Monday, March 30, 2009

Mojo Monday Sketch Week 80

Sorry I haven't posted any new artwork for a few days. I took some time off to have an early birthday celebration with my sweet husband and spend some time with the family. His parents are so good to me. They drove four hours to stay with the kids while we went out and had fun. What a blessing they are!

I jumped back into things today with the Mojo Monday sketch challenge. I needed to make a birthday card, so today's sketch provided some great inspiration. :)

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I'm not sure I'm lovin' the clear dew drops to the left of the main image, but I suppose they'll do. They just don't show up as well as I would like. Otherwise, I am quite happy with how it turned out. The Studio G cupcake stamp is actually only a partial image. It is inside a circle that says You're Sweet around it, but I used a circle punch to punch out just the cupcake. I used liquid glass over the glitter to seal it in, as well as on the sunglasses to give them some dimension.

Supplies used: CTMH Magic Moments Level 2 paper pack, CTMH Hollyhock, Sweet Leaf & Cocoa Inks, Staz-On Jet Black Ink, Cricut Mini-Monograms Cartridge, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, Inkadinkado Humorous Birthday Stamp Set, Studio G Cupcake Stamp, Sugar Coating Glitter, Liquid Glass, Morex Chocolate Organdy Ribbon from The Ribbon Retreat.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Cute Card Thursday Challenge 52

I've decided I really should participate in more challenges rather than just drooling over everyone else's beautiful artwork. This was an interesting challenge to participate in. Rather than being given a sketch, this one involves a recipe. The recipe was to take something ripped, use 2 papers, and 4 embellishments. The TWIST: Four embellishments means ONLY four. A two-layered flower with a charm/spacer and a brad for example would count as ALL of the embellishments! Hmmm, now how is a girl who is addicted to layers and bling gonna pull THAT off???

I've been itching all week to use the circle designer paper all week after I found it in my stash. I've been on a kick of bright, bold colors lately. Probably a subconscious wish for spring to arrive. Well, actually no subconscious about it...I am sooooo ready for spring.

Both designer papers are from a Provo Craft 8x8 paper stack. The cardstock is Star Spangled Blue from CTMH. Rather than tearing the edge, I used the edge distresser on it. I'm not a big fan of tearing - but edge distressing is a whole other story! LOL

Stamps are Studio G from Michael's. Yes, I am aware that both of my images are stamped slightly crooked. This is the first time I've even been brave enough to buy and use wood mounted stamps. I've been using clear stamps exclusively since I added stamping to my repertoir three years ago. I guess I'll have to practice some more...because there are so many cute stamps out there to be exclusive. ;) Images are colored in with Prismacolor markers.

Embellishments: 1 & 2 )Green Studio G self-stick sparkles from Michael's 3.) Blue Dashes, Dots, & Checks Ribbon from Michael's 4.) CTMH Prisma Glitter.

I am so proud of myself for being able to keep to the rules and not add a bunch of stuff! It's a lot harder than it sounds. LOL

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A Few Cards

Well, this is the last of the artwork from the Spring Boutique. I'll be on to posting new things that won't be craft show related. Please don't everyone cheer at once!

This card uses the Beautiful Fairies stamp set from Inkadinkado, Bazzill Cardstock and Bo Bunny patterned paper. And as usual lots of glitter and liquid glass.

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The following two cards are made with Snag 'em stamps from Imaginisce. I just love these little stamps. They are so addicting. While I was able to find a sentiment that matched the bird I couldn't find one to go with the fox so I simply turned it into a thank you card. The little bird ended up being a bit of a goof up. I used Bic markers for coloring and the colors were too dark and looked awful. So, glitter to the rescue. As the saying goes, there are no mistakes, only further opportunities for embellishment. LOL I used prismacolor pencils and the gamsol technique to color in the little fox. I love how he turned out - especially with just a little liquid glass on his eyes and nose.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Beautiful Fairies Mini-Album

I saw the Beautiful Fairies stamp set by Inkadinkado and just had to have it. Of course I knew it was at Michael's because I was enabled by one of my online buddies who showed me her latest find from M's. All I can say is thank goodness for 40% off coupons. The cardstock used is Bazzill, and the patterned paper I bought on clearance at Robert's quite a while back. It is from Scrap Works. As with the Stardust mini-album, I used lots of glitter and liquid glass here as well. Enjoy!

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Monday, March 23, 2009

Mojo Monday Week 79

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I rather liked the crisp clean look of the week 79 sketch the moment I saw it. I couldn't resist using this new stamp set (Bird Assortment) I just got from Inkadinkado. I mixed quite a few colors but overall am really pleased with how it turned out.

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Supplies Used: Bazzill Cardstock, Patterned Paper is from an 8x8 paper slab - don't remember what brand - possibly Provo Craft, Textured Trios Ribbon from Michael's, Prima Flowers, Paper Studio Brad, Liquid Glass, Bird Assortment Stamp Set from Inkadinkado, Versamark Ink, CTMH Indian Corn Blue Ink, Staz-On Jet Black Ink, Bic Markers, Clear Embossing Powder, Fiskars Threading Water Border Punch. I think that about covers it all. Oh, and the card size is 5x5.

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I had so much fun making this little album. What is the formula for making such a cute album you might ask? Well, all you need to do is start with a 6x6 My Creations Memory Showcase, add in a Stardust Level 2 Paper Pack, Reach for the Stars Stamp Set, and lots of Glitter & Liquid Glass, a little creative mojo, and you are all set. Oh, and don't forget the buttons and ribbon. Can't leave those out.

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Saturday, March 21, 2009

What an honor!


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Thanks Rachel for listing me as one of your favorite blogs to visit. Truth be known, you are in my top ten as well! :) I love the artwork that you share. Now that this honor has been passed on to me, I get to honor my ten favorite blogs/bloggers. So without further ado (in no particular order) here are some of my favorite places to go to for inspiration and to ooh and aah over beautiful artwork! Thank you so much ladies for sharing your artwork and inspiring me!



Amy @ Ink About Me

Kari @ Kari's Scrappin' Korner

Vicki @ Wizard's Hangout

Yvette @ Just Ducky at Heart

Tresa @ Fabulously Artsy (Tresa aka The Stamp Goddess does wonderful tutorials. I have learned soooooo much from her!)

Tiffany @ Creatively Creating with Tiffany

Erin @ Inky Smiles

Shannon @ The Inspired Soul

Katie @ My Paper Haven

Sue @ Random on Purpose

Inkadinkado "Humorous Birthday" Cards

Well after three years as a consultant with CTMH, I finally came to the conclusion that as much as I love CTMH, that no one company can offer everything a stamper wants. I know, I know, I'm a little slow. ;) So I've been on a kick lately of using non-CTMH stamps, and having an absolute blast! So many toys and so little time! My local Michael's has been slowly revamping their stamping section and offering more Inkadinkado Stamps. I finally bought one and immediately went back and bought a couple more. Like the Snag'em stamps from Imaginisce, they are addictive - Oh wait - I think that pertains to stamping in general. Anyways, I digress. The stamp set that got me hooked was Beautiful Fairies (There will be artwork with this stamp set posted next week, so stay tuned). I saw it and KNEW that I HAD to have it. I'm sure it won't be too long before I have tons of Inkadinkado Stamps scattered around my scraproom - since I made the "mistake" of checking out their website. Oh my! This one is at the top of my wish list. It says it so well and is so true. Which Inkadinkado stamp set is your favorite? Please leave a comment and let me know - there's nothing like enabling!

Anyways, the cards below are being sent in to Inkadinkado for their Inkafriends Gallery. They are asking for submissions to their gallery and will send you a free stamp in return. I am sending in two of the cards below as well as a Beautiful Fairies card that will be posted next week. You can find the details here.

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Supplies Used: Humorous Birthday Stamp Set from Inkadinkado, CTMH Lazy Day of Summer Level 2 Paper Pack, Lilac Mist & Buttercup CS, Versamark & Staz-On Jet Black Inks, Bic Mark It Markers, Misc. Buttons.
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Supplies Used: Humorous Birthday Stamp Set from Inkadinkado, Bazzill CS, Not sure of the paper - found it in my stash, Versamark & JetBlack Staz-on Inks, ribbon from The Ribbon Retreat, Bic Markers for coloring.
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Supplies Used: Humorous Birthday Stamp Set from Inkadinkado, Bazzill CS, Not sure of the paper - found it in my stash, Versamark & JetBlack Staz-on Inks, American Crafts Ribbon, Bic Markers for coloring.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Mojo Monday Week 78

Well I wasn't quite on schedule for getting the Mojo Monday Sketch done this week. It's been a rough week, as I've been fighting a cold, and have just been exhausted from the pace I was trying to keep leading up to the craft show. No Sarah, I don't run on Energizer batteries! LOL Although prior to giving up soda two months ago, I routinely ran on caffeine and sugar. ;)

It took me a while to figure out what stamp set I wanted to use for this sketch. I finally settled on With Love & Express Postage by CTMH. The paper is DCWV Posies Glitter Print (Denim Blue Posies). The cardstock is CTMH Orchid Bouquet & Breeze (retired). The vase is embossed and pop-dotted. I dusted off my sewing machine after months of non-use to stitch around the edge, and promptly sewed a crooked line!!! Bling to the rescue! The bling is from Michael's. Ribbon is "bluebird" from The Ribbon Retreat. CTMH Exclusive Inks - Breeze, Orchid Bouquet & Sweet Leaf. Please excuse the poor photography. DH changed the camera settings and I need to figure out how to put them back the way they go! If the user's manual weren't so boring, I'd probably already know how to do that. LOL Anyways, I hope you enjoy it. Happy Scrappin'.

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Chapstick Cards

I received the template for making these from a fellow CTMH Consultant quite a while ago. They are a bit tedious to make but turn out nicely. I am thinking about finding the time to redesign them to make them easier to mass produce. If I come up with a new template, I will be glad to share when I have it. I forgot to take a picture of them until after I had them all packaged up, so here they all are. Sorry if the details aren't too visible.

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Nugget Boxes

Yet another project that I waited forever and a day before trying. There is a fabulous thread over on Splitcoast Stampers with templates on how to make these. A BIG thank you to Chris Simon for not only taking the time to make the templates, but to so willingly share them!

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Onesie Cards

Do you ever feel like you are just completely behind the times? I certainly do! I know these cute little cards were all over the place on Splitcoast Stampers last year. I never got around to making one but had saved the directions. Soooooo I finally got around to making a few and once again found myself asking "why didn't I make these sooner?". I'm sure I'm not the only one who talks to myself either. LOL ;) Without further ado, here are my onesie works of art. :)

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Okay, funny story on this one. This is the first one I picked up after decorating to add the snaps to it. So I grab my cropadile out of the drawer and proceed to punch three holes for the snaps. I'm sure you can see where this is going....total blonde moment....I punched through BOTH layers of cardstock. LOL I felt like such a ditz. I didn't want to throw it out because that little giraffe is just so darn cute. So I did what any semi-sane cardmaker would do. I cut the card front off and adhered it to a new base and made sure not to make THAT mistake twice! Anyone else have any goofs to share? I know I can't be the only one to goof up either!
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Monday, March 16, 2009

Spring Boutique & Other Musings & Ramblings

Well I worked really hard and managed to have enough to put out to sell for the Spring Boutique! Now I am breathing a HUGE sigh of relief!!! Over the next week I will be posting artwork that was created in the days leading up to the Spring Boutique.

I had a wonderful time at the Boutique on Saturday. My sales were not quite as high as I would have liked them to be, but it was all in all a fabulous experience. I got to meet lots of great people that I otherwise would not have met. I thought that I would be really bummed that my sales did not even allow me to break even with my expenses, but I am really feeling quite great. I have been mulling that over for the past couple of days, and I think I know why I am not nearly as upset as I think I should be.

As a woman of faith, I put my trust in a loving Heavenly Father who knows and cares for me personally. I said many prayers as I prepared for this Spring Boutique, and just knew without a shadow of a doubt that I was supposed to participate in it. I also felt prompted not to put nearly as much money into this show as I had with the show I did last November. I made do with a lot of supplies I already had on hand and got busy working on things. As usual, life got in the way and was crazy busy during the time I was preparing but I kept plugging away. Although I did not complete as many items as I wanted to, I was well pleased with what I had accomplished and knew that I had put my best foot forward.

So, here is my "list" of why I am pleased with how things went:
1. Although I only made back about 40% of my expenses, I have lots of items for birthday gifts, AND I have less items to make for the next craft show! I can focus more on some of the larger, mega time consuming projects I want to tackle.
2. As stated above - I met lots of wonderful people!
3. I traded two mini-albums for a FABULOUS necklace with Lori from Cookie Lee. Well worth the money on supplies and time spent making them. Thanks Lori!!! I wore the necklace to church yesterday and felt so pretty!
4. I am sure that Heavenly Father had a "higher purpose" so to speak with me participating. I may never know what it is, but I do know I have done what He asked of me. That ultimately is all that matters. So I am completely at peace and happy as a clam with how things went.

Well, if you stuck with me this long, thanks! Although you can't say you weren't warned of my ramblings from the post title! LOL Here are a couple of pics I took of my setup from Saturday. My hubby was so sweet and used scrap mdf that was in the garage to make "boxes" to go under my tablecloth so that I could have multiple levels to my display. They worked great. Thanks sweetie! You're my hero!

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Friday, March 13, 2009

Composition Book Journals

My girls and I are totally addicted to these journals. I use them for making notes and "to do" lists and such, while my girls love using them to write short stories, draw, or in the case of my almost 16 year old daughter - use them to pass notes back and forth in class with her friends. LOL If you do a lot of these, I highly recommend stocking up in late summer with the back to school sales. You can get them at Wal-mart during that time for 50 cents each. During the rest of the year, they are $1+ each. I won't post anymore artwork again until Monday, so have a great weekend ladies, and happy scrappin'! I apologize for the sideways pictures. Apparently photobucket and I are having issues this morning. I did rotate and save them, honest I did. You'd think it was Monday instead of Friday. LOL I'm sure it relates to sleep deprivation - DH had some work issues last night and worked till 1:00 a.m.

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