Monday, August 29, 2011

Outlawz Color Challenge ~ August Week 5

It is that time again.  It is time for another Color Challenge over at the Outlawz.  Guylou picked our colors for us this week.  

Artistic August: Add a bird image, embellishment or paper

These are fun bright colors, hmmmm what to create with these colors?  How about a baby boy card.  You know my next grandchild is going to be a BOY!!! 

I made a center fold card.  I got this little stamp set from the clear dollar bin.  I used my copic marker to color the buttons to give them a brighter color.  This type of card is really hard to photograph.  The paper is from a DCWV stack, I am sure you have one of these!!!  

Remember our sponsor for the month of August is
Have you been over to the Outlawz lately?  I hear a rumor that we are about to have a big PARTY!!!  A 1000 member party.  And we are almost there!!  I just checked and we are only 50 members away!!  Have you joined the fun yet?

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Design Team news!

I am so excited to share some news with you all.  I have been asked to be a part of the Cutting Cafe Design Team!!!  Have you ever spent any time checking out the fabulous cutting files over there?  So much fun and I can't wait to share some of them with you!!!  I have 2 projects ready to go for my first challenge post that is coming the first week of September.  You should head on over there and look around.  Some of you that know me will be able to guess what I picked to showcase for my first post!!!   You can check out the new and continuing design team in Regina's post here.   I am super excited to be a part of this talented team!!!

The Cutting Cafe

Now, for something else, Jacque has fabulous news over on her blog, Jacque's Joie de Vivre.  If you have ever been to her site you will know what a lovely lady she is. She is always giving away the best goodies.  Well head on over and read her good news and check out her latest sweet stuff!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Another Tuesday Color Challenge

Welcome to another Tuesday Color Challenge at the Outlawz.  I had so much fun with these colors. I decided to do another layout with one of my favorite pictures of Gunner.  This was Gunner last year with a little cast on his arm getting into the pool.  Gotta love how he is losing his pants!!!  This is a 6X6 page that I am working on in a mini album. I am putting it together with my bind it all so you can add parts to your layout that are not quite attached but pop out of nowhere!
The paper is from Echo Park Splash collection.  The stamps from CTMH.
I cut out the shaped piece with a  Tim Holtz Sizzix die cut.

Now, for the colors!  This week was my choice. 
And your inspiration photo.  Don't you just want to jump into this picture? I do!! Make's me want to make a trip to the Coast.  However this water looks much warmer than our Oregon Coast.
My husband and I recently made a trip to the Oregon Coast.  We had fabulous weather.   I am going to add an inspiration photo from our trip.
There were so many starfish on the beach here. I don't think I have ever seen so many at one time.

When I loaded my pics onto the computer I realized I had a spot on the center of the lens. Uggh! That is so annoying!!  We also hiked a very short hike at Cape Perpetua.  Just gorgeous.  I thought I would share a pic of my hubby sitting on a stump.  It is just a little stump!!
Thanks for bearing with me while I shared some photo's!!!  Don't forget to head over to the Outlawz and check out this weeks Color Challenge.  We have fabulous sponsors!!!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Top Ten at Some Odd Girl

Remember my tag?  I made it to the top ten tags for Some Odd Girl Facebook Challenge.  The winner will be guest designer for September and October.  Well and you all know how much I love Some Odd Girl.  I hope you will hop on over to their Facebook site and vote for mine.  All you have to do is type Vote under the tag you like the best.  I will just remind you all which one is mine! LOL
Thanks blogging friends.  Now if one of you is one of the finalists, then I don't expect you to vote for mine!!!!
Here is your link!!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Labor Day Sale

Guylou is having a sale.  Who doesn't love a sale?  I am a top bargain hunter.  Starting September 3rd all digital images are 50% off!  Here is your chance to grab all those Leah images!! At least that is what I would grab!!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Sketch Challenge at Guylou's Inimitability

It is time for another challenge over at Guylou's Inimitability.  What is your favorite challenge?  I think the easiest challenge for me is a sketch challenge. I however take sketches pretty literally so they are easy.  Carmen provided a fabulous sketch for us for this challenge.  I used Leah and Bra on my card today. It comes with the sentiment.  I think this is an awesome image for someone battling breast cancer or just a great image for a girlfriend card.
Isn't this gorgeous paper? I love this kit.  Who doesn't love anything pink? It is pretty much a perfect color!!  The paper is from Making Memories.  I found it on clearance at M's one day for like $2.  I bought 3.  Of course I did, I am obsessive like that! Why get one on a bargain when you can buy 3!!   
For my inking I used CTMH's Tulip ink.  Love that color. It matched this paper perfectly.  You know I need to show you the inside, right?!
Now, do you think you can follow a sketch?  If you can you should join us over at Guylou's.   The random winner will receive not only a gift certificate to the store but also an invite to be a guest designer on an upcoming challenge.  This challenge will go until September 1st.  I will let you check out the sketch over at G's!

  Let me see if I can add this to some challenges now.

Craft us Crazy has Anything Goes.  And woot woot for a top 3 in last weeks challenge!!
Paper~Crafting Journey has anything goes.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Outlawz Tuesday Color Challenge August 16

Today over at the Outlawz starts another Color Challenge.  This week I got some gorgeous new papers from My Mind's Eye from the Lost and Found 2 collection.  Oh my goodness they are yummy!!!  I decided to do a little 6X6 layout of my grandson Gunner.  I will be adding to this layout to make a mini album of my grandbabies.  We learned last week that our next one will be a BOY!  That will bring it to 3 boys and 4 girls.  Who woulda thought in 6 years we would go from first time grandparents to grandparents of 8.  Are you counting and 3 plus 4 doesn't equal 8?  Well our oldest daughter also informed us that she is having another baby!!  Our two girls 6 years apart are pregnant together. Too fun!!  Do you see the need for simple small layouts?  This is Gunner and these are a couple pics of him at 1.

Todays colors are brought to us by Jenn.
Artistic August: Use shells or gems

Another reason I did a layout is to show you that you don't have to make a card. You can do a layout, a mini-album, any other project using our color inspiration.  
We have some fabulous sponsors to our challenges this month.  In the Color Challenge we have 

As well as our Main sponsors.  You can check them out on the main page.
What do you think? You gonna play along?  Come on over!!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Some Odd Girl tag and tutorial

Some Odd Girl is having a facebook contest to make a tag.  I had fun with this challenge using Coffee Mae.  It has been a while since I made a coffee themed project.  They are one of my fave things to do.  So I thought I would share my tag with you and then a coloring tutorial with my fave hair and skin colors.  I hope you will stick with me, I have lots of photo's today.
Here is my finished project.
I made mine a double tag and sewed a pocket on the inside to add a coffee card.  That coffee card on the inside is the one I just got from my friend Gina with some birthday goodies!! Thanks Gina!!  I used some new My Mind's Eye papers. Oh my gosh those new Lost and Found 2 are gorgeous!!
 Ok, now I took a succession of photos on how I color the hair and skin with my fave color schemes. 

First I layer a very light amount of E-23
Then I add a very light amount of E-25
some E-27
Next I go back over it with E-23.  I flick in the direction of hair growth.
back again with the E-25, then e-27, and lastly I add some E-29
Next I start a base color on her skin with E-0000 
Then I add E-01 around her hair line, arms, legs and you will notice her ear. I accidentally colored it with the hair and used my color blender to remove the color!
next I blend with the E-000 and add a shadow for her nose.
Next I add E-11 and blend those.
After E-11 I like to add some E-13
And you can see all of these need blended. I also add some E-95 on her cheeks and E-04 to her lips,
And the final project after I match her clothes to my papers and embellishments is above.  I almost always color Mae with green eyes.  She reminds me of me.  And I have green eyes!!  

I am also going to add this to the challenges at:
Come and Get it~color challenge of red, black, white.
Allsorts has anything but a card.
Crafty Purple Frog is anything but a card.
Diva's by design is birthdays.

As always, thanks for stopping by.  I had a fabulous birthday this weekend.  I used inlinz to choose a random winner to my birthday candy.  Brynn over at Flair and Frills was our winner.   Thanks so much for playing along.  

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Welcome to August~Birthday Blog Candy

Here it is August again.  The month of my birthday and time to reflect on the past year of my life.  On the 13th I will turn 45, as will my twin sister Rebecca.  My twin lives in  Alberta, Canada and I in Oregon.  For those first 18 years of my life I shared a bedroom with my sis and now we don't even share the same Country.  :)  This post will remain at the top of my blog until August 13th, on my birthday I will pick someone to win a gift from me.
1. large alphabet and number stamps from CTMH.
2. my favorite Tim Holtz/Sizzix birdcage die cut
3. 8 different colors of twine and 1 red ric rac trim

Now what do you have to do you want to know? 
 First off, be a follower of my blog.  I have some fabulous followers.  
Second, post a picture of my blog candy on your blog.
Third, leave a comment below so that I can choose a winner.
And don't forget to add your link. 

Thursday, August 11, 2011


I love making cards just to make cards!!  I am sure I will find some challenges to enter this into but it was just fun to make!!   No coloring, just sewing, die cutting and some amazing paper.
This amazing paper is from K&Co.  I just loved the black and white with butterflies and decided to add a die cut from Tim Holtz with a background of kraft paper.  I inked the edges with CTMH creme brulee ink. I added some of that gorgeous white lace from Wild Orchid Crafts and some sheer gold scrunched ribbon on top. 
I then added a little metal tag that says adore, a charm and some pearls to finish it off.   
Don't forget to enter my blog candy.   I will be picking a winner soon.

I am going to add this to these challenges:
Crafty Sentiments Designs has punches and die cuts. I used a Tim Holtz butterfly die. 
Delightful Challenges has things with wings.
Pals Paper Arts has a recipe challenge: 1 DP, 1 punch and 1 sentiment.
Southern Girl's has black and white with a pop of color.
Flutter By Wednesdays  of course has a butterfly, angel, fairy on it.
The Paper Shelter has stitching. I have mine on the ribbon.

As always, thanks for stopping by my blog. I love visitors!!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Color Challenge August 9th

 Just a reminder that it is Tuesday again and time for another Color Challenge at the Outlawz

 I picked out this weeks colors. I hope you like them. 

And the inspiration picture:

Artistic August: Use transparent embellishment

I used my R-89 and a little copic blender solution to color my seam binding and then heat set it to get the color of my cherry red card stock. I used a stamp from CTMH that includes both the sentiment stamp and butterfly. I stamped the butterfly with Stazon on some plastic packaging and cut it out and pop dotted it. Hint: don't throw away that heavy plastic packaging, it is perfect for stazon.  I sewed the 16 paper squares on like a quilt for the Our Daily Bread Challenge that is Notions/Seamstress.  That was a challenge!!

Don't forget our sponsor this month is  Di's Digi Downloads.
Check out the main page to see all the fabulous sponsors. 

I am going to add this to the challenges at:
Cupcake Craft Challenges is sewing.
Paper Creations ink has stitching.
Pink Elephant Challenge is use at least 1 butterfly.
Pollycraft challenge is to recycle. I recycled some plastic packaging for the butterfly.
Card Cupids Blog has ribbon and buttons.
One stop Craft Challenge has make your sentiment the main part of your project.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Happy Birthday

August is a month of birthdays in our family.  It is also the first birthday of Marci and Luka over at La-La Land Crafts.  They are having a birthday themed card contest.  I used Pirate Luka for my birthday card.

So this past week my husband and I went camping.  I found out while at work Wednesday that my husband was going to have Saturday off so we took off camping as soon as I got off of work.  I was throwing all my craft supplies in a bag so I could play while my hubby was out fishing.  Well don't you know I would forget something super important?  I forgot my Neenah paper!!!  Oh and not to mention an acrylic block!! I used the back of some packaging to put my stamp onto and used the back side of some cardstock to stamp onto.  Oh my, I love my Neenah!!  the cardstock bled and just didn't blend like my Neenah!  I think I need to put a supply in the trailer!  Anyways, I was able to make this card for the Birthday Challenge over at La-La Land Crafts.  I purposely used different face colors then I have used before so that I could enter into the iCopic challenge that is to use skin tones that are out of my comfort zone.  I used E-51, R-02, E-01,E-11,E-13,E-95.  *Well dang it, I missed the deadline!*
I had a lot of fun coloring this little guy up.  Even without my Neenah paper!!  

I used a mixture of Cosmo Cricket Paper and My Mind's Eye.  I distressed the paper with my scissors.  That was just one more thing I forgot at home, my distressor!   The metal plate is by Tim Holtz.  Don't you just love it?  And a peak at the inside of course!!

So, do you have a Facebook?  All I need is for you to go on over to La-La Lands blog and "Like" my card.  The card with the most votes wins a 36 piece Copics.  Wow!!  OK, now you are on your way over to enter aren't you?  I can't blame you!!!!

I am also going to enter this card in the following challenges:
Birthday Sundaes has of course birthday card!
Dream Valley Challenges has distressing as it's challenge.
Craft Your Days Away has a birthday theme.
Card Makin Mamas challenge is birthdays.
Just Add Ink has tearing and distressing. 
Stampin for the Weekend has spots and dots.
Celebrate the Occasion has kids birthday.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Thankful For All You Do

The challenge over at Some Odd Girl this week (and next) is a Thank You challenge.  I decided to use a ticket stamp that I have from Whimsy called Ticket Sentiments.  I pulled out some of my favorite My Mind's Eye papers and my new favorite clear stamp Sweet Thinkin Mae.  I wanted to give the card some 3-D effect so I paper pieced and added pop dots cut really tiny to her hair, bow, dress, and shoes.
I have been playing with my sewing machine and ribbon lately.  I love this turquoise polka dotted ribbon, all rouched up with a sheer polka dot ribbon on top.  Next I added some Wild Orchid Crafts flowers, a little purple clip and there you go!
I used my favorite copic skin colors~E-000, 01, 11, 13, and E-93.  For her hair I used E-21, 23, 3=25, 27, and 29.  I added some RV-63 and 66 to her dress and bow just to give a little highlight. And her eyes are YG-93 and 95 cuz my eyes are green. :) I also added some glossy accents to them.
This was such a fun card to do.  I don't know about you but card making is my therapy!!  I really appreciate you stopping by.  

OK, now let's see what challenges I can add my card to.

Creative Craft World has anything but birthdays.
Craft your passion challenge has anything goes.
Paper Creations Ink has stitching.
Come and Get it Challenges has anything goes.
The Stamp Man has stitching.
Craft us Crazy has Anything goes.
Crafty Sentiments has polka dots.