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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Is it fall yet?

Here is a quick & simple card for you today. I am soooo ready for fall...it is still so hot here! around 100 everyday :(
For today's card all products used are PTI. I just added the stripes to the swiss dot paper. Colored the image with Copics.
That's it! Really Easy!!!!
My brain is fried! We have new computer software at work so been training all week:(
I am off to veg in front of TV for a while!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Taylored Expressions friday cupcake sketch

Happy Saturday all!!! I certainly did not expect to be back in the craft room again today!! After spending sooooo much time in here last weekend doing the 13 challenges for SSE. But here I am with another Friday sketch from Taylored Expressions.

Here is this weeks sketch:

Here is my card:

This is one of those cards that is soooooo far from what I intended!! Does that ever happen to you?? I am liking the end result ...OK....not great! I ended up changing the sketch a little & as far as the colors go.....Seems the trend in Christmas cards this year is anything but red & green...have you noticed that?? So this might pass for one...not so sure! anyway... the paper & the stamp set is PTI, the ribbon is Michaels & I used 2 different cuttlebug folders & 2 different nesties. The rose is from the Scrapbook barn & the leaf punch is carla craft. Well that's it for this one! I need to go clean a bit now & get ready for the big opening day for football tomorrow!!! All my kids are coming for food & the game (Go Vikings)!!! I wish the temp's would follow the rest of the world & cool down a little!!! Still over 100 every day!!!!

Thanks for the visit!!!!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Taylored Expressions Birthday Bash 13 of 13

Wow!!! I actually did it!!! All 13 TB Birthday Bash Challenges!!! Woot! Woot!! This last one was hosted by LaurieYou can see her card & Post here.Her challenge was to create a card using some kind of distressing...well this is the best I could do! I just can not force myself to rip or tear my paper in any way! LOL!!! Those of you that know me know this to be true :) So my distressing was just done by inking all the paper edges in brown. I also combined this challenge with this weeks 2SFY sketch.

This is my card:

The orange paper is SU, the DP is DCWV, the scarecrow is another digi stamp from DZ doodles. the ribbon is from Michaels & the buttons are also SU. I also use the pumpkin cuttle bug embossing folder. That's it for my 13 Birthday bash cards! what fun that was!!! Thanks Taylor!! Now today it is back to the real world of work :( so off I go!! thanks for the visits!!!


Monday, September 7, 2009

Moxi Fab Christmas Card

Oh gosh I almost forgot to post this Christmas card for the Moxie Fab challenge!

I made this card using several PTI stamp sets...at least 3...maybe 4. I know it is really plain & simple but....that's what I like!! :)

Everything on this card is a product of PTI! Hope you hall had a good Holiday Weekend!! thanks for today's visit!!!

Taylored Expressions Birthday Bash 12 of 13

Woot Woot!!!! challenge #12 of 13!! only one more to go! This one is another color challenge hosted by Jodi. You can see her post & card here
This is my card:

This was another real challenge for me! This is my third attempt! That is why is it is so simple! Just could not get the combo to come together! I believe all the papers are PTI. as well as the stamp set. I Used an ES success punch to make the flowers. That's really about it! REALLY simple! OK now I have one card left to do.... hope to finish tonight...maybe tomorrow!! :)Photobucket

Taylored Expressions Birthday Bash 11 of 13

Here we go with #11 This one is a color combo hosted by Charmaine.

You can see her card & post here This was a very difficult color combo for me! This is actually the second card I did & I still don't really love it!

In person the greens are the same avocado color both from PTI, as are the blue & yellow. The stamp sets are PTI as well. wow only 2 more to go!! hope I can get them done tonight as it is back to work tomorrow!! Photobucket

Taylored Expressions Birthday Bash 10 of 13 WINNER!!

For this next one #10 of 13...hosted by sharon. Her challenge was an inspiration photo. A little shabby Chick
You can see her card & her post here
This is my card:
I believe the papers are PTI for this one as well as the ribbon. The little roses I got at our local Scrapbook Barn. The pearls are from Michaels, The stamp is Scrappy Cat. I also used an EK success punch & a little stickles. That's it for #10 I think it turned out kind of pretty! That's about as shabby Chic as I can get! LOL!!! Well here I go again...off to do # 11. I am really feeling like some kind of a stalker today!! as I have been on the Stamp a sweet Impression all day trying to figure out what challenge to do next!


Taylored Expressions Birthday Bash 9 of 13

Here I am back with challenge #9 of 13. This one was REALLY a challenge for me! I think I have sewed on a card once before. This challenge was hosted by Jackie. For her challenge we were to simply to use some kind of stitching on a card. You can see her post & card here.

This is my attempt at stitching on a card:

All the papers are SU. The stamps used are PTI. I also used the spider cuttle bug embossing folder & a SU scalloped punch. The ribbon is from Michaels. That's it for #9. I guess that sewing is not as hard as I thought! I will be using this again...for sure!! OK here I go....off to #10!


Taylored Expressions Birthday Bash 8 of 13

I'm back with #8...rolling right along :) this challenge was hosted by Sankari. Her challenge was to make something using buttons. You can See her post & awesome project HERE
I decided to do a non-card this time. My BBGF Marge gave me a bunch of coffee tins a while back so decided to use one of those to alter.
this is my project using buttons:

The paper I used was last years MS. The buttons are SU The ribbon & the Happy Halloween are PTI. The handle is made from that stuff you can buy at the party store...it is wire covered with silver stars. This was a real quick & easy project! Hope you like it!! now off I go to work on #9. I seriously need to clean my room first!! Thanks for visiting!!!


Taylored Expressions Birthday Bash 7 of 13

Happy Labor day everyone!!! After a good nights rest I am back in my craft room to see if I can complete the rest of the 13 challenges given out by The Stamp A Sweet Impression's Bakers dozen. I am on #7 This one was a sketch hosted by Karen. You can see her post & the sketch HERE.

This is my card:

I really liked this sketch! All the paper for this card is PTI except for the vanilla & that is SU. The stamp set is also PTI, the ribbon is from Michaels. I also used my go to punch from MS (fence) & also an EK success for the bottom border. I used the tweed cuttle bug embossing folder for the square behind the tree. That's it!! Hope you all have a fun & save Labor day!!! I'll be back later with cards 8-13...hope I can get-er-done!!!! Photobucket

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Taylored Expressions Birthday Bash 6 of 13

Are you kidding me...this is only #6 of 13!! LOL!!! I am getting sooooo tired! this will be my last card for the day...you will see why ;) I actually have another done but it is sooo bad I am not going to post it unless I don't have time to make another. This challenge was done by Taylor herself...it is a photo inspiration challenge. you can go here to see Taylors challenge & card. Her photo is so bright & cheerful! this is the card I came up with:
I just loved all the colors & the dots in her photo! kind of had a 70's feel to me. The good thing about all these challenges is I am #1 replenishing my stash of cards on hand AND #2 I am using up some of my stash!! I seriously have had this DP & chipboard flower for a very long time! Well that's it for this one...time to clean up my mess a bit & go see what my hubby is doing. See ya tomorrow for the last 7!


Taylored Expressions Birthday Bash 5 of 13

OK here we go with #5!!! this challenge was from Dawn & was to make a card using paper tole. you can see her challenge & her darling card here.

I have never done paper tole before & this card took a very loooong time to make. It does not really look very "stacked up" probably because I did not use pop dots just glued 3 layers on to the original image. The pop dots that I have just seemed too thick & I did not like it. So this is my finished card:

I think it turned out pretty cute! The cute little snowman is another digi stamp from DZ Doodles. I colored & cut him 4 times. The cuttle bug snowflake embossed paper is also glittered. I just used a glue pen & white MS glitter. The felt ribbon is from Michaels. Also used round & labels nesties. I just edged all paper with my pink copic so all would match. That't it!!! Now on to number 6!!! Photobucket

Taylored Expressions Birthday Bash 4 of 13

Card #4 is was inspired from a photo inspiration challenge by Denise
You can see her card & the inspiration photo here
Those little pumpkins bunched together & the polka dots are what caught my eye in her photo. This is the card I came up with:

The pumpkin stamp is from Just Rite Stamps. Orange paper is from SU the yellow is from PTI, it already had the white dots on it & I stamped the brown dots over with a PTI stamp. The ribbon is from Michaels. That's it!! super easy!! But so bright & cheerful!! :)

Taylored Expressions Birthday Bash 3 of 13

Well here we go again! #3 of 13....Yikes!! I am starting to think this can not be done! LOL!!! It just takes me soooo long to post :(
For this next one the challenge is an awesome sketch from Laura.
You can see her sketch & card here
This is my card:

The beautiful paper I got last year from SEI at out local CKC. I just love their papers!! The cute little bird house is another Digi stamp from DZ Doodles The Merry Christmas is from PTI & the ribbon is from Michaels. I colored with Copics & used a little stickles for sparkle on the greens & bow. Also use the swiss dots embossing folder from cuttle Bug. Will I ever get tired of that?? don't think so!!


Taylored Expressions Birthday Bash challenge 2 of 13

Well here I am back again with card #2 of 13. This challenge is from Donna. She has challenged us to make a card using paper piecing. Because I have so many to do I made this one real simple. You can see her card & challenge here.

this is my card:

all the paper for this card came from a paper craft kit offered at the Taylored expressions store. The stamp set is Whimsical wishes also from Taylored expressions. I paper pieced the cup cake & the cake plate. then drew around it with a light grey copic maker just to give it some dimension. The rick rack I believe is from Michaels. That's it!!! super easy!! well now I am off the the next one!!


Taylored Expressions Birthday Bash 1 of 13

Hey I'm Back!!! I had a fabulous vacation to the Midwest!! loved seeing my family!! Now I am back to my craft room making the biggest mess you have ever seen!!! See I am trying to complete the 13 challenges that Stamp A Sweet Impression.
Taylor is having a birthday bash to celebrate her 1 year in business!! Congrats Taylor!!!
IF you have not seen the celebration....get on over & check it out! tons of awesome prizes :)

This is my first post of the 13...I think I have 7 done! My mojo is kind of still on vacation so I didn't do them in any particular order.....some are sketches, some are color challenges....lots of inspiration! You can do 1 or all 13.

This is Karen's sketch for my first one:

This is my card:

The stamp on this one is another DIGI one I was playing with before I left for vacation. Love it!! I believe all the paper used is Stampin UP. The green paper I stamped with a flower from Scrappy cat I got on sale at Michaels a while ago. used Copics to color (still working on that technique) Ribbon is from Michaels, also use nesties & SU corner punch & a Fiscars border punch. Well that is it for this one!! I have losts to do if I am going to get this all in! Guess that is why they call them challenges huh??? ;)

See Ya soon!!!



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