Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Want Candy?

Check out this blog: Whimsical Wishes! Really nice artwork and she's offering blog candy in celebration of her first anniversary. Enjoy!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Clean And Simple Three Times FTL#61

Clean And Simple sketch for the week:

I really like the sketch - seems like it just asks for all kinds of round shapes from flowers to beach balls to pumpkins. Here are mine:

This one follows the sketch and the term to the letter of the law. The stamped saying is from Papertrey Ink's Everyday Button Bits, the paper is from what seems to be an endless stash with no name on it.

These two are obviously the same sketch - just reversed the BoBunny cardstock. Seems like even a Clean and Simple Christmas should be a little bit 'more'. The stamped saying is Winter Swirls from PaperTrey Ink.

All three cards are just paper pieced circles, cut into wedges and glittered. Quick and easy. 

Sunday, September 27, 2009

A Basket Case for Color Throwdown #61

The colors for this week's throwdown definitely remind me of fall, especially fall in South Florida. While we don't do traditional fall, the light changes and colors mute a little. Here's the challenge offered by The Color Throwdown:

For some reason, the ink, stamps and I never quite got on the same page. So tonight's card is paper pieced. The papers are Basicgrey and Fancypants and the pieces are just handcut.

I cut the brown strips about 3/4" wide, wove them on top of the cardstock basket shape and then just used a glue stick to hold it all down. The flowers are just cut circles with inked edges. Truly a quick and easy card!

Friday, September 25, 2009

September Papertrey Blog Hop

This would be my first blog hop participation of any kind ever so please be patient. I'm sure there are tech issues I won't be able to resolve but it's already been fun learning..

This card was created using the flap from the shipping box for the background. The blue strips are the paper wrapper from the stamp set Take A Bough, intentionally cut unevenly for what my kids call 'artsy effect'. Loved playing with Winter Swirls. It's a very forgiving design!

Here's Winter Swirls again. This time the snow is made by wadding up the packing tissue and then gluing it down on scrap cardstock. The fence is strips of are made from the packing box and I 'wired' them together with waxy flax.

The witch is a gift box. She's made on the plastic box the stamp sets and cd cases come in. Her nose is the plastic packaging for the half inch punch came in. No stamping but lots of fun! 

If you actually got here and any of this worked, THANK YOU! I promise the artwork, the tech work and the photography will improve. Best thing about being at the bottom - no where but up!

Monday, September 21, 2009

A Moxie Fab Household World

Do you read Moxie Fab World? If not, why not? Paper Crafts' creative editor, Cath, writes it with entertainment and eye candy. Nothing but fun! She recently threw down a challenge to create with a Household Item theme. Here's my card:

Intentions a 10, Execution a Little Less

The original plan here was to post a card daily. I figured that would use up the overstock faster and force my hand. Not so much. Most of the 'stuff' is moved and quasi-organized in a different room. Mostly. My plan is to find ideas and challenges, print them and put them on the bulletin board for inspiration and time management. Not quite there yet. This card was intended for a five part challenge. I met one - a color scheme. But I worked with colors I probably wouldn't have and I have an extra card on hand should the need arise so it's all good.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

A Christmas Card for MTCC06

I know, it's early for Christmas. But I just got the Winter Swirls stamps from PaperTrey, loved them and wanted an excuse to use them. I SERIOUSLY need to get better at photography. I've tried scanning and photos. Not strong in either category. Maybe practice will help. So, a card for My Time To Create Challenge. Here's the color inspiration:

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

A Very Tiny Boo! Jacksonbelle Tuesday Challenge Week One

Finallly, a card that meets the challenge requirements. Certainly not one of my favorite cards but it works and it's finished - two major points! It's an entry for Jacksonbelle Embellishments September challenges, one layer and must have stamps/papers from their store. This silly mouse was just the ticket.The candy corn is just white cardstock sponged with ink. The little mouse is popped up a bit and has real string holding his carrot on. The stamp originally has the words under the mouse so I just masked and stamped it separately.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

A Cat, A Pumpkin and A Lesson

Ugh. Long day. Got the grass cut but didn't get it edged or weedwacked. The edger needed a new blade and even with all the WD40 in the world, I couldn't get the nut off to change the blade. I moved on to the weed wacker. Wouldn't you know it? The line reel for the weed wacker was AWOL. Figuring I'd at least accomplish something I pressure cleaned the patio. Emma had played in the rain the night before and the patio was covered in black paw prints. We haven't decided if Emma's fearless or incredibly stupid. Today I'm going with stupid - she's gotta be. Why else would trying to chase a pressure cleaner be a good idea? It took twice as long to clean the patio because I spent half the time trying not to pressure clean the dog's gums off! 

Originally this card was for a challenge. However, if you don't read ALL the requirements, you can't enter the challenge. I'd like to think I've learned my lesson, but it's not likely. Definitely a long day. But hey, we had a day without rain and during the South Florida rainy season that's a nice change.


Monday, September 14, 2009

Happy Harvest card for PPA7

I took time out from organizing my paper and supplies to make this card for the Pals Paper Arts sketch challenge PPA7. The BasicGrey paper just looks like fall to me. 

Sunday, September 13, 2009

A Blue and Brown Card for Two Sketches

My intended mission for this blog is to clean up my dining room and use up my existing paper and supplies before I buy anything new. Believe me, that's quite a challenge - I can probably be self-sustaining for years with the stuff  I've got stashed.  This card is a submission for mojomonday.blogspot.com sketch MOJO103. And since I'm already behind, I used the color challenge from Lauren Meader. I think Lauren absolutely rocks, by the way! Love her templates and her designs. In fact, I'd like to be Lauren when and if I ever grow up. 

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Halloween Moon 2S4Y Laura #34

First attempt at posting a challenge card. This one is for 2 Sketches 4 You, Laura's sketch #34.If this works and anyone ever sees it, maybe you could leave me a comment letting me know?

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Photos only my family is likely to want to see!