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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Cut it Out!


Cut it Out!

 The challenge is to have at least one image on it that has been cut out by HAND!  You can use dies on your card, but you MUST have a hand cut element on it also!

I decided I wanted to frame the sweet Mr. Snowman from the GKD Celebrate the Season set, illustrated by Theresa Momber.  I layered up the print papers like I wanted I cut a nesties oval through all of the layers.  The piece that I cut out, I added to the inside (see below) for Mr. Snowman to sit on.  
After I had the front just so, I started in on the inside.  I cut out Mr. Snowman and layered him onto the oval and then added some glitter down his right side and on his little stick arms.  I hadn't fussy cut in awhile and I almost lopped off one of Mr. Snowman's little stick arms.  OH NO!
(inside)

Sending you wishes for a wonderful week.  

Recipe:
Stamps:  Celebrate the Season-GKD
Paper:  Lipstick Red, White-GKD, Print- MME
Ink:  Memento Rich Cocoa, Rhubarb Stalk
Extras:  Floss, Glitter, Button
Tools:  Spellbinders Petite Classic/Scallop Ovals and, Parisian Accents dies, MS Snowflake punches

Friday, November 25, 2011

Tombow/Walnut Hollow Blog Hop

This week Tombow is teaming up with the fine folks at Walnut Hollow to share some incredible altered projects.  In case you have missed any of them you can find them here:  Debbie, Sarah, and Jennie.  Aren't those girls talented?


I was thrilled to receive this Tissue Box to work with.  I knew I wanted to create a tissue box that would be used for the holidays so I took my inspiration from my Christmas decorations.  My tree is decorated in aqua, teal, white, silver and a touch of lime green. I replaced the lime green with some pretty purples for this project.




I started by giving the naked box a coat of gesso to prime it and then set it aside to dry.  Once the gesso was good and dry I added a coat of Martha Stewart glitter paint in Aqua.  Guess what? The paint was transparent and although the glitter was pretty and shimmery, you could barely see the color over the gesso.
Hmmm, this got me thinking so I pulled out some of my Tombow Dual Brush markers and scribbled  randomly onto the sides of the box with a few colors and then spritzed with a fine mist of water. I moved the box from side to side allowing the inks to run and blend together.  
After it dried, it still needed something so I wadded up some white tissue paper, tore it and set about covering each side of the box by laying down a layer of Tombow Mono Aqua Adhesive first and then the torn pieces of the tissue. The adhesive dries clear and leaves a nice finish to the box.  Once this was completely dry I started building my  poinsettia floral spray.I used Tombow Power Tabs to attach the floral spray pieces andTombow Foam Tabs for stacking and attaching the flower to the box.  I stamped several images from the Printworks poinsettia stamp onto 140# cold press watercolor paper and embossed with silver powder. I water colored the flowers with Tombow Dual Brush markers. The top of the box was finished off with some dew drops.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Anything Goes

First, let me say Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! 
Today our family will be celebrating at hubby's parents house and tomorrow I will head to town and celebrate again with my Mom and my sister and her family.  Two days of yummy goodness!

  Yesterday, I got an e-mail asking me if I would like to join the Outlawz Twisted Thursday challenge group design team and it took me about 2 seconds to reply with a heck ya!  I am so excited to get started!  The DT has created some fabulous projects to give you some inspiration. You can check them out here.


Today's card is for the Outlawz Twisted Thursday challenge group.  The challenge for this week was an Anything Goes challenge.  I had just finished this card so I was ready to go. We would love for you to come and visit the Twisted Thursday Challenge and would be thrilled if you played along.

I rarely make sympathy cards, but I had just received the new Nature's Greetings stamp set from Gina K. Designs and I really liked this leafy image and knew I wanted to use it right away and the I thought the With Sympathy sentiment from the same set would be perfect with it.  

My inspiration for this card is from the amazing gallery of GKD DT member, Emily Giovanni.  Last week's Free for All Friday challenge over at StampTV was to case a card from Emily's gallery.  You needed to change at least two things.  I chose this card.  I can't believe I stitched on my card.  I have had the Janome Sew Mini for over 2 years and this is the first time I have sewn on a card.  Guess what?  I liked it and I am sure you will see more sewing soon.  I used my Tombow Dual Brush Markers to color directly onto the stamp.  I first colored the image with the lightest turquoise color and then used the thumping technique to add the rest of the colors.  After the image was stamped, I added some Stardust Stickles to finish off the card.

Recipe:
Stamps:  Nature's Greetings-GKD
Paper:  White, Ocean Mist-GKD, Print-Prima
Ink:  Memento Rich Cocoa
Tools:  Tombow Dual Brush Markers, Spellbinders Oval/Scallop Oval dies, Cuttlebug, Janome Sew Mini
Extras:  Ribbon, Twine, Button, Glitter Glue  
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Monday, November 21, 2011

Crystal Snowflake Gift Card Holder

Good Morning! I hope your weekend was a good one.  It was pretty chilly here all weekend and we thought we might have a snow flurry or two but we got lucky....this time! 

While hubby was busy outside burning brush and tinkering in his shop, I was busy in my studio trying to get caught up on some class and DT projects that I am working on.  This is a prototype of a gift card holder that we will be making in class next month.  I was inspired by the challenge on the Just Us Girls blog this week. I just found the I {heart} ribbon challenge and was happy that today's card would work. The challenge is to use dotted ribbon. Yeah!  Over on the Buttons Galore and More blog, they are having a Christmas card/tag linky party so I throwing this one in for that too!  Check it out!

This card is 3 1/2" x 5" (4Bar) with a top fold.  I cut a snowflake from the Spellbinders Create a Flake Three set and then covered it with Tombow's Mono Aqua Adhesive and then covered it with some chunky glitter.  A small MS snowflake punch and button were added.  A bit of ribbon and a pocket for the inside were added as a finishing touch.  

See you soon,

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Let it Snow



Hello, today I am sharing a card I created for this weeks StampTV Mix It Up Monday challenge.  Suzanne was the challenge hostess and she asked us to "Let it Snow".  There was an optional sketch to use, I already had this card in the works, so I went with it.

I am squeaking in just under the wire with this challenge entry, but I had a bit of time to play yesterday and wanted to play along.


Instead of making my card all blue, white and snowy I went with some traditional Christmas colors.  All of the papers used are more of the scraps I had from a previous class that I taught.  Lucky for me (and you) I am down to small pieces of these prints left. :)

I stamped Mr. Snowman from the GKD Celebrate the Season set in Rich Cocoa Memento ink and then added a bit of color to his hat and scarf with Copic markers.  I sponged a bit of Summer Sky Memento around Mr. Snowman and then added some glitter for a bit of sparkle.  

Recipe:
Stamps:  Celebrate the Season-GKD
Paper:  Fresh Asparagus, Lipstick Red-GKD, Prints-American Crafts
Ink:  Rich Cocoa, Summer Sky Memento
Extras:  Button, Spellbinders Snowflake Die, Twine, Glitter, Spellbinders Circles/Scallop Circles Dies, Tombow Mono Aqua Adhesive, Foam Dots and Permanent Dots Tape Runner
 

Friday, November 18, 2011

CSS DT Inspiration Blog Hop

Hello,  tonight my pals and I from the Gina K.Designs CSS Alumni DT are getting together to share creations that we made based on this photo of an advent calendar that Carolina found for us to use. 


You should have arrived at my blog from Lori McAree's blog, if not you can go back to StampTV and start at the beginning.
I was inspired by the reds/greens in the photo and came up with a couple of cards to share.  I knew I wanted to use up some scraps of Authentique Wonder paper that were left over from the class I taught. I put it together with some PL Ivory, Red Hot and Fresh Asparagus cardstocks to create my cards.




I used the same layout for each of the cards, just turned the second one for a little different look.  The sentiment for the top card is from the GKD Blessed is the Season set and the sentiment for the second card is from the GKD Winter Wonderland StampTV kit.  Did you notice?  I used fffffelt snowflakes on the second card.  With my long time aversion to felt, I can hardly believe it myself. :)


Make sure to leave a comment as you hop along because on Tuesday morning (November 22), we will randomly choose one of the comments from all the blogs and the winner will get to pick a GKD stamp set of their choice valued up to $24.95


I am going to send you over to Melissa Shultz's blog for some more eye candy. 
Enjoy the hop!

Pretty Pumpkin

This week my fellow Tombow DT members and I are sharing Thanksgiving table decorations. 

 I bought a plain pumpkin decoration from the craft store and set about blinging it up.  Lately I have been telling you how much I have come to love the Tombow Power Tabs and this decorated pumpkin is just a little more proof at how awesome this adhesive is.

I started by adding the rhinestone flourishes and then I started adding all of the flowers and greenery using Tombow's Power Tabs
Here is another shot looking down at the top of the pumpkin. 

Thanks for stopping by today.  If you create something beautiful for your table, leave me a comment and let me know, I would love to check it out!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Vervey SFYTT

Happy Monday morning!  Boy the time change sure has kicked my booty this week. Along with darker days comes cold and cloudy weather...YUK!   I want my sunshine back!


Today I am sharing a card I made using the November SFYTT.  Since I have about 30 million (okay, I might be exaggerating just a bit) 6 x 6 paper pads, I have decided that I need to used them up and not hoard them so I am using some more of the My Mind's Eye Paris and Co papers. I really like the beautiful, soft colors in this collection.  I used stamps from Verve's Beautiful You and Sunny Day's sets and dies from their A Cut Above Leafy Sprigs and Floral Circles die sets.  

Recipe:
Stamps:  Beautiful You, Sunny Days-Verve
Paper:  PL Chocolate-GKD, Prints from Paris & Co-MME
Ink:  Memento Rich Cocoa
Tools:  Leafy Sprigs, Floral Circles dies-Verve, Corner Rounder
Extras:  Copics, Twine, Ribbon, Button, Pearl

Friday, November 11, 2011

OWH Thank You Hop

Good Morning!  Today on the Tombow blog we are sharing thank you cards we have created for Operation Write Home.  If you are not familiar with OWH, you can read all about them here.  Their motto is "Helping heroes keep in touch with home". 

I kept my card pretty clean and simple and pretty flat to ease with mailing.  I stamped the Memory Box Scalloped Thank You sentiment in Dandelion Memento ink onto some white cardstock and then cut it out with a Classic Circle Nestabilities die and layered it to some GKD In the Navy Pure Luxury cardstock using my Tombow Mono Adhesive Dots Roller.  To finish off the sentiment panel with a sweet little heart die from the Verve A Cut Above From the Heart Die Set and a little blue button and a sweet twine bow.  It is hard to see, but the yellow strip toward the bottom of the card is embossed with the Swiss Dots CB EF and layered to some In the Navy cardstock.  The pretty red print is from American Crafts.  Head over to the Tombow blog and check out all of the hop details.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Wishing You Peace


As we gear up for the holidays one of the things that fast becomes at the top of my "to do" list is making Christmas cards.  This card is one that can be created in a flash with just a few supplies.  My inspiration for this card is from three challenges.  1) FTL165 sketch 2)Outlawz CAS challenge with a twist of adding one form of embossing and 3) TCPTUES183 for my color inspiration using red, marigold and chocolate.  The deer and snowflakes and sentiment are from The Cat's Pajama's Elegant Christmas set and were stamped in brown pigment ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.  The red print paper is Delight from the Pebbles Happy Go Lucky line.

Weight Loss Update -.8 for a total of -6.2 pounds since October 6, 2011

Friday, November 4, 2011

Fall Sweets

Happy Friday!

Today I am sharing a fun little jar full of yummy M & M's that I made a little belly band and fun topper for.  
 I started by layering two different ribbons together using Tombow's Mono Adhesive Dots Roller and then I added more adhesive to the back of the larger piece of ribbon and wrapped this around the jar.  The sentiment panel was stamped from the Gina K. Designs Thanks a Million set in brown ink and then cut out with Petite Oval Nestabilities and layered with Petite Oval Scallop Nestabilities using Mono Adhesive Dot Roller for the top two layers and Tombow Foam Tabs between the scalloped panels.  
 I used Tombow's Power Tabs to hold all of the embellishments to the top of the jar.  I really like the tackiness of the Power Tabs, they hold so well. :)
 For the leafy belly band on the jar, I stamped the fall border from the A Year of Borders set from Gina K. Designs and colored them in with Tombow Dual Brush Markers and then attached them to the ribbon with Tombow Foam Tabs.
Here is a view of the right side of the jar.  I hope you will try a project like this for your fall tablescape.  The kids will love sneaking into the candy while your busy cooking your turkey dinner.  :)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Cold Hands, Warm Heart

Good Morning.....Can you believe it's the first of November already?  Christmas will be here and gone before we know it.    
Today I am sharing a card I made with one of the MFT Pure Innocence sets called Emma Celebrates the Season. This little gal appears to love the cold weather, although I do not.  The weatherman is saying that we could have snow this weekend.  Come on now Mother Nature, what is up with that?  I am not ready to wear socks yet!

This card is a blinged up version of one of my class cards from last week.  Everyone really enjoyed coloring her and thought she was adorable, and she is. I used print cardstock from the Authentique Wonder 6 x 6 Bundle and paired it up with some textured red cardstock from American Crafts. The base card and image panel is Neenah Classic Crest Natural cardstock.   Emma was stamped in Memento Rich Cocoa ink and colored in with Copics.  I added the MFT Simply Scallops Die-namics die to the edge of the holly panel for a little extra kick.  I love dies and lately think I have gone die crazy....that's a good kind of crazy if you ask me. Emma's hat, muff and cuffs on her boots are covered in microfine glitter and they are so pretty and sparkly.  

Well, I gotta run. It's time to get ready for work.  I hope you have an AWESOME day!


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