Thursday, April 30, 2009

Mojo Monday Mess Up

Otherwise known as Sketch #84. I thought when I started cutting my papers and stamping images, that I had everything proportioned just right. I adhered my ribbon, tied a nice little bow, and then realized my main image wasn't going to fit right. Drat!!! So I improvised and just changed the sketch up a little. It is still a nice card, but boy oh boy I wish it would've turned out how I envisioned it!

Mojo Monday Sketch 84

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Supplies Used: DCWV Metallic CS Stack (Champagne & Silverleaf), SU Delicate Dots DSP, CTMH Sweet Leaf Ink, SU Polka Dot Punches Stamp Set, CTMH Thank You Stamp Set, blue sparkles, and Williamsburg Blue Ribbon from The Ribbon Retreat.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Organization "Scrap Geek" Style

I'm almost embarrassed to post the "before" picture of my fridge, but will for the sake of sharing one of those creative a-ha moments. How's that for sacrifice? LOL DH and I were having a discussion this past week about how to keep track of flex receipts. He prefers to have multiple receipts to submit at once because he says it is a pain to fill out all of the paper work. Meanwhile, we were quite sure that a receipt here and there was not getting submitted (but without proof of course). So I came up with the idea of using self adhesive magnetic sheets to put a file folder on the side of the fridge for flex receipts. And of course, me being me, I couldn't simply put a plain old file folder on the side of the fridge, now could I? So I decorated it up a bit and really liked the simple but nice, end result. So then as I looked at my messy fridge, I decided I should make a couple more of them. After I was all done, even one of the kids said "Wow! What happened to the fridge? It's so clean!". LOL

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Supplies Used: CTMH Animal Crackers Creative Basics Papers, Miscellaneous eyelets, plain manila file folders, Dymo label maker.

Directions:

1.) Apply a liberal amount of adhesive to the front of the file folder.
2.) Attach double sided paper of your choice to the front & trim around the edges.
3.) Using scrap of paper trimmed from the front of the folder, adhere it to the top of the inside of the file folder with the reverse pattern facing up & trim around the edges.
4.) Place a line of adhesive along each side of the inside of the file folder and close. Only the top of the file folder remains open.
5.) Punch a hole in each corner of the file folder and attach an eyelet using your punch/eyelet setter of choice.
6.) Place a large piece of self adhesive magnetic sheeting on the back of the file folder.
7.) Create label for tab. I put a piece of clear tape over my label to protect it and keep it from peeling up.
8.) You are now ready to organize! If you really wanted to, you could make these fancier by embellishing the front of the folder. I just didn't feel like it. I thought I was doing good to organize one more itty bitty corner of my house.

Until next time, Happy Scrappin'!

Jenn

Monday, April 27, 2009

Stamps & Smiles Challenge #12

I had a friend over last Friday to have some fun in my scrap room and we turned to the SSC#12 for a bit of inspiration. We had a lot of fun chatting and creating. I created this cute little card using a new paper pack (Animal Crackers Creative Basics) from Close to My Heart. It will be available to customers on May 1st when the new Idea Book "goes live". The bird and phrase are from Bird Assortment by Inkadinkado. I used Prismacolor markers for coloring. The brads, cardstock, and Ink are all Tulip from CTMH. I left it sitting on my desk for several hours thinking I really wanted to add something more to it, but then ultimately decided I liked it just the way it was - nice and simple. Thanks for stopping by!

Jenn

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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Super Sweet Blog Candy

When it comes to contests, door prizes, blog candy, etc, I'm not always very lucky, but once in a while I am. I guess hope springs eternal, and that is why I keep trying. Besides, the prizes in the following two blog candy contests are just too yummy not to try! LOL

This first one is from Sarah over at Sarah's Paper Tray. She is a very talented fellow Close To My Heart Consultant. Be sure and check out her other artwork while you are there. She has some beautiful artwork posted.

This next one I found while surfing through Sarah's blog. All I can say is holy smokes, what a SWEET set of blog candy!!!! This one is from Debbie at Passion For Crafts. She too has some amazing artwork. I love the coloring she does on the cards she has made. Perhaps one of these days I can learn how to color and shade that well. For now though, I guess I should be grateful I have mastered coloring inside the lines! ;)

I'll be back with artwork tomorrow. I've done a really cute card for the Stamps & Smiles challenge. So until then, Happy scrappin'!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Stamps & Smiles Challenge #11

Here is my card for last Thursday's Stamps & Smiles Challenge. Boy did this one stump me a little bit with my creativity! I think it was the circle that stumped me. Most likely because when I have a circular area for stamping, I tend to over-analyze what I'm doing and what would be THE perfect stamp. I guess I just need to learn to think outside of the box (or circle as it may be) a little bit more often.

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I used the same papers for this card as on the Mojo Monday Sketches yesterday. The image is from the CTMH You've Got Flair Stamp Set, and is colored in with prismacolor markers. I used Sugar Coating Glitter and Liquid Glass on the image as well as a green sparkle in the middle. Also on the floral print paper, I put a small drop of liquid glass inside the center of each flower to add a little more dimension.

Have a Happy Earth Day & soak up the sunshine (if you are blessed with it today). Until next time, Happy Scrappin'!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Mojo Monday Week 83 (and week 82)

WooHoo!!! I finally have a working computer again!!! Okay, I'm done doing a happy dance - now down to business! I can't imagine a better way to celebrate having my computer back and in good operating order than to do a couple of Mojo Monday sketches, can you? I missed doing last week's sketch because of the computer problems, and then time just managed to get away from me, so I will post my card for sketch 82 below this week's card.

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Supplies used: American Crafts Tea Party Paper Pack, American Crafts Ribbon, Bazzill CS, CTMH Butterfly Wings Stamp Set, CTMH Tulip & Heavenly Blue Inks, Versamark Ink & Clear Embossing Powder, Fiskars Threading Water Punch.

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Supplies Used: American Crafts Paper & Ribbon, CTMH Blush CS, CTMH Hollyhock Ink, CTMH Thank You Stamp Set, Fiskars Threading Water Punch.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

No new posts for a few days

I'm not sure whether to laugh or cry, but my computer is having issues and needs to be wiped clean and reloaded.  Ugh! So meanwhile, I am using DH's computer to check my e-mail and what not.  So I won't be posting any artwork until my computer is all done.  Hopefully by Monday of next week at the latest or I may start going through withdrawals!  I'll try to make a few projects between now and then so that when my computer is up and running I'll be able to share some artwork IMMEDIATELY!  They say patience is a virtue, but it is one that I am seriously lacking!  So until then ladies, happy scrappin'!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

So many challenges & so little time!

I've tried to do multiple challenges this week and while I've completed several, it's been hard to find the time to post them! I very nearly titled this post "The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly"! LOL Do you ever have something in mind for a project and it just doesn't come off as well as you would've liked it to? Well I've had that experience this week, along with also absolutely loving a couple of my creations. This first card is from the Monday "Try a New Technique Challenge" over on SCS. I loved their take on it, but I also had a picture in my mind of a card I wanted to recreate. My grandmother sent me this card for my birthday, and while it's a storebought Hallmark card, I loved the design and colors and was inspired by it. Photobucket
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After I had some Colonial White CS cut and scored in the proper dimensions, I used the Ritzy Ribbon stamp set from CTMH along with Hydrangea, Orchid Bouquet, Bubblegum & Versamark Inks along with clear embossing powder to decorate the base of the flower pot. I used a cuttlebug embossing folder on the rim of the pot as well as a small scalloped punch from EK Success. I had originally used a different punch, but didn't like how it turned out, so that is why the rim is as short as it is. The flowers were stamped using the With Love stamp set from CTMH and the same colors as the base of the flower pot. I cut them out and used Paper Studio brads for the centers. The "leaves" are from the Serendipity stamp set using Clover Meadow Ink (both from CTMH). The clear tag is from the Tim Holtz line. I used a piece of Colonial White CS and the Easter Eggs stamp set (for the background design) and the Say It in Style stamp set for the sentiment (both from CTMH).

This next card is also from an SCS challenge - Tuesday's Color Challenge using Bashful Blue, So Saffron, and Close to Cocoa. I didn't have these SU colors, but I do have all of the CTMH colors. I substituted Heavenly Blue, Honey, and Cocoa. The stamp set is Fresh Spring Things from The Angel Company. The floral paisleys were embossed using a cuttlebug embossing folder. I then ran the pieces across the honey inkpad. I wasn't completely thrilled with how that looked, so I used a prismacolor marker to color in the other areas with a soft blue and liked it much better. I used a small amount of liquid applique on the sheep, and totally love how he turned out. These color challenges definitely get me trying to think outside the box.
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This next card was a So Sketchy Sunday Challenge on Mary's blog. I'm happy with how it turned out overall, except that the "s" in "yourself" did not show up very well and I didn't realize it until AFTER I embossed it. Don't you just hate when that happens? I used the Be Yourself stamp set (CTMH May SOTM), Serendipity paper pack (CTMH), Dutch Blue Ink & CS (CTMH)
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And finally, here is the last challenge card I've created so far.... this card take care of two challenges....The Color Chef #1 Challenge on Kelly's blog & Wednesday Sketch Challenge 223 on SCS.
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The colors are Sweet Leaf, Breeze, and White Daisy from CTMH. I used the new Tender Tags stamp set (CTMH June SOTM), Cuttlebug embossing folder, Karen Foster Scrapper's Floss for the handstitching and I'm not sure of the brand on the snaps. They are closer to an Ocean color rather than breeze, but go well with it. Once again, I rubbed an inkpad over the embossing to make it pop. The breeze square has tone on tone stamping. The picture really doesn't do it justice. I really like how this card turned out.

Sorry to post so many pictures and be so wordy. As I pondered on the challenges I participated in this week, I realized that while not all of our projects turn out the way we want them to, it is a creative process. The process and the learning are really what's important. Each challenge that we participate in helps us learn, grow, and discover - our likes, dislikes, style, etc. So while I really did want to name this post "The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly", I really did learn something about my art and myself as I created each of these projects. I hope that you'll try something new to work outside of your box or challenge yourself and perhaps learn much in the process. Happy Scrappin'!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Stamps and Smiles Challenge #10

I really had fun with this sketch challenge. I'm not sure what made me turn to using such bright colors, but they worked and I'm really pleased with how it turned out. I have a very dear friend who just loves bright colors and I think I was inspired as I thought of her. I used the Close Knit Friendship & Knitted with Love stamps from House Mouse. The paper is from a Whoops-a-Daisy level two paper pack from CTMH. I embossed the Hydrangea CS with a cuttlebug embossing folder and then added prisma glitter to the embossed areas. I used prismacolor pencils and baby oil for the coloring. I thought about adding more to it as far as embellishments go, but thought it would take away from the overall effect and opted to leave it as it was. Here's to friendship, cheery colors, and sunny spring days. Happy Scrappin'!

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Thursday, April 9, 2009

CTMH Friends Challenges

I belong to a Yahoo Group called CTMH Friends. It's a great place for all of us CTMH fanatics to share our passion for stamping and CTMH. Each month there are challenges posted. I made the following two cards for the color challenge and the sketch challenge for April.

The color challenge was to use the colors Buttercup, Lilac Mist, and Spring Iris. As you can see, I added white. The background behind the flower is a top note die that has been embossed. Thanks Sue - I am still using up the blog candy you sent me. :) I inked up the die cut with Lilac Mist Ink to make the embossing really pop. Then I stamped the flower (From Me to You Stamp Set) in Spring Iris and colored in using a prismacolor pencil and baby oil. And of course, the background is Buttercup.The ribbon is from American Crafts. I love those polka dots! The center of the flower has liquid glass on it, and I also cut in between each petal in an attempt to roll them under slightly and pop dotted it to give it some dimension. It is a simple card, but I really love how it turned out.
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This next card is for the April sketch challenge. I believe it is from Sketches by Tamara, but I don't remember which one. I used the new July SOTM that came in my autoship this week (You've Got Flair). Boy was I on pins and needles waiting for that delivery. I was watching the mailbox like a hawk! The background paper is from the Perfect Day level two paper pack. I stamped the image on Colonial White cardstock using versamark and tulip ink, and then embossed with clear embossing powder. It is colored in with prismacolor and bic markit markers. The layer underneath the matted image is a pearlescent vellum that I random stamped on the backside and used a small scalloped border punch along the right side. I added some tiny sparkles and liquid glass to the image after I colored it in. The blingy flowers are from Robert's. Hmmm, not sure if blingy is a word or not, but let's pretend it is. ;)
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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Stamps and Smiles Sketch Challenge #9

One of the fun things about blog hopping - besides seeing lots of great artwork - is that you also find out about other blogs and challenges that you've not heard of before. I stumbled across the Stamps and Smiles Sketch Challenge thanks to this post on Kelly's blog. I agree with Kelly, that sometimes the mojo just isn't there. I think that is why I like challenges so much. Sketch challenges are my favorite because they give me something concrete to work with. I also enjoy other challenges such as color challenges because they get me to create something out of my comfort zone. The SAS Blog does a new sketch challenge every Thursday. So stay tuned for another one tomorrow as well.

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Supplies Used: CTMH Life Delights Paper Pack, Hollyhock CS & Ink, Lilac Mist CS, Chocolate Ink, Inkadinkado Cats Clear Stamp Set, Clear Embossing Powder, prismacolor marker, misc. embellishments.

Fresh Spring Things Thank You Card

I created this thank you card for DH's boss. Why you might ask was a thank you card necessary for DH's boss? Mostly because I can't keep my mouth shut. LOL I was having a fabulous birthday and because it was my birthday I was the one setting the agenda for the day. Spoiled aren't I? So anyways, DH is a computer programmer, and you know how it is when something breaks - it has to be fixed NOW! So his boss calls him to tell him that something was broken and he needed to fix it. Bossman forgot it was my birthday and DH didn't remind him. So there went my agenda. So it was kind of down hill from there. I was rather grumpy about it (see spoiled comment above), and told DH to tell bossman that he owed me for making him work on my birthday. I just wanted to harass him a bit - he's actually a really great guy and has a great sense of humor. So apparently I hit a raw nerve with my comment and bossman thought I was mad at him. So he gave DH money and said "go buy your wife some flowers from me". OH MY GOSH!!! I felt like such a heel. So I created this card to say thanks for the flowers and explain that I wasn't mad at him, just giving him a hard time. I thought after all these years he knew how much of a smart aleck I am. So I've been enjoying beautiful flowers on my desk, and according to DH all ruffled feathers are smoothed now.

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Supplies Used: Fresh Spring Things Stamp Set from TAC, Gentle Beginnings Paper from TAC, Fresh Spring Things Hardware from TAC, Thank You stamp - not sure of brand, I bought it last year at JoAnne's, Sweet Leaf CS from CTMH, Sweet Leaf Ink from CTMH, Staz-On Jet Black Ink, EK Success small scalloped edge punch, small circle punch (for circles behind hardware), Prismacolor markers.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Mojo Monday Sketch 81

Mondays bring out an inner battle in me. On one hand I hate Mondays because they signify the end of the weekend and having to get back to a real schedule. I am very much a "go with the flow" kind of person. I hate being scheduled - I keep a calendar only out of necessity. LOL On the other hand, Mondays mean Mojo Monday - and I love, love, love Mojo Monday. So hmmmm, I guess that at least makes Mondays more tolerable. Here is this week's sketch and the card I made for it. I couldn't resist doing an Easter card to mail to my Grandma.

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Supplies used: Fresh Spring Things Stamp Set & March SOTM, and "Easter" sentiment from The Angel Company, "Happy" sentiment from CTMH Say It In Style Stamp Set, Gentle Beginnings Paper Pack from The Angel Company, Breeze & Amethyst Cardstocks & Inks from CTMH, Embellishments from The Angel Company, Arctic Ice & Crystal Ice Stickles, Sugar Coating Glitter, lavender ribbon from The Ribbon Retreat.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Please stay tuned...

For more artwork. It's coming soon, I promise. I've had a pretty productive day for a Monday...I've made three cards, but I am waiting for liquid glass and stickles to dry. I completed the Mojo Monday Challenge as well as a sketch challenge and color challenge for a Yahoo group I belong to (CTMH Friends). So please come back and visit soon. It will be worth your while - one of the cards uses You've Got Flair - the July Stamp of the Month from Close to My Heart. I love autoship!

Happy Scrappin' !

Thursday, April 2, 2009

"Perfect Dive" Card

Yesterday was my birthday,and to make up for the thoroughly miserable birthday I had last year, DH was determined to make up for it and do way better this year. I am pleased to report he did a fabulous job. LOL When it comes to my stamping addiction, he not only oohs and aahs over my creations, he also enables me! What more could a girl want? So anyways, he not only got me 3 new EK Success punches from Michael's, but he also got me 8, yes 8 new stamps from House Mouse! I was a little intimidated once I got them and started stamping. I am accustomed to coloring in things and actually love to color, but oh my the details! So here is my first House Mouse creation using the stamp "Perfect Dive". I'd love to know what you think. Also, if you use House Mouse stamps, what is your favorite medium or way to color them in? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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Supplies Used: Colonial White CS, Petal CS, Indian Corn Blue CS, Petal Organdy Ribbon, Petal & Twilight Inks, Staz-On Jet Black Ink, Prismacolor Pencils & gamsol technique (but I used baby oil rather than gamsol)