Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Live.Teach.Create: Tim Holtz Giveaway and SALE!

Live.Teach.Create: Tim Holtz Giveaway and SALE!: "I know I have been teasing you long enough about the Tim Holtz Giveaway and Sale! Well girls, here are the details. For the week that we ..."

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Oh No Mono...Actually Monochromatic that is!

Haha...love my title.  I remember in school, way back when, when someone had mono, we referred to is as the "kissing" disease.  Well this card has nothing to with mono, in that since, but monochromatic.  The definition for monochromatic is: paintings, drawings, design, or photographs in one color or shades of one color.  I choose to use blue for an inspiration challange.

Here is my inspiration for the EtsyInspired Challenge.  It comes from the Octavia and Brown shop on Etsy.

And here is my card. On the glass container, it looks like there is a flower at the bottom so I added a flower to my card.

Card Recipe:
Paper, Ink, Ribbon, - CTMH colors - Heavenly Blue, Dutch Blue, Crystal Blue, Indian Corn Blue
Stamp Sets - CTMH, background stamp - Floral Elements, Sentiment - From Me to You
Border Punch - EK Success
Flowers - Makin Memories
Pearl - Queen & Co

One Stop Challenge - Monochromatic
Etsy Inspired - Octavia and Brown
Clean and Simple - Sketch Challenge

Smile, Giggle, Laugh at Life

I am so happy to let you all know that I met a new "scrapper" friend.  Her name is Nikka Geers, and she has started a challenge blog, called Create Your Vision.  She is planning on giving away some blog candy when she hits 50 followers, so let's  help her out!  I was at Fabulous Artsy's Ustream Live Class and Nikka was an viewer as well.  I am always thankful to meet another scrapper, since we have a comon interest.  And a special note, her husband is in the US Army, thanks to her for sharing her husband. 

Her challenge this week was a sketch challenge:

And this is my card from the sketch:
A close up of the bird and the embossing.
Card Recipe:
CTMH - paper/ink -black, white daisy, cranberry
CTMH - Stamp/Free Spirit (bird and phrase)
Spellbinders Nestie - Lg Classic Scalloped Circle
SU - border punch
Cuddlebug - Embossind Folder
Stickles - Red (on bird and mini flowers)
Flowers - CTMH mini and white, MM  red felt
CTMH - black brad
CTMH - ribbon

Crazy for Challenges - color black/red/white
Cuddlebug Challenges - lace/doilies and embossing

First Birthday!

Celebrating a couple of Blog accomplishments today.  First off, it is Color Throwdowns 100th blog challenge...woohoo!!  Congratulations on 100 challenges. The second, Die Cut Dreams Challenge blog is One Year old, as of July 5th.  Congrats to them as well.  So I am made a birthday card for a First Birthday and a girl.  I have a cousin that is going to get this, so I put a "little glitter" on the one. 

By the way, Color Throwdown has some wonderful blog hop candy, over $1600.00 worth.  Check out the hop for a chance to win some wonderful prizes.
Card Recipe:
CTMH - paper and inks / key lime, blush, cranberry, crystal blue
CTMH - Stamp set / Solo 1
SU - Stamp set / Crazy for Christmas - used for presents
Pink Organdy Ribbon - unknown
Cuddlebug Folder - Happy Birthday

Color Throwdown - pink/green/red/blue (see site for their names)
Die Cut Dreams - Use a 1 on the project
I Did It Creations Challenge - Special Occasions
Paper Play Challenge - use a number
Heart 2 Heart - Sketch Challenge

Friday, July 9, 2010

Candy from Inked Inspirations!!!


June 8th was Jodi's birthday and she is in the mood for some BIG Birthday candy!! She hasn't given blog candy away in such a long time and thought this was the perfect time for it!!

And she is giving 5 candy prizes away, to give us a better chance at winning something!! =)

There are rules to this so here they are:

1. If you are not already a follower of her blog, you must become one in order to qualify for the
2. You must post about her candy on your blog.
3. Please leave only one comment on the candy post.
4. You will have until Midnight July 31st (PST) to participate

Candy #1:
Hanglar baby stamps
Copic Pens

Candy #2:

-The Greeting Farm (Roll Call stamp set)

The Greeting Farm (Christmas stamp set)

Spellbinders (Label Nine)

Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page Set (snowflakes)

Martha Stewart corner punch

Sweet November stamp

Sugar Nellie Stamp

Belles n' Whistles Stamp

C.C. Designs Stamp

2 Stampin' Up Roller Wheels

Pack of pink paper flowers

Candy #3:
The Greeting Farm stamp set (Spotlight)
2 Stampin' Up stamp sets
Stampin' Up Star Punch
Smirk Stamp set
3 Sugar Nellie stamps
Belles n' Whistles Stamp
Motivet Stamp
Spellbinders Dies
Prima Flowers pack

Candy #4:
The Greeting Farm stamp set (Sunshine)
3 The Greeting Farm stamps (Cheeky Beauty, Nurse and Mate)
Martha Stewart Border Punch (Butterflies)
Stampin' Up Designer Paper Pad
Making Memories assorted ribbon set
Belles n' Whistles stamp
Kraftin' Kimmie stamp
Sugar Nellie Stamp
Spellbinders Dies

Candy #5:
Martha Stewart Punch around the Page set
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
Belles n' Whistles stamp
CC Designs stamp
Stampin' Up stamp set
Swiss Pixies stamp set

Now isn't this some sweet candy and five lucky people will win...so come on over to Inked Inspirations Blog!!!!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Cute as a Button

I really slaved over this card...NOT!  hahaha...i love the sketches over at Clean and Simple.  How simple can one get with creating, well check out my card.  I made this a Thank You card to give to a friend of mine.  She has really been there for me, and like the card, she is simple.  I know of all my friends she will appreciate this card.  Enjoy!

Definition of Button - noun

a.A generally disk-shaped fastener used to join two parts of a garment by fitting through a buttonhole or loop.
b.Such an object used for decoration.

I like the second definition!

Challenges :
Clean and Simple - sketch challenge
Wee Memories - Anything Goes

Diggin Your Birthday

This is going to be a short post, the three day weekend is catching up with me...hahaha!!  This card was fun to create and play with.  A simple card, but I hope it brings joy to a little boy.  This is going to be in a batch of cards I am sending to OWH for them to forward on to troops. 

So on to the challenges for this card.  But first, I am thankful to all of the challenges I play in, it really does help this girl out.

Crazy 4 Challenges - Use two or more ribbons (turquoise on top of chocolate underneath sentiment)
Paper Play Challenge - Make a card for a child/teenager
Color Throwdown - Cream/Brown/Turquoise
Cuddlebug Challenges - Make an Easel Card
Sentimental Sundays - Celebration Card (i chose birthday)

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Missing You

I am in love with this card....except for one thing when it close I don't....lol  Now is that wishy washy or what?  I was going along cutting and placing the papers and bellies...but then when I was done and closed I said oh no...it does look right.  But opened, it's kinda cute.  I want to send this card to OWH for a hero to send home.  And it can be for anyone, guy or gal.  Enjoy!

Card Recipe :
Digi Stamp - Waiting for you by Eric Dull - Sandy A @ OWH (sentiment)
Papers - DCWV
Markers by Bic - colored stamp
Chalks - CTMH (used for grass and sky)
Ribbon - CTMH

Challenges :
OWH Gallery of Stripes - 4th Blog Tour
Hand Stamped Sentiments - HSS Technique - Fancy Fold (Tri-shutter fold)
Sisters n Christ - Color #46, Red and/or Blue

Saturday, July 3, 2010

We the People...

Well it is the United States 234th birthday!  I sit here watching the John Q Adams miniseries on HBO and wonder what our founding fathers AND mothers went through for us to have our liberties.  I have it on in the background as I make this card for several 4th of July challenges.  I am so proud to be an American and I thank all of our troops, past and present, for allowing me to have the rights I have.  America was born on July 4, 1776 and we are still going strong.  So on this special day, I thought I would give you a few facts about our Declaration of Independence.

A Few Facts about our Declaration of Independence -

Drafted by Thomas Jefferson between June 11 and June 28, 1776, the Declaration of Independence is at once the nation's most cherished symbol of liberty and Jefferson's most enduring monument. In exalted and unforgettable phrases, Jefferson expressed the convictions in the minds and hearts of the American people. The political philosophy of the Declaration was not new; its ideals of individual liberty had already been expressed by John Locke and the Continental philosophers. What Jefferson did was to summarize this philosophy in "self-evident truths" and set forth a list of grievances against the King in order to justify before the world the breaking of ties between the colonies and the mother country.

Three Obscure Facts -

There Was No "United States" in the Declaration of Independence.

When the Founding Fathers adopted "The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America" [wiki] on July 4, 1776, they didn’t form the nation called The United States of America.
Indeed, the United States of America actually came into being on March 1, 1781 when the Second Continental Congress ratified the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union (or more commonly known as the Article of Confederation [wiki]).

Jefferson Was Upset that Slavery was Edited out
In his first draft of the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson [wiki] listed the British crown’s support and importation of slavery to the colonies as one of the grievances:
"He has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating its most sacred rights of life & liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating & carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere, or to incur miserable death in their transportation thither."
The passage, however, was edited out by request of the delegates from South Carolina and Georgia. Jefferson (himself a slave owner!) remained upset about this removal of the condemnation of slavery until his death.

The Youngest and Oldest Signers
The youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence was Edward Rutledge [wiki] of Southern Carolina. He was 26. Actually that wasn’t the only interesting thing: Rutledge argued for the deletion of Jefferson’s condemnation of slavery (see above). He was also initially opposed to independence, but signed the Declaration for the sake of unanimity. The oldest signer was Benjamin Franklin [wiki], who was 70 at the time. At the signing, Franklin famously said "We must all hang together, or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately."

And a couple of fun facts -

The Original Declaration of Independence: Faded and Rolled Up

You'd think that the original Declaration of Independence - the very document that founded the United States of America - would be treated with respect. Well, it is now. It is stored in special, bullet-proof encasement made of titanium with gold plated frames and filled with inert argon gas to prevent decomposition, but that wasn't the case right after it was signed (see the faded and beat up copy below).

It Was Not Written On Paper
It wasn't written on hemp either, despite the insistence of some. The Declaration of Independence was written on parchment, which is basically treated animal skin (typically sheepskin). It was inked with iron gall ink, which is made by combining fermented oak marble galls with ferrous sulfate.

A picture of the Original Declaration of Independence.
Now my card!  I thought about this card and wanted it to look old and worn like the the above. 
The challenges :
The Cuddlebug Spot - Celebrate Independence Day in USA
2 sketches 4 you - sketch challenge/represent the 4th in the squares
Heart 2 Heart CTMH - Something Patriotic
OWH - a birthday card for blog hop

The lighting was not good, but I think I like how it turned out....worn, just like our national treasure.

My Daddy

My Daddy
This is my fave pic of my Dad...an MP in the Marines