November 5, 2009

Ghostly Greetings 3 in 1

Yes, I know, Halloween is over and my calendar does indeed say November but there were at least two challenges left to do that had inspired a ghostly card and I thru in a Get Sketchy Challenge  for good measure. (that and the sketch worked perfectly).  So here are the Challenges:

1) Everything But the Kitchen Sink .  The challenge was to incorporate toilet paper in a project...that's right toilet paper and you should just check out some of the ingenious ideas that those ladies have come up with.  All week last week my preschooler was coming home with these ghosts made out of kleenex and he decided to use a box of it to make his own at home.  By the end of week I was pretty tired of finding these little guys all around my house.  Who would have thought it would be the catalyst for my next creation?

2) Crazy 4 Challenges .  The challenge was to make a spooky halloween card.  These ghosts may be more cute than spooky but it still fit the theme.

3) Get Sketchy Challenge #12 .  My version of the sketch is a way more simplified version than most but once I got those ghosts on my 5x5 card there wasn't room for multiple layers and embellishments.

The ghosts are made by covering half a square of TP with a whole square and tying with gingham ribbon.  I then ran the ends of the ghosts over my black ink to give them a darker, scarier look and then I added eyes with my marker.  I also used my marker on the die cut sticker to doodle the Ghostly Greetings sentiment.  What do you think?  Any ideas on how I could have jazzed it up a bit without making it too busy?

Sketch Girl Blog Candy

I just want to share the loot I happened to win by participating in the Sketch Girl #6 challenge.   I was expecting maybe a few small things but definitely not the big box that arrived.  Thanks Leigh Ann !  Look at all the stuff she sent me!!!

1)  Blackboard Flirt Album (Cosmo Cricket)
2)  You are My Sunshine stamp set (Gina K).  I really needed a beach set and the title of the set is meaningful because that song is my daughters favourite.
3) PTI vintage buttons.  A girl can never have too many buttons right Maureen ?
4) Stampin' Up! Certainly Celery twill ribbon.  This is retired so I'm going to savour every bit of it!

5) SU! Delicate Dots dsp. (Retired) A whole pack! 16 sheets!  4 of 4 designs!  Way to much for me to use so I'll just have to take half and give the other half away when I pay it forward with my own blog candy.

6) SU! Glue stick.  Always handy to have extra adhesive.  It's a pain when you run out of the right adhesive isn't it?
7) A Classic SU! ink pad in Old Olive.  One of my favourite colours and therefore already have but I'll be sure to find it a loving home .
8) And finally, a box (actually a mini magazine holder) with a bunch of beautiful handmade cards.

This was really so much more than I was expecting for participating in using such a wonderful sketch.  I used their latest challenge sketch for the card in my last post.  And you should check out the other ladies who participated. Such fantastic and inspiring ideas.

I'll be posting a card later  on in the day so be sure to check back.  Have a wonderful afternoon!

November 4, 2009

Hung With Care

Hi everyone!  Happy Wednesday!  I hope everyone is as healthy as we have been blessed enough to be.  If not, I'll send out a little prayer for you.  Maybe this card will warm your heart and add a  little holiday cheer.

As soon as I saw this sketch over at Sketch Girls  I knew exactly what stamp set I was going to play with.  The card was a lot of work but it was so much fun to make.

Firstly, I stamped each stocking in Always Artichoke, Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip and Versa Mark. I added Gold embossing to the tops of the Mommy and Daddy stockings. I then carefully cut each stocking out and laid them out on the focus panel so that I could decide where to put the holes for my french knots.  I then made the french knots and added the floss garland.  If I had a brick background stamp I might have added that to the panel first. I then added the stockings using dimensionals and put it all together.

Now I'm off to take my boy swimming. Thanks again for taking a peek.  Hope your week is going smoothly.

Paper:  NSU dp, Chocolate Chip, Kraft, Ridinghood Red, Always Artichoke, Whisper White
Ink:  Choco Chip, Artichoke, Ruby Red, Versa Mark,
Accessories: Brown Floss, Gold embossing powder
Stamp:  NSU stocking prints

If you have any questions regarding the Non stampin' up! products please feel free to contact me.

November 3, 2009

Always There

Good Morning everyone!  Last night I had the kids settled down for bed before 8 pm, then I took a nice relaxing bath, and later I created this really simple card inspired by Karen's Sunday Sketch and my new Flower Burst embosslit.

I wanted to make a card for my little sister who's going through a bit of a rough time.  She's trying to mend a broken heart and it seems that life has even more curveballs to throw at her at the same time.  Add to the fact that she's still young and dark tunnels always seem longer then don't they? Other than Halloween, she was my other reason for being MIA this weekend.   I tried spending as much time with her as I could.

For the duo coloured flower burst I simply ran my Rich Razzleberry ink pad across the die, put it through my cuttlebug and then cleaned the die with a baby wipe.  One flower wasn't enough so I made another one with just the Crushed Curry Cardstock.  This was a great card to use up my scraps.  The Rich Razzleberry card stock had a score line right down the middle of it so I just did a couple more to make it look like it was done on purpose.  I've tried to include a close up but I'm not sure if you can see it.  You can always click on the picture for a closer view.  What do you think?

The sentiment is from the Hard To Say stamp set and I find myself reaching for that set even more than I thought I would.  I've found that all the stamps from that set leave a nice clean and crisp impression.

Anyhow, thanks for stopping by to take a peek.  Christmas is coming and I'm thinking that as soon as we get our first snowfall here in Kamloops I'm going to give away some blog candy to celebrate and as a thank you to my 10 creative and supportive followers.  I'm so glad I started this blog and met all of you fabulous ladies!

Paper:  Rich Razzleberry, Crush Curry, Razzleberry Lemonade, Whisper White
Ink: Rich Razzlebery
Accessories:  Flower Burst Embosslit, Designer Button, Small corner rounder punch, Scallop edge bunch
Stamp set:  Hard To say

November 2, 2009

Serene Christmas

Good Afternoon and Happy Monday!  Are you all recovering from a hectic Halloween?  I'm sure that at one point I enjoyed Halloween but at this point in my life there are other things I'd rather spend my time on.  I mean really....don't you think it's a bit crazy?  We spend weeks preparing or finding the "perfect" costume for one night where our kids go out and pick up a years supply of candy to get wired on!   I must say that the one event that we participated in and enjoyed was the school family halloween dance.  It was a lot of fun and the kids (even the toddler) had a blast!!  Halloween night itself I personally could do without.

How did you spend your extra hour yesterday?  I saw that many of you were able to get crafty...I wish that had been the case for me.  As it is, I was just able to sneak in the time this afternoon to finish this card for Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge #45 .  I managed to finally break open the Icicle rubons (bird) from the new Christmas mini catalogue and the Serene Snowflakes for the back ground stamping.  Ahhh there's a something worth celebrating!!

Paper:  Bashful Blue, SU! Kraft, Whisper White, Night of Navy
Ink: Versa Mark, Bashful Blue, Ruby Red
Accessories: Blue gingham ribbon, Icicle Rubon (bird), scallop border punch, circle scissors
Stamps:  Serene Snowflakes, Snow Swirled (sentiment)