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Sunday, January 30, 2011

(2011 card#24) Peacock TLCCreations

Over at StampinSistersInChrist their Challenge 74  - Psalm 23  is Blue & Green = Calm Waters and Green Pastures. Read this Psalm and see encouragement, Tender, constant, loving care from Christ our Good Shepherd:
Scripture: Psalm 23, "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever."

 Peacock image is from CreateWithTLC  I printed it on white CS and painted with LuminArte Powdered Pigments that I mixed with Gum Arabic.  I cut out with Spellbinders Scalloped Ovals  Then sponged inside die.  Blessings is from Nina Bracket's Lovely Labels stamp set found at StampTV.                                                    Challenges:                                                      StampinSistersInChrist - Challenge 74  Psalm 23 (blue & green)                                                                                       PaperTakeWeekly - Sketch 52

Saturday, January 29, 2011

(2011 card#23) Thank You RBW & Dryer Sheet

New Technique to me!  This was so much FUN!  I followed the Tutorial - Dryer Sheets on OperationWriteHome site.  I used the second method by spraying glue on a new dryer sheet & placing it on a piece of red CS.  Then I dry embossed it with my Cuttlebug using Tim Holtz Retro Circles A2LG. I also embossed bottom half of my black BG by inking the same folder first with white ink.  My focal point was cut with Spellbinders Lacey Circles. Stamp  Inside and Out from GinaK Designs.                                   

Challenges:                                                                                  StampTV - STVCSP10 (Black, Red & White)                                         Operation Write Home - Dryer Sheet Technique                                           7 Kids College Fund - Challenge #13 (Challenge yourself!)                           Penny's Challenges - Challenge #45 (anything goes)                            Southern Girls Challenge - Dry Embossing

(2011 card#22) Thank You RBW

For Background I used Sizzix Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder .  Designer papers from DCWV.  Spellbinders Petite Ovals Scalloped LG. Thank You Stamp by ScrappyCat. Rhinestones by KaiserCraft, The clear ones are hard to see up in the stars!                                                                                                                           



Challenges:                                                                                      StampTV - STVCSP10 Red, Black & White                                           PriscillaStyles - MMSC88 Sketch                                                Kaboodle Doodle's Challenge Blog - Challenge #51 (bling it up)

(2011 card#21) Love Love

Card base & Heart frames & light BG are from Core'dinations, white heart vellum & rest of paper from my stash. Boarder punch"Floral Lace" from Martha Stewart.  Love from "Wishes All Around" by Fiskars.  Wonderful beaded ribbon was given to me by my sis-in-law :-)                   

Stamptv - stvsksp10 sketch                                                                 CES Challenges - #21 Bold & Bright                                                LexisCreations - Valentine                                                                Meljen's Designs - Challenge #43 Put your heart in it               Scrapbookaholic by Abby - SEI Challenges with Abby #2 (All About Love) KaboodleDoodle'sChallenge Blog - Challenge #51 (bling it up)                         A Spoon Full of Sugar - Challenge #136 (Valentine)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

(2011 card#20) Butterfly Blessings

I love this butterfly from GinaK Designs Hope is Faith stampset. I stamped on white cs with Versamark & heat embossed with black EP. Painted between the lines with LuminArte Powdered Pigments mixed with Gum Arabic. Then inked whole image with versamark and heat embossed with clear EP 3 times. Blessings is from Nina's Lovely Labels stampset at GinaK Designs.  Center frames are Labels 6 from Spellbinders. Embossing folder is Scrollwork Frame from Cuttlebug.  Brown paper is from Cor'dinations...I sanded after dry embossing to reveal the turquoise.                                                                              Challenges:
GetSketchy - sketch                                                       StampTV - STVCSP9 (Chocolate brown, turquoise, white)

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

(2011 card#19) Fairy

Image from Free Weekly Samples  from Dover.  colored with Koi Knor  Water color pencils blended with Odorless Mineral Spirits.  Boarder punch  Double Loups by Martha Stewart. Shear Lavender ribbon for bow.   Card base: Core'dinations

Challenges:                    CardPatterns - CPS99 Sketch
CESChallenges - Challenge #20 Angels & Fairies

Monday, January 24, 2011

(2011 card#18) Love is Blooming

Its that time of year Love is Booming!  Hearts and scallop boarder cut out with Fiskars old style hard template cutting system...almost antique, hehe!  Boarder punch "Eyelet Lace" by Martha Stewart.  Card base: core'dinations, vellum, other paper from my stash. Beads hanging from ribbon was a gift from my sis-in-law from her bag of goodies. Thanks sis!  Buttons from  Challenges:                                                 TheHouseThatStampsBuilt - J19 Case Card Challenge       CraftYourDaysAway - CYDA #12 Love                                 FreshBrewedDesigns - Spread Some Love                                     PileItOnChallenge - PIO#4 Love is in the Air                                   Card Ideas - Fabulous Folds Challenge                                      Ooh La La Creations - Challenge #72 (3 of a Kind)

(2011 Card#17) Love is Golden

Love Is Golden!   Papers from DCWV Stack "Once Upon A Time",   Gold Vellum,  Red for gold embossed heart is from my stash, card base "whitewash" from Coredinations.  Stamps: Nina's Fancy Labels at GinaK Designs   &         Bold Damasks at        Shapes: Hearts cut with Fiskars Templates cutting system.   Tag is Cuttlebug's  Ornamental tags                                                           Challenges:                                                                    PriscillaStyles - Midnight Maddness Sketch Challenge #87                                                                              FreshBrewed Designs - Challenge#31 "Spread some love"                                                                            CraftYourDaysAway - Challenge#14 "Love"                                         CreativeCardCrew - "For Men"                                             LexisCreations - "Valentines"                                     StampinSistersInChrist - "Vintage Style"                       PileItOnChallenge - PIO#4 "Love Is In The Air"

Friday, January 21, 2011

Tribute to a beautiful lady!

Tribute to a wonderful lady, Kathy Munyon 
Tomorrow there will be a service to mark the final goodbyes to a dear lady who I worked with for the last  several years.  She raised her 3 girls and then went back to college and got her degree & went on for her Medical Laboratory Technologist accreditation.  She did her internship in our laboratory and then passed her boards and then our hospital had the good sense to hire her.  Kathy was such a smart lady, an exemplary Technologist. She was one of the Sweetest people I've known, Kind, Generous, Genuine and quietly Funny. And she exuded Happiness...I don't think I ever saw her without thinking "Kathy is such a Happy person! She was truly a Beautiful Woman!
Here are the fronts of the cards I gave her husband and 3 daughters and the inside of one of the cards.                                                                                                                                                                 


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

(2011 card #15) St. Patrick #3

Another St. Patrick's Day card!  Stamps by Studio G Clear Stamps. Stamped with VersaMark &  Heat embossed with gold EP.

Boarder punch is Arch Lattice by Martha Stewart.
Get Sketchy - sketch GS#70
Pile It On Challenge - Challenge #3 anything goes
Marks Finest Papers - Use Hearts
Crafting With DeeDee Digis - Use Hearts 
There She Goes Clear Stamps - utilize wet embossing techniques
Wild Orchid Challenge - use a Sentiment

(2011 card #14) St. Patrick Card #2

Another St. Patrick's Day card...gotta have pink for the girls!
Focal image from Mary Davis at Dover Publisher Free weekly samples.  Printed and then painted it with LuminArte Powdered Pigments mixed with Gum Arabic.
Sentiment stamp from G Studio Clear stamps stamped with VersaMark & heat embossed with gold EP.  Clovers from Joann's dollar isle.

My NEW Boarder punch is Bubble Bath form Martha Stewart.

StampinSisterInChrist - #72 something new

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

(2011 card#13) St. Patrick #1

Focal image from Mary Davis at Dover Publisher Free weekly samples.  Printed and then painted it with LuminArte Powdered Pigments mixed with Gum Arabic.
Sentiment stamp from G Studio Clear stamps stamped with VersaMark & heat embossed with gold EP.  Clovers from Joann's dollar isle.

Boarder punch is Arch Lattice form Martha Stewart.

This is for my grandson.

St. Patricks Day is alway a BIG deal for my grand kids .  It seems those pesky Leprechaun always visit in the middle of the early morning on March 17 and turn over chairs, even couches to find the Big pot of gold, but they have holes in their own pockets and loose gold covered chocolate coins almost every year while they are snooping around! Much to the kid's delight!

Card Positioning Systems - CPS 201
Craft Your Days Away - anything goes
Creative Card Crew - for men / boys

Sunday, January 16, 2011

(2011 card#12) Embossed

I CASED  Marie Gamber's card on StampTV HERE
I loved her embossed "water"!

I stamped fish & seaweed with Versamark, then heat embossed with Black EP.  Then I colored inside the lines with LuminArte Powdered Pigments mixed with Gum Arabic.  I sponged blue water & brown sand then Embossed with Cuttlebug folder. Love those shiny LuminArte Pigments!

Embossing Folder: DVine Swirl @ Cuttlebug 
Stamps:  Quite a Catch @ StampTV
              Eclectic Summer @ StampTV
             Tags and Words @ Fiskars

Boarder Punch: Double Scallops @ Martha Stewart
Spellbinders Dies:  Petite Ovals LG
                             Petite Ovals Scalloped LG
Craft your days away: Anything goes

Saturday, January 15, 2011

(2011 card #11) Howdy with NO designer paper

Entered in Challenge:
CESchallenge #19 - NO Designer Paper

I used paisley stamp from Michaels dollar bin for the background.  Focal image is a  digital image from Mary Davis, Dover free weekly samples
I printed the image on card stock & painted the image by mixing LuminArte Powdered Pigments with Gum Arabic. 
Sentiment was printed from my computer.
Cut frames with Spellbinders: Petite Ovals LG & Petite Ovals Scalloped LG

This card is for my dear, sweet granddaughter who had back surgery!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

(2011 card#9) Love

I entered this card in 2 Challenges:

At StampTV  For the sketch challenge STVSKSP8.

At Lexi's Creations Challenge #31 For this week's Challenge we would like you to "Say it With Love" 
Our Sponsor for this Challenge is the wonderful Letraset. So this week the prize is going to be some Promarkers for one lucky winner! 

I used Labels 8 for frames, largest frame is designer paper from The C Thru Ruler Company. Stamped Martha Stewart's Flourishes on white cs & embossed with clear EP. Then put a heart template over stamped image (I cut the heart out of light cardboard with Fiskars cutting system for my template) Then I sponged ink inside heart shape, then wiped ink off embossing. Sponged lightly around rest of heart background. I made the ribbon heart by cutting a small heart from cardstock for the base. Then using same ribbon that is under focal image...I cut each end at an angle & glued the ends together , then folded out flat, this gave the bottom point...then I bunched, shapped, pinched, fought with it, glued it to the cs base....whew! then I adhered pearls down that center seam.

(2011 card #8) Owl for 5 Challenges

I entered this card in 5 challenges:

Stampin Sisters in Christ  scripture for this week is
Scripture: Ruth 2:12, "May the LORD repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge."  The challenge is to include WINGS on your project. 

Sentimental Sundays  Anything with wings

At Our Creative Corner the challenge is "Hey Chickadee!" Inspiration Challenge     Use image on right for inspiration>>>
For example, you could use birds, winter, colors, berries, etc. as your inspiration.

CES Challenges  has the fabulous Doodle Pantry sponsoring them this lucky winner will receive a $15 voucher to spend in store. How fabulous is that??!! Challenge this week is All Creatures Great & Small.

At StampTv the challenge is this sketch:    Go to 
StampTV for more details.


I printed the digi from the free weekly sample from Mary Davis, Dover Publications.  Then I painted the image using LuminArte Powdered Pigments mixed with Gum Arabic.  The image was then cut out with Spellbinders Oval Nestabilities and then blue was sponged around the inside of die.  Then I sponged the estreme edge with Ranger's Vintage Photo Distress ink.  The matting papers are Basic Grey and the brown matting is Recollections from Michaels.  Fly is from We R Memory Keepers $1.  I tied twine through the button.

I LOVE OWLS!!!  So Imagine my delight when I heard hooting just outside my front door one day around dusk(April 2010)!!!  I opened the sliding door and one owl flew out of the oak tree right in front of me, but his or her Sweetheart stayed for about half an hour for a nice photo shoot and I took a bajillion pictures!! It was so dusky that I had to photoshop them a lot to get more light on the owl (owl was pretty dark at first)  Isn't he or she BEAUTIFUL!!!!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

(2011 card #7) Color Challenge &

2 CHALLENGES: At Jugs Decorate & Line a matching envelope for your card! Sponsored by Gina K Designs!
And at StampTV Color Challenge 7 turquoise sea, sweet mango & red hot.  Colored rose from Melanie's "A Year of Flowers" with Copics.   Also colored white ribbon with Copics (Sorry the photograph makes it look orange) Spellbinders Large Classic Scalloped Circles and Lacey Circles. Boarder punch by Martha Stewart Garden Trellis.

(2011 card # 6) GKD Jan. Release Party Challenge #2

At StampTV Gina K is having Jan. Release party for new stamps. This is my card for Tina's Challenge #2 (Emboss Resist)   I Stamped Melanie's rose from "A Year of Flowers" with Versamark & heat embossed with white. Sponged rose with Tim Holtz Distress Inks "Aged Mahogony" then around rose with "Spun Sugar".  I used a soft cloth to rub ink off of the embossed rose.  I embossed with Cuttlebug folder "Scrollwork".     Matted with DCWV Shimmers Stack.

(2011 card #5) GKD Jan. Release Party Challenge #1

At StampTV Gina K is having Jan. Release party for new stamps. This is my card for Vicki's Challenge #1 (color).   Spellbinders die Fleur De Lis. Chocolate, Turquoise & Kraft.   I printed sentiment with my computer.  DP from my stash.

( 2011 card #4) GKD Jan. Release Party Challenge #3

At StampTV Gina K is having Jan. Release party for new stamps. This is my card for Michelle's Challenge #3 (Use 1 new item)
My "new" tool is the Spellbinders Labels 4 Die. First I Stamped image with Versamark & heat embossed with black EP, then I painted the flowers from Asela's Friendships Garden stamp from GinaK Designs with LuminArte Powdered Pigments mixed with Gum Arabic. (((NO Glaze highlight, JUST Powdered Pigments))) Then I Sponged around inside of die with Tim Holtz  Frayed Burlap Distress Ink. Blessings from Nina's Fancy Labels @ GKD. Papers from my stash.

(2011 card #3) StampTV Sketch Challenge

This week's sketch challenge @ StampTV
Spellbinders Dies: Fleur De Lis & Fancy Tags
Stamps: "Inside & Out" and "Spring Florals" @ GinaKDesigns
Colored the flowers with Copics (I'm just starting to use them occasionally)

Sunday, January 2, 2011

(2011 card #2)

Card entered in:
1)   Stamp Something: Something Glittery  
2)  Stamping Scrapping Challenge Central : Anything Goes (item from store ~ stickles)  
3)   Top Tip Tuesday: Get Embellishing  
4)    Digital Tuesday: Anything Goes
5)    Aud Sentiments: Anything Goes 
6)    StampTV: StampTV Year End Top 10 Challenge

The background is for (6) Video #8 Rubberband Background technique.
My flowers are from StampTV stamp designer Melanie Muenchinger's A Year of Flowers stamp set. They were colored by painting with LuminArte Powdered Pigments mixed with Gum Arabics...very sparkely (1)  (3) and the sentiment from Club Stamp October 2007 Great Outdoors stamp set  was  jazzed up by  using Sakura GellyRollGlaze Clear Star around the perimeter (1)  (3) then mounted by threading ribbon through the Spellbinders Fancy Labels die cut tag.   To qualify for (2) I used Tim Holtz distress inks for the rubberband background Milled Lavender, Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet & Worn Lipstick. And I used Beacon's 3 N 1 Glue to adhere all pieces.  The whole card fits (4) and (5)

Saturday, January 1, 2011

(2011 card #1) Cracked Glass Technique

Jan 1, 2011 entered in AnnaBelle Bling Sketch Challenge ABSC033   and in Stamp TV's Year End Top 10 at StampTV, Video Pick 6- Cracked Glass Technique.
I Stamped flowers from Ecclectic Summer stamp set and sentiment from Inside and Out stamp set both from Gina K Designs.  I painted the flowers with LuminArte Powdered Pigments mixed with Gum Arabic. Then I appplied Versamark ink and heat embossed 5 times with clear embossing powder.  Then popped into the freezer about 15 minutes & then bent circle to crack the finish.  Sponged Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink from Ranger over image to highlight the cracks.  Cut Blossom shape and Fancy Label with Spellbinder dies.
Self adhesive pearls for bling were added.  My papers are from the Shimmers stack from DCWV.