Monday, February 22, 2010

Better Get Better

I think this is one of the cutest stamps I've ever seen. It's another of the Pure Innocence stamps from My Favorite Things. This one is called "Better Get Better". That teddy bear just gets to me.

When my daughter was little I loved to dress her up in denim jumpers and farmer jeans. I don't think there's anything cuter than little girls in farmer jeans, well maybe little girls in farmer jeans with their hair in braids. So I used a navy blue to color PI's jumper. I didn't have an orange marker that showed on top of it so I made stitching marks with a white gel pen. Close enough for me.

I used the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #57 for my layout. I turned it on its side, I don't know why because it looked just as good the way that Karen set it up. I kept going back and forth with it and finally just put it down this way. I added a few embellishments and ended up liking it.

So here's the deets: it's stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on an MFT Perfect Panel, so is the sentiment. It's colored with copics and the edges are sponged with Ranger Distress Scattered Straw. The mat is DCWV cs. The panel and the mat were cut with Nestibilities. The tags were made with Stampin' Up punches. All the papers have the edges sponged with the scattered straw. The dp is Delicate Dots from Stampin' Up and it's zigzag stitched with a variegated blue Sulky thread. The ribbon is Mays and that big 'ole button is from MFT. Her heart barrette is pink Glitzy Glitter and those little dots in the corners are Baby Blue Candy Dots from Pebbles, Inc.

I finished off the inside of the card using the same papers and card stock from the front. The white mat in the center for your note was made with a Stampin' Up Top Note die.

Here's the rest of the challenges:
Pile It On Challenge #7 - Get Well Soon (and the idea with PIO is to combine their challenge with at least one more)
Allsorts Week 40 - a Tag, Ticket or Label
Paper Cutz Challenge #29 - Make a Get Well Card
Crafty Creations #55 - Stitching

That's it for tonight, I hope you enjoyed your visit and will come back again. And don't forget to click on the pink ribbon before you go.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Stay Warm!

Yesterday I was catching up on some of my favorite blogs and one of the places I stopped by is Joanne B's Just a Little Something. Every now and then Joanne issues a challenge and she's got one going now. It's a three week challenge and she's got lots of goodies up for grabs so stop by and have a look see. The first challenge is paper piecing and that's one of my favorite techniques so I knew what I was going to do today. I also wanted to make something for the Splitcoast Fan Club challenges which this month is Bold, Masculine and Dirty. Well, what I ended up with is muted, boyish and fresh. For me masculine is the biggest challenge out there. The only thing I come up with for masculine is brown. Have you noticed that's the color for most men's cards. Well at least I tried, I don't know if I'll post it in the fan club or not. I'll have to think on it for awhile, but it's definitely going to Joanne's challenge. And I can squeeze out the Allsorts Week 40 Challenge - a Tag, Ticket or Label because I punched out a tag with a Martha Stewart punch and wrote my sentiment on it.
Here's the rest of the deets: it's stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on a Cream MFT Perfect Panel, the parts that aren't pieced are colored with copics. The yellow mat is Warsau Paper and it's been punched with Nesties. The dp for the pieces and layers is Stampin' Up "To the Nines". I wish you could feel that ribbon, it's from MFT and is really neat, it's sort of like suede. The felt snowflakes are Creative Impression with a button on top. Hey Jo, how about a flakey bow? Yeah, not quite as cool as a buttony but it works here. The snowflakes and the image panel have Glitzy Glitter on them to simulate snow. The edges of the papers have been sponged with Ranger Scattered Straw and Vintage Photo. Some of the dp has been distressed. So it can go in the Paper Sundaes 6th Challenge to Distress.
So that's today's card. Thank you for visiting, I hope you'll come back. Please click on the pink ribbon before you leave.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Blog Award and other Goodies

Does the winter get you down? I usually get funky in March but this year it came a little early. I've been feeling blue off and on for the last week or so. The thing I don't like about the blues is that I still have the urge to make things but it doesn't flow and whatever gets made doesn't leave me feeling satisfied. I think we all get a touch of this in the winter. I mentioned it on the MFT thread and God Bless those little junkies, they start pulling for you and leaving you love in lots of ways.

One of the things that has helped cheer me up was this blogger award that I got from Gabbe. You can find her blog here. And if you're an MFT junkie you can meet up with her there on the threads. Sometimes I don't catch people's names for weeks on end but I recognize that picture. I can't miss Gabbe if I try, she's got a clown pic and the fun spirit to go with it. She's always upbeat and always makes me feel good. She's one of the good do-bees (remember romper room - if you're under 40 go ask your mom about the mirror and the do-bees) who always leaves comments. Which by the way, if you're reading this (and I am amazed that anyone finds my drivel entertaining, amazed but grateful) and you're not a commenter because you figure nobody cares what you think, well you're wrong. Anyone who bothers to write a blog loves to hear what you, our faithful readers think. I read every single comment and adore each of you that bother to say something. It really does make my day. So if a tiny comment can make my day can you imagine what receiving and award does for my day. So a great big thank you to Gabbe for my award. I am thrilled that you enjoy my blog and love my award.

The award comes with a list of rules:

1. Thank the person who nominated you for this award.

2. Copy the award logo art and place it on your blog.

3. Link the person's blog who nominated you for this award.

4. Name 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting.

5. Nominate 7 Kreative Bloggers.

6. Post a link to the 7 you nominated.

7. Leave a comment on each of the blogs to let them know they have been nominated.

Again, thank you Gabbe, it was super sweet of you to nominate me. You can visit Gabbe's blog by clicking here.

Now I have to name 7 things people might find interesting about me.

1. I participated in 2 field schools in archeology, and late worked in the professor's lab.
2. I can do just about every needle craft except tatting, don't know why I never learned to tat but there's always a chance I will.
3. I took a photography course in school (before digital cameras were even thought of) and loved working in the darkroom.
4. I was a waitress in a nightclub in the late 1970's. The first show I worked at Roy Orbison was the performer. I thought I died and went to heaven and I made money too.
5. I took tap dancing lessons when I was 29 and yes I did get the costume and perform in the recital, it was a riot. I stink but I had a great time. Most of the school was little kids as you can imagine so the parents and friends didn't know what to make of us, but they did politely applaud.
6. I am an adult Girl Scout.
7. I fear that I could become the crazy cat lady at the end of the block.

I thought coming up with 7 things about myself was difficult but naming 7 blogs is REALLY difficult. If you ever look at my profile page and see my "follow" list you'll know why I say this. There's about 100 blogs I follow and I converse with about 20 of them regularly and I think each and every one of them is uber talented. So I am going to whittle it down to 7 and hope I don't offend anyone I leave off. The first one is a real life friend and the rest are some of my fellow MFT junkies. I've decided to stick with MFT junkies because I spend my time yakking on the MFT threads on Splitcoast, it's where I get a ton of inspiration and positive feedback. I would nominate the entire design team and all the junkies if I had an infinite amount of nominations.
1. Eileen - Red Headed Diva Eileen is my friend IRL and my biggest on-line friend and supporter. We met through Girl Scouts. She and a couple of my other scrapping GS buddies (who don't have blogs) were the push to get me scrapping. I resisted for years but eventually I succumbed and here I am. She's one of the funniest people I've ever met.
2. Megan -Megan Lock Designs Megan is uber talented. She recently won the "So You Think You Can Stamp" challenge on MFT which garnered her a spot on the DT which she greatly deserved. She's also very funny and sassy.
3. Erin - Erin's Craft Table Erin is another funny and talented gal. She has three kids, one's not quite a year old and she still finds time to create and blog. I get tired just thinking about one kid. She's come up with some incredible "out of the box" projects.
4. KJ (Kelly Jo) Momma Chull's Musings Have you noticed that "funny" has been in every one's description. I'm a sucker for anyone who can make me laugh and KJ is a pistol, talented too. She was a runner up in the "So You Think You Can Stamp" contest. She's a hack, not a hack scrapper, a hack prison guard so she's always got something interesting to say.
5. Bonnie Stampin' in the Light Yes, she's funny and talented like all the rest. She's from the "left" coast like like KJ but she hasn't tormented too much about warm weather, but she is this month's Guest Designer for MFT and she's fallen right into the tormenting us about how great what we can't see yet is. If you haven't seen her fabulous winning piece yet then you can see it by click ing here .
6.Kerry Cards by Kerry Is there any point in continuing to say talented and funny anymore. Don't just take my word for it, go check out her blog. She's a mom and she has some really great projects and ideas for kid stuff.
7. Lisa My Little Creative Escape Are you tired of hearing how funny and talented these people are. Well, this is my last funny, talented cyber friend for today. When I'm looking at the galleries for challenges I often think that Lisa is going to be the winner. She often is. I love her style, I want to say it's clean and simple but that's not quite it so go check out her blog and maybe you can figure it out for me.
There's my seven. If you're reading this and aren't on the list, my apologies but chances are I'll post a link to your blog on another occasion.
Thanks for stopping by and reading this very long post, it got so long I'm not going to mention the other goodies now. You'll have to come back for them. Don't forget to click on the pink ribbon before you leave.

Come on Spring

Who doesn't like spring? Who isn't looking forward to it? Everyday I'm looking for crocus to pop up in my front yard. Winter is so dreary and seeing those yellow and purple buds gives me hope that the snow will soon be gone. After a day or two snow in the city is no longer white. Yesterday I saw a huge pile of snow that was black and looked like a chunk of coal. EWWWW. Not a pretty sight. No one can enjoy looking at that, no matter how much you like the look of snow on tree branches, or the flurries when they're falling once it's taken on the patina of soot it's nasty and needs to go.

So when I saw this week's My Favortie Things, Wednesday Stamp Club challenge to 1.) use either the Easter Basket template of another MFT template or 2.) to create something for Easter or Spring or 3.) use any MFT digi pack, well, I was ready. You can also find the challenge posted on Kim's blog which is on the store site, so you can shop there too. I love to participate in challenges, which is obvious to anyone who reads this blog. I try to do the MFT challenges every week, and I've been very lucky there. My Polar Love card just won last week's challenge. If you're not familiar with the challenge, winning means you get a $15 gift voucher to use in the store, now that's not shabby. Thanks Kim! I'll be shopping soon.

Here's the deets on this card: all three of the dp are from DCWV Nana's Nursery, Baby girl pad. The cs mats are scraps. The pearls are Recollections Pearl Stickers (don't they make a cute necklace, WTG knows how to accessorize). The velvety ribbon is from the MFT Halloween ribbon pack (and doesn't it go great for spring, AND it feels as good as it looks). The image is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black, the grass is stamped in Memento Sprout with Stickles highlights. The image is colored with copics and paper pieced with the DCWV dp. The chickies are covered with yellow flock and the shoes are covered with SU Crystal Effects to make them look like patent leather (I loved to have patent leather shoes for my Easter Outfit). The dp's were stitched down to the mats with a Sulky variegated green thread. I drew squiggly lines on the bench to simulate a wood grain. The top panel is popped up on triple dimensionals because the the dotted dp is popped up on a single dimensional. So the top panel needed to be on at least a double dimensional but because the ribbon is thick but the double dimensional wasn't enough. If you aren't satisfied with the dimensionals you get at the craft stores, you should go visit Jody's blog, Confessions of a Ribbon Addict. Jody sells a variety of sticky stuff and it's the best I've found. The card I made a couple days ago was HEAVY with buttons and her red dots held everything in place.

Here's the other challenges it's made for:

Stamp Something - Touch of Spring Somethings (everything about this card is spring)

If the Shoe Fits - Fashionista Friday #23 Mad for Plaid (the jacket and base mat)

Paper Sundaes -challenge #5 A Glittery Spring (the dp is glittered and the grass)

The Pink Elephant - challenge #54 - Ribbon (the yummy green velvet MFT ribbon)

Papertake Weekly - Check this out (the jacket and bottom dp)

Simon Says - Recipe - 3 types of embellishments (pearls, ribbon, flock), 2 patterned papers, and one image

Crafty Creations - #55 Stitching

Cooking it Up with Kate - challenge #11 Recipe Something Girly (duh!- everything), paper piecing (the dress and jacket) and at least 2 dp

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Howl High Can You Fly

This is Lavinia. I haven't seen the name Lavinia since I was a little girl and had a neighbor with that name. I never met, or heard of another Lavinia till I saw this stamp. I don't think it would have mattered what the stamp was named. I just like it. It's one of the Annie Rodrigue designs for Kraftin' Kimmie. Her images are so much fun to play with. So far I've been coloring them with my copics but I think they'd be good for paper piecing. Today I wanted to howl with the Midnight Madness Sketch challenge #41. You can pick one of two designs. They pretty much have the same layout for the most part but one has more embellishments than the other. I guess one is less complicated. So I chose the busier layout. These stamps come with an accessory and this set has the cogs and gears that you see on the edges of the mat. I thought I would use that instead of the buttons in the layout but it looked too empty without the buttons so I went looking in my stash for metal and wood tone buttons. these are all pretty old buttons that came with clothing. Does it surprise you that I throw nothing away, or that I have buttons in many different containers? Maybe you've read that I have a container of buttons that was my mother's. It's old and rusty and has some odd junk and buttons in it. I used to play with it when I was a kid so it has sentimental value for me, I can' throw the thing away. And if you're new to my ramblings you need to know that my husband cannot touch a button if it isn't attached to clothing, yes we are the odd couple. So this card has some "special buttons" on it. Which means they didn't come in a big old bag from AC Moore. Not that you can't get some really great new buttons, if you're looking for scoops of buttons that are not just little circles go check out My Favorite Things. The collections they sell always have some fun and different buttons in them, but I digress...

Some of the buttons had shanks on them that had to be popped off. Here's a hint, if you are clipping it off make sure you keep a finger on the shank or are wearing safety goggles and don't have little kiddies around who can swallow little things cause those shanks go flying when you clip them and they can be mean. Besides the buttons I added some dew drops and a few liquid pearls.

I flipped the layout because I wanted the part of the dp with the stamp on it to show.

The image was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black on white Georgia Pacific cs that was sponged with Ranger Antique Linen. The dp is from the K & Co. "Life's Journey" pad and the cs is from DCWV. The earring is from Joy Craft. There are a few Liquid Pearls around the buttons and used as buttons on her clothes. There are stickles on her hair. The stitching was done with a Sulky variegated thread, I love that thread. If you only know Coats and Clark thread and you like to sew on your cards then make a trip to a good fabric store and you will be in heaven when you see all the goodies you can sew with, and of course they'll probably carry buttons and ribbons that you might not find in your LSS.

I think I covered all the deets so here's the rest of the challenges:

Our Creative Corner - Something Old That's New (the buttons)

Stamp Something - Something Cute (Lavinia is pretty dang cute)

Crafty Creations Challenge #55 - Stitching

the Corrosive Challenge #51 - Sew it up

Well, I hope you enjoyed visiting, and will come back again. Please click on the pink ribbon before you leave. Thanks a bunch.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The Blues Penguins

There's the Blues Brothers, and then there's a movie about them called "the Blues Brothers" (duh). In the movie there's a nun called "the Penguin", and if you're too young to have seen it you've missed a funny, funny, flick and you need to rent it or hulu (is that how you spell that Internet movie thing?) it or borrow it. The music is great and it's timelessly funny. I say this because I have a teenage daughter who finds it hysterical, then there's me who 's been around long enough to have seen it when it first came out and I feel the same. We laugh like two hyenas when it's on. And there's ARETHA. It's worth it just to see her. Twiggy has a small part. Carrie Fisher is a stalker gone wild. John Belushi is, well, he's nuts, just plain nuts. If you survived Catholic School or heard the tales of horrors from friends that survived then you know of "the Penguin". In the schools I went to they were called "Kong" (seriously, you can imagine how sweet she was) and "Duck" (not as bad as Kong, but no picnic). Because of the many twisted stories I have to share about my early education I was loathe to send my daughter to anything other than public school. BUT in 4th grade she asked transfer out. YIKES! My hubbie assured me times had changed since I was there, the only change I see is that there aren't so many nuns around. So, I guess Liddy will have some funny stories to tell when she grows up.

The penguins on this card are much cuter and sweeter than that mean ole nun. They are just adorable . They're from the the Cat's Pajamas. This week Joanne is the hostess with the mostess and she posted a color challenge to use Olive, Light Blue and Ivory. So I wanted to make a get well card for my "baby" brother". We're practically seniors and I still call him my little brother or my baby brother. Not so much to his face...anyway, he's having a tough time and he's in for some more rough days. So I wanted to make something cheery, but I got a little carried away and once I stuck that flower on I thought I may have gone too far. I don't know, if you have a moment leave a comment, let me know what you think about sending this card to a guy.
I went looking through my paper stash and found this dp "Soft Garden Plaid" from Scrapbook Walls. The cross panel is the flip side of the dp. The light blue cs is from Best Occasions and the olive cs is from SU. It's stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on Georgia Pacific cs and colored with copics, the blanket is paper pieced. The mats were made with nesties. The cs the sentiment is on was made with an SU punch. The ribbon is from Mays, the flowers are Prima and they're highlighted with Stickles. I ran a strip of the dp across a strip of the blue cs that was punched with a Fiskar's punch.
Here's the rest of the challenges:
Stamp Something - Something cute (those penguins are cute)
Charisma Cardz Challenge - Think Male ( I did make it for my brother, I'm just not sure if it went a bit too far with the flower)
Pile It On - Challenge #6 Let Us See Flowers (you can't miss the sucker on mine)
The Pink Elephant - Challenge #54 Ribbon
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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Heartbreakingly Cute

If you've been visiting my blog lately you may have noticed these adorable little girls have been making a lot of appearances. She's "Pure Innocence" from MFT and I adore here. The only challenge I had in mind when I started was the Color Dare Challenge #54 to use Crushed Curry, Kiwi Kiss, Brilliant Blue and Kraft. I knew I wanted to make the skirt plaid and that there's some SU dp (Murfield)hiding in my stash that fit that bill. So I pieced the skirt and then colored the rest of the image with copics and covered the hearts with pink Glitzy Glitter. I had planned to use this for the Featured Stamped challenge on Splitcoast but the image was too big for what I planned so I had to rethink the card. I hadn't done the Sweetest Thing Sunday Sketch Challenge #55so that's where I got my layout. This week her card is particularly adorable, it's a boy's birthday card in really bright and cheerful colors. This card is for my grandson. I think the Color Dare colors help make it boyish.
I was blurfing (I didn't make up that word, one of you clowns did, it's blog surfing smooshed into one word) around and went to visit Kate of Cooking It Up with Kate. She said that no one had done her challenge this week, well I hope she gets some more responses. She usually gives a three part recipe, sometimes I find it difficult but I was able to squeak this one in. The recipe for challenge #10 is:
1.) Home or Family theme - this is for a family member
2.) Punch something - the yellow card stock is made with Martha Stewarts Lacey Hearts border punch
3.) Use a sticker - the candy hearts are Jolee stickers, I've used almost all of them and I'm really going to miss them when they're gone, they're so cute and everyone, absolutely everyone knows the candy they're made to look like. I packed a box of them off with the card.
What do you think of the thin yellow "ribbon". If you use a border punches then you're probably familiar with those little ribbons of paper you end up with. I usually toss them out but today I got a little obsessive compulsive (did I hear a snicker?) and made them into ribbons with "I {heart} U" written across it. May I suggest that if you aren't a little OC yourself you don't attempt to do that. It doesn't take that long but it is a tad tedious.
The only deets I haven't mentioned are that the image and its mat are cut with Nesties and I did some sewing on the papers. I have this really bright yellow thread that was perfect for the Crushed Curry.
And again, there are a few more challenges it can go into - like I've been saying, everybody's looking for Valentines:
OCC - Masculine Valentine (hey! it's blue and for a boy, I think it's close enough)
Crazy 4 Challenges #23 - Be My Valentine
Pile It On Challenge 5 - To the One I Love (PIO's theme is to combine it with at least on other challenge)
The Pink Elephant #53 - Mushy, Gushy, Valentine (this is mushy, gushy by my standards)
Tuesday Taggers - Love Is All Around
Simon Says - Love
Charisma Cardz Challenge Week 6 - Think Male
I think that's about it for now. I still have to make a couple more Valentines so I'll probably be seeing some of you again. I really love to read your comments. They are the highlight of my day, I don't know what that says about my day but since I'm smiling when I do this it can't be bad.
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Beary Cute

I've had the "Polar Love" stamp set by MFT for awhile now. Do you have this problem - too many stamps, too little time? I buy new stamps with all the best intentions of using them and before I get into my room there's a whole new batch screaming at me to take them home too.

My Favorite Things is one of the companies that keeps coming out with "gotta have" stamps. There are several in my collection that remain uninked, but I'm working on using them, but like I said before, there's just not enough time. I'm not a fast card maker, once in awhile I'll get into a space where the cards just keep coming but other times, like lately, I have to really work at it. I usually like what I come up with, it's just that it hasn't been coming easily.

Thanks to the many companies and individuals posting challenges I have lots of places to go to for a nudge. Some days I can't even get a push from the those. This week I've been taking images that I like and haven't used and playing with them. I've colored and pieced a couple images without an end in mind.

I colored and pieced Polar Love thinking about a "masculine" Valentine's card. I know if you follow me you're thinking that I already made a card for my hubbie, that cute little voodoo card, well, I can give that to my daughter just as easily. The voodoo card is a little pinkish (not that my daughter is a pink kind of gal) so I wanted to try to fix something in more mannish colors, you know, brown. LOL, it seems whenever I see masculine cards they're always brown. I have no idea why, but who am I to fight the trend.

For this card I stamped the image on an MFT white Perfect Panel in Memento Tuxedo Black and pieced the scarves with "Bountiful" dp by Creative Memories. I colored the heart, ears, noses and edges of the bears with Copics and then covered them with Flower Soft. The ovals were cut with Creative Memories cutting system. The edge of the white oval was sponged with Ranger Scattered Straw and Tattered Rose, the mat is DCWV card stock with a distressed edge.

The ribbon is from MFT. It's like suede and is thick and has a unique feel to it, definitely a good choice for a man. The hearts were punched with Spellbinder's Nestibilities and mounted on dimensionals.

I had a little strip of the dp with a punched card stock edge for the inside but when I went to affix it I didn't care for it because the card base is white and the paper are beige toned so I decided to cover the inside sentiment page with the dp too. Then I added the strip at the bottom. Now it was too dark for a sentiment so I added a box, punched the corners, brushed the edges with the scattered straw and stamped a sentiment. A few days ago I was checking out Leanne's Wee Inklings blog and saw that she stamped an image over her sentiment and I liked it so much I copied it. Hey, Leanne, I told you I was going to do it. Leanne's one of the DT on the Color Throwdown so you've probably seen her work before but if you haven't click here and you'll whisked off to her blog.

The layout is from the Corrosive Challenge #50 sketch challenge. I turned it on it's side to accommodate the bears and put the rest of the elements together to fit the sketch. I've been in a ripping mood, so most of the edges on the card have been distressed and sponged, and pounced. You can really take it on your card, they're a lot tougher than I would have suspected.

I've pretty much covered the details of the card front. Here's the rest of the deets for the inside. The sentiment is from the "Polar Love" set. The over stamped heart is from MFT "Boho Blossoms" and is stamped in Ranger Tattered Rose. The scalloped corners on the square were made with a Creative Memories punch. The heart border is from Martha Stewart.

Now onto the list of challenges this card is for - again with Valentines Day nearing rapidly there is a motherload of challenges with hearts and love as the theme:
The OCC (Our Creative Corner) - A Masculine Card - I knew that masculine thing was somewhere out there

Crazy 4 Challenges #23- Be My Valentine
Pile It On Challenge 5 - To the One I Love (for Pile it One the theme is to combine their challenge with at least one other challenge)
The Pink Elephant Challenge #53 - Mushy, Gushy Valentine (this is about as gushy as I get)
Tuesday Taggers - Love is All Around
Simon Says - Love
Charisma Cardz Week 6 Challenge - Think Male

I don't imagine I'm going to be so lucky with combining challenges once Valentine's Day has past.

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Saturday, February 6, 2010

Howl Do I Love Thee

I'm not saying I believe in voodoo, and I'm not saying I don't.

I will say that I get a kick out of the idea. I have a Valentine Swatch watch that came with a voodoo doll. It's one of my favorite possessions. It came complete with pins, but I have as yet to stick it. I like to keep my loved in line with just the mere threat of its existence.
As soon as I saw this stamp I had to have it. She's a little madcap creature isn't she? I like that about her. I thought she needed to be distressed and I think I should have done some more but I have this fear of overdoing it and ruining all the work that I put into the coloring. I stamped it and colored it about a week or so ago with the plan to make a Valentine card for my hubster (yes, I am a bit twisted, but he's known that for ages). When I saw this week's Kraftin' Kimmie Challenge #16 - Be a Little Ripper it was time to use it. I just needed to figure out what way I was going to rip it. I picked the layout from Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge #39. Well, Priscilla, you wondered what it would be, so here it is, howl do you like it? I kept the heart shape, after all, it's a Valentine and just ripped away around the image and then ripped the mat. I like ripping and tearing and smudging, it's such fun. I know a lot of people are afraid to rip, if you're one of them just let go and tear that paper up. You'll be glad you tried it. Next I sponged with Ranger's Distress Ink Tea Dye and Scattered Straw. I used both inks on all the papers. For the embellies I used two Jolee stickers and covered a SU chipboard heart with Glitzy Glitter.
This week's Allsort's Challenge #38 is Get Distressed with Button/s and a Bow. I already had the ribbon and distressing, all I needed to do for this challenge was to make it a buttony bow and who doesn't like a buttony bow? I dug threw my stash and found some Making Memories buttons, I picked this one because the pattern on it resembled the pattern on the dp. I tied it onto the button with some SU twine.
And here's all the other challenges for this card:
Charisma Cardz Challenge 5 - I Love You
Stampin' for the Weekend - Valentine Theme
Crazy for Challenges #23 - Be My Valentine
Creative Belli Blog Challenge 84 - Ribbons
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Love Actually
The Pink Elephant - All About Pink (it's their first Birthday - Happy Birthday Ella)
The Corrosive Challenge #49 - It's All About Love
Paper Sundaes - Valentines

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An Innocent Valentine

It feels like ages since I've made a card but it's only a few days. It's just been one of those weeks when life interfered with crafting. Stuff happens, but I'm caught up with non-crafting things for now, well at least till din-din needs fixing.

First thing I wanted to do was make a card for the MFT Wednesday Stamp Club. This week it's a sketch challenge.
I don't know about the rest of you but I need a few valentines day cards so I went looking for the stamp I'd use. At first I thought about "Maid for You" but I didn't like it for this layout. Most of the Pure Innocence cards have hearts on them so I browsed through them and picked this little gem. I wanted to play the Color Throwdown this week, the colors are Soft Sky, Pink Pirouette and Kraft. What a great choice of colors, off I went to pull out my paper and markers. I started out by stamping Memento Tuxedo Black onto a MFT white Perfect Panel and punching it out with Nesties, I punched its mat out of SU Kraft cs and pierced holes in the scallops. The image was colored with copics and SU ink. I used copics for the body and hair, for the clothes I used an SU blender pen and SU Soft Sky ink. I haven't used an SU blender pen for such a big space before and it doesn't work the same as a copic blender so it's not exactly what I wanted but I like it. The hearts were covered with the Cat's Pajama's Glitzy Glitter. The sentiment was stamped on a Close to My Heart acrylic heart with Stazon Black and the edges were coated with the glitter. The ribbon is SU Pink Pirouette, the dp is also SU Pink Pirouette (why oh why was that an "in color", I want more of this polka dot paper), the dots make it work for the Cute Card Thursday Challenge #98 - Spots and Dots and the ribbon is for the Creative Belli Blog Challenge #84 to use ribbons. The pink pearls in the corners Recollections Pearl Stickers.
Anyone making a Valentine this week has hit the motherload of challenges. Here's the ones I spotted that didn't have other items like specific stamps or other color combos:
Stampin' for the Weekend - Valentines Theme
Crazy for Challenges Week 23 - Be My Valentine
The Papertake Weekly Challenge - Love Actually (also the name of one of my fav movies)
The Pink Elephant Challenge #52 - All About Pink (Happy 1st Birthday, Ella!)
The Corrosive Challenge Blog #49 - All You Need Love
Paper Sundaes Third Week - Valentine's Theme
There's probably more challenges out there, I stumble over new ones everyday. If you have a favorite challenge leave me a note in the comments and I'll check it out.
Thanks for visiting, you're comments always make me smile. Have a great weekend, and don't forget to click on the pink ribbon.
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