Monday, November 28, 2011

A Sketchy Monday with the Friends of Speedy TV

Happy Monday to you!  Today's challenge at Speedy TV is to use your favorite sketch.  If you have read my blog for any length of time, you have seen this sketch before.  I love this sketch for many reasons!  First of all, look at all that patterned paper you can use.  Second, it has a lovely CAS look to it.  Finally, it really lets the sentiment stay in focus and isn't that why we send a card?  I would love to take the credit for this sketch, but I can't.  It comes from the fabulous Jessica Witty.  She had this sketch published in Papercrafts Go To Sketches, Volume 1.  Seriously, it is my favorite.  I think I will make a few others cards with this sketch will I am at it and replenish my stock.  Since this is a Speedy TV challenge, you will notice that my sentiment comes from the newly released Peaceful Nuthatch set.  I love the font!!

Well, back to work for this girl.  Although, I don't know for how long...I have a jury summons and a low number.  Have a great day!

Details - Stamps: Peaceful Nuthatch (MFP); Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Studio G dsp; Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black; Accessories: circle punch, linen & canvas impression plate, stampin' dimensionals.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Trading Rain for Snow?

I am willing to trade today's rain for snow.  We had snow a couple of weeks ago, but I want the kind of snow that comes in heavy and blankets the ground.  We have had some really gusty winds today with our rain and that makes me worry about losing power.  I just have this feeling, so I got my stock and rice going early this morning to make sure all I would have to do is just combine everything in a pot on the wood stove for tonight.  My daughter is watching her cartoons this morning and we'll read and craft later this afternoon.  My girl likes to get crafty any chance she gets.  Her teacher told me about the homework for this week and I know she will be in Heaven.  The kids in her class get to decorate giant paper gingerbread men.  She will be itching to raid Mommy's craft room for this look.  Look out glitter!

Anyway, this snowy card is another one of my mini VSN cards from earlier this month.  Anita challenged crafter's to create your own snow.  I used some flocking on this one.  That stuff gets everywhere, argh!

Hope you long weekend has been wonderful!  Thanks for coming by.

Details - Stamps: Solemn Stillness, Occasional Quotes; Paper: Whisper White, Soft Suede, BG Mistletoe and Pear; Ink: Versamark, Always Artichoke; Accessories: White Fun Flock, Alen's glue, May Arts ribbon, scor-tape, glue dot.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

A Little Thanksgiving

I wanted to fit a little Thanksgiving in here before I take off straight into Christmas.  I made this candle sleeve for the November Scor-pal Designer challenge based on a theme of "give thanks".  I took a piece of mustard card stock and score every 1/4" and then used my scor-tape to adhere this pretty snug to the candle.  It does slide up and down for safe burning.  I then added patterned paper, ribbon, raffia and a sentiment with leaf accents.  I sponged the edges of the scored base for extra definition.  While I was at it I sponged the leaves, the sentiment and the patterned paper. 
This would have made a lovely centerpiece for my Thanksgiving table, if only I could get myself organized.  I really don't have much of an excuse as I cooked dinner for 8 and 3 others brought dishes.  I can offer one little grandparent arrived 2 hours early.  I love my grandparent and they always arrive early.  So I just let them know the time we would be eating and assumed that they would be about an hour early.  As it turns out, my grandmother failed to adjust her watch for daylight savings time.  I only discovered this as she was complaining to my Mom about how late dinner was and she quoted the wrong time to my Mom.  (It probably didn't help that I am known throughout the family for my lateness!)

Thanks for stopping by!  Hopefully, I will get some Christmas up on the blog tomorrow.

Details  - Stamps: Holiday Best; Paper: More Mustard, Spice Cake, Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, River Rock; Ink: Soft Suede, River Rock, More Mustard; Accessories: Scor-pal, scor-tape, Nestabilities, Pool Party ribbon, raffia, leaf punch, sponge dauber, glue dots, stampin' dimensionals.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

I Miss You

On this Thanksgiving Eve, I can't help but think of who will be missing from our table tomorrow.  My sister just moved to Florida and I will miss her for sure.  Only one of her sons will make it tomorrow, as the other one decided to fly to Germany yesterday.  It will be strange to have just one of my nephews...and without his mother, but we will make do.  I have plenty to do yet, so I will make this quick.

This is one of my VSN mini cards.  The main event isn't too far off now.  We'll be playing December 9th and 10th.  I hope you can join us.  Back to my card, this one was for Theresa's challenge called Head in the Clouds where she challenged us to get clouds on our card.  In the interest of saving time, I broke out some designer paper with clouds and stamped on it.  Quickly, I matted it and tied some linen thread around it.  I popped it up off of the base and called it done.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful Thanksgiving tomorrow.

Details -  Stamps: All Year Cheer II; Paper: Crumb Cake, Rose Red, Welcome Neighbor dsp; Ink: Crumb Cake; Accessories: stampin' dimensionals, linen thread.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tuesday Snow

Oops, I am late again in posting my Ways To Use It challenge card.  Hannah was our hostess last Thursday and she challenged us to make a winter card.  I busted out with the faux snow.  I had never made the do-it-yourself flower soft and decided it was time to try it.  It worked like magic and I am sooooooo ready to throw out my Fun Flock!  I stamped my little snowman and colored him just a bit.  I drew in my hillside and went to work on creating my faux snow.  I began rubbing two styrofoam balls together over a paper plate.  Of course I was doing this is the living room while my hubby watched television.  I got the evil eye from him and then my little helper wanted to have her turn.  After all chaos I created settled down.  I spread some tacky glue down on the hillside and the snowball and got to sprinkling and pressing my faux snow.  I just love how it turned out.  It totally looks like powder!

Thanks for stopping by!

Details - Stamps:  Snow Much Fun, Christmas Greetings; Paper: Whisper White, Early Espresso, Ski Slope dsp; Ink: StazOn Timber Brown, Basic Gray, Pumpkin Pie, Cherry Cobbler, Bordering Blue; Accessories: Baja Breeze seam binding, stampin' dimensionals, styrofoam snow.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Monday Thanks

It's Monday again and that means another Friends of Speedy TV challenge.  Today we are making Thanksgiving cards.  I struggled with this one a bit and I don't usually make Thanksgiving cards.  Once I got my mind wrapped around a thank you card, it was all go.  I had a fabulous sketch by Lisa Arana on my stand.  (I use my music stand from school when I played an instrument to hold sketch and various lists of crafty projects I am working on).  The sketch worked quite naturally into this card that I am thoroughly pleased with.  I love the warmth and simplicity of it.

It's raining and windy here today and my hubby told me that there may be a chance of flooding over the holiday due to all the rain we have received.  I'm hoping that maybe some of that rain will wash away the remnants of snow from last week.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Details: Stamps: Autumn Glory (MFP), A Walk in the Woods (MFP); Paper:  Very Vanilla, Spice Cake dsp; Ink: Soft Suede, More Mustard, Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzazz; Accessories: Square Lattice ef, paper snips, square punch, stampin' dimensionals, sponge dauber. 

Monday, November 14, 2011

Happy Birthday Speedy!

It's not really Speedy's birthday or Speedy TV's birthday or Mark's Finest Papers birthday.  But today's Friends of Speedy TV challenge is all about making a birthday card.  I'm peeking a  new set by Mark's Finest Papers called A Trip To Lancaster.  I really liked the rustic and masculine feel of this image, so I opted for a masculine birthday card.  I never, ever has enough masculine cards.  I embossed my vanilla layer underneath my focal image, added a couple ribbon tabs and smudged up my card base with some Versamark for interest here. 

Sorry to have been such a stranger in blog land lately.  I got a whopper of a cold that knocked me out just after dinner time almost all week.  I recovered enough to get ready for VSN and then could only just post at VSN and not blog about them here.  But....that will leave me some cuties to post in anticipation of the main event coming next month!

Thanks for stopping by!

Details: Stamps: A Trip To Lancaster (MFP); Paper: Mellow Moss, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Going Gray ; Ink: Soft Suede, Mellow Moss, Soft Sky, Going Gray, Versamark; Accessories: Nestabilities, Candy Cane stripe ef, soft suede grosgrain, stampin' dimensionals, glue dots.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Speedy TV Monday with Tea

Good Monday Morning!  I'm here today with my card for the Speedy TV challenge today all about ribbon.  (I'm posting it a bit late due to one little sickie who is home from school).  I kept my ribbon very simple by folding it once and cutting a "v" shape into the end of it.  Otherwise I let my ribbon help me with my transition from a busy pattern to my white space. 

The rest of my card is pretty simple because, well, I like it that way.  I embossed my teacup, colored it and cut it up.  I popped that up on my die cut circle and then popped that up over my ribbon border.  I stamped my sentiment and then rounded some corners for a bit more interest. 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great day!

Details - Stamps: Floral Tea (MFP); Paper; Whisper White, Basic Gray, Ginger Blossom dsp, A Walk in the Park dsp; Ink: Versamark, Basic Gray, Calypso Coral, Certainly Celery; Accessories: Nestabilities, Groovy Guava double stitched ribbon, corner chomper, paper snips, stampin' dimensionals, scor-tape.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Using It Today

I will not be late.  I will not be late.  I will not be late.  I will not be late.  I will not be late....Late has been the story of my life recently.  Not today.  I am going to share my Ways To Use It challenge with you folks right here on my blog on Thursday!  So here is my challenge for today:  use newspaper or newsprint.  That's easy right.  Well, I thought it would be easy!  This is my third try at this challenge.  The first one didn't get cut out of the newspaper.  The second got cut out, but didn't make it anywhere close to a card and finally this little guy stuck!

Not to much to this card.  I did a little stamping, masking and coloring.  Next I tied on some string and applied some stickles and I was finished.

Thanks for stopping by!

Details - Stamps: Home Is (GKD); Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Skagit Valley Herald; Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black; Accessories: colored pencils, yellow stickles, Xmas red stickles, white baker's twine. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Using Leaves

I'm so late in posting this as it was for last Thursday's Ways to Use It challenge.  Hannah challenged us all to use leaves on our I had a little fun with my leaves.  I don't really know what this technique is called, but I love it.  I stamped my leaves, trimmed them up and glued them down to a piece of card stock.  Then I ran that piece of card stock through my Big Shot with the Square Lattice embossing folder.  I adored the texture I came up with so I left it shine.  I matted it and wrapped some cording around it and called it good. 

I can barely keep my eyes open, so I will call it right here.  Thanks for stopping by!

Details - Stamps: French Foliage; Paper: Soft Suede, Very Vanilla; Ink: Pumpkin Pie, More Mustard, Old Olive, Soft Suede; Accessories: Square Lattice embossing folder, copper cording, paper snips, stampin' dimensionals.