Tuesday, May 31, 2011

For Dad

This week's challenge over at SUOnly Challenges is to create a card to celebrate Father's Day. I dug out the Plane & Simple set from the previous mini instead of using some of the masculine images from the current mini. So we're aiming for the sky instead of sailing on the sea.

The sketch is from this past weeks' Splitcoast Sketch challenge.

Hope your day has been flying in the right direction - Thanks for taking the time to stop by for a visit.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Mojo Cycling

Well, I really must say that I am not totally happy with the way this turned out. I like the Mojo Sketch this week - I just think I missed the boat (ummm - cycle). I've also utilized the "Clean and Simple" challenge at Splitcoast today, which was to scrunch, or fold ribbon. I chose to use the crochet trim because I was using watercolor paper.

I think I'm stressing too much over my concert - things are not going as planned and so my creative energies are aimed at my kids - but I'll keep trying. I'm actually happy with a scrapbook page I created to offer as a class early next month - so all is well I guess!

Are you in the States - are your kids done school this week????? I remember visiting my Mom in Toronto - after being in school in Chicago - and my step-sister & brother were still in school for the first bit of my visit. Now I'm teaching until the end of June. Love it - but the kids were finished after spring break!

Enough ranting - thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Grrreat Camping

Camping season has begun for many - I camped EVERY weekend as a child with my Dad - always had to be someplace Educational too. We were living in Chicago at the time, so ventured to the neighboring States. They were enjoyable times - but, aside from taking Brownies and Girl Guides camping, I haven't camped since returning to Canada. However, you don't have to go camping to enjoy stars, eat S'mores - or get bitten by mosquitos!!!

The sketch for this card is from Stamping 411 and the colours are from the Color Throwdown which was a "Pick a Combo" - Baja Breeze, Old Olive and So Saffron were part of the palette and I added the Chocolate Chip.
The Bear was stamped on Watercolor Paper with StazOn and I used ink with the Aquapainter to colour him in.
I still have a couple tubes of Liquid Applique that I used for the marshmallows in the S'mores. I keep it especially for marshmallows, beer foam, and the occasional cloud. LOL

Hope you are continuing to have a wonderful day - Thanks for stopping by!

Bride and Groom

I was playing around with My Digital Studio yesterday - the beginnings of a book for my Mother-in-Laws wedding. I'm having lots of fun with it - especially since you can put as many embellishments as you want on a page - I would NEVER have that many pearls on an actual page - well maybe - it would depend.

Hope you Sunday is wonderful - I hope to get some challenges done today - with real paper!
Thanks for stopping by

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Roll with the Punches...

Ya just gotta love punches.....they can be so so versatile. Butterflies turn into flowers and straight lines can turn corners..

I know these pansies have been around for a while, but today was the first time I'd ever made them. A Colour Dare Design Team-mate, Lesley (Always Playing with Paper), used them yesterday on her Color Dare card, and I promised myself I would give them a try. The tutorial that both of us used is from Kathy - the Paper Stamper. I used watercolour paper instead of regular or Shimmer paper. I got so hooked on making them that I even went to look for the different colour variations that pansies come in. They are one of my favorite flowers because they are just so happy looking. The sketch I used for this card is from Stampin' Royalty.

I created this second card a couple of days ago using the Paper Players Sketch Challenge and the Stamping 411 Color Inspiration which was Rose Red, River Rock and Always Artichoke. I used one the the flowers from the Triple Layer Punch to create the flowers on the outside of the oval.

I'm thoroughly enjoying the "Fabulous Phrases" stamp set, which I recently got, and desperately hope it won't end up on the retiring list June 1. Guess I don't have to wait long to find out! I find it such an exciting time of year in Stampin' Up!

Well, hope there are some things in your world that you are looking forward to. Remember to look for the good - don't dwell on the bad.....although it can be hard sometimes!
Have a terrific Thursday!
Blessings, Joan

Sock Monkey in the Sun

It's Color Dare Day and Sock Monkey has joined in on the fun! Riley has Dared us to use
So Saffron
Concord Crush
Neutral of your choice

I stuck with white as my neutral just because of the ice cream. I used a blender pen grabbing ink from the lid of the ink pad to colour in the ice cream treats. I think it's interesting how sometimes it ended up drying pinkish....everything started out with Concord though.
And yes, I know it's a bit ridiculous for Sock Monkey to be wearing a tie with his shades in the sun...but I just HAD to give him a striped tie - my husband wears ties everyday to school. His students tell him they don't recognize him on the street if he doesn't have a tie. I used watercolour paper for Sock Monkey in hopes of creating some sort of effect, but not much happened; except that the tips of this hands and feet are a paler Saffron.

So take the Dare! It will be fun to see what people come up with because these colours lend themselves to a number of images. When your creation is finished be sure to post it over on the Color Dare Blog because you may get selected as a Featured Stamper. When posting to public galleries, please remember to label your project as CD102.

And finally, don't forget to visit the other members of the Design Team to see what wonderful creations they have come up with this week. Here are their links:

Joan - Me
Kim P
Kim R

That's it for now - hope you're having a wonderful Wednesday. Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, May 23, 2011

Mojo full of Butterflies

The last number of posts I've had, have been scheduled while I was away in Edmonton to stay with my husband while he attended meetings for the Alberta Teacher's Association. It was a nice little holiday - not far from home!!!! The two of us were also able to attend a "Parent's Barbeque & Party" held by my son and his housemates. They had awesome food, and most of the parents and siblings of the 6 housemates got to meet. It was a very nice evening - a perfect way to end the weekend. So - I came home and went right to my stamping room to see what challenges were at hand and found myself using mostly butterflies....

I tried my hand again with the Faux Mother of Pearl again - using a butterfly die. I've ordered some white Shimmer Paint - so I can't wait to see what this technique will look like with that. I am pleased with the butterflies although I forgot to use glossy paper - it's just regular Whisper White cardstock.
The challenge for this card was a Sympathy card for Raise the Bar. I've also used the Frayed Ribbon technique from Stamping 411's How-To Wednesday. The frayed ribbon made for a different body on the butterfly.

I used a leftover background piece on my Mojo Monday Sketch card - I had embossed the Baroque Motif in white and put it through the Big Shot with the Square Lattice Embossing folder. It didn't end up working for the card I was working on back then, so I kept it on my desk to remember to use it. I didn't realize, until it was together, that the leaves in the Baroque background and the leaves on the butterfly match. I must say I think there is something missing on the card, but I'm not sure what. Any ideas!

Well, we're in to a short week now - and the long haul until the end of the school year. I'm hoping to remain sane until my spring concert is over! Now that the leaves and blossoms are out I know it will add to my sanity!
Hope things are blooming for you - and thanks for taking the time to stop by for a visit. Joan

Pick a Number...

All these little games we play with ourselves....or at least I do sometimes. For this project I knew I would be using the Splitcoast Color Challenge and Sketch Challenge and Free 4 All Challenge - I just didn't know which stamp set I wanted to use; although I did want to use the new postage stamp punch for the bottom. So - for the stamp set - I picked a number and counted the stamp set on the shelf until I got to this one, "Simply Said". It's another set that I haven't used in FOREVER!!!

The Color Challenge was - Regal Rose, Rich Razzleberry and Vanilla.
The Sketch has not been adjusted from what was given (although I have three layers for the three spots along the bottom)
The Free 4 All Challenge was "Say What?" - to make a phrase the focal point.

Hope you're having a wonderful Holiday Monday - Thanks for visiting. Joan

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Lime Guitars

The Color Throwdown this past Wednesday was to use Black, Grey and Lime Green. None of our current greens are very limey right now - so I went to my stash of scrap DSP and found an old piece with Green Galore.

I used the "Music Notes" wheel to create the side piece. It's fun when you don't have to worry about keeping images straight!!!! Randomness can be a good thing!

Tonight my husband and I are invited to our son's house - where he lives with a number of other people - they are holding a "Parents Party" - so that all the parents of the house members can meet. We're looking forward to it!
Hope your holiday weekend has been enjoyable so far - thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Tangerine Delight

I've been playing with the watercolours again. When I began this flower - which has been created for the Flower challenge over at SUOnly Challenges - I began with the Watercolour Wonder crayons and aquapainter. I let it sit, and then ended up doing some enhancing with reinker and aquapainter to get the colours a bit bolder.

Just a short post today - Have a fantastic Saturday! Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Birdie Birthday

Sometimes it's good to pull out some of the older stamp sets - I decided that this little bird from "Pun Fun" needed to come out to play for the Stamping Royalty Challenge to include birds within your project this week. It was fun to paper piece their bodies and bellies.

Hope you are having a great beginning to your long weekend. Thanks for taking the time to stop by.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Do What You're Told!

I was really interested in the double-embossing technique which was featured in the new Stampin'Success Magazine - I got my magazine yesterday and knew I wanted to try it out today. However, I figured - "Why do I have to use the brayer - the versa mark ink will go onto the embossing folder easily." -----yeah - it went on so easily that I got it on the indented AND raised sections of the embossing folder. Thus the reason for using the brayer to apply the versamark to the folder! Needless to say I created the background piece twice! And I will make sure that I will follow the instructions from the wise people at Stampin'Up!

Today's creation is for the Splitcoast Ways to Use it challenge to add Music to your project in some way.

I hope you had a wonderful day - and did what you were told most of the time - within reason of course. Thanks for stopping by! Joan

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Watercolour Color Dare 101

Another Colour Dare Day - I had a great time last week visiting all the new members of the Design Team. I hope you got a chance to pop over to their blogs to see their creations. Today our colours are:
Rose Red
Old Olive
Early Espresso

I just love the way the Early Espresso looks when the edge is torn - gives it two different tones. I'm also having fun experimenting with the new Triple Layer Punches that are in the new Summer Mini! The flowers were done on watercolour paper with the Watercolor Wonder Crayons and Aquapainter.

Go ahead and take the DARE - When you post your creation be sure to link it to the Colour Dare Blog - and if you post to a public gallery, please remember to use CD101. Have fun - and here are the links to the rest of the Design Team so you can visit ...

Joan - Me
Kim P
Kim R

Tonight the boys are in the last Battle of the Bands (Grant is the drummer - see this post for the last round). It may be a long night...it's a good thing there's no school tomorrow! It could be a long night.....but a happy one.

Hope you have something to look forward today - and tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, May 16, 2011

Sailing Mojo

Well you certainly could sail a ship across the prairies right now - that wind is howling again...hopefully it will die down as the week goes on.
Today's sketch is from the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge. When I look back at the sketch I see that I have "mislayered" the section on the right. It was just getting to a point where I wanted to get the ruddy thing together. I had to redo the base of the card having had some issues with the eyelets I was attaching!!!! (They didn't make the final cut!)

Oh well, the ship has sailed - and it's on to another challenge for tomorrow. I'm doing a watercolour class Tuesday night - so I'm hoping to get a card in before then. Everything is set up, so as long as the challenges don't stump me - everything should be good.

I have to have some sort of release, I'm working up to my spring concert in two weeks and I really don't feel as ready as I would like - But - I have faith in all my kids 'cause they ROCK, and I know I'll get what I want in the end. And yes, that sounds like I'm a control freak - and at concert time....I am!

Thanks for stopping by for a visit - have a wonderful day.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Dragonflies and Songbirds

I think I may have used a few too many notes for this one! Our Creative Corner's Challenge this week was to create a monochromatic card - but they put a twist on the challenge requiring projects to be created with the pale neutrals and accented with the dark neutrals. The sketch is from Just Add Ink.

When I looked through the stones on the Doodletart Glass website, for this week's SCS Inspiration Challenge, I knew right away I wanted to use the dragonfly bead as my inspiration. I just love dragonflies - and fondly remember the Monday morning I came into my classroom to find one flying around the room after breaking out of it's nymph casing. I was teaching wetlands at the time, and had a fish tank full of pondwater with all sorts of waterlife. I was able to show the kids the casing still holding onto the stalk of grass it had climbed up. Too cool!!!

Any way - the bead, shown below, struck my fancy! I used the swirly Baroque Motif embossed with gold on regular cardstock and Wild Wasabi, Marina Mist and Not Quite Navy to sponge on colour. I'm not sure why I decided to "paper tole" the dragonfly - but I did. You can't really tell in the photo, but there are two layers. I also put a bit of Smooch on his wings to make them sparkle a little. The Coluzzle was used to make the different ovals and space them out. I still like using it because I can see the image within the ovals - unlike using the dies for the Big Shot.

Stamping Royalty
was looking for cards celebrating Mom's this week - so I found an appropriate sentiment that wasn't for "Mother's Day". It's from an older set of rub-ons.

It's a short short week of school - only three days - then a 5 day weekend....WooooHoooo! I hope you have something to look forward to this week - thanks for taking time to stop by for a visit.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Awash with Orange

Thought I would give this stamp set another try. Thursday night I came across a blog with this technique and for the life of me I couldn't find it again today. It used the Shimmer Paint - I used the Champagne because it was the only colour I had, but on the explanation she used Pearl - to give it the Faux Pearl look. On Beate Johns tutorial HERE she used white acrylic paint. I think I have a few too many globs of shimmer paint - I will try this technique again though.

Thanks to Kerin, I found the tutorial for this technique - which I had seen on Thursday - over at Stamping 411 - so HERE is the tutorial they have. Both 411's and Beate's are easy to follow. Give it a try.

The sketch today is from Stamping 411 and the colours are from Raise the Bar - {Green} Apples and Oranges.

Hope you're having a productive Saturday - we've got wind back here again - makes it a bit difficult to get things done outside.

Have a great day - and thanks for dropping by for a visit. Joan

Stamp Set - Awash with Flowers, Inspired by Nature Paper - Peach Parfait, In-Colour Patterns DSP, Whisper White, Tangerine Tango, Glossy White Ink - Tangerine Tango, Pumpkin Pie, Peach Parfait, Old Olive Accessories - Pear Pizzazz Seam Binding Ribbon, Basic Pearls (coloured with black Sharpie), Champagne Shimmer Paint, Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch, Dimensionals, Glue Dot

Friday, May 13, 2011

Giraffes standing Tall

Took a while to get this on because Blogger was down for a while....
I love these giraffes, they remind me off animal crackers!

The sketch today is from the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge. The colours are from the colour coach - sort of. I knew I wanted to use the Daffodil Delight for the giraffes....went with the Early Espresso and Cherry Cobbler.

The bottom piece is created using one of the Circle Circus stamps - I don't use that set enough!!!

Well, we're into the weekend - I'm hoping to get some of the garage cleaned out....in addition to crafting and lazing around.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Thanks for Being a Friend

Wow, it took a while to get this card put together - LOTS of rearrangements and discarding of various things. Still not sure that I'm totally happy with the end result - but that's how it goes sometimes.

I've used the Splitcoast Wednesday Sketch Challenge (with some adjustments) for this card and have used the Color Throwdown - Rose Red, Aqua, and So Saffron - Yeah, well...I NOW notice that in all the rearranging & discarding of pieces, the Saffron section that ran through the centre is no longer there - LOL!!!!!! The background paper does have a saffron hint to the design - but it's a stretch. Sorry about that!

So, I guess that indicates I should quit for the night. It was a busy day with teaching, helping to judge science fair projects, helping to lead the school in singing Happy Birthday to our provincial Premier, and tallying some of the judging papers.

Busy-ness keeps us out of trouble somewhat though - right???? Hope you, too, are keeping busy in a good, healthy way! Thanks for taking the time to stop by for a visit!

Colour Dare 100

A New Round of Color Dares....WooHoo!!!

Today I rejoin the Colour Dare Design Team and I must say I am honoured to have been asked back. I'm very excited about working with a new team for the next number of months.

Today's Dare is -
Rose Red
Baja Breeze
Sahara Sand

I must say I rarely use Sahara Sand, so it was good to pull it out.
I stamped the flower image onto Whisper White cardstock and added clear embossing powder for the resist embossing technique. I did a second trial on glossy paper, but preferred how the colours stood out on the plain cardstock.

If you take up this DARE be sure that you link your post to the Color Dare Blog to let us see what you've created.

Also, be sure that you stop by and see what the rest of the Color Dare Design Team has come up with for this week. I'm very excited about stamping with this new group of talented ladies!


Hope you're having a marvelous hump day - we're having our annual Science Expo at school today - a lot of important people are suppose to be coming to judge the students' projects - including the Premier of Alberta. Wow!

Thanks for stopping by! - Joan

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Frozen Ice Cream Treats - for you

Well, I heard him today - that wonderful ice cream truck who plays such soothing music to the ears - NOT!!!!! A friend of mine of Facebook mentioned how relieved she was that the truck in her area had changed music this year. We, however, are stuck with "La Cucaracha".

Anyway - today's colours are courtesy of Splitcoasts Colour Challenge for the week - So Saffron, Certainly Celery and Blushing Bride. Take a peek at the gallery over there - there are some awesome creations with these colours.

I used the new "Sunny Fun" set for today's card - coating the ice cream treats with Illuminate Top Coat Smooch to create a bit of a glassy/frosty look.

That's it for today - it's been a productive day though - school, made this card, yoga, pruned a couple branches and raked about 1/8 of the backyard before my knees started complaining. Now - supper, ice and vegetate! Hope your day was full of accomplishments - minor and/or major!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Mojo Friends...

I was so excited at school today, because a dear friend of mine, who had been on a short trip to Europe, had returned. I was so glad to see her! Tonight, I'm going to another friends house for a home party - so today is all about friendship!!!

This first card follows today's Mojo Monday Sketch. I found this sketch very easy to do - I think it's a keeper for sure. I do so love working with this wide Striped Grosgrain ribbon - it's so soft and pliable - I just "wrapped" the legs of the vintage brad around the ribbon and through a hole in the base.
The colours are from last weeks' Splitcoast Colour Challenge - Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler and Black. I've had the scraps on my table all week - finally put them together.

Stamp Set - Vintage Vogue Paper - Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler Ink - Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler Accessories - Scallop Trim Punch, Scallop Trim Corner Punch, Modern Label Punch, Vintage Brads, Regals Brads, Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Glimmer Basics Brads, Snips, Dimensionals,

Again - another Extravaganza card - yes, I'm almost done sharing them! We did a lot of stamping that day - it was awesome!!!!! Watercolour paper was used for the flowers, bird and greeting. We also covered the bird with Illuminate Top Coat Smooch - so the bird glimmers nicely.

I hope today has been full of relationships that bring you happiness....friends are so important.
Thanks for stopping by - Joan

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day !!
Purses......I love purses!!!!!! The Splitcoast Inspiration Challenge this week is based from a handbag site - they have some awesome bags - I haven't done that challenge yet though - theses little guys were made at the Team meeting this past week. Lots of fun!

We also created this butterfly card using the new coloured embossing powder. I've decided I'm going to have a butterfly workshop because I've created so many of the little critters this past while. So.........

Since I don't have the "doodled" butterfly - I decided to use the Butterfly Wings set and the embossing powders to get bolder wings. I embossed butterfly wings with this same colour last week - but this is a bit easier for a workshop because the the opportunity to use the punch instead of having to cut them out.

I hope you have a relaxing Sunday - Celebrate with the women in your life!
Thanks for stopping by today - Joan

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Butterflies in the Grass

Finally got onto the computer - my son has been hanging here today - got my card created this morning, but haven't gotten to the computer until now. It's not totally his "fault" though - we sat and watched a movie together which was very nice. He has to work tomorrow so he's hanging with me today - I'm so blessed!

S0 - today's butterflies are nestling in the grass today with the Stampin' Royalty Challenge Colours and the Stamping 411 Challenge sketch. The colours are Rich Razzleberry, Wild Wasabi, Pacific Point and Real Red. I definitely found it a challenge - but I'm happy with the final results.

Stamp Set/s - Inspired by Nature, Butterfly Prints Paper - Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, DSP, Red Glimmer Paper Ink - Wild Wasabi, Basic Black Accessories - Basic Rhinestones, Oval Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Butterfly Wings Embosslits Die, Rich Razzleberry Taffeta Ribbon, Dimensionals, Sponge Daubers.

Here is another Extravaganza Card. I don't actually have this flower set, but I like it. Big and Bold!

On to watch the hockey game with the boys -
Hope you have had a wonderful Saturday - Happy Mother's Day to you tomorrow.
Thanks for Stopping by - Joan

Friday, May 6, 2011

Hydrangeas Raising the Bar

Wow, I was honored last week to be given a scoop on this week's challenge over at Raise the Bar. My Sailboat Imagining entry gave me that honor - it was so exciting. So.....The Raise the Bar challenge this week is to include flowers on your project and three different Designer Series Paper.
You can't see the difference in the photo, but the strip with the scallop edge is the Vanilla and White dotted paper (just like the green) from the Neutrals Patterns Package. I absolutely love that neutral package!!!
I coloured the, left over, Pretties Kit flowers with the Night of Navy Watercolour Wonder Crayons and the Aquapainter. The Hydrangea was stamped onto the watercolour paper with StazOn ink and coloured with the Watercolour Wonder crayons too. It looks like I kept the centres of the flowers perfectly clean - but they are actually the tiniest pearls in our Basic Pearls set.
Stamp Set - Because I Care Paper - Whisper White, Regals Patterns DSP, Watercolor Paper Ink - StazOn Black, Watercolor Wonder Crayons Accessories - Aquapainter, Scallop Trim Border, Scallop Trim Corner, Pretties Kit (Retired), Basic Pearls

Today I'm also sharing the notebook that we created at the Extravaganza on the Weekend.

On a side note, for anyone who caught yesterday's post -

That's my drummer boy!!! Sticks flying!

Signal Sounds - WoooHooo!

Well, we're at the weekend - hope you have something fun planned.....
Thanks for stopping by -

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Watercolour and Ribbon

This is one of my favorite cards that we created at the Extravaganza on Saturday - we used watercolour paper and the Watercolor Wonder Crayons with the aquapainter. When I got home I created the watery sentiment and added the glitter.

This is the third ribbon flower that I created - using the In Colour Ribbon - it was a bit harder because the ribbon is so thick; so I used the foam pad from the Paper Piercing Kit and tacked the ribbon down with stick pins while I waited for the Tombow Glue to dry. I'm happy with how things turned out in the end and used it for my demo at the Extravaganza.

I will be scheduling this post to come up Thursday morning because I KNOW I won't get a chance to stamp Wednesday afternoon:
8:30am-2:05pm - Teach Music
2:15- ???? - Staff Meeting (Ughhhhh)
???? - 5:30 - Shop at the mall (or browse)
5:30 - 8:30 - Team Meeting WooHooo!!!!
8:30 - ........ - Watch my son at Ceili's Irish Pub - Their band is in the Semi Finals Battle of the Bands.
I'm very happy that on Thursday I have a VERY light morning of teaching and the afternoon off.

I hope you have as much excitement and good things to look forward to in your week!!!!! Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Butterflies and Bling

Well, today is a butterfly sort of day - which is just tickity-boo!!!

First, I created the card above for this weeks' challenge over at SUO Challenges - in Celebration of Butterflies. I pulled out all of my stamp sets that have butterflies - and finally decided on Great Friend which I haven't used much. I had fun applying the new Embossing Powder from the New Summer Mini!!!!! Woo Hooo for coloured embossing powder!!!!!
I stamped the images with Versa Mark then sprinkled a bit of embossing powder on, one at a time, until the image was totally covered. They aren't symmetrical like real butterflies - but just as fun to look at.
I used the Scalloped Dotted Ribbon Border punch, again, to create the edge around the oval. I know I'm going to keep using that technique!!!

Stamp Set/s - Great Friend, Word Play Paper - Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, Melon Mambo, Beyond the Garden DSP Ink - Basic Black, Wild Wasabi, Tangerine Tango, Melon Mambo, Versa Mark Accessories - Scalloped Dotted Ribbon Border Punch, Wild Wasabi, Tangerine Tango, and Melon Mambo embossing powder, Basic Rhinestones, Dimensionals, Daffodil Delight Taffeta Ribbon

Allison and I went to Tamye's last night for Marguerita Monday and THIS is the wonderful glittery purse I was so excited about. SOOOOOO simple and glamorous! I have a few other creations to share, but I 'll save them for later.
We used chunky glitter, so I can also see me coming up with a number of different glittery purses!!!! Too cute!

Stamp Set/s - Baroque Motifs, Warm Words Paper - Basic Black, Whisper White, Baja Breeze Ink - White Craft, Basic Black Accessories - Round Tab Punch, Oval punches, Ticket Corner Punch, Tombow Glue, Black Chunky Glitter, Dimensionals

Lastly, here are some butterflies with a bit of bling that we created at the Extravaganza on Saturday. I just love this image, and love how we applied the ink to the stamp with sponge daubers in order to get the two colours. Wonderful idea!!!!

Stamp Set - Strength and Hope Paper - Pacific Point, Whisper White Ink - Pacific Point, Pear Pizzazz Accessories - Basic Rhinestones, Dimensionals, Sponge Daubers, Snips

Well, the day is done. I went to a yoga class this afternoon for the first time in years - after having gone to physio yesterday. So, I need to put ice on my knee. I HAVE to keep up with the exercises, though, to continue to strengthen the muscles around my knee. I enjoyed the yoga and will go again!!!!

Tomorrow IS another busy day - full, full, full!!!!! Not sure that I'll stay out of trouble - but here's hoping???
Thanks for stopping by - Joan

Monday, May 2, 2011

Mojo Extravaganza

Oh I do love my cup(s) of coffee in the morning - and I don't use this stamp set nearly enough!!! I've used the sketch from Mojo Monday and enjoyed creating the different layers with Elegant Soiree and the Elegant Lines Embossing folder!!!

Stamp Set - Morning Cup Paper - Night of Navy, Very Vanilla, Elegant Soiree Ink - Night of Navy, Baja Breeze, Soft Suede Accessories - Scallop Punch, 1 3/4 circle punch, Scallop Oval punch, Oval punch, Basic Pearls, Hemp Twine, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Elegant Lines Embossing Folder, Sponge Dauber, Dimensionals

Here is another Extravaganza Watercolour Card. For this particular technique we coloured directly on the stamp with markers, spritzed it with water and then stamped on Whisper White Paper. The fun thing about this technique is that you're never sure what you're going to end up with, and no two images will ever be the same.

Stamp Set - Inspired by Nature Paper - Whisper White, Chocolate Chip Ink - Daffodil Delight, More Mustard, Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke, Old Olive.

If you're Canadian I hope that you had a chance to get out and vote today. I'm heading out the door to do just that with my daughter, then we're going for dinner and off to Tamye's house for Marguerita Monday - I can't wait to show you one of the cards that I know we're making. WooooHooo!!!!
Hope your Monday was marvelous. Thanks for Stopping by - Joan

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Clean & Simple plus Sunday Sketches

I have three more cards for you - each pretty understated and easy..... a long way from some of the creations I had last week.

This, Birthday Ties, card uses the Sketch from The Sweetest Thing. It's another masculine card that I'm hoping to use for a Masculine Stamp a Stack this month. I must say that as soon as my daughter and I saw this stamp set we knew we HAD to have it. My husband wears a tie every day - to school and meetings; and has set a challenge set for a different tie for every meeting he has. So - this image is going to get worked into a Father's Day card for sure this year!!!

Stamp Set - Best Dad Ever Paper - Whisper White, Night of Navy, Regals Patterns DSP, More Mustard Other - Oval Punch, Gold Brads, Dimensionals, Corner Rounder Punch

The second card is for Sunday's Featured Stamper Challenge on Splitcoast - Susan - AKA LateBlossom. She creates beautiful clean, crisp cards - I have cased her Summer Silhouette using a different stamp set and ribbon but keeping the crispness.

Stamp Set - Thoughts and Prayers, Best Dad Ever Paper - Whisper White Other - Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Dimensionals.

Finally - here is another card we made at our Extravaganza - using my current favorite paper. We used the new Postage Stamp Punch - showing that it works perfectly for a quilt look - I'd like to do it again on a matted piece and put the whole thing through the Big Shot with the Square Lattice Embossing folder! Next Time!

Stamp Set - Four Frames Paper - Whisper White, Peach Pizzazz, Paisley Petals DSP Ink - Peach Pizzazz

It's going to be a busy week - lots of evening events - Should keep me out of trouble - maybe!
Thanks for stopping by! Joan

Post Extravaganza and a New Challenge

I always like to do at least one challenge every day - so that I have something new to put on the blog....and I don't have to think up colours or sketches myself. Yesterday I found a new Challenge blog, which I'm very happy about....Stamping 411. - I'm happy because they use Stampin'Up! supplies. This week's challenge was the sketch I've used.
To Colour the "Lovely as a Tree", I used sponge daubers to apply the ink in order to get different shades of green within the leaves.

Stamp Set/s - Lovely as a Tree, Teeny Tiny Wishes Paper - Chocolate Chip, Wild Wasabi, Woodland Walk DSP Ink - Chocolate Chip, Wild Wasabi, Garden Green Other - Word Window Punch, Hemp Twine, Gold Brads, Dimensionals, Sponge Daubers, Polka Dot Embossing Folder

This is one of the cards I used in my demonstration at our Extravaganza yesterday. I used the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch to create the edge around the circle. On one edge of the circle I cut slits at each scallop and then cut every other section out so that the straight edge would curve around the circle. I really like the effect!

Stamp Sets - Strength and Hope Paper - Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Rose Red, Presto Patterns Specialty DSP, Sweet and Sour Specialty DSP Ink - Rose Red, Pretty in Pink Other - Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Pretty in Pink Taffeta Ribbon, Pearl Basics, Sponge Daubers, Dimensionals, Snips

Finally, here is one of the cards we created at the Extravaganza. What a fantastic time we had!!!!! A lot of the cards incorporated water colour techniques. For this particular card we used Watercolor Wonder Crayons and Aquapainter. Afterwards, the flowers were covered with Crystal Effects.

Stamp Set/s - Fast and Fabulous, Heard from the Heart Paper - Always Artichoke, Basic Black, Watercolour Paper Ink - Basic Black, StazOn Black Other - Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Aqua Pen, Basic Rhinestones, Crystal Effects.

Hope you are having a wonderful Sunday - Thanks for stopping by!