Wednesday, September 30, 2009

A Hiking We Will Go

A quick post this morning. We're off to hike in a little while. We're are so blessed to live near the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. The temp is supposed to be in the 60's today, so we couldn't pass up such good hiking weather. And the leaves are starting to change, especially at the upper elevations.
Speaking of colorful leaves, while there are three great images in Autumn Abundance, this one is my favorite. I stamped it in Tuxedo Black, cut it with Labels 4, and colored with Prismacolor pencils and blended with baby oil. The sentiment was stamped in Rich Cocoa. I mounted the image with foam tape to an Enchanted Evening Label. Using Versamark Champagne Dazzle, I stamped the flourish from Fall Elegance onto Orange Zest cs. All stamps and CS from PTI. Do you have your PTI Blinkie?

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Falling for Fall

Today's card is for last week's Crafty Secret Challenge at SCS--Falling for Fall. I used an image from Crafty Secrets Fall Cotton Scraps which I stitched to Summer Sunrise. Using Versamark Champagne Dazzle, I stamped the Orange Zest base with a leaf image from Crafty Secrets Thanksgiving Set. This is such a great set with beautiful and fun vintage images. I finished with Orange Zest and Rustic Wood buttons from PTI and felt leaf cut with a Cuttlebug leaf die.

Monday, September 28, 2009

FTTC34 Falling Leaves

It's feeling fallish here in East Tennessee--yea! Last night may have been our last Chilis night on the screened porch. Let me explain--we love to get vegetable eggrolls and chips and salsa carry out from Chilis and dine on the porch. During the winter we wish for warm weather, flips flops, and Chili's carry out on the porch. While we eat on the porch most nights during the summer, those Chilis nights are always fun. Anyway, yesterday was my husband's birthday, and his request was Chilis on the porch. (Tonight we have his dessert request-chocolate amaretto cheesecake).I think we'll have that at the fire pit. Back to dinner last night, I had to wear jeans, a long sleeved shirt, and a hoodie, but I kept the flip flips. Oh yeah, the flip flops are required shoes for porch dining. The porch dinners are dwindling for another year--sigh!

Yesterday, leaves were even fluttering around and it smelled like fall--ok-a little dead leaf smell. So how timely that I used Falling Leaves for the Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge. Silke Ledlow is the hostess and the challenge is to try a technique--stamp misting. This is something I haven't done, so I was eager and a little anxious to give it try--especially after seeing what the design team created. I like the soft image created and will use this technique again I'm sure.

Stamps: Falling Leaves
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento), Scarlet Jewel, Ripe Avocado, Pure Poppy, Summer Sunrise (PTI), Autumn Leaf (Versacraft)
Paper: K and Company, Dark Chocolate, Stamper's Select White (PTI)
Other: Ribbon and button (PTI)

Friday, September 25, 2009

PTI's Blog Hop

Welcome! What a fun way to start the weekend; I love visiting the blogs and seeing what you crafty and creative creatures have created. I know you have many blogs to visit, so let's not waste anytime just as we were not to waste items in our PTI orders. Here's some of my recycling. For the first card, I recycled the blue polka dot band around the stamp set Holiday Wishes.

I cut out some snowflakes with a Cuttlebug die, smooshed them in Versamark, and then used Sparkle embossing powder--very simple and quick. I used a sentiment from Holiday Wishes along with the new Vintage Labels--what a great set! I mounted all on white cardstock embossed with Spellbinders Snowflake Impressabilities which is attached to Enchanted Evening base. Another sentiment from Holiday Wishes and a few more snowflakes inside and a simple and serene card is complete.

I made a second card today, cutting the packing paper with Cuttlebug leaf dies.

I like that the paper was wrinkled, giving a more authentic look to the leaves which are completely unrealistic looking since stamped with the large flourish from Fall Elegance. I used Summer Sunrise, Scarlet Jewel, and Pure Poppy ink. I stamped the same flourish in Versamark Dazzle (Champagne) on Dark Chocolate cs. The leaves were placed on the card to mimic falling leaves. A favorite fall moment is driving through a shower of rust, gold, and crimson leaves.

And finally, a picture from a hike I took yesterday.

Enjoy your visits tonight and may you find some stamping time this weekend!


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Woohoo! Honorable Mention!

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Early this morning as I was sipping that delightful and oh-so-necessary first cup of coffee, I was browsing some of my favorite sites when I saw the Papertrey September Guest Star Stampers were posted on Nichole Heady's blog. Of course, everyone who enters a card or project hopes to get some recognition. Each time I have entered, I have told my husband, I don't expect to be GSS, but an honorable mention would be fantastic. Well, this morning, I ran upstairs, yelling "I got an honorable mention! I got an honorable mention!" My dh was very happy for me, but he doesn't really understand what it is like to have Nichole Heady recognize your work among the entries of so many talented women. I made him go downstairs, and see it on the computer.
While I was pleased with the garland, I was not happy with the pictures I took of the wreath. I took them on a rainy morning because I didn't think I would be able to get the pictures and enter them later. I just couldn't get a photo that was light and bright.

As you can see I stamped different images and sentiments from Fall Elegance and the cut with Labels 4. I sponged the edges with Antique Linen. I cut the leaves from Fall Elegance and attached with dimensional tape to the labels with sentiments. Between the labels I attached leaves cut with Cuttlebug die that had been stamped with Background Basics:Text Time.
While I used the garland on a wreath for the pictures, at Thanksgiving I think I'll use it on my large gold framed chalkboard where I like to write a quotation.
Thanks for stopping by,
Stamps: Fall Elegance, Background Basics:Text Time (PTI)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento), Pure Poppy, Summer Sunrise, Ripe Avocado, Scarlet Jewel (PTI), Antique Linen (Ranger), Versacraft-Autumn Leaf
Paper: Summer Sunrise, Ripe Avocado, Scarlet Jewel, Pure Poppy (PTI)
Other: Labels 4 Nestabilities, Cuttlebug Leaf Die, hemp twine

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Peachy FTTC33

I've been lax in the card making department lately. I've been reading more in my spare time. I just finished rereading the fourth novel the Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series. I had hoped to have all six novels reread before number seven comes out next week. With over 2,000 pages in five and six, I won't make my deadline. So now I will have to decide if I wait on number seven until I've reread five and six, or will I go ahead and read number seven.

O.K. on to card business. This week Betty Wright's challenge at Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge is to mix it up. I chose to mix patterns-if you could see my house you'd know this is something I love to do. I love to mix plaids, florals, damask in different scales.

For this card I used some recently purchased Graphic 45 paper along with Summer Sunrise cs from PTI. The image from Peaches and Cherries (Flourishes) is stamped in Rich Cocoa (Memento) on Vintage Cream cardstock and colored with Prismacolor pencils. I attached the gold gingham ribbon to the green grosgrain ribbon with Score-Tape. I like the cottage look of this card.
Thanks for stopping by,

Friday, September 11, 2009

Halloween Squared

I made this card for the Crafty Secrets Challenge on SCS-It's Hip to be Square. The image is from Halloween Fun which I colored with Prismacolor pencils. The sentiment is from the new Halloween Vintage Postcard Kit. The image and sentiment are mounted on scalloped mats. I used foam tape to mount these onto the gingham paper. I made the buttons by cutting with the smallest square Nestabilites die; I used a PopTart box(love those brown sugar poptarts-my breakfast treat once a week). Then I poked two holes and then covered in Orange Peel Stickles. After the Stickles dried, I covered the buttons with Glossy Accents. It took a long time for both the Stickles and Glossy Accents to dry, but I like the end product. I see more Stickles coming home with me :) May have to visit LSS today or at least this week.
Have you seen the sneak peeks at Waltzingmouse Makes... ? It looks like Claire will have more fabulous and tempting sets to release soon.

Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, September 7, 2009

Sweet Peas

Hello all! I hope those in the U.S. are having an enjoyable Labor Day. We are having a quiet day at home. I cleaned some windows this morning while hubby played tennis, and this afternoon I have no plans. We are going to grill some burgers this evening.
Just around the corner is another Flourishes release. YEA! The lovely ladies at Flourishes have a great give away. Using the sketch posted on the Flourishes blog, one has a chance to win all this month's stamp sets. This card is my entry. I used an image from the beautiful Sweet Peas set and colored it with Prismacolor pencils. The green and pink papers are K and Company and the purple and cream are PTI.
Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping,

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Witchy Woo

Love this little witch from Crafty Secrets. Love those little legs and knees. I bought her several months ago. There are several cute images with this set. I discovered a few days ago that my LSS has started carrying Crafty Secrets--I'm in trouble-- although they may be a little more expensive than some online stores and of course there's tax to consider--there is nothing like instant gratification!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Summer is Slowing

Cooler mornings and evenings, days with low humidity, open windows--summer is winding down. Time at the pool is less but not over. For some basking in the sun is the idea.

(Lucy Marie Claire Schuylar Rose, Princess Flufferini; aka Lucy, Wee-W00, Wee, Princess)

For others the water is so tempting.

(Augustus Ciaran aka Gus, Guster, Gussy, and his rapper names --Augie C and Augie Wee)

The Casual Midweek Challenge at PTI is to say goodbye to summer,to use those summer stamps on more time. I made a card using Vintage Picnic. The rubdeckias in the garden were the inspiration.

And my card

The picnic basket is stamped in Ripe Avocado and the flowers in Dark Chocolate on Vintage Cream and colored with Prismacolor pencils. The image is sewn onto a mat of Ocean Tides. The dp is Life is Beautiful. A base of Ocean Tides and a strip of Ocean Tides twill ribbon finish the card. I think the darker hue of Ocean Tides lends an end-of-summer-feel to the card.
Do you have three-day weekend? Whether it is a two-or three-day weekend, I hope it is great. Enjoy!

Stamps:Vintage Picnic(PTI)
Ink: Dark Chocolate, Ripe Avocado(PTI)
Paper: Life is Beautiful (Sassafras), Vintage Cream, Ocean Tides (PTI)
Other: Ocean Tides Twill Ribbon I(PTI), corner rounder

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Timeless Tuesday on Thursday

After working out this morning, I headed to Scrappin in the City and Scrapbooks and More, two LSS, to look for some of the supplies for the All Hallows Eve online workshop with Lisa Pace. I have never done anything like this, so I am interested to get started. I did not find the papers she lists on the supplies list, but I did find the Jenni Bowlin Halloween Bingo Cards. I found some Crafty Secrets items, some paper, ribbon and trim that I just HAD TO HAVE. After lunch, I cleaned the four windows in the study. I know you were just dying to know what I did today.

Then I took a break and made a card for Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge. The challenge this week is no coloring--no Copics, no pencils, no watercolor. I chose Thinking of You, a stamp set I had been wanting since ordering Vintage Wallpaper in the spring. I finally ordered it along with several others last month--I'm now an official member of FLIP--Flourishes Loyalty Incentive Program.

Here are the details on the card--I used Sweet Blush ink(PTI) for the image and sentiment which are mounted on Sweet Blush cardstock (PTI). Those are mounted on Dreamsicle(Basic Grey) which is mounted on a base of Sweet Blush. The ribbon is also Sweet Blush.

Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping,


Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Playing with Plaid

I was happy to see the Crafty Secrets Challenge on SCS this week is to use plaid. I have an affinity for plaid, and I got to cut into some My Mind's Eye Christmas paper I recently purchased at LSS. I only bought two sheets; I think I should have bought more. I guess a return trip is in order. This was a simple card to make once I chose stamp and layout. I frequently am overwhelmed; it often takes me awhile to decide on those two elements. The layout is modeled after a card made by Nichole Headry, although my ribbon and button are attached differently. This is a card to fit a 4x4 envelope. I have been branching out from the standard A2 card--must be all those tempting envelopes at PTI. I guess my shopping cart will have several envelope packs in it when the 15th rolls around.
Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping,

Stamps: Vintage Christmas (Clear Art Stamps)
Ink: Pure Poppy(PTI)
Paper: The Merry Days of Christmas-Pajama Plaid(My Mind's Eye), Kraft(PTI)
Other: Pure Poppy Vintage Button, Spring Moss twill ribbon (PTI), brads (Paper Studio), 1-inch circle punch

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Violet Cupcake

As you can tell, I love violets. One of the things that I look forward to with approaching cooler weather is that I can plant violets. While others are busy planting pansies and mums, I'm busy planting violets in pots and in the yard. I love to look out the windows and see them. Here in east Tennessee, they survive through the winter, although, they sometimes get a little scraggly, and flourish again in the spring. So they are a three season flower--very economical-from a practical standpoint. But it's really about beauty and feeding the soul. Anyway, of course when I saw the Karen Lockhart Violet Cupcake stamp, I had to have it. I mean really-- violets and a cupcake! Although, I've had the stamp for several months, I haven't posted a card with it.

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The image was stamped in Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Prismacolor pencils. I shaded around the image while it was still in a square Nestabilities die. The image was mounted on Lavender Moon and Plum Pudding. Inspired by Nichole Headry here, the floral dp was created by stamping the small daisy image from Vintage Picnic in Lavender Moon ink on white cardstock. The floral paper and Bitty Dot Basics in Lavender Moon was stitched to Plum Pudding cardstock. The sentiment from Mixed Messages also was stamped in Lavender Moon and cut out with Spellbinders Tag Trio die and attached with a small safety pin to Plum Pudding twill ribbon. ( A method I got from Debbie Olsen). Did you get you Papertrey News today? There are some great design tips and a nice highlight on babies, Beth Wilson, in today's Papertrey News.
Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping.

Stamps: Violet Cupcake (Karen Lockhart), Vintage Picnic, Mixed Messages (PTI)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Lavender Moon (PTI)
Paper: Lavender Moon, Plum Pudding, Bitty Dot Basics (PTI)