Saturday, November 20, 2010

Tom's Plea

Jump down to see Cassandra's Thank You and Lydia's Thank You cards.

Sometimes sharing my supplies is difficult but I'm always thankful that my daughters want to stamp and color with me. I cringe each time they "discover" something new (solely because of the pocket book) but at the same time I'm thrilled they were able to watch me and learn something new! In the split second it takes me to decide, I usually buckle in and let them create freely... because in the end, I really am thankful! So check out their cards below and they'll be reading any comments left personally for them.

I made my card using Tom's Plea from High Hopes. The sign originally read "Go Vegan" but I removed it from the stamp so I could write anything. Each of our cards was entered into the 7 Kids College Fund Give Thanks challenge.

Cassandra used Harvest Mice from High Hopes and created this thank you card for her Nana and Poppy. She's been spending all week with me recovering from tonsillectomy and even though she's in a little pain it's been fun having her stay home from school. She did all the coloring and assembly herself and only wanted help cutting out the image. She even used foam dots to "make it more beautiful!"

Lydia got to use Belles 'n Whistles Rockin' Around by Elisabeth Bell to make her thank you card. We've been spending more time at Grandma's house helping out and the added bonus to playing in her craft room! She selected all the elements and put together the card all by herself (with help cutting out the image) and left the girl uncolored because "it makes her pretty."

Challenge: 7 Kids College Fund - Challenge #8
Main Stamp: Tom's Plea (High Hopes), Harvest Mice (High Hopes) and Rockin' Around (BnW)
Patterned Paper: scraps
Copic Colors:
0, E08, E18, E18, E41, E42, E43, E44, E55, E57, E59, C1, C3, YR12, YR15, YR18, R22, R24, R29

Did you know? A tonsillectomy is a 3,000 year-old surgical procedure in which the tonsils are removed from either side of the throat. Sometimes the adenoids are removed at the same time, a procedure called adenoidectomy. Although tonsillectomy is being performed less frequently than in the 1950s, it remains one of the most common surgical procedures in children in the United States.

Shy Willow

I made this card using Shy Willow and Fall Grass, both from Whiff of Joy, as a reminder for the Lollipop Crafts Girlie Girl Challenge. This week's theme is piratically anything girl which includes cards with a girl, for a girl or look girlie girl. The other challenge entered was for three of somethings - the three flowers.

DT Challenge: Lollipop Crafts - Challenge #16
Challenge: Daring Cardmakers Wee Three Challenge
Main Stamp:
Shy Willow and Fall Grass (WoJ)
Patterned Paper: Chicken Coop (October Afternoon)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Seventeen
Copic Colors:
W0, W2, W4, W6, W8, G0000, R0000

Did you know? United States Department of Defense directive 5230.16, Nuclear Accident and Incident Public Affairs Guidance as set out in Air Force Instruction 10-206 detail a number of terms for internally and externally reporting nuclear incidents. Some of these terms include Bent Spear, Broken Arrow, Empty Quiver, Faded Giant and Dull Sword.
[US Military Nuclear Incident Terms,]

Friday, November 19, 2010

Little Angel with Puppy

The Stamping Bazaar's
Christmas Release - Part #1

Today is part one of the Christmas release from The Stamping Bazaar and this is just one of the new images now available. Check it out, all eight of the digis can be puchased in a fabulous bundle! I made this card using Little Angle with Puppy designed by Marina Neira.

The challenge themes entered are Not-So-Traditional Christmas Colors, Anything Goes, Favorite Color (brown) and Glitter (halos and wings).

Challenge: Totally Gorjuss - Challenge #57
Challenge: Digi Doodle Shops Best - Challenge #34
Challenge: Southern Girls Challenge #6 INT
Challenge: Crafts And Me Challenges #17
Main Stamp:
Little Angel with Puppy (TSB)
Patterned Paper: Signature Christmas (MME)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Inverted Scalloped Circle
Copic Colors:
-skin: E00, E11
-hair: YR20, YR21, YR23
-clothes/wings: E41, E42, E43, E44
-puppy: E70, E71, E77, C3
-other: BG10, Y35, Y38, R20, R22, R24

Did you know? In the poem "The Queen of Hearts", the titular queen bakes some tarts, which are then stolen by the Knave of Hearts. The King of Hearts has the Knave punished, so he brings them back and pledges not to steal again. The poem was published anonymously in 1782, along with three lesser-known stanzas, all about characters based on playing cards.
[The Queen of Hearts (Poem),]

Fairy Laila

The challenge this week at Wags 'n Whiskers is to create a card or project using Lavender and Lace. I used Fairy Laila on my card and thought it was a great combination to use with flowers.

DT Challenge: Wags 'n Whiskers - Challenge #40
Main Stamp: Fairy Laila (WnW)
Patterned Paper: Koshi (BG)
Copic Colors:
-skin/eyes: E00, E11, R20, R22, E04, B91, B97
-hair/wings: V12, V15, V17, BV000, B000, B91, B93
-clothes: G12, G14, BG72, BG75
-other: R24, YR16, YR21

Did you know? The Bonnie Lass o' Fyvie is a Scottish folk song about a thwarted romance between a soldier and a girl. Like many folk songs, the authorship is unattributed and there is no strict version of the lyrics. The song is also known by a variety of other names, the most common of them being "Peggy-O".
[Bonnie Lass o' Fyvie,]

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Jolly Josie

The Kranks tried to skip Christmas and I'm going to try skipping Thanksgiving. Well, not completely but I plan to make more holiday cards than fall ones. ;D I made this card using cute little Jolly Josie from The Stamping Bazaar designed by Marina Neira. I combined her with corduroy buttons, lace and ribbon for a heartfelt Christmas Blessing. The challenge entered was anything inspired by Christmas.

Challenge: Digi Stamps 4 Joy - Challenge #6
Main Stamp:
Jolly Josie (TSB)
Patterned Paper: Winter Pretties (WoJ)
Dry Embossing: Sizzix Basic Gray Embossing Folders Plaid & Snowflakes Set
Copic Colors:
-molly: E41, E42, E44, E47, E49
-other: R20, R22, R24, R27, R29, C1, C3, C5, G21, G24, G28, YG63, YG67

Did you know? Skipping Christmas is a comedy novel by John Grisham and the book was later adapted for the 2004 film Christmas with the Kranks. The story focuses on how Luther and Nora Krank try to avoid the frenzy traditionally experienced during the Christmas holiday.
[Skipping Christmas,]

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Lil Christmas Lolita Willow

The challenge this week at Lil Lolita Boutique is any Anything Goes Christmas theme! I made this card with the new Lil Christmas Lolita Willow and went with a non traditional color scheme for Christmas. Her dress was so much fun to color! The other challenge theme was "Baby it's cold outside..."

DT Challenge: Lil Lolita Boutique - Challenge #24
Challenge: Delightful Sketches Challenge
Main Stamp:
Lil Christmas Lolita Willow (LL&L)
Patterned Paper: Signature Christmas (MME)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Eleven & Seventeen
Copic Colors:
-skin: E000, E00, E11, R21
-hair/eyes: C1, C3, E57, E59
-clothes: B91, B95, R35, R37, R39, C1, C3, E41, E42, E43
-other: R21, R27, G21, G24, B28, YR21, YR23, E44, E47

Did you know? Marshmallows first came into being as a medicinal substance, from the mucilaginous extracts of the root of the marshmallow plant, Althaea Officinalis, as a soothing remedy for sore throats. The use of marshmallow to make a candy dates back to ancient Egypt, where the recipe called for extracting sap from the plant and mixing it with nuts and honey. Modern marshmallows came about from the invention of an extrusion process by the American Alex Doumak in 1948 which produces the cylindrical shape we're familiar with.


Here's another Halloween project that I converted into a card. This one was originally a bottle Gift Tag that I had and I placed it on a simple background sketch. Aside from seeing another idea, the bonus of these quick projects is getting another "Did you know" tidbit. :D

Main Stamp: Betty (SBS)
Patterned Paper: Toil & Trouble (The Girls' Paperie), Blackbird (MME) and unknown
Metal Die: Whiff of Joy Whimsical Tag
Copic Colors:
-skin/eyes: E00, E11, R20, G24, G28
-hair: W2, W4, W6, W8
-clothes: R22, R24, R29, W2, W4, W6, W8, YR12, YR16, YR18, E42, YR21, YR23

Did you know? In weaving, weft or woof is the yarn which is drawn through the warp yarns to create cloth; sometimes referred to as the "fill". The words woof and weft derive ultimately from the Old English word wefan, to weave. The expression "warp and woof" is sometimes used metaphorically as one might similarly use "fabric"; e.g., "the warp and woof of a student's life" means "the fabric of a student's life." The expression is used as a metaphor for the underlying structure on which something is built.

Itzie Inkies Halloween Candy

I'm wrapping up a few Halloween projects before putting all my extras away for next year. This card was created as a reincarnation of a Gift Bag I never used. I figure it's easier to store cards than miscellaneous projects.

Main Stamp:
Itzie Inkies Halloween Candy (CCD)
Patterned Paper: Halloween (K&C)
Copic Colors:
-cat: W1. W3, W5, W7, W9, R21
-clothes: R22, R24, R27, R29
-other: YR12, YR16, YR18

Did you know? Velvet is a type of woven tufted fabric in which the cut threads are evenly distributed, with a short dense pile, giving it a distinct feel. It is woven on a special loom that weaves two pieces of velvet at the same time. The two pieces are then cut apart and the two lengths of fabric are wound on separate take-up rolls.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Dance Girl

I made this card using Dance Girl from InStyle Stamps for their InSpiration Challenge. This time I used the orange and yellow glow from the pumpkins and incorporated into the background of the dancing wall. This is the third card in a serieries where I'll combine these images and embossing folder on a white background... so more to come! The other challenge was an Anything Goes with lots of Red.

Challenge: InStyle Stamps - October InSpiration Challenge
Challenge: Dottie's World - Anything Red Challenge
Main Stamp:
Dance Girl (IIS)
Dry Embossing: Cuttlebug Embossing Folders Grace's Frame
Copic Colors:
-skin/hair/eyes: E000, E00, E11, R20, G82, E55, E57, E59
-clothes: R20, R21, R22, R24, R27, R29, R59
-other: E43, E44, Y35, Y38, YR16, YR18, N1, N3, N5

Did you know? Slinky or "Lazy Spring" is a toy consisting of a helical spring that stretches and can bounce up and down and can perform a number of tricks. In 1943, Richard James, a naval mechanical engineer stationed at the William Cramp and Sons shipyards in Philadelphia, was developing springs that could support and stabilize sensitive instruments aboard ships in rough seas. James accidentally knocked one of the springs from a shelf, and watched as the spring "stepped" in a series of banana spilts, to a stack of books, to a tabletop, to the floor, where it re-coiled itself and stood upright.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Soldier Pug

The challenge this week at The Stamping Bazaar is to create a card or project based on the fun sketch provided. I made this card using Soldier Pug designed by the fabulous Marina Neira. I created the tag by using metal stamps to engrave the sentiment. I need to create more guy cards as I have just depleted my limited stash!

DT Challenge: The Stamping Bazaar - Challenge #4
Main Stamp: Soldier Pug (TSB)
Patterned Paper: scraps
Dry Embossing: Tim Holtz Sizzix Embossing Folders Woodgrain
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Circles
Copic Colors:
-dog/eyes: E41, E42, E43, E04, E57, E59
-clothes: YG63, YG67, YG91, YG95, YG99, BG93, BG96, BG99, C3, C5, C7

Did you know? Military camouflage became an essential part of modern military tactics after the increase in accuracy and rate of fire of weapons during the 19th century. Until the 19th century, armies tended to use bright colors and bold, impressive designs. These were thought to daunt the enemy, foster unit cohesion, allow easier identification of units in the fog of war, and attract recruits.
[Military Camouflage,]

Beach Ball Betty

The challenge this week at Lollipop Crafts is to create a card or project for a Girlie Girl. Our sponsor this week is Fairy Knoll and I used Beach Ball Betty for this card. I used the image without the beach ball and tilted it so she looked like she was flying.

DT Challenge: Lollipop Crafts - Challenge #16
Main Stamp: [altered images of] Beach Ball Betty (Fairy Knoll)
Patterned Paper: Flying High - Tweet (My Little Shoebox)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Seventeen
Copic Colors:
-skin: E00, E11, R20, R22, E04
-hair: R81, R83, R85, R89
-clothes: R22, R24, R29
-wings/eyes: G20, G21
-other: C1

Did you know? The Burgundy snail (Roman snail, edible snail or escargot), is a species of large, edible, air-breathing land snail. It's preferred habitat has high humidity and lower temperatures, with loose soil which allows it to burrow in order to hibernate and lay its eggs. During hibernation this species creates a calcareous epiphragm in order to seal the opening of the shell.
[Helix Pomatia,]