but the card ended up more masculine than I had expected and a bow just didn't seem to fit when I put it all together.

My daughter's fiance has a blue truck with 2 lift kits and they like to go mud riding. I thought she could make this into a Valentine's card for him with some fun saying inside like: Valentine, I would go through mud for you or something along those lines. I used a digital image from LilyPink Designs available at Can you Digi It?.

I stippled the SU! Chocolate Chip ink to make the hills using the torn paper towel technique. I did the same with a sponge and SU! Almost Navy for the sky. The kids usually go mud riding when it is almost dark so I wanted a darker sky. I used the tip of the Lovely as a Tree set to make a few trees. I cut out the digital image and popped it up after coloring it with Copic and SU! Markers and a silver gel pen.

I have to tell you I am loving digi images. I never thought I would say that, but they are really fun and very versatile!



Friday, January 20, 2012

A card and a Prayer

I found a new-to-me sketch challenge last night called the Deconstructed Sketch. I looked at some of the past sketches on Jen's, and I am already addicted.

I made this card up quick, but I think it looks like I spent a bunch of time on it (its the sketch I am telling you). I used my new SU! Edgelits borders on the main long strip and on the bottom of the front panel (I can tell I will be using them a lot). I pulled out my SU! set called Natural Beauty to do the front panel behind the flower - what a super set that has been for me (I think SU! should bring it back). Fun papers from Prima, some Cool Caribbean ink all over the whole thing, a flower and some sprigs, and a few pearls - and it was done!

It is going to my MIL who needs everyone's prayers. She had kidney surgery yesterday and the news was not good. She goes to the doctor in a week and they are going to decide the next plan of action. If you have some time this week or some room on your prayer list - please say some prayers for her. She is such a sweetie, and it breaks my heart that she may have to seriously suffer.

It's Friday! Hope you all have a wonderful day!


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Can You Digi It? Blog Hop

This is my creation for the Can You Digi It? Blog Hop. Hopefully you came here from Patty's blog, and didn't miss any of the wonderful "It Girls" creations. Here is the blog hop order in case you missed any one:

C.Y.D.I? Blog
Michelle Single (store owner)
Lelia Pierce (DT coordinator)
April O'Connor
Toni Storie (CYDI friend)
Dana Alley
Jan Hannicutt (guest designer)
Patty Chalas
Nancy Williams - Me
Hannah Clark
C.Y.D.I. blog

After you're done with all your hopping, you'll want to stop by the store for the fabulous SALE going on right now. Be sure and use the special code "CYDIGOC15" to get 15% off all non-digital goodies in addition to the products all the awesome artists have put on sale.

The sale/coupon ends Friday, January 27th when Michelle gets on the plane for CHA. Make sure you are a C.Y.D.I? Twitter follower to get all the updates from CHA!

I used this great KiniArt Image for my easel card:

Other elements of the card:

Paper: SU!Chocolate Chip cardstock, K&Co and unknown dp from my scrap pile
Ink: SU! Pink Passion and Copic Markers
Other: SU! Twine, Prima flowers, Spellbinders Circle and Scalloped Circle Die

Hugz to all and good luck!

Don't forget to visit Hannah Clark's blog!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

My New Obsession...

My new Obsession: Digital stamps from the Can You Digi It? Store which is having its grand opening starting this week. You should check it out because many of the artists are discounting their images and the non-digital items can be purchased for 15% off until January 27, 2012.

Can You Digi It? (C.Y.N.I.) was just started up by Michelle Single who is very active around the crafty community and on SCS. I am going to be a guest designer for awhile, and I am so excited! The C.Y.D.I. blog launches its first challenge today. It is an inspiration challenge and you can find the inspiration pictures and the rules here. The winner of the challenge will receive a $10 C.Y.D.I. store certificate.

I used my very favorite image from the store for the challenge. It was created by LilyPink Designs. I love what the artist said about it; she said it has a "slightly grungy, text-based, messy look that seems to be so hot at the moment..."

The challenge pictures are all about iPhones or iPhone based food. I am one of those late-adopters - actually, I am a late, late, late-adopter for a million reasons including: my kids take all my money so I can't afford a new expensive phone; I tried to use my daughter's iPhone and I couldn't get the screens to enlarge, slow down, or go where I wanted them to; and I don't have the time to stay in touch enough to justify an iPhone (hello, I post on Facebook like once a month). So I have to just dream about a day when I get more money, more time, and more coordination. LOL! Are you suppose to have an inspiration card that requires that much explanation? Oh well..

Here is a quick way for you to check out the digital image and other items I used from the store:

Other products I used include:
Paper: SU! Almost Navy, Whisper White, and Bashful Blue cardstock; The Paper Studio (the blue paper) and 7gypsies Conservatory (the paper with the script) dp
Ink: My printer ink, SU! Bashful Blue and Chocolate Chip, and Prima red colored pencil
Ribbon: SU! Seam Binding
Other: SU! Faux Sewing Kit, Black Marker, The Paper Studio pearls, SB dies (oval and scalloped oval), MS punch, a strip of paper towel, and a pin I won at Card Club two weeks ago (thanks Kelly!)

Techniques used: Stampscapes torn paper towel technique
(thanks for the link Pat), fake sewing since my $10 machine broke, sponging (lots of it around the image and I totally changed the color of the middle strip of 7Gypsies paper), and distressing

Check here or the C.Y.D.I. blog tommorrow to see that else Michelle has come up with - I promise it will be awesome.

Hugz to all!

Monday, January 16, 2012

A Case of a Wonderful Stamper

I love to case a wonderful card artist and this week's Queen for the Day at Splitcoast stampers is one talented lady. Judy (known as jaydekay on SCS) can take some paper and an image and turn it into something very special. I seriously could have cased a hundred of her fun creations. I love this beautiful card of Judy's:

See Judy's card here

Wish I had that bird image! Had to go with an old standby 'fly from Inkadinkado instead. I think it worked. I used a different card shape, colors, images, etc. but I tried to use a lot of her design elements - hope you can spot them.

Congrats Queen Judy! Hugz!

Other items used:
gcd Parisian Nights designer paper
SU! Very Vanilla and black card stock
Spellbinders Standard Circle and leaf dies
QuicKutz frame die
Martha Stewart branck punch
Ranger Stickles (for the sparkle)
SU! Chocolate Chip ink and a sponge
Versa Mark Ink and SU! Black embossing powder

I had a wonderful weekend, hope you all did too!


Sunday, January 8, 2012

Sweet Wishes for Stefanie

My sweet niece Stefanie (and her husband Josh, of course) will soon be having a little one. Sweet little Logan is due in February. Josh is a big hunter so I wanted to make a card for next week's shower that incorporated camo in it. I love this little House Mouse image - I think every card I have made with it came out unbelievably cute.

This week's House Mouse and Friends Challenge (#110) is to make a card with something old and something new. My camo paper is new and my great nephew will be really new too. Also, the Twisted Sister Challenge is to make a card with something new but no pink (I cheated and used pink on a part of the pacifier).

I used the following on this card:
*House Mouse Monica with Pacifer Stamp
*Spellbinders Circle Die and Scalloped Circle Die
*Prima flowers
*Martha Stewart Branch Punch
*Marks Finest Papers - dark chocolate ribbon
*Stampin' UP! Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive
*Hobby Lobby Paper Studio camo designer paper
*Glossy Accents
*Ranger Diamond Stickles
*Copic Markers

I get to make my favorite pimento cheese recipe for the shower next weekend. I will post a picture when I make the sandwiches for 80 next week. Here is my recipe:

1 cup of shredded cheddar
1 cup of shredded American Cheese (I like the kind that is not individually wrapped)
1/4 up shredded Parmesan Cheese
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/4 teaspoon of pepper
1/2 teaspoon of Tabasco
large jar of chopped Pimentos, drained
3 eggs chopped
1/4 cup bacon bits
dash of sugar
Mix in enough mayonnaise to make the spread the consistency you like (I like Kraft for this recipe).

Hugz to all, but special hugz to Stefanie and Josh!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

A Card to Bring in the New Year

Happy New Year to all my cyber friends! I am in a wonderful mood this morning. My oldest daughter is now engaged, and we couldn't pick a better son-in-law. What a wonderful way to start the New Year. A lot went on in my life this year - with me, my family, and my friends - some awesome things and some really scary things.

This card really speaks to those scary things. Most the things were health related, but a few were attacks on friends or family. I just don't know what gets into people. Life is hard enough - we should be helping people get through it with us and not trying to kick down our neighbor (or let our dogs eat 1/2 their chickens and not even offer to reimburse them for the damage - yes that happened to us too). Thankfully, when we are going through those storms - we can hold onto the Master. He is an expert sailor and can even control the seas. I am reminded of my favorite John Wesley story. In 1736, he sailed to America with his brother Charles. The passengers included many Englishmen but also a group of German missionaries who were Moravians. A great storm arose, and the sea was so strong that it broke the main mastsail. Water covered the boat and went inbetween the deckboards. The Englishmen were screaming and fearful, but the Moravians sat calmly singing Psalms. John asked them if they were afraid, and they responded that they were not afraid to die. If God saved them, then they would live to spread His Word. If they died, they would be with Him. This was a strong influence in John Wesley's life. It should strongly influence us all as well.

My card was made for the Our Daily Bread Designs weekly challenge. This week's challenge is to make any card you want using an Our Daily Bread Designs stamp. The sentiment is from the set "Anchor" which was a birthday present from my sweet friend Sue Worthington. The ship is from a Stamping Up! set called "the Open Seas." I stamped the ship panel using a set from Our Daily Bread called "Eternity." Then I stamped the ship, sponged my sky, and tried to make a good sea. I cut out another ship to add more dimension to the sails, and then set out to make a more dimensional sea. I used some old clear silicone and mixed it with some blue ink. I then spread it on my sea. It was gloppy and didn't want to stick so I had to mash it into the image. After 5 hours, it still wasn't all the way dry so I covered it with Glossy Accents so it would have a protective shell (it dried a few days later). The white panel is made using a Sizzix embossing folder which is my new favorite. I like the look. If you are interested in joining the Our Daily Bread Designs challenge, here is the link:

ODBD - Shining Light Challenge

Hope this year is full of calmer seas for us all, but if not, may we realize we are sailing with the Master and hold on tight!