Friday, June 25, 2010

Wishing you the Best! -- Fabulous Friday

The design team for SCH was challenged to make a card WITHOUT using design paper. I didn't realize how much I depend on design paper, I must have reached for my paper stash 5 or 6 times while making this card. Finally I settled on using some bright colors and a Cuttlebug embossing folder.

I used four of Tracy's images to make this card; the lamp, the scarf from the picnic set, the geranium from the door set and last week's freebie, Wishing you the Best. Be sure to go HERE to check out all the awesome individual images and sets available!!

This is the last week for our design team so be sure to take a look at all the great eye candy. I so appreciate you dropping each week, please keep coming by for my latest creations! I love hearing from you!!
card info:  paper:  Club Scrap
             delment water colors
              ribbon, pearls, corner punch

Donna  that's me

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Friday, June 18, 2010

Load it Up!!!

This week at SCH we were challenged to make a "loaded up" card, the actual wording is "make a card with tons of embellishments". I love embellishments but I have a hard time using a "ton" because I wind up messing up the card. We have a couple of ladies on the team that can put a bazillion embellies on and it looks just awesome but NOT me. So I played it safe and did a "ton" of layers. I think I counted 12 layers on this card, counting the popped up butterfly and flower on the balloon.

Awhile ago I received a RAK that had this adorable little girl on it and she looked "puffed out", not popped up but "puffed out"!  I have been thinking about how to accomplish that look. The balloon seemed a likely candidate to try it on since it has a rounded look to it anyway. I am not sure it "puffed" as much as I would have liked but I had a hard time keeping the sides glued down if I "puffed" it more! :) 

Here's what I did, (you all may know a better way, if so please share with me!!!) after cutting out the image I took a bone folder and while the image was in my hand or on a mouse pad I rubbed the back of it to make it sort of curve inward. When the image was curved inward enough for me I cut a piece of sponge to attach to the back and then adhered the edges directly to the paper underneath it.  Ta da it gave it a "puffed out" look! You can't see it real well in the photo but IRL it is defintely puffed!!!

Yippee, I have yet another cool technique play with. If you try this let me know I would love to see your results!

In order to see all the other "Loaded Up" cards, there are links below or you can go to SCH and use the links there!
card info:  images   Balloon, Butterfly Tile and 
                Wishing You Well ticket- SCH
                H2O twinks for coloring
                paper  Club Scrap, DCWV-Once Upon a Time series
                other   Cuttlebug corner die, brad, gold pearls
Donna  that's me
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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Rootin Tootin Birthday card

Good Sunday evening!
My Dad has this very dear friend who has been hauling our manure away. In the beginning he was using it to spread for his garden and for his pastures to grow hay for his cows. The time came when he really didn't need anymore but has continued to haul our never ending supply of horse manure! :) With four horses who are stabled about 10 out of 24 hours there is always a growing mound!!

His birthday is tomorrow, a big one; he will be 80 years old! I made this to wish him a happy birthday but also to include a thank you for hauling our homemade fertilizer. Since I used one of my very favorite sets (Rootin Tootin Father's Day) from SCH I decided to share it with you! I just love playing with this set, it touches my Texan heart almost as much as a big bowl of pinto beans and cornbread! Yum!!

Hope you enjoyed looking! Blessings to each of you and hoping you have a wonderful week!

card info:
paper     Club Scrap, SU! Vanilla
image     SCH
inks        Distress inks: Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain
other       stars brads, twine, stickers

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Friday, June 11, 2010

Fabulous Friday-Father's Day card

Wow! It is Friday again already! Where in the world did this week go? I have been really busy this week and it just seemed to slip right pony is trying to abscess and my oldest Lab is having problems. I ran out of hay and ran around trying to find some until the guy can get my order delivered, it's always something isn't it!!??

Enough about that, this week SCH's design team was to make a Father's Day card to share with you. I have old photo of my Dad where he is so young and very snappy looking. I couldn't resist using that photo. I used the Hootin Tootin set to make my card, this is a great set and very versatile. If you are like me, I just cannot pass up something "Texas"!! The paper is from an old Club Scrap kit called Wild, Wild West which I really like, thought it would go great with the "wanted" poster. What do you think, pretty cool??

All of us have paid special attention to our cards, we love sharing with all of you. Head over to the rest of the team and check out their eye candy. Leave us some "love", we all enjoy hearing from you as you visit us!

There is a brand new Freebie at the Shoppe, you are going to love it! It is called "Vintage Tag", the hummingbird is still available as well. Thanks for stopping by, I would love for you to join my group of followers, leave me a comment, head to see some more cards and DON'T forget to go to SCH for your Freebie!!

card info:
digi image is from the Hootin Tootin set
paper and black foam backing under the poster is from Club Scap
inks-Distress Tea Dye, Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo
paper ribbon from Club Scrap
brads from my stash

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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Charging into the Fray

Good Sunday evening! I hope you all had a good weekend, ours was busy but good! This afternoon I decided I wanted to make a card so I started looking around for a challenge that fit my mood. Low and behold Stampin Sister's in Christ had the perfect challenge and the perfect sketch was provided by Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge

Stampin Sister's based their challenge on Genesis 1:26 which reads:  "And God said, 'Let us make man in our image, after our likeness, and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth."  Kathy Winter is the challenge hostess this week and her challenge is to make a card/project using a land animal, mammal, fish, bird or creeping bug.

This was perfect for my mind set today so I used one of my all time favorite stamps. These horses are so beautiful, it reminds me of a herd of wild horses running free. My background was made by tearing some paper to use as a guide for the mountains then sponging color on for the grass and sky. Very muted so as not to take away from the focal image! 

Well, that's about the story of my late afternoon, thanks for coming by! If you get a chance give me "hey" while you are here. (that's NC for "hello") 
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card info:  paper:   Club Scrap/SU! vanilla
                ink:  Versamark/ Memento Black, Adirondack Eggplant, Distress Tea Dye
                other:  paper distresser, sponges, waxed thread, bead, computer for verse

challenges:  Stampin Sisters in Christ #42
                 Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #72
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Saturday, June 5, 2010

Blog Hop Saturday - Sketch Challege!

Hi Friends and fellow stampers!
If you came here from Kristina you are in the right place, if you didn't you will need to go to Joan's to start and follow her link. Today we are having a blog hop with prize to be won by one of our visitors!! In order to qualify for the prize yoU mUst visit each of the blogs, leave a comment telling us what you think oUr secret letter is; yoUr next stop is Cassie's.  You mUst gUess the letters in the correct order to be able to spell the word!! YoU will finish Up at SUgar Creek Hollow where you will post the word and be put into the drawing for the cool gift!!!!

 Be sUre to leave me a comment with my letter and then off to Cassie's!!

**designer paper is made from Graphics Fairy image!

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Midnight Madness Challenge - MMSC56

Good Afternoon!
Our dear leader at SCH is a design team member for Midnight Madness!!! What an honor! So, Tracy (owner of SCH) challenged our team to use the Graduation set and use the sketch this week from MMC. Here is the sketch:
And here is my entry:

I played with this for hours and hours, I think when I finished there were probably 7 layers. First the background is a photo of part of the UNC campus in Chapel Hill; I duplicated the photo and made it into a sepia and left the colored photo as a layer as well. By using my photo editing program I was able to have the "Graduation" image sit on top with both the colored and sepia images showing in the background. The little diploma is just some white card stock rolled up and edged with SU blue, ribbons were all from my stash and the embellies on the ribbons are fancy-pansy paper clips.

I wanted to show you this inside because it uses another of the images from the Graduation set!

Ok so now I need to get to work on our blog hop image. I love hearing from you as you visit, thanks for stopping in!!

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