Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Another card and a second take on a Mo Manning image

I apologize for not getting this posted yesterday as promised. I got a little busy and didn't get back to it until just now. I featured a card with this image a while back but I have changed the colors and used a new Nestie die that I won in a giveaway (I am totally enamored with Nesties now!).  This image is called Penelope's Party Wagon, in cased you missed it the first time I posted it.  I adore Penelope's hair!!! This time I have dressed her all in pink and yellow.  This little girl is just too cute in my opinion. I made this another easel card, which I enjoy making more than any other style except perhaps tri-fold shutter cards (not that I have made every type there is by any means).

Base card and mats are Recollections cardstock; dp is from Basic Grey's Lemonade collection. The image was colored with Copics, of course. I colored this one some time ago so I don't have a list of the colors I used. Ribbon, heart sticker and flower are from my stash. The ecru cotton lace is from Jo-Ann Crafts. The little sentiment square that says "Just For You" is actually a 1" embroidered patch that my friend, Kay sent me.

I will be entering this card in the following challenges:

One Crazy Stamper's June Colors of the Rainbow Challenge - bright, colorful
Mo Manning's DP2 Challenge #88 - Flowers, Flutter, Fancy or Fancy Fold  (I made an easel card)

As always, your comments are welcome and appreciated. I hope you read my post from yesterday regarding the contest I entered at Oriental Trading Co. (I have pinned it to the top of my blog until the voting ends) . I could sure use your votes for my entry if you haven't already voted. Thanks and until next time....

Happy crafting!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

A cute little Tilda for a very warm Saturday...

Good morning, my crafty friends!

This is going to be a pretty quick post I think. I have a ton of things to do today and if I don't get an early start, I may not start at all! Our unseasonably hot weather is supposed to continue through at least the coming week (UGH!) so any outdoor activity is best done during the morning hours. To be honest, I'm really not in the mood to get out this early.

Anyway, this little cutie will hopefully warm your heart without making you break a sweat! Here is one of the adorable Tildas that my friend Tracy, of Tracy's Stamping Corner, stamped and sent to me a while back. I still have close to a dozen that I have not put onto cards yet. I guess I need to get busy again as I'm getting close to the end of the stack I made during my last crafting frenzy. I have an anniversary gift to make for some dear friends as well as that wedding album I keep mentioning. I finally got the photographs so I can actually start working on it. I have to have the anniversary gift finished in two weeks and I'm not sure yet how I want to do it.

Now, back to Tilda. I thought this was a particularly cute one and I used soft shade of lime green and medium pink as my palette because I wanted to use flowers!! Yes, I have finally made another card with the flowers piled on! I have missed them so. Here she is with her little gift package and party hat with streamers falling down around her. This image could be used for several different occasions, the most obvious of which is birthdays.

I hand wrote the greeting "Just 4 You" myself on pastel pink cardstock with a black .025 Copic Multiliner.  The medium pink card base is DCWV, mats are Recollections solid color cardstock in lime green and dp is from one of my favorite My Mind's Eye stacks, called Home Glitter Book. This little 6" x 6" stack has 54 sheets of the most amazing patterns I have seen in a single collection in quite a while and they are all glittered!  I have used these papers on several of my cards before. I used my Copics to color little Tilda. The little flowers are from Michael's.  The pearls are Recollections. I made the mats on the inside with one of Martha Stewart's Punch Around the Page sets and the circles were cut using Cutter Bee's Circle Scissor.  The sentiment stamp is by Inkadinkadoo.

I am entering this card in the following challenge:

Magnolia-licious June color challenge   

That's all for now, folks.  I hope your weekend is glorious and that you find something fun to do with your friends and families.  Until next time...

Happy crafting!

Another great giveaway at Two Pink Peas

There is a great giveaway going on at Two Pink Peas right now in honor of Terri's dad (for his birthday and Father's Day).  I'd say she's a pretty awesome daughter, wouldn't you?  Click on the picture above to be transported to the giveaway.  Follow the instructions posted there to become eligible to participate.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Stacy is Celebrating Her First Blogaversary and is having a Big Giveaway!

Stacy of Scrap With Stacy is celebrating her first blogaversary and is having a three-part giveaway for her followers!  How awesome is that?  Check out her blog to see all the goodies involved and to find out how to enter.  The giveaway ends on 7/1 so don't delay!

Happy crafting!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Winding down the week with a sympathy card

I can't believe it's Friday again and nearing the end of June already! Independence Day is right around the corner , for heaven's sake! It's crazy how fast time has been passing. Even though I'm not currently doing the 9 to 5 thing, there still aren't enough hours in the day to do everything I need and want to do. Fortunately for me, I don't have anybody but the dogs and cats demanding my time so it's easy for me to put off the chores in favor of crafting! LOL!

Today, I have a sympathy card that I created using the fabulous digital artwork of  Anne E. Fenton, who is a member of the very talented Outlawz design team. I'm still pinching myself over being selected to join them! This beautiful covered bridge just spoke to me and after I finished coloring it, I thought it would make a lovely sympathy card. I kept my design clean and simple so as not to detract from the bridge. I wanted it to be the focal point because this scene just feels so serene to me and fitting for this kind of card.

I have always loved bridges of all kinds but especially covered ones like this.  Sadly, these are a rare sight in most parts of Texas. I colored this gorgeous digi with my Copics and I must tell you that it looks much better in person.  Somehow (please don't ask me how as I couldn't begin to tell you), I managed to capture the glow of a sunset sky and the subtle shadows present just before dusk. They just don't show up in the photographs like they do in person.

Thankfully, this card was not designed with anyone in particular in mind. It will go into my stash until it's needed (and I hope that will be no time soon). Thanks for dropping by today. I hope you enjoyed my project.  Have a wonderful weekend!

Happy crafting!

Another Blog Award!

Good morning, citizens of Blogland!

Oooh, I just got a funny visual of The Land of Oz, only it was called Blogland! LOL! My sweet friend Leslie, of CA Scrapper  has given me a new blog award and I must admit that I was not familiar with this one, having never seen it before. It's called The Stinkin' Cute Blog Award and I love it because there are no rules or requirements other than to pass it on! I like that because I have about run out of things to tell about myself!

Me sincerest thanks to Leslie! I hope you will pay her a visit and see the fantastic projects she has made with her Cricut. She is extremely talented. Give her some love while you're there too if you don't mind. So, I have selected the following blogs to receive this most awesome award:

1.  Tami - http://tamiscraftconnection.blogspot.com/
2.  Dusti - http://www.scrappinwithcricut.com/
3.  Lynne - http://doodlebuglynne.blogspot.com/
4.  Kimberli http://kimberliscreations.blogspot.com/
5.  Lindy - http://lindysmaidwidluv.blogspot.com/

I want to thank them for supporting me and my blog. Please pay them a visit and find out why I consider them worthy of this award. Congrats, ladies! You are all so creative and artistic and I'm happy to count you among my bloggy friends.

I'll be back later with a sympathy card. Thanks and have a wonderful Friday!

Happy crafting!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Challenge #15 at Amber's Crafts and Stuff

Good morning, all my crafty friends!

It's hump day once again and time for another challenge at Amber's Crafts and Stuff.  The theme for this week is "Dog Days of Summer".  I had already used this image on another card a couple of weeks ago, not remembering that this theme was coming up.  Well, it fits the bill so perfectly that I decided to make another card with it!  If you're interested in seeing the first one, you can find it here.  I used a different color scheme, greeting and sentiment this time as well as a little different layout.  Now that I have finished this one, I'm not sure which one I like better.  You can leave me a comment, if you like, and tell me which is your favorite.

I just love this little boy with his dog sitting in what looks like it must be his baby sister's wading pool.  In case you missed it, the image comes from the wonderful digital pencil of Mo Manning.  I colored it with Copic markers and used Diamond Glaze to create the illusion of water.  I typed the greeting in MS Word using the Curlz font, cut it out and layered it onto glitter cardstock by DCWV.  The dp is also from DCWV (I think it's from the Mediterranean stack).  The buttons are Favorite Findings Big Bag of Buttons that I purchased at Jo-Ann.  The dp on the inside of the card is from K and Company's Best of Brenda Walton collection, I found the quote online, printed it in Word using a text box template and cut it out.  The stamped images are Inkadinkado clear stamps that I found in the dollar bin at Jo-Ann, stamped in Mememto Tudexo Black ink and colored with Copics.  All cardstock, except the kind I use for my Copic coloring, which is Gina K's Pure Luxury heavy weight,  is by Recollections.  I used a white gel pen for the faux stitching and the mini ric rac is by Wrights and was purchased at Jo-Ann by the spool.

I think that about covers all the details.  I hope you enjoyed my project and that you have a completely awesome day.  Come play with us at Amber's Crafts and Stuff this week and join in the fun!

Happy crafting!

Monday, June 20, 2011

More Great News... I am blessed!

I have truly been blessed, my friends! I have even more wonderful news to share with you today. I have been invited to join the awesome Outlawz Design Team!!! This has been in the works for a couple of weeks but it just became official today. I am thrilled to be a part of their Paper a la Mode group. In case you're not yet a member of The Outlawz, which you have to be to participate in the challenges, the way it works is that they have a different challenge each day of the week and each challenge runs for a week. There is a mini DT for each challenge group and all of the mini DTs together form The Outlawz DT as a whole. Paper a la Mode allows all forms of paper crafting, including scrapbooking, card making, altered art, mixed media, mini albums, etc. This fits the bill perfectly as far as I'm concerned since I like to dabble a bit in all of it.

They have good participation in the challenges and really great prizes.  Everybody I have encountered has been warm and helpful.  They also feature some of the entries each week on the front page of the Gallery so that all the members can see and comment on the featured items.  I'm proud to say that one of my cards has been featured in each of the past 2 weeks.  It really is the friendliest, best-run, most organized challenge site I have seen so far and I'm ecstatic to be associated with them in my new capacity.  If you enjoy challenges, I would encourage you to check out The Outlawz.   I think you'll love it there as much as I do.

Thanks again for all of your kind words of encouragement and congratulations.  I love sharing with you all and as always, I appreciate your feedback.  You guys rock! Have a wonderful evening and a great tomorrow!

Happy crafting!

Some Exciting News!!!

I have some very exciting news to share with you today, my crafty friends!  I am thrilled to have been selected as a member of the brand new Design Team for Just Wordz Clear Stamps!!!  I'll be working with owner and designer, Kimberly, and a very talented group of four other designers to promote this awesome line of clear stamps.  If you're not familiar with Just Wordz stamps, you should check them out here.

I can't wait to get my hands on these versatile stamps so I can start creating some wonderful examples to inspire you, whether you're into card making, scrapbooking, altered art or a combination of all of these paper crafting disciplines.  Because the Canadian postal service has been on strike, there has been a slight delay in getting the stamp sets mailed out but we should have them soon so please stay tuned.

I hope you'll stop by Just Wordz and say hello to Kimberly and that you'll also visit the blogs of my new teamies, Doreen, Tammy, Corry and Tara when you get a chance.  They are all incredibly talented and I think you'll enjoy their varied crafting styles.  Give them a little love while you're there too if you will.   You can find links to their individual blogs in my left sidebar as well as on the Just Wordz website.

Thanks for sharing in this announcement with me!  I'm head over heels excited and I have been chomping at the bit to tell you about my good fortune.  I hope your week starts out as well as mine has!  I love you all!

Happy crafting!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Tea Time Birthday

Good day, everybody! I hope that you all have had a lovely Father's Day and that you've been able to spend quality time with the special men in your lives. As my son lives nearly 500 miles away, I wasn't able to be with him to celebrate his special day but I did spend a few hours yesterday with my wonderful brother-in-law, both of his sons as well as their significant others (wife and girlfriend). You may recall that I traveled to Austin last month to attend the wedding of the older nephew. I am making a wedding album for the newlyweds as my wedding gift and they brought me a disk with all of their wedding photos on it. So the time has come to begin working on that sizable project. I have never undertaken such a large and important project before so I'm just a little nervous about it. I am determined, however, so I'm just going to take my time and do it right.

Okay, back to the subject at hand.  I have a card to show you today using one of the gorgeous digi stamps of Sandi Huggett.  Sandi offered this tea pot and cup and saucer as free images to the members of The Outlawz.  I knew immediately when I saw them that I had to have them and I had an instant image in my mind what I would create with them.  Thank you, Anne!  Well, I have made 3 cards with them so far but I'm only showing you one of them.  I'll save the others for later when I might not have time to make something new.

The fuschia blossoms on these pieces are just beautiful and were so much fun to color. If you have never seen these delicate flowers in person you should look them up on the internet. They are grown in a wide variety of colors and put on a spectacular show when planted in groups. I would love to have a real tea set that looks just like this one!

This card measures 5 1/2" square. I distressed the papers on the front of the card to give it that shabby chic look. I also coated the teapot and cup and saucer with Diamond Glaze to give it the appearance of glazed china. The moss green card base is Core'dinations and the silver foil cardstock I used for the mats is from American Crafts. The dp is from K and Company's Best of Brenda Walton stack. I colored the images with Copics, fussy cut them and layered them onto the card with pop dots. The paper doily and ribbons were purchased from Michael's. The stamps I used are by Inkadinkado and Studio G. Cotton lace is from Jo-Ann. The metal corner embellishment is by a coompany called Accent Factory and Trims Company and is sold in sets of 4 or 8 under the name "Embellish It!" The pearl heart pin, to which I added a pink Swarovski crystal and pink Swarovski glass pearl, as well as the tiny little maple leaf bling were in some blog candy I received from my friend, Kay. The paper lace strip on the inside is from my stash.  I can't remember the manufacturer but I think it was probably K and Company. It originally came on a card with 3 different colors and styles of paper lace ribbon.

So there you have it. I hope you have enjoyed seeing one of my latest creations. Come join us at The Outlawz if you'd like to get Sandi's free digi images. She has some beautiful ones! I hope the remainder of your weekend is awesome and that the coming week brings you lots of creative time.

Happy crafting!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Best Friends...

Are you ready for a new card?  I found this image, as with many others I have used in my card making, at Mo's Digital Pencil.  This one, which I colored with Copics, is called Buds g (I'm assuming the "g" stands for girl because there's another image just like this one only the child is a boy.)  I just thought this was so sweet and because I'm such a big animal lover, I just had to have it.  When I was a very young child, my parents had German Shepherds.  One of the dogs, a female named Fritzi, was my best friend and "babysitter".  She watched me and my younger brother like a hawk and wouldn't allow anyone near us that she didn't know.  She kept us away from the street, the fireplace and floor furnace and would grab our father's arm and hold it in her mouth if he tried to spank us!  I loved that dog! LOL!  This cute dog reminds me so much of Fritzi, even though they are obviously different breeds.


All of the cardstock used for the card base and mats are by Recollections. I edged the yellow with a pink pigment ink pad.  The DP is from Basic Grey's Lemonade collection.  The mat on the front was made with Nestibilities Lacy Squares and the border on the bottom photo was made using a MS punch.  The greeting stamp is from a jillian vance design stamp set.  Ribbon is from my stash.  Pearls are from Recollections and the little heart puffy sticker as well as the butterfly and circle flower sticker were part of some blog candy I won in a blog hop.

That's it for today!  As always, I appreciate your visit and hope I have managed to inspire you in some small way.  Have a wonderful weekend and until next time....

Happy crafting!

Happy Saturday and Two new blog awards!

The Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award

The first one I received is from the very sweet Ali Hann (http://ali-hann.blogspot.com/).  I'm honored that she chose me for this award.  Ali is a cardmaker extraordinaire.  It would be great if you'd visit her blog and give her a little love.  If you like her work, you can follow her.

Thank you so much Ali!

The rules for this award are to thank the giver, tell 7 things about yourself, and pass the award on to eight other bloggers.

So here we go with 7 facts about me....
  1. I use Copic Alcohol Ink markers and Prismacolor pencils to color the images on my cards.
  2. I was married 23 years in a former life.  I miss having a life partner to share things with but I'm happy being single too.
  3. I am currently unemployed and looking for a new job.  What a PITA!
  4. I spend too much time online.
  5. My favorite treat is a Braum's banana split!.
  6. My craft budget is non-exisitent since my layoff but I had a nice stash built up before I lost my job so my crafting doesn't suffer much at all.
  7. I own 2 Cricut Expressions and a Silhouette SD, none of which have been utilized very much since I discovered Copics!
And now for the list of bloggers who I am passing this one along to:
  1. Amy J - http://lv2scrapandfibrofacts.blogspot.com/
  2. Lynne - http://doodlebuglynne.blogspot.com/
  3. Dana - http://danasinspirations.blogspot.
  4. Tracy - http://tracysstampingcorner.blogspot.com/
  5. Tami -http://tamiscraftconnection.blogspot.com/
  6. Tanya - http://scrappinkymomma.blogspot.com/
  7. Deanne - http://deannescreativejuice.blogspot.com/
  8. Gina - http://www.ginascraftingspot.com/
A Thing of Beauty Award

The second award was given to me by sweet crafty friend, Amy J (http://lv2scrapandfibrofacts.blogspot.com/)!  Thanks so much, Amy.. you truly are special in several ways!

I am supposed to post 5 things about me and then pass these on so I will  
For this award. I'm supposed to tell 5 things about myself and pass the award on to five other deserving bloggers.  So here goes:

About me:

1. I'm a native Texan.
2. I'm also a doll and jewelry maker.
3. My favorite kind of food is Mexican.  Yum!
4. My 16 year old granddaughter went on her first date last night!  Eek!  
5. I inherited my artistic genes from my mother, who was a painter and poet.

The bloggers I choose to receive this award are:

1.  Sue - http://sueinct.blogspot.com/ (I see that your computer is down, Sue, so you can pick up your award when you're back up and running again, which I hope will be soon!  o

Wow!  That was a lot of typing, copying and pasting but you are all so worth the effort!  Thanks so much for being among my followers and for putting up with my sometimes nonsensical blog posts.  LOL!  Congratulations, my crafty friends!  

Happy crafting!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

My last entry for the Summer Party at The Outlawz

Well, it appears that summer is here to stay for a while... a very loooonnng while! Ugh!  Beginning in June of each year, I wonder why it is that I choose to live in Texas! This year summer arrived a couple of weeks early and has brought with it temperatures in excess of 100 degrees! The heat kills me and I really should move to the mountains somewhere. I actually would seriously consider relocation if I could make a living in the mountains but seeing how much trouble I'm having finding a job in a place as big as Dallas/Fort Worth, I imagine there are slim pickin's in more remote locations.

Anyway, I have a summer-inspired card for you today. The theme of the Copics/Promarkers challenge at the Outlawz for this week is summer backgrounds. I took what seemed like an eternity to decide what I would do because I didn't have any summery background stamps. I also didn't have any summer photos around which I could build a layout. So I started  by going through my many stacks of paper, looking for something that I could at least work with. Time was growing short if I wanted to enter the challenge so I had to get moving.  Fortunately I stumbled across a paper that looked like water in a swimming pool, all turquoise and ripply. I thought that would be perfect to use for a summer background but I didn't have any pictures, digital or otherwise that would go with a swimming pool or water in general so I started looking for a digi stamp I could use. I found the cutest little beach baby named "Kai" and I knew instantly what I would do. So without further ado, here's what I came up with.

Kai is from the awesome pencil of Mo Manning. He's playing in the sand on the beack and has his sand pail and beach ball with him. I love creating the illusion of dimension in my projects so I paper pieced little Kai's feet, hat and one forearm. I also used Diamond Glaze on the water, the adjacent sand, the beach ball and bucket to make them shiny. 

I nearly forgot to mention that I created the beach by tearing 2 layers of thin tan cardstock and colored the edge next to the water with a Copic marker a shade or two darker than the paper itself so that it looks wet. The tufts of grass are also drawn on with Copics. It's not really an authentic representation but it's close enough to suit me.

The sentiment (on front and inside) is also from Mo Manning and comes with the digi stamp called "Wonder" that I used on the card I posted on Wednesday of this week. I thought it went very well with this image as well. I cut it out and colored it with pigment ink to give it the mottled appearance so it would look kind of like the water, then covered it with Diamond Glaze.

Here's the inside of the card.  

I was pretty happy with how it turned out after all the deliberation I did in the beginning.  As stated, I am entering this card into the Copics/Promarkers challenge at The Outlawz. I need to get this posted so I'm not going to give the details here but you can email me or include it in a comment if you have any questions.    There are still a couple of days left to vote on the entries for Jillian's Birthday Blog Hop and I would appreciate your vote if you haven't already given it.  Thanks for stopping by.

Happy crafting!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Sunday CAS Challenge at The Outlawz and Don't Forget to Vote!

One of the weekly challenges at The Outlawz is CAS which, in case you didn't know, stands for "clean and simple". Anyone who knows me can attest to the fact that I'm just not a CAS kinda girl. To me, more is more and therefore I get a little bit uptight when the subject comes up. But just for kicks, I decided to try a few CAS cards. I have made 3 so far and I'm pretty happy with the results even though I keep wanting to add stuff to them every time I look at them. I think I might have a slight case of OCD! One thing's for sure... this style definitely saves a lot in the way of supplies because you use so much less in creating them. The theme for this week is a recipe: stripes, green and button(s).  With that in mind, here is my entry.

So what do you think? Did I accomplish the assignment? I really like the way it turned out and I may even become comfortable with this style eventually if I keep practicing. Haha! I'll save the other two for future posts.

The card base is pre-folded white cardstock that comes in a value pack from Michael's. The dp is from DCWV's Doodlin' Around stack and the flower petals are stamped onto purple cardstock from Recollections. The stamps are from Stampin' Up and have most likely been discontinued as I have had them for several years now. I think the set might have been named Build-a-Flower but I'm not sure. I really love this set as it has 5 different style petals and 5 different style centers that you can mix and match to create your own flowers. I hand drew the leaf with a black fine tipped permanent marker onto green DCWV Shimmer cardstock to coordinate with the style of petals I used.  I used green mini ric-rac to create the stem. The Thank You stamp is from Hero Arts. The mats on the interior of the card are cut from the same Shimmer cardstock I used for the leaf and I used the corner punch from Stampin' Up to create the corners to hold the message area and sentiment in place. The sentiment stamp is from Stampabilities and the ribbon and button are from my stash.

Voting Reminder:

Before I forget, those of you who visited my blog during Jillian's Birthday Blog Hop probably know that our host, Deanne, is having a little contest for the hop participants.  She has all of our projects from the 4 days posted on her blog and is asking people to vote for their favorites from each day.  The crafter whose project receives the most votes wins a Cricut Imagine cartridge!  I would appreciate it if you would take just a few minutes out of your busy day to go here and vote (hopefully for my projects but at least for the ones you like best).  Voting will remain open through Sunday.  If you have already voted, thank you!!!

I guess that about does it for now.  I hope you enjoyed my CAS card and if you have never made one in this style, I hope I have inspired you to try it.  Have a blessed day and please visit again soon.

Happy crafting!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

POM Challenge at The Outlawz

I have created this card as my entry into the POM (Prisma and Other Mediums) Summer Party Challenge at The Outlawz. You have seen this image by Mo Manning on my blog before but I colored this one with Prismacolor pencils, which I hadn't used since I got my Copics. It was great fun using them again after so long a time. The shading isn't quite as dramatic and the colors a little less intense with colored pencils. I don't have any Gamsol so this is just colored pencils applied to white cardstock in the usual way. I hope you like it.

The card base is a pre-made by Recollections in bright yellow orange. The double mats are orange and green glitter cardstock from DCWV's Citrus stack and the dp is from one of my favorite stacks for color, Basic Grey's Lime Rickey. The border trim is from K and Company's Que Sera Sera collection, and the flowers and leaves are from Prima. I used brads for the flower centers, which I glittered and topped with a half pearl from Recollections. The greeting is from a set of cling mount rubber stamps by Studio G called "Life: Color It In". The stamp has a gift box on it but I chose not to ink that part and to use only the textThe green pearls are also Recollections. The glittered cardstock and dp are repeated on the inside of the card. The cormer punch I used to create the area for writing a personal message is from Stampin' Up. The Happy Birthday stamp is by Stampabilities.

Thanks for stopping by today and for your continued support and encouragement. I appreciate each and every one of you so much! I couldn't be happy without being able to create art in some shape or form and this blog gives me the forum with which to share that art with you all.  One of these days, I'll share with you some of the other things I create.  Until then.... 

Happy crafting!

Jillian's Birthday Blog Hop Winner!

Good afternoon, everybody!  I'd like to take a few minutes to thank everyone who visited my blog during Jillian's Birthday Blog Hop over the past 4 days.  The participants showed you some wonderful birthday-themed projects which I hope inspired you in some way to create your own birthday cards and gifts.  As promised., I have used Random.org to choose a winner for my blog candy and that winner, out of the 53 total comments I received during the 4-day hop is:

#41 - Kimberly!!!

Kimberly said, "Great image and your coloring is fantastic.."

Woohoo!  Kimberly, I'll be sending you an email as soon as I can look up your email address.  If you happen to see this post before I can reach you, please email me at anniebeescraftroom@gmail.com and give me your mailing address so I can get this candy mailed out to you.  Thank you for visiting my blog each day and leaving such kind words of encouragement.  

I'll be back later with a new project.  Until then, 

Happy crafting!

Monday, June 13, 2011

The Outlawz Scrapbook (and more) Summer Party challenge

If you're looking for Jillian's Birthday Blog Hop, click here.

This week the theme for The Outlawz' Scrapbook challenge is paper piecing.  This group has expanded its format to include just about all paper crafts and not just scrapbooking anymore.  This is another masculine card.  Remember, I told you that I was making a conscious effort to make more manly cards?  I printed the image, which is from Mo Manning and is called The Big Guy Grilling, onto patterned cardstock, then cut out the shirt and layered it onto the image I colored.  The pattern is small and fairly light so I hope it shows up well enough in the photos.  There are pictures from every angle so you can see all the little details that made this such a fun project.

This is a tri-fold shutter card.  Even though it was a lot more work to make, it was a LOT of fun to embellish.  The fun thing about this style of card is that you decorate both sides and there are a total of 18 panels that must be embellished individually.  I love these so much that I ended up making a template for the mats and dp panels so that I don't have to measure each one every time I make one of these.  I have two more in the making right now, one of which will be an anniversary card for some dear friends.

I made this one for my brother-in-law, who loves to grill almost year round because I thought he would get a kick out of this image.  When my sister (his wife) was alive, she loved to entertain.  She held at least 2 big parties every year; one during the summer and one between Thanksgiving and Christmas and she invited everyone she knew!  She always had live music and tables of food and beverages.  One year, they had a casino party complete with card dealers and slot machines!  She made us promise, before she passed away, that we would have a big celebration of life party in her honor.  We held that party last year and all of her friends came.  If she was watching us from on high, I'm sure she was pleased.

The deets:

The card base is Cor'dinations and all of the blue dp is from an older K-ology 6"x6" stack.   The greeting I used on the front is from Pink by Designs.  I used bits and pieces of different sticker sets that coordinated with my summer cookout theme. The word medallions are from a paper stack by DCWV called Doodlin' Around.  The ribbon and red stars are from my stash. Border strips are part of K and Company's Que Sera Sera collection.  I think that about covers it.

Thanks for visiting my blog today.  I hope you all have a wonderful week!  Be sure and check out my Day 4 project for Jillian's Birthday Blog Hop while you're here and don't forget to vote for your favorite project for each day!  You have no idea how much I appreciate your support.

Happy crafting!

Jillian's Birthday Blog Hop - Day 4

Welcome to Jillian's Birthday Blog Hop! We're super happy to have you hopping with us today.

Before I go any farther, I'd like to ask you to please take a minute and go here and vote for your favorite project from each day of this blog hop! More information can be found toward the bottom of this post.

Welcome back for the last day of our 4-day blog hop in honor of our friend, Jillian's, 12th birthday which takes place tomorrow. If you were here any of the past 3 days, you no doubt were inspired by all of the birthday awesomeness you saw. Once again, we have all new projects to show you today! If this is your first time hopping with us, then you may want to go all the way back to Friday's posts and work your way forward to see what you missed and to find out more about the birthday girl herself. She is a very talented and ambitious young lady who has endeavored to create and sell her own line of stamps. If you're not familiar with her stamps, you owe it to yourself to check them out on her website. 

If you have arrived here by way of Deanne's Creative Juice, you're headed in the right direction.  If you're just stopping by to visit or have happened here by chance, you might want to start at Deanne's blog so you can hop along with us. There might be blog candy at some of the stops and you wouldn't want to miss that. would you?  The blog list should be posted at each stop in case you get lost.

I have another birthday card to show you today, featuring an image from Magnolia Stamps.  This is cute little Tilda and she has a yummy cake for our birthday girl.  Isn't it a funny thing that I'm celebrating Jillian's birthday with her yet none of my cards bear her fabulous stamps!  Well, as usual there's a good explanation for that.  The stamps I own from Jillian's line aren't appropriate for birthdays so I had to use stamps I already had.  There are several other cards in previous blog posts on which her stamps were used.  

5 1/2" square aqua card base and aqua and white mats are cut from Core'dinations. Yellow mats inside are cut from Recollections cardstock.  The dp is from My Mind's Eye Home Glitter Book, which you know by now if you follow my blog, is one of my favorite stacks. The pretty aqua ribbon is from Michael's and the punches used on the inside mats are MS Crafts' Stamp Around the Page.  I hope you have enjoyed seeing my card and I hope Jillian likes it.  The inside sentiment is my own and I did the lettering to match the front greeting as much as possible.  The heart stick pin was sent to me by a crafty friend in Louisiana and I added the Swarovski crystals and tiny silver beads.  

Voting Information:

Deanne has made things interesting by offering up a bit of blog candy to the participants in the hop.  The prize is a Cricut Imagine cartridge!  We are linking our projects each day during the hop to her blog so visitors can vote on them.  The crafter who created the project that receives the most votes wins the cartridge.  Please go here to cast your vote for your favorite project.  You'll find them grouped together by date.  I'd love to win but please vote for the project you like best. We would appreciate your support and your votes.

Candy Alert!

This is the last day of the hop and therefore, the last project I made for it.  I'll have a small parcel of blog candy for one lucky hopper.  To be entered into my drawing, all you need to do is become a follower if you aren't already and leave a comment with a way for me to contact you.  On the 14th, I will use Random. org to select one winner from all of the comments from the four days (combined).  The more comments you leave, the more entries you will get.  Sorry but due to the cost of overseas shipping, I'm going to have to limit shipping to the US and Canada.  Now it's time to hop along to My Favorite Blog to see what incredible birthday project she has to show you.

Thanks for hopping with us today.  Here is the blog list!

Anniebees Craftroom  <--- You are here

Jillian has another hop going on over at her Blog!  Go over and see what's going on there. Tell her that you came from Deanne's Blog Hop and give her some birthday love. A link to her blog is provided below: