Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Black and White and a Splash of....


Yellow?  Really?  I NEVER use yellow!   When I sat down tonight to make a quick card for Holly May's "Black and White/Splash of,.." challenge on the SavvyProjects Blog, I pulled out an itty bitty stamp that's never seen the inside of an ink pad!  The little GWP TG3438 Compact Car (Fall Supplement) is so cute and I can't believe I never used it before. 

I love to DOODLE and this car is PERFECT for that.  The first idea that popped into my head when I looked at that cute little car was a CAB...so I doodled it up by adding some checkerboard stripes across the side and a TAXI service light on top.  I think I've been in two cabs in my life and neither one of them looked like the stereotypical New York City cab but I just had to give it that recognizable look! 

Of course, I HAD to add the yellow smiley face to the antenna ").  And wouldn't you know it, I found the perfect sentiment in the T3241 Bug of Fun set!!!  Wierd 'cuz all I was thinking as I was working on this card was the sentiment...

"I don't wanna go..."
"You mean I really have to leave?"
"Head for the hills!"

That's what I was thinking!  Since it was a quick card, I added some faux stitching using T2610 Running Stitches...This set is an oldie but goodie and really works well when you don't have time to change the tan thread in your machine to black!!!  PSSSSSTT....Disregard the red brake light...I HAD to include that!!!

Notice the background?  I used an old Cuttlebug Embossing folder called Traffic Jam...PERFECT eh?

Hope you find some time this week to participate in this challenge, it was fun and QUICK!  Make sure to check out all the other entries below, maybe yours will be NEXT!

Copic Markers Used in this project:  Y00, 18; R29 and T1 

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Thank You...

Just came home today from my Spring Break vacation in Florida and what was sitting on my doorstep?  An order I placed before I left that I thought would arrive before my vacation...Wouldn't you know it?  The package arrived about two or three days after I left and sat on my steps waiting patiently...through rain thunderstorms, hot days and cool nights.  I was worried that something might be damaged (papers and ribbons) but LO AND BEHOLD...TAC packages hold up very well outside!!!  The box was drenched but EVERYTHING inside was in pristine condition!  I'm so happy.  THANKS TAC and PHEW, what a relief!

As I'm packaging up an order for a new customer, I decided to use a stamp set that was included in her order (Yes, I used mine!) to make a thank you card.  So here it is...just a little THANKS!

Supplies used: 
Sorry, I think The Wing It patterned paper is discontinued (and SO FUN!)
TA3337 One of a Kind (the Level A Hostess set she selected)
Orange DCWV cardstock
Yellow Cardstock (The Paper Company)
Offray Shocking Pink Ribbon
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Copic Markers: 
Skin:  E00, 02, 21, 50, 51
Bench/Hair:  E31, 33, 43, 57
Dress:  R85; RV21; Colorless Blender, Copic Multiliner pen (dots)
Flower:  YR16, 27
Shadowing:  BG10 

Friday, April 22, 2011

Fond Farewells...

The LIST is out...Get them while you can. The long awaited list of soon-to-be discontinued stamp sets has just been released. Check out the list and the DEEP discounts...Get them before they're gone...forever!


Back soon!

The Golden Egg Challenge...

It’s The Golden Egg CARDMAKERS CHALLENGE! Who doesn’t love a good easter egg hunt???  Combine that with a card challenge and watch the golden eggs appear! To play along, cardmakers MUST use the items on the easter egg hunt list on your card then upload it to to the Savvy Projects Blog Posting HERE!

Easter Egg Hunt List (Items that have to be on your card):

~ GLITTER ~ Whether it’s prisma glitter or glitter pens … it just has to have glitter!
~ LAYERS ~ At least 3!
~ COLOR ~ At least 3 colors or more! Ink, prismacolor pencils, copic markers, etc
~ FLOWERS ~ At least 1!

So here goes: 
Now lemme' find that golden EGG!!!

I hand cut the easter egg design then added layers and layers of paper.  Frutti Fusion patterned paper was my colorful selection and it also doubled for the flowers requirement....
Then I went on to finding the perfect stamps...I found those in Sweet Goodies (One of my ALL TIME FAVORITES!) and The cuties in the set Cheery Thoughts. 

I started out by stamping the circular sentiments then decided something COLORFUL needed to go inside and hey, CHILDREN LOVE EASTER and hunting for eggs and hearts and flowers...so you get the picture right?  It was PERFECT!  I punched two circles and they fit perfectly inside the sentiment ring so I stamped the little ladies, colored them up and distressed the edges to make the circles stand out more. 

The card wasn't complete until I added some ribbon and of course some GLITTER.  I used my Copic multiliner pen to create some empty polka-dots then filled them with my favorite Diamond Stickles. 

I folded that flower as I felt it was kinda big so folding it in half and adding it to the edge of the paper just worked perfectly!

Now I'm off to hide some eggs.  I wonder if you'll find one...

 Copics Used:  GG34, YG41; Y02, 17; R20; RV42; E50, 51, E31, 35, 57
Copics Used: 
Y02, 17, YR23, R20, 85; RV42; E50, 51; B12

Join the Egg hunt...Upload your project below!

See you soon!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Color Throwdown #3

We're back for another installment of Kerry's Color Throwdown!!!  YAHOO!!!

The winner of last month's Throwdown is: JULIET!!!

Congratulations!  You just won a $15.00 TAC Gift Certificate to select anything from one of our current catalogues!  Please send me an email or post a comment with your "Order" so I can get your TACspactacular prize ordered and delivered to you!!! 

Now for this month's Color Throwdown:

Need a few more deets for this challenge? 

Here's the scoop:

On the 12th of each month, I'll post a color challenge right here. All you have to do is create something using these colors, upload your photo to the inlinkz on my blog, and cross your fingers. The following color challenge post will announce the winner AND the new challenge! Sound like fun?

I'll be back soon to post MY creation with this UNIQUE color combination but for now, I need to go hunting for the perfect paper, stamps and inks....HMMMMMMM...This'll be a doozie!


Friday, April 8, 2011

Hop, Hop, Easter's on it's way...

Hey stampers!  I'm here to share a little basket of goodness with you.  I LOVE Easter and I'm celebrating my love of this AMAZING holiday with others by hopping through the blogosphere dropping off  secret Easter eggs...Maybe you'll be surprised and get one. 

Join all Easter Bunnies as we HOP HOP HOP along April 8, 9, 10.  Check out all of our Easter baskets because I'm sure you'll find one just perfect to take home!  Join the fun too.  Make your own basket and post it for the world to see!

I created this basket using some paper strips (from the Tutti Frutti Collection) and some ribbon from my stash... I added an adorable chick but unfortunately...I ate all the CHOCOLATE! 

I think it needs a little gift tag, don't you think? 
PS...This basket is a modified (simplified with less paper-and replaced with ribbon) version of the directions I found on Splitcoaststampers HERE

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Pastel Peek-a-Boo...

Pastels...Mmmmm...Love them!  This week's Tune In Tuesday is hosted by Rita Kegg and it's sure to bring a TON of entries.  Have you checked out her post on the Savvy Projects Blog yet?  If not, you'll want to hop over there and check out what she has to share.  I'm joining the fun since I LOVE LOVE LOVE girly pastels!!!  I added a little bit of patterned paper (Toodle Loo V834) in bolder colors to really set off the pastels in the image and in the background paper. 

It's quite a simple layout really.  I wanted the focus to be on the cutie patootie so I kept everything else pretty plain.  I embossed the bazzill cardstock (Shore) with the Impressabilities die (Floral and Stone K310) to give the card more texture.  I stamped the elegant frame (Fabulous Frames T-3255) with Versafine Onyx and then embossed with Stampabilities holographic embossing powder.  After stamping and coloring the frame with my Copic markers (see colors below), I stamped the cutie (Delightfully Spooky T3348) separately on a piece of white cardstock. Then I cut her out into a square that would fit the size of the "frame".   Threading the frame with some ribbon and scrappers floss -and popping it up on the page finished it off. 

Oh- if you notice anything different about the little angel...I gave her a little mouth, some freckles, and a little bit more hair with my Micron pen. 

Copics Used: 
Face:  E50,51, 93; YR00
Hair:  E33, 35, 57, Micron 01
Clothes/Flowers: YG61, RV55
Wings:  V20, BG10,70; B00
Frame:  V25, RV55, YG61, Y32, V20, R20
Stop back on the 8th as I join my fellow TAC friends for a FANTASTICAL Easter Basket HOP.  You won't want to miss the fun...And hurry...the last one there is a ROTTEN EGG...HA!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Grand Calibur Dreams....

Do you have the Grand Calibur yet?  If not, I HIGHLY recommend it!!! It cuts and embosses like a dream!  I love it.  This weekend I've been playing with my new GC and have been so surprised at how much easier it is to cut and emboss than my Cuttlebug.  Now, I still LOVE my little Bug, but it was taking about NINE passes to cut and emboss using it and I could only cut about one or two projects at a time.  All it takes is ONE pass with my Grand Calibur and I can cut a whole 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper with it!!! 

Now that brings me to my sleeping episode last night.  I dreamed...about the Grand Calibur.  I was making all kinds of things in an assembly line.  I couldn't crank the handle fast enough...If you remember that I Love Lucy episode in the chocolate shop, that's kinda what it was like.  I was all alone, rolling, rolling, rolling!  Not quite a nightmare, but sure got me into the mood to use my new machine!

I have a few Grand dies so far and plan on getting more in the near future.  I love that they continue the nesting size of their smaller partners. 

Today I'm sharing a little card I made using my new Grand Labels 4.  This die set coordinates with the other Labels 4 dies so now I have more than 8 nested sizes in this design.  Perfect for a Step book, don't you think?  I've seen so much done with these dies and I cannot wait to make some great table books, gift bags and other fun projects with this die set. 

  • I wanted to focus on the fabulous die shape so I cut and embossed it in "Splash" Bazzill cardstock. 
  • After embossing, I cut the diecut in half (Now I can make TWO of these cards!) and stamped T3012 Delicate Florals all over the paper using Memento Summer Sky Ink.  Since I LOVE distressed designs, I used my dry Versafine Onyx pad (YES...DON'T EVER THROW YOUR DRY PAD AWAY.  It works beautifully for distressing) all over the edges. 
  • After that, I attached it to white cardstock that was distressed the same way. 
  • I stamped some additional flowers from the set and colored them with my Copics (B32, 95, YG06, 11)  then cut them out. 
  • I assembled them under a black Offray bow using my favorite glue Zip Dry
  • To add a little interest, I included some Wilton sparkly stamens and some black dots with my Micron pen. 
  • The sentiment (TB3364 Sophisticated Sentiments) was added to finish it off.   
Make sure to stop by on TUESDAY as I join Rita and my other TAC friends for TUNE IN TUESDAY... PASTEL Challenge on the Savvy Projects Blog.