Thursday, September 29, 2011

Inventory Challenge #51 - Polka Dots

HELP! ! !  I'm seeing spots before my eyes!

Polka dots was a really easy and very fun challenge for me since I had recently started sorting my designer papers into categories - Dots, White Dots, Stripes ...

Without further ado - my card!
Like I said I have lots of polka dotted papers all sorted and easy to locate!

The stamps I used are Tilda with Tulips and Yummy Muffin.

All the designer papers are Stampin' Up! 
The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts, Magnolia, Hooked on Crafts.  The ribbon is from my stash.

Tilda and her muffin tuffet are colored with Copics.  The tuffet dots and ribbon are covered with Stickles.

The inside is decorated with more SU papers, flower sprays, ribbon.  The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.

The jotting panel was cut using  my Cuttlebug and Labels Four nesties. It is also polka dots, but very light so it can be written on.

Here is a close up of the flower bouquet.  The stems were tied together with the sheer ribbon, than attached to the card with glue dots.  Some of the flowers were kept in place with tiny glue dots.

Since I don't have any long thin leaves to help cover the stems, I just left the stems long as a real bouquet would be.

Here is a close up of Tilda and her tuffet so you can see the detail in her outfit and the muffin.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing the dots before my eyes.  Hope you enjoyed them as much as I did!

Be sure to stop by my teammates' blogs and see what they have done with polka dots. 

Next week will be the first year anniversary of the Inventory Reduction Challenge with a theme of "Anything Goes".  Be sure to stop back to see what we've done with that challenge.



Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Wedding card for friend's daughter

My friend Lori's daughter was married the beginning of September in a beautiful ceremony.  She loves the fall colors.  Her girls' dresses were cocoa brown and the bouquets were fall flowers.  When Lori asked me to do a special card for her daughter, I thought the wedding was early October.  At any rate the card was three weeks late :C.  Lori said that was OK because there was so much going on at the wedding and reception that it would have been "just another card".  By the card being late, her daughter would have time to really look at it.

Here is a picture of the card:
What fun this was to make!!

The background paper was from DCWV Luxury stack.  The copper-y paper was from DCWV Shimmer stack.  The image panel was cut from extra Luxury cardstock.  The swing and bride images were stamped on Cryogen and colored with Copics.  The edge of the copper-y layer was punched with a Fiskars punch.  The corners of the image layer were punched with SU's Notched Corner punch.

The flowers and berries were from Wild Orchid Crafts, Magnolia, Hooked on Craft and WalMart. The sheer brown ribbon was from my stash.

The inside paper is from The Paper Studio Mirabelle stack.  The sentiment is from Whiff of Joy Wedding Wishes.  The other images were also Whiff of Joy Rose Swing and Willow Sitting Bride.  Suzanne Dean had made a card using these images several years ago and it still inspires me! To dress up the inside a bit, I put some fall flowers and berry clusters over the printed flowers.

I had a lot of fun making this card.  I hope you had some relaxing moments and fun looking at it.
I would really love to hear what you think about the card, so leave me a little love!


Friday, September 23, 2011

Inventory Challenge #50 - Bookmark or Door Hanger

Hello everyone!  Hope all of  you are having a great day!

First let me apologize for being so late in getting my challenge pieces posted.  I am about buried in tomatoes and peppers.  The good news is that yesterday I picked off the tomatoes so they will come to an end very soon.  YEAH!!

The Inventory Reduction Challenge theme for this week is to create a bookmark or door hanger.  I made two bookmarks thinking they would be faster than a door hanger.  Silly girl that I am ;0

So here they are:
I thought that Tilda and Edwin with glasses would be great images for a bookmark.  A lot of us can relate to needing glasses to read.

The kids are colored in fall Copics colors.  I find the earth tones are much easier for me to work with, especially when I'm in a hurry.

Tilda was colored with the following Copics:YR18, 16, 12, BG18, 15, 11, E25, 31, 50,and R22.
Edwin was colored with the following Copics:
B97, 95, 93, 91, YR18, 16, 12, E37, B37, E40, 41, 43, 44, 47, E25, 31, 50, and B37.
The books they are sitting on: E35, 42, 44, 47, B29, 26, 24, 21, R89, 85, 83, 81, and YR24.
The background paper is Basic Grey Out of Print paper pad.  The back is covered with SU's Autumn Traditions.  The ribbon is from my stash.  Those wonderful colors are perfect for these bookmarks.  I put just a couple drops of Crystal Effects on the lenses of their glasses.

Here are close ups of Tilda and Edwin:
I'm thinking they don't look very happy about school starting.  But they get to wear some of their new school clothes.  Maybe the other kids will be very jealous.
I'm so glad you took time out to visit my blog and see more of Tilda and Edwin. 
Please stop by my creative sisters' blogs to see the beautiful things they have created for their bookmarks and door hanger.

I hope these posts have inspired you to try some of our projects.


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

September, 2011 Mingle

YEAH! The Mingles are back!  Isn't it strange how we miss something as simple as doing one special card a month for one special person!?!  The Mingles have no theme.  The only requirement is to make one card a month and send it to your Mingle partner by the 20th of the month.  Very simple yet very fun.

Here is my Mingle card for September:

The background is Magnolia Fall Background.  I stamped it on SU's Sahara Sand using Memento Rich Cocoa.  Then I used my daubers and daubed each leaf with fall colors.  I added light blue on the wind swirls.
I used Tilda with Sunflower for my main image and colored her with Copics.  I put Cinnamon Toast Fun Flock on the center of the sunflower. Tilda was popped up with Dimensionals.
The banner is a piece of grosgrain ribbon from my stash stamped with "Fall is in the Air" and attached with two dark green brads.
The ribbon behind the bouquet is from the stash.  The flowers and berry clusters were from Wild Orchid Crafts, Hooked on Craft and Magnolia.

The inside of the card is also very fallish!

Tilda seems to be enjoying the last days of Indian Summer with Rufus and Kitty Cat. 
The stamps used here were Sitting Fall Tilda, Picnic Quilt, Oak Tree, Rufus, and Kitty Cat.

All images were colored with Copic markers.  I had so many out, I didn't even try to keep track of what ones I used on the card.

I love the way this card turned out - very fallish and fun to put together.

I am entering this card in the Magnolia-licious Highlights challenge for the Fall or Back to School Projects.  I think it qualifies for rich fall colors.

Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing a few minutes of fall leaf beauty.  Please leave a comment so I'll know you were here!


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Christmas theme 3x3 card swap

Our September 3x3 card swap theme was Christmas.  What a fun theme to work with!  It took me some time to decide exactly what I wanted to do.  I have TONS of Christmas stamps in Magnolias, Mini Maggies and other companies.

I finally decided on using Mini Maggies.  Here is my card:
I used Mini Tilda Hanging Ornaments and Mini Christmas Tree.  I added lots of self-stick pearls in different colors on the tree.  Since I don't do very well doing really fussy cutting, I just outline cut the tree.  Tilda is popped up on dimensionals.   The star at the tree top is a brad.  Both images were colored with Copics.  The background paper is from Debbie Mumm's Harvest and Holiday stack.

Here is the inside of the little card:

These papers were in a stash of precut 6x6 squares labeled "Christmas", so I have no idea where they came from.

The sentiment is from Friendly Kritters Holiday Expressions from Cornish Heritage Farms (no longer in business).

I also try to make a similar full size card for the swap hostess.  So here is the card I did for her:

For this card I used the full size  Tilda Decorating Tree and Christmas Tree. 
 I put a star brad at the top of the tree and lots of colored pearls all over the tree.  The charm is a candy cane from Magnolia-licious store.
The tree is again outline cut.  Tilda is popped up on dimensionals.  What would we ever do without those little goodies!?!  Images are colored with Copics and Diamond Stickles are on Tilda's wings.

The inside of the card is lined with a designer paper from Stampin' Up! and the DCWV Christmas stack.

The poinsettias are from Wild Orchid Crafts. 
I die cut a scalloped oval in the red paper and put a piece of white card stock behind it rather than on top.
Hope you have enjoyed seeing this set of 3x3 and full size cards for the swap I'm in.

Thanks for stopping by and leaving some love in a comment.


Friday, September 16, 2011

Inventory Reduction Challenge #49 - Happy Birthday

Shortly after I uploaded my card for Inventory Reduction Challenge 47 - Among My Favorite Things my computer died.  At that point my computer was NOT one of my favorite things. 

I now have my new computer up and running, but I changed operating systems from Windows XP to Windows 7.  My computer savior man was able to copy all of my files from the old hard drive to the new one.  My only problem is finding where everything is now.  Do you think it would be a help if I just took time to read the "Get Acquainted" file and did the tour?!?

Anyhow, I did get my card done for this week.  So without further ado --

Here is the front of yet another easel card.  I really love easel cards!!  Can you tell?

Tilda is getting so excited!  It's time for her birthday party and she has invited some of her very best friends to celebrate with her.  She is so excited to see what her friends have brought for  gifts.

The background paper is from DCWV Sweet stack.  The ribbon is from my stash.  The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts, Hooked on Crafts, and WalMart.
At long last all of Tilda's friends are here and in a very festive mood.  Unfortunately the real birthday cake is a little smaller than the one in the background!

And just look at the neat packages everyone has for Tilda.

 Tilda stamps used were Tilda with Balloon, Christmas Eve Tilda, Birthday Tilda, Tilda with Small Gift, and Congratulations Tilda. 

Everyone is here now - Let the Fun Begin!!

Here is an overhead shot showing the placement of the figures and flowers along the front edge.

Thanks so much for stopping by and be sure to check out my teammies to see what they have done for the Happy Birthday theme for our Inventory Reduction Challenge. 

I have also lost my fancy signature and haven't had time to search for another one.


Friday, September 02, 2011

Inventory Challenge #47 - Among My Favorite Things

First off let me apologize for being so late in posting my inventory recduction  challenge card.  Sometimes life just gets in the way.

The theme Among My Favorite Things so difficult because I have SO MANY favorite things.  I decided to use the favorite things for this fall season.  I started this card for the Magnolia Highlights Blog challenge of Paper Only, but it just was not doing what I had in mind.  At the last minute I did another card for that challenge.

Now for today's card -
Are you guessing already as to what some of my favorite things are?

First off is my home.  It's really tan with brown trim. 

We have three flowering crabapple trees in our yard along with hybrid poplars and shademaster locust.  I know this is a magnolia - had one once that got sick and died.

The bluebird represents the bluebirds that have nested in our nesting box for several years.

Of course there are my flower beds with an occasional butterfly flitting around.

This time of year always brings with it apples to make into applesauce and apple pies for the freezer.  If I had more time I would have put in a pile of tomatoes, peppers and pumpkins that are growing in the veggie garden.  The first batch of spaghetti sauce should be going this weekend.  I've already done two pickings of the peppers.  That's part of the life that got in my way!!

If you look closely at the above picture you can see that the screen door looks like it might open.

Sure enough!
Welcome to my kitchen where jars of applesauce and spaghetti sauce are waiting to be passed on as gifts.

I just finished baking that apple pie.

The kitty is our indoor kitty Mee-Ow.  Yes, she is that dark with only one small white circle on her chest, but that doesn't show in the stamped image.

Please take careful note that screen door handle is on the correct side of the door to match the outside.  I had to cut and paste it from one side of the door to the other.

The other two kitties live in the garage.  The dog spends a lot of time outside in warmer weather too.

Yes, the animals are really funny colors.  I tried my best to be a little realistic with them.
The kitty by the apple basket is Puddy, an orange stripe tiger.  She is a little reserved and shy and tends to stick close to the garage - her safe haven from the dog and especially the very noisy train that passes by  here a couple times a day. 

The kitty on top of the barrel is Abby.  She's a tortoise shell calico and into everything she can get at.  She is a daredevil climber and very adventuresome.  She figured out how to open the little drawers in one of my hubby's storage cubes and constantly gets out the little plastic pieces and strews them all over the floor.  Blue is her favorite color.

The dog is Daisy Too, a Australian Sheperd/Beagle mix.  She has one blue eye and one brown eye.  I did color them that way, but it doesn't show very well in the pic.  Her favorite pasttime is herding the kitties and she does a pretty good job.  When she and Abby curl up together, it is hard to tell where kitty ends and doggie begins - they are colored so closely the same.

The sentiment panel is about the only normal thing on this card!  It's cut with a Nesties Beaded Oval Die.  The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts. 

I didn't keep track of the Copics I used. At one point I had about half of them out.  All the images are Magnolia stamps purchased from Diana.
The butterfly on the screen door is a Martha Stewart punch.
The designer papers were in my stash.

I hope you have enjoyed this little glimpse at some of my favorite things.  Thanks for stopping by and leaving a little love in comment form.

Please stop by my team mates' blogs to see the fabulous creations they have done for their favorite things!
And be sure to stop by next week to see what we do with the theme Distress It All! Should be fun! Hope to see you then.