Saturday, September 25, 2010

It's Saturday!

Happy Saturday!

I found an old alcohol inked panel in my stash, that I had made back when Jennifer was doing her Thinking Inking classes, and wanted to use it on a card. I embossed the poppy stamp in white over the top of it. Now that I look at it, the white areas in the background look like the embossing powder got all over the place, but that's not the case. When I pounced on the alcohol inks, I left some white areas because I thought it looked so cool. Now I'm thinking it would've been better to emboss the poppies in black or... Anyway, we live and learn and that's what makes the process more enjoyable, right? I sure enjoyed using my Musical Background stamp for the first time and it won't be the last. . .love it!

I am also enjoying the day off today, except for the weather. It has been miserable here. Too cold for this early in the Fall and tons of rain lately. I'm hearing next week should be warmer and brighter! Here's hoping! At least it's a good excuse to stay in and make cards!

One more thing before I go. Anne (Bubash) is have a Halloween giveaway on her blog. Just click here and see what fun goodies she's giving to one lucky winner!

Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Scrapfest Card Swap

Happy Wednesday!

One of the neat things we did this past weekend at Scrapfest, was a card swap. We each made two cards and did a fun swap after dinner on Saturday night. I received two wonderful cards. One from my new buddy, Anne and the other from my friend and neighbor in Minnesota, Linda. Just click on each of their names to see their fun cards.

On the first card I made for the swap, I used the small leaf from the So Thankful clear set and stamped it on the card base. The large, main leaf is another one I made from an EK punch and a Starbucks coffee sleeve. I distressed it with Walnut Stain ink and added a pretty, sparkly flower to the center. The sentiment is from the Thinking of You clear set.

For my second card, I clear embossed the Raindrop Background onto a piece of kraft cardstock. Then I layered some fun paper from a Webster's Pages pack. The barrel of apples is from Imaginisce and I colored it with Copics. It's always been difficult for me to use patterned paper on cards. I just don't seem to have the knack for it. But when I finished this one, I liked the way it looked. Yay! The sentiment is from a chipboard sticker. I had to cut away a portion of it because it didn't go with the rest of the card.

Both these cards were fun to make. The apple one is my second try lately on using patterned paper on cards. I've decided It challenges me, so I plan on doing more in the future.

Have a great day and thanks for your visit! :)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

September CCC

Hi all!

Deborah's Card Chain Challenge this month was to use one of three challenge options. I chose to use the theme of Friendship. I love this fun challenge! Click on the link above to see what it's all about.

First off, I received two wonderful cards from Paula this month. The one on the right is the one she made for me and the other one was made by her friend Helen. Paula's card has the prettiest paper behind her sweet image! I love the way she colored in the little girl! Her headband matches her leggings! Such lovely colors too!

The cute pirate card is so fun! I feel very special that Paula would send this one also. I love the little waves and boat, and how clever of Helen to add a gem to the pirate's hand! Love it!

It was a pleasure to make a card this month for my hostess sister, Nancy! I wanted to make a special card for her and I finally got my hands on some of the pretty Webster's Pages that I've been seeing in the Flickr pool. I don't usually use patterned paper on my cards, but wanted to give it a try with these beautiful papers.

This page in particular, is just gorgeous! If you click on the photo, you'll be able to see the subtle aqua colored writing above the hydrangea and also a very subtle shadowing of musical notes off the the left. I white embossed the hydrangea and colored in with Copic markers. The three butterflies on the right were punched out from the same Webster's Pages pack. I added some Hero Hues gems and pearls and the sentiment is from the Great Flourishes Messages clear set.

I hope everyone has a great Tuesday! Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Hostess Takeover Week!

Hello everyone!

It's Monday and I'm still flying high from my wonderful Scrapfest weekend! Gosh, I sure had a blast! I will definitely be doing that every year! If you missed the photos from our fun weekend, there are a couple of posts you can see here and here. I also posted a bunch of photos from our Saturday night dinner together, in my photostream, here. Check out these links for some really great pictures of our Flickr friends and Hero Arts ladies!

Something else that's fun is the Hero Arts blog. We hostesses have taken over the blog for the week! Today is the day that my hostess sis, Kryssi and I show you some fun cards and hopefully inspire you to continue to make cards for the monthly challenge, "Everything Autumn." Here is the card I made for our day.

If you go to the Hero blog, you'll be able to click underneath the photo of my card, to see all the supplies used and the instructions. It's a really fun post, so don't miss it! And make sure to stop there each day this week for more hostess fun!

I'm off to try and get caught up on blog visits and Flickr. Hope everyone has a great day and thanks so much for stopping by! :)