I think I started something by posting Cassandra's card last week and so this is one of Lydia's many cards from this week. She did almost everything by herself but needed a little help with the bow and Liquid Pearls on the corner. She's been making little cards with me all week. ;D
It has been so much fun being on The Stamping Bazaar design team and the gals have been real gems and a pleasure to get to know. Sadly, this is my last week on the design team so I thought I'd make a card with one of the first stamps Marina released last year. I made this card with Hansel with Flowers and enlarged him so I could work with the details. If your interested in being on the design team for the next three months, then head on over because The Stamping Bazaar is having a Design Team Call. Enjoy!
Did you know? Mercado de Sonora (Sonora Market) is a mercado público, or city-established traditional market, located just southeast of the historic center of Mexico City in the Colonia Merced Balbuena neighborhood. It was established in the 1950s with a number of other similar institutions in order to help regulate retail commerce in the city. This market has specialized in a variety of merchandise such as pottery, party items, and live animals — and the two which make it notable, herbal medicine and items related to magic and the occult.
Welcome to another challenge at The Stamping Bazaar where this week's theme is "Anniversary." I made this card using Shy Sammy and chose a more masculine theme for a "his" card. After all, I can always make several cards for myself later. ;D
DT Challenge: The Stamping Bazaar Challenge #20 (Anniversary) Main Stamp: Shy Sammy (TSB) by Marina Neira Patterned Paper: Oliver (BG) Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Eleven Copic Colors: E50, E51, E53, E55, R12, G21, G24, G28, R37, R59, C1, C3
Did you know? Julie Powell (born April 20, 1973) is an American author best known for her book Julie & Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen. While working for the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation in August 2002, Powell began the Julie/Julia Project, a blog chronicling her attempt to cook all the recipes in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking. The blog quickly gained a large following, and Powell signed a book deal with Little, Brown and Company.
I made this card using Mikey from The Stamping Bazaar. The challenge this week is mono-chromatic of course! I chose to go with a black and white color scheme and used the Copic Toner range spectrum. All of the papers I had on had were slightly cream or off-white in color so I used E50 to color the background which also helps give the image a slight glow.
Did you know? The violin is a string instrument, usually with four strings tuned in perfect fifths. It is the smallest, highest-pitched member of the violin family of string instruments, which includes the viola and cello. The violin is sometimes informally called a fiddle, regardless of the type of music played on it. A person who makes or repairs violins is called a luthier. The parts of a violin are usually made from different types of wood and it is usually strung with gut, nylon or other synthetic, or steel strings.
The challenge this week at The Stamping Bazaar is "Bling it on!" ... lots of bling! I made this carding using Louisa Part Time and this time I printed the image larger than normal. Then I added Stickels Glitter Glue, gems, and a charm for my bling. I need to make more "mail-able" cards so I tried to use all flat embellishments.
Did you know? Peppermint is a hybrid mint, a cross between the watermint and spearmint. The plant, indigenous to Europe, is now widespread in cultivation throughout all regions of the world. It is found wild occasionally with its parent species.
We have a fun challenge for you at The Stamping Bazaar the week! The theme is "Tags"... you can add them to your project or have the tag be your project. I made this card using Horus Roasting Marshmallows in tribute to a small campfire I'll be enjoying this weekend - and yes, with a bag of marshmallows. :D
The corner embellishments are laser cut chipboard embellishments covered with Liquid Pearls plus a Dew Drop. I also added a few Dew Drops around the card and used up another one of those Tim Holtz tickets that seem to last forever. Horus is one of my favorite characters so I hope you enjoy this version.
Did you know? Rinaldo is an opera by George Frideric Handel composed in 1711, and was the first Italian language opera written specifically for the London stage. The story of love, battle and redemption set at the time of the First Crusade is loosely based on Torquato Tasso's epic poem Gerusalemme liberata ("Jerusalem Delivered"), and its staging involved many original and vivid effects. It was a great success with the public, despite negative reactions from literary critics hostile to the contemporary trend towards Italian entertainment in English theaters.
I can't believe it's Friday already and really don't know where my week has gone. ;D This week at The Stamping Bazaar we have fun challenge for you and the theme is "Spots and Stripes." I used decorative paper for the stripes and lots of amber gems for the dots. Also for something different, I stamped and colored Sammy on Kraft paper for more of a weathered look.
Did you know? Stardust is a 300-kilogram robotic space probe launched by NASA on February 7, 1999 to study the asteroid 5535 Annefrank and collect samples from the coma of comet Wild 2. The primary mission was completed January 15, 2006, when the sample return capsule returned to earth. Operating for 12 years and 11 days, Stardust intercepted comet Tempel 1 on February 15, 2011, a small Solar System body previously visited by Deep Impact on July 4, 2005.
Ready for another challenge at The Stamping Bazaar? This week is Valentines themed but I made my card to also be used for an nontraditional wedding card too with Louisa and Leoncio! So many of my cards this week have been red and pink and I couldn't get over the call of this green and gray paper. Plus it works well with the music paper and two sweethearts together. So come on over and join the challenge and lets see what you come up with.
Main Stamp: Louisa & Leoncio (TSB) by Marina Neira Patterned Paper: AB Lotus Tea Box (K&C) Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Octagon & Scalloped Octagon and My Favorite Things Die-namics Notebook Edge Copic Colors: W00, W1, W2, W3, W4, W5, W6, W7, W8, W10
Did you know? Sweethearts are small heart-shaped candies sold around Valentine's Day. Each conversation heart is printed with a message such as "Be Mine", "Kiss Me", "Call Me", and "Miss You". Necco manufactures nearly 8 billion Sweethearts per year. Necco introduced 10 new Sweethearts Conversation Hearts sayings each year which are theme inspired, for example "#1 Fan", "Fit for Love", and "Dream Team" (2005); "Sweet Home", "Home Soon" and "Call Home" (2006); and "Cool Cat," "Puppy Love," "Love Bird," and "My Pet" (2008). However, in 2010 and for the first time in 145 years, Sweethearts discarded all its previous phrases and asked the American public to tell us how they express their love.
I made this card using Louisa from The Stamping Bazaar, illustrated by Marina Neira, and our challenge for this week is Anything Goes! Yep, that's right! Use one of the sweet characters from The Stamping Bazaar and join in on the fun. ;D
Did you know? Goblin Valley is a State Park in central Utah, in the western United States. Its eminent feature is its thousands of hoodoos and hoodoo rocks, which are formations of mushroom-shaped rock pinnacles, some as high as several meters. The distinct shape of these rocks comes from an erosion-resistant layer of rock atop softer sandstone. A portion of the movie Galaxy Quest was filmed here featuring the rock monster.
It's the last challenge in January for The Stamping Bazaar and the challenge is a sketch which has many ways to interpret it. I chose to use Susie with Pie which rates among one of my favorites designed by Marina Neira. She is such a versatile stamp and can be used for many different occasions. So come on over and join the fun this week!
Main Stamp: Susie with Pie (TSB) Patterned Paper: Nana's Kitchen (DCWV) Metal Die: My Favorite Things Die-namics Notebook Edge Copic Colors: -susie: E2, E43, E44, E47, E49, E04 -pie: E53, E55, C3, R20, R21, R22, R24, R27, R29
Did you know? The Princess Bride is a 1973 fantasy novel written by William Goldman. It was originally published in the United States by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. The book combines elements of comedy, adventure, fantasy, romance and fairy tale. It is presented as if it were an abridgment of a work by S. Morgenstern, and Goldman's 'commentary' asides are constant throughout. It was made into a film of the same name in 1987 by Rob Reiner.
Welcome to the 3rd Day of the Valentine's Blog Hop from The Stamping Bazaar and today is also a challenge day! Our challenge this week is to use stitching, faux or real, and on my card I changed out my thread and used red this time. :D
Another different aspect of this card are the Prismacolor Pencils! After my last fiasco it was hard to get them out again but this time I was able to blend the colors better. I mainly used the pencils for blending with a little bit of the paper stump in the lighter areas. Now the only difficulties remaining to deal with is smearing and one heck of a hand cramp!
The three lovable digis illustrated by Marina Neira will be released this Saturday, January 22, but you can have to chance to win them now! There will be lots of prizes given away each day for commenters... so make sure to leave everyone luvs along the way! Finally, at the end of the week one lucky winner will be chosen to win the entire set of three (3) digis!!
Did you know? The Care Bears are a set of fictional characters created by American Greetings in 1981 for use on greeting cards. In 1983 they were transformed into plush teddy bears and made their debu TV appearance in 1983. Each Care Bear comes in a different color and has a specialized insignia on its belly that represents its duty and personality. Adding to the Care Bear family are the "Care Bear Cousins", which feature a lion, rabbit, penguin, raccoon, and other such animals.
Welcome to Day 2 of the Valentine's Blog Hop brought to you by The Stamping Bazaar and the fabulous Marina Neira! I made this card using Louisa and Leoncio which will be released this Saturday, January 22. Louisa is one of my favorite TSB characters so I was excited to see she had mate. I'm tring to get back to the basics with embellishments so I used a few of my "staples" on this card including lace and pearls. I'm always surpised at how well stitching will finish off the look of a card and alternating between stright stitching and zig-zag was fun.
There will be lots of prizes given away each day for commenters... so make sure to leave everyone your thoughts along the way! Finally, at the end of the week one lucky winner will be chosen to win the entire set of three (3) digis!!
Did you know? Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids is an animated series created, produced, and hosted (in live action bookends) by comedian Bill Cosby, who also lent his voice to a number of characters. The show premiered in 1972 and ran until 1985. The show, based on Bill Cosby's remembrances of his childhood gang, focused on the lovable, oversized Albert, with his signature rumbling exclamation "Hey hey hey!", and his friends.
Welcome to another fabulous blog hop from The Stamping Bazaar featuring three new designs by Marina Neira!! This week we'll be featuring Valentine cutsies which will be released this Saturday, January 22!
For this first day, I made this card using Chickie's Valentine and added simple embellishments to complement the cute Valentine design! I tried using Liquid Pearls for the heart and wings similar to the lasercut embellishments before, but I don't like the solid effect. I think embossing or glitter will be better and will have to try that out nextime.
There will be lots of prizes given away each day for commenters... so make sure to leave everyone luvs along the way! Finally, at the end of the week one lucky winner will be chosen to win the entire set of three (3) digis!!
Did you know? Toss bombing is a method of bombing where the attacking aircraft pulls upwards when releasing its bomb load, giving the bomb additional time of flight by starting its ballistic path with an upward vector. The purpose of toss bombing is to compensate for the gravity drop of the missile in flight. A more dynamic variant of toss bombing, called over-the-shoulder bombing, or the LABS (Low Altitude Bombing System) maneuver (known to pilots as the "idiot's loop"), is a particular kind of loft bombing where the bomb is released past the vertical so it is tossed back towards the target. the maneuver had allowed the bomber to change direction and distance itself from the target.
The challenge this week at The Stamping Bazaar Blog is to make a card or project using punches! For this card I used my corner rounder punch and and clipped two opposite corners. The stamp I used was Catch of the Day from The Stamping Bazaar designed by Marina Neira. I love this color combination - the greens, browns and creams are soothing - and a chose larger hardware embellishments for a more masculine card.
Did you know? Tapioca is a starch extracted from the Cassava root. It is a staple food in some regions and is used worldwide as a thickening agent, mainly in foods. Tapioca is gluten free, and almost completely protein free. The cassava plant has either red or green branches with blue spindles on them. The toxin found in the root of the red-branched variant is less harmful to humans than the green-branched variety. Therefore, while the root of the red/purple-branched variant can be consumed directly, the root of the green-branched variant requires treatment to remove the toxin. Commercially, the starch is processed into several forms: powder, fine or coarse flakes or meal, rectangular sticks, and the most common spherical "pearls".
The challenge this week at The Stamping Bazaar Blog is to make a card or project using Lace & Ribbons! I chose to feature The Stamping Bazaar's Bikkie with Cookie, illustrated by Marina Neira, and used a soft color pallet. It's indented to be used as a baby card so I colored Bikkie yellow for a neutral gender.
The lace is easily spotted and for the ribbon I used a thin white organdy ribbon behind the flowers and curled the ends. I also added two star-shaped hat pins and in the opposite corner two silver spacers, each with an added Dew Drop.
Did you know? The North Stoke Church, in the English county of West Sussex, has architectural features and internal fittings spanning hundreds of years, including some very old stained glass and wall paintings. In late 2007, two amateur archaeologists at the University of Sussex unexpectedly came across an ancient document giving the dedication of the church, which had been unknown since the English Reformation or before. They found a piece of vellum stuck to the back of one which was a letter written by the Bishop of Chichester Stephen Bersted to King Edward I in 1275, indicating that the church was dedicated to Mary the Virgin. Accordingly, a rededication ceremony was held at the now redundant church on 8 December 2007, at which it was officially renamed from North Stoke Church to St Mary the Virgin Church.
Here's another Happy New Year card this time featuring Baby New Year from The Stamping Bazaar and illustrated by Marina Neira. I have several fun New Year stamps that I'll be using this week so stay tuned. ;D
Some of the details I added were roses, a rub-on pair of spectacles, sequined ribbon and metal hardware for the ticket label. I also used my cutting die with white felt instead of paper to add more texture.
Challenge:Paper Playtime - Challenge #31(New Years) Challenge: For Fun Challenges (New Years) Main Stamp: Baby New Year (TSB) Patterned Paper: BW Evergreen (K&C) Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Dahlia Copic Colors: -skin: E000, E00, E11 -hair: E37, E39 -clothes: W2, W4, W6, W8, R35, R37, R39, E50, E51 -other: B000, B000, B02, W2, W4, W6
Did you know? Father Time is usually depicted as an elderly bearded man, dressed in a robe, carrying a scythe and an hourglass or other timekeeping device. This image derives from many sources, including the Grim Reaper and Chronos, the Greek god of time. In various New Year's Eve customs, Father Time's image is used as the personification of the previous year, who "hands over" the duties of time to the Baby New Year.
The cool blues next to the vibrant reds reminds of cold winter days and frosty windows. I made this card using Puppy with Present from The Stamping Bazaar designed by Marina Neira.
Challenge: The Corrosive Challenges #96 (Bling) Challenge: Creative Belli Blog - Challenge #107 (Christmas) Main Stamp: Puppy with Present (TSB) Patterned Paper: In Winter Wonderland (Martha Stewart) Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Large Scalloped Circle Copic Colors: -puppy: E40, E41, E42, E43, E44, E47, E49 -other: B000, B01, B32, B34, B37, C1, C3, R22, R24, R29, R59
Did you know? Czech is a West Slavic language with about 12 million native speakers; it is the majority language in the Czech Republic and spoken by Czechs worldwide. The language was known as Bohemian in English until the late 19th century. Czech is similar to and mutually intelligible with Slovak and, to a lesser extent, to Polish and Sorbian.
I made this card using Christmas Greyhound and thought it would be a great one to show for Christmas Day. This cute dog was illustrated by Marina Neira from The Stamping Bazaar of course! So here's to you wishing you a very Merry Christmas today!
Did you know? The International Year of Biodiversity (IYB) is a year-long celebration of biological diversity and its value for life on Earth, taking place around the world in 2010. Coinciding with the date of the 2010 Biodiversity Target, the year was declared by the 61st session of the United Nations General Assembly in 2006. The 2010 Biodiversity Target is an overall conservation target aiming to halt the decline of biodiversity by the end of the year 2010. The International Year of Biodiversity is meant to help raise awareness of the importance of biodiversity through activities and events in many countries.
The challenge this week at The Stamping Bazaar Blog is to make a card or project using sparkly glitter! This was simple enough and I paired it up with cool blues into a chilly winter-y card. I made this card using Merry Christmas Fishy from The Stamping Bazaar designed by Marina Neira. I love the contrast of these colors together.
Did you know? The Earth's North Magnetic Pole is the point on the surface of the Northern Hemisphere at which the Earth's magnetic field points vertically downwards. The North Magnetic Pole moves gradually over time and in 2009, it was moving toward Russia at almost 40 miles (64 km) per year due to magnetic changes in the Earth's core. Because the Earth's magnetic field is not exactly symmetrical, the North and South Magnetic Poles are not antipodal: meaning a line drawn from one to the other does not pass through the center of the Earth.
Here's another cute critter for Christmas illistrated by Marina Neira. I made this card using Merry Mouse from The Stamping Bazaar and went with a simple layout. As always, you can click on the images to make them larger and don't forget to head on over to the Stamping Bazaar to pick up your free Gingerbread Plushie!
Main Stamp: Merry Mouse (TSB) Patterned Paper: The Christmas Combo (DCWV) Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Large Scalloped Oval and Magnolia Doohickey Leaf & Swirl Copic Colors: -mouse: E04, R20, W1, W3, W5 -other: C1, C3, R22, R24, R29, R59, G21, G24, G28, B01, B000
Did you know? A Digraph or Digram is a pair of characters used together to represent a phoneme (single sound), such as "sh" in English. When digraphs do not represent a distinct phoneme, they may be relics from an earlier period of the language when they did have a different pronunciation, or represent a distinction which is made only in certain dialects, like wh in English. They may also be used for purely etymological reasons, like rh in English.
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