Thursday, August 26, 2010

Tailgate Tastie

This recipe if for one of the yummiest cakes you'll ever taste.  I've had it for ages and whenever I make it, there are rave reviews.  It came with a different name, something ethnic but I have changed it to honor the person I got this recipe from, Marie, my good buddy Kathy "Aquas" Barleen's mom.  I've known Aquas (her maiden name was Waters) since high school and we have lots of history.  Sadly, she moved to California so we don't see each other very much but we keep in contact and still have a tradition of sending each other strawberry themed presents.  You wouldn't believe how much stuff you can get with strawberries on them - she once sent me a clock that was shaped like a frying pan that had strawberries on it!  The funniest thing was last year when we each sent the same thing for Christmas, they were "green" shopping bags stuffed in strawberry shaped holders.  That was pretty funny. 
Okay, enough about us.  Here's the story on the recipe card.  It's for the Shirley's 2 Girls Happy Hour.  Once a month there's a happy hour on SNR.  It's a time for fans of S2G to gather and talk with each other.  The sisters have come up with a great idea for a starting off point, sharing recipes.  Members of the design team complete a recipe card and post them during the happy hour and the conversation gets kicked off there but it can wander to any topic.  There's always a couple free digi images for you.
This month the theme is "Tailgate Recipes".  At one of the few games I've attended I was part of a large tailgate party.  I think I had more fun tailgating than I did at the game itself.  People say I'm a good baker and when assignments are given out I often get dessert duty.  This is a good for travelling recipe.  It's perfect in the fall when apples are abundant.  If you can't read it try clicking on the picture, that'll enlarge it.  If you still are having problems reading it and you want it, just leave me a comment and I'll get back to you.
The deets:
The card was made using the Shirley's 2 Girls recipe card.  The digi image is printed on Georgia Pacific card stock.  I used a green SU marker to write out the recipe and colored the apples with copic markers.  I printed out two cards so that I could color a second set of apples.  They were cut out and popped up on dimensionals, then covered with Ranger Glossy Accents.  It's double matted, the red mat is a paper I got from good buddy Maddy who happens to love red.  I think it's American Crafts.  The yellow mat (it does look beige in the photo) is DCWV.  The twine is from the Cat's Pajamas and the apple charm is from 
Thanks for visiting and if you have the time come join us over on SNR, we pop in and out over there all the time, not just during Happy Hour.

Back to School

This month the theme at Shirley's 2 Girls had been "Back to School" and now that my kiddie is back to school I need to gripe a little.  You would think that since I've retired from work I could sleep late but NOOOOO I have to get up even earlier so that I can make sure my darling daughter gets to school.  Technically I'm on vacation this week, and hubby has been letting me sleep in but this is going to end real soon, YUK.  What happened to the good old days when kids had to drag their own butts to school? 
Okay, that's it, done griping.
Today is Twisted Thursday at Shirley's 2 Girls.  This week the twist is to use a letter or alphabet.  I chose to use the S2G digi paper "Back to School" which you can pick up here  There are two papers with letters on them, I picked the yellow one for this card but the one with the white background is equally lovely.
It goes perfectly with this "Teacher" digi image that you can get here.   What teacher wouldn't love to get a homemade card?  
So the challenge is pretty simple, if you need a little more inspiration you can  see what the rest of the very talented design team made by visiting the S2G challenge blog.  Just click here to get to the challenge page.  You'll find all the details there, including the prize and how to post your card.
Guess what else today is?  Give up?  It's HAPPY HOUR on SNR.  You have got to hop on over there tonight.   Here on the east coast it's 8PM to 9PM but it's happy hour cause the company is on the west coast and it's only 5PM there.  I say any time you're doing anything paper craft related is Happy Hour.  This month we're gonna swap tailgate recipes.  LOL, if you know me, you know my favorite sport is cooking.  I'm not much of a sports fan at all but I have gone tailgating at Giant Stadium (don't know the new name, how pathetic am I) for Jets games.  I liked the tailgating, it was the game I wasn't crazy about.  I've got a yummy desert recipe.  You gotta come, this recipe is a real keeper!  Here's where you can find us.
See you at Happy Hour.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Quiet Time At the Beach

Fall in the New England states is just the most beautiful thing. If you're lucky enough to live near a beach it's the perfect time for a visit. The kiddies are back in school and it's quiet enough to listen to nothing but the sounds of nature.

This will be my first fall in Florida. While I will miss the gorgeous lush colors of the changing trees I'm curious to see what a warm tropical Autumn entails.

So it's Twisting Time at Shirley's 2 Girls. This week our twist is to use yellow on your card. How easy is that? To get yellow on my card I went to the S2G digi papers "Back to School". You can purchase them here. The digital image is "Fall Chair" which you get here. With that and a couple punches and embellies and you've got the makings for a sweet card. If you've got something else you'd like to use then go for it. You just have to go over to the S2G challenge blog and link up your creation and you'll be in the running to win some digi images and a fun badge to display on your blog (you may have noticed I'm a big fan of the badges). While you're over there be sure to check out what the rest of the design team has done. They're a very talented bunch of ladies.

I'd love the spend some time chatting but as you all probably know, I'm in the middle of moving and things are nutso. So please forgive this short post and if I've forgotten any details, my apologies, hopefully you'll be able to figure it out.

Here's the deets:
Stamp - S2G Fall Chair digi image
Ink - HP printer; Ranger "Scattered Straw"
Paper - S2G digi dp "Back to School"; red cs scrap; Reminisce "Set the Table" dp
Miscellaneous - TCP "Orange You Glad" felt; EK Success "Leaf Chain: punch; orange button; leaf charm; TCP twine; cork; Crystazzi bling
Here's the challenges:
S2G - twist use yellow
CCEE1032 - sketch
Pile It On #32 - use more than 5 cut outs
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Wednesday, August 18, 2010


"Dude!"  that needs to be read in your best Valley Girl accent.  This dude is "Christian".  He's just one of the beach themed digital images available from Simply Betty.  Each one is cuter then the next.  We're showcasing them on the Cookin' It Up With Katie" challenge this week to use twine, water and a die cut. 
I'm so happy to use this image and think summery thoughts.  He's just fun to color.  And what perfect timing, the hostess at the retreat gave all the guests a supply of "Rusted Sun" papers and embellies which happen to have a surfing theme.

Well I have to run, sorry for the quick short post.  Please be sure to visit Katie's blog and the rest of the DT to see some more of Simply Betty's images - you're gonna love them. 

Here's the deets:
Stamp - Simply Betty digi  "Christian"
Ink - HP; Ranger "Scattered Straw"
Paper - Georgia Pacific white cs; purple cs scrap; green cs scrap; dp "Rusted Sun"
Miscellaneous - Stampin' Up button; TCP twine; sun charm; stickles; copics; Stampin' Up corner punch; TCP wave die cut; Queen and Co. rhinestones

Here's the challenges:
Cookin' It Up With Katie #25 - use twine, water, punches
Friday Sketchers #115 - sketch
If the Shoe Fits FF#43 - die cuts (wave)
L'il Red Wagon #41 - Summer theme
PIO #32 - more than 5 cut out shapes

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Saturday, August 14, 2010


Here's my first PJ card.  He's (that's right, I said "he's", he's a metrosexual bear, that's what I think and I'm sticking to it, you can think he's a girly bear if that's what works for you).

Here's the deets:
Stamp -  the Cat's Pajamas "a Cuppa"
Ink - Brilliance "Graphite Black" and Close To My Heart "Desert Sand"
Paper - PJ is stamped on on white Georgia Pacific card stock; since I didn't have any blue card stock I cut a white mat out of the Georgia Pacific card stock and colored the edge with a blue copic - worked pretty good too!; Cosmo Cricket "Cherry Pie" dp;
Miscellaneous - The Cat's Pajamas twine ad felt; Heidi Swapp bling; Doodlebug "Cherries Jubilee" brad; tea cup charm; copics; My Favorite Things die-namics; Sizzex "Scribbles Swirls"

Here's the challenges:
Sweet Stop SSS69 - Sketch
Crafty Catz #45 - Animals
Allsorts - Paper Piecing or Piercing (the apron is pieced)
If the Shoe Fits FF#43 - die cuts
The Cat's Pajamas - TCPTUES122 - Kraft, denim and candy apple red

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Do I Smell Candy?

Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love sweets.  I also love salty food.  Basically if it's unhealthy I like it.   Who doesn't? 
With that info in mind, you can imagine that I loved the opportunity to go house to house begging for candy.  Not I needed to beg, my mother stocked plenty of yummy snacks. 
Besides the candy I love the decorations, the rich fall colors and dressing up in costumes.  It's a fun time for me.
For this card  I got to have a little early Halloween fun.  I just got the "Greeting Card Kids" set from Stampin' Up.  They are the most adorable little guys and I wanted to ink at least one of them up right away.  Halloween was the choice.  Partially because I love it and partially because most of my stuff is packed away for moving,but I do have holiday papers out. 
I am away for the weekend with my scrap booking peeps at the Hamburg Hideaway in PA so I get to plunder their supplies.  Fortunately for me this is a group that doesn't know the meaning of the phrase "pack light".   Next I go away with them I not bothering to bring a thing, I'm just gonna go from buddy to buddy and pick a piece of this here and a piece of that there and ribbon from Edna! - if it's ribbon, Edna's got it.
Here's the close up peek at the charmy buttoney bow.
Here's the deets:
Stamp - Stampin' Up "Greeting Card Kids"; Sentiment the Cat's Pajamas "Candyland Christmas"
Ink - Memento "Tuxedo Black"; Ranger "Weathered Wood" pounced around image
Paper - black cs scrap; white cs Georgia Pacific; Perfect Plum cs Stampin' Up; dp Basic Grey "Eerie"
Miscellaneous - Glitter dust (on pumpkin); copics; buttons; TCP twine; pumpkin charm; nestibilities
Here's the challenges:
Pixie Cottage - Sketch for challenge #28 (challenge is over)
Fab 'n Funky #35 - Use your favorite colors (purple is my fav)
If the Shoe Fits FF#43 - die cuts

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Let's Twist Again

Thursdays seem to come around quickly these days. I look forward to seeing the new challenges. I always look forward to the Twisted Thursday challenges. Even though I have the inside track and see it early I still get excited about it.

When I was pregnant I had an amniocentesis (spelling? yeah who cares) and we opted to find out the gender of our baby. At least we could stop fighting over baby boy names but the point of this story is that when my daughter was born even though I knew she was going to be a girl, it did not take detract from the thrill I felt when I heard those magical words "it's a girl". So even though I know what this week's challenge is, it is still a kick for me to go over to the Shirley's 2 Girl challenge blog and view the new challenge.

August is "Back to School" month at S2G and this week's twist is to use notebook paper. For my card I used the digi "School" image (you can find it here) and the "Back to School" digi papers (you can find them here).     I added a little piece of Basic Grey "Basics White" (thanks to my great girl scout friends for that gift) paper. It's hard to see because I put the button over it but that edge of the paper was punched with a Stampin' Up border punch to look like the edge of a paper torn out of a book. I used my blue Copic marker to write part of a "How I Spent My Summer Vacation" paragraph on it. Silly, but cute. Of course I couldn't resist putting a charm on it somewhere but I didn't have a ribbon in my layout so I made a buttoney bow with a Stampin' Up button layered on a cardstock button. I tied some twine through the button holes and hung my charm off that.

Did you know that Shirley's 2 Girls is having a BOGO sale on their clear stamps. What a great way to build up your stash of 2G images. I just took a look at what's available. You can get something to make your holiday cards, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas! There's welcome baby and Valentines images too, even Cinco de Mayo! There's cats and dogs and coffee. Basically there's something for everyone. You could even pick a few to give away as gifts.

Here's something else you might not know about S2G's.  We have a tutorial page.  You can learn how to work with digi images there.  Our very talented DT member Cat has posted a tutorial on how to put an image on a plate.  There's one on how to make a packet/pocket card.  AND we'd like to hear from our followers what you'd like to see.  Have you seen something that you don't know how to do, if one of us knows how to do it we'll pass post a tutorial on it.

Here's the deets:
Stamp - S2G digi "School"
Ink - HP printer
Paper - S2G digi "Back to School; Basic Grey "Basics White; read and blue cs scraps
Miscellaneous - copics; star stickers; Stampin' Up border punches; Sizzex buttons #5; the Cat's Pajamas twine; schoolhouse charm from

Here's the challenges:
Shirley's 2 Girls Twisted Thursday use notebook paper
Card Patterns - Sketch #76
Allsorts Week 64 - Primary colors
Crafty Ho's - Primary colors
Crafty Catz #44- Buttons and Bows
Paper Sundaes #30 - Metal (the brass charm)
Stampin' for the Weekend #44- Back to School

Thanks for stopping, I hope you will come back again. If you haven't visited the design teams blogs to see what they've done for the challenge you really should, they do fabulous work. You can get to them from my sidebar or from the S2G blog.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

the Strangest Card

This has been the strangest card making experince I've ever had and I just spent a half hour writing up the story and somehow when I was adding the labels I hit some combination of keys and deleted the entire post. YIKES!!! I really, really hate when this happens. It just goes along with the strangeness of this entire process.
I will now attempt to tell the story again because I am a glutton for punishment.
This week when I looked at the Mojo Monday sketch challenge I didn't think I was going to try it because I wasn't getting any ideas.
I started to make a card for a color challenge that called for violet, walnut and gray. I pulled out some purple papers and came across this butterfly stamp. I have no idea when or where I got it. I pulled a Memento Rich Cocoa ink pad and stamped it. Yowsers, there's a woman in it. Well, okay, I can go with that but it looked blah in brown and the purple papers were not working with the image so I switched to the green stamp pad which I liked. I decided to stamp it a second time, cut it out and pop it up with dimensionals. At this point I realized I had Graphic 45 papers that had butterfly designs so I pulled that pad out. To make a long story shorter these papers are not the first papers I chose and this layout is not the first layout, not the first border punch and there's a pile of cut up papers on my desk to bare this out. Oh well, maybe hopefully I can use some of them for something else. When I finally gave in and decided to let this card make itself the Mojo sketch got flipped and wheedled and in the end this could possibly be one of my favorite cards.
Here's a close up of the charm, isn't it cute?
Here' the deets:
Stamp - Prima Clear Stamps
Ink - Versa Mark "Aloe Vera"; Ranger "Antique Linen" and "Bundled Sage"
Paper - dp Graphic 45 "Le Romantique"; cs Stampin' Up "Certainly Celery", "Always Artichoke", and "So Saffron"
Miscellaneous - Martha Stewart "Hydrangea" border punch; Plaid "Petals A Plenty" charm; Crystazzi bling; Joy pearls; Offray ribbon

Here's the challenges"
PIO #30 - Butterflies, Bugs and Bees
Crafty Creations - Wedding and Anniversaries (I bought this ribbon because it made me think of wedding gowns)
Wee Memories - Butterflies
Raise the Bar #30 - Pearly Whites
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Got Snow?

I shudder even at the thought of having to say "yes" to that question. As far as I know it's gotten really cold in Florida but I don't think they've had snow. I'll save this card to torment some old buddies this winter.
It's late so I'll spare you my ramblings and just get to the nitty gritty.
Here's the deets:
Stamps - Amuse "Squirrel on Skis" and "Got Snow"
Ink - Memento "Rich Cocoa" and Ranger "Scattered Straw"
Paper - dp Graphic 45 "Christmas Past Collection"; DCWV cs
Miscellaneous - Recollections rhinestone stickers; MFT ribbon; TCP twine; acorn charm; Martha Stewart "Optic Dot" border punch; copics;
Here's the challenges:
Jugs 45 - sketch
Paper Cutz #52 - use a skunk, squirrel or hedgehog
Play Date Cafe PDCC41 - Colors of Italy
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Friday, August 6, 2010

I Love Beetles

I love VW Beetles.  I have loved them since I was a little kid and wanted to own one when I was old enough to drive.  Back in those days the cars had the motors in the back and my father adamantly refused to let me drive one.  If he had his way he would have got me a tank to drive.  So for years I pined for a beetle.  When I heard that VW was going to make a convertible beetle back in 2003 I had to have one and as soon as I saw one on the local VW car lot I stopped and bought one.  If you're a regular here you know it was orange with a black roof.  It was so much fun to drive.  Shortly after that I traded it in for one that was robin's egg blue with gray roof.  There aren't too many of them around, they usually have a black roof.  The point of this is to say that if there were a lavender one on the lot I probably would have gotten that one.  And while I didn't put flowers on either of them I did cut out yellow foam shapes and put them on the orange one so it would resemble a jack o lantern. 
So I had to have this image.  It's called "Lovebug" and if you have to have it too just click here.  I got it today and wanted to use it right away so I printed it out and got my copics out.  Stamp Something has a photo inspiration for this week challenge.  That was where I got my start from.  I focused on the party hat with the flowers on it and used the colors for my card.  I remembered the Sweet Wednesday Sketch would be great because I could echo the flowers on the beetle in the layout.  So that's how the card came together. 

Here's the deets:
Stamp - Shirley's 2 Girls "Lovebug" digi image
Ink - printed on my HP with a little bit of Ranger pink sponged on the sentiment banner
Paper - dp Cosmo Cricket "De Lovely"; cs the Paper Cut Sno Cone (light blue mat) and Pink lemonade (card base); yellow cs DCWV
Miscellaneous - Creative Memories paper flowers; MFT buttons; car charm from; the Cat's Pajama's twine; stickles; Recollections Rhinestone stickers and purple Pearl stickers; My Favorite Things "rick rack" die-namics

Here's the challenges:
Sweet Sketch Wednesday #61 - sketch
Stamp Something  - Photo Inspiration
Stampin' for the Weekend #44 - Back to School
Cute Card Thursday #124 - Whateva!
Stampin' B #70 - use a dog image (he's in the car too - just like my Dexter used to ride with me)
Crafty Ho Challenge - Back to School
Daring Cardmakers - Peridot (bling on the flower on the banner is the color of Peridot - my birthstone)

Well that's it, thanks for visiting, I hope you like it and will come back again.  Why not leave a comment, I love to hear what you have to say.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

How about a Red Challenge

I'm just starting to catch onto the fact that it's summer and here we are talking about back to school.  I'm used to back to school happening in September after Labor Day but in Florida where my new home is school starts in August so I guess the Twisted Thursday school time theme is right on the money. 
For me back to school was a love/hate thing.  I liked school and I looked forward to seeing the kids I hadn't seen all summer.  On the other hand I missed sleeping late and goofing around all day not having to do anything in particular but be a bum.   Those were the days.

Are you ready for another Twisted Thursday with Shirley's 2 Girls?  This week the challenge is to use red.  My card is not the best example of except for the red hair and apple embellishments.  For my card I used the Gracie Fall  digi image, seems to me she just had to have red hair.  I associate fall with the rich colors of the falling leaves which in turn reminds me of apple picking.  So that's how I played this challenge.  That's the thing about card challenges, you can interpret it any way you want.  The idea is to have fun.   So why don't you hop over to Shirley's 2 Girls Challenge Blog, that's where you can submit your creation giving you a chance to win some S2G digi images.  You can also check out what the other design team members made for this challenge.  There's always some good eye candy.

Here's the deets:
Image - S2G digi image - Gracie Fall
Paper = Doodle bug "Autumn Doodle" dp; Stampin' Up Rich Razzleberry dp; SU cs Soft Suede card base, Pumpkin Pie image mat and Summer Sun dp's mat; Georgia Pacific white card stock for image
Miscellaneous - Ranger Scattered Straw pounced on dp and image's edge; Michael's Autumn Leaves brads; Jolee's Boutique "Apple Picking" stickers; copics; apple charm; purple pleated May ribbon (I got it from Michele - The Enchanted Stamper blog)

Here's the challenges:
Shirley's 2 Girls Twisted Thursday - the twist is to use red
Raise the Bar #29 - A sticky situation, use a sticker (Jolee's Boutique Apple Picking)
Stamp With Fun #70 - sketch
City Crafter Challenge Blogspot  Week 16 - YUM Anything food related (apples)
The Color Throwdown #104 - Old Olive, Tangerine Tango, Daffadil Delight

Thanks for visiting, I hope you'll come back again and I hope you'll take the time to play in our challenge, we love seeing what you've created.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

A Fruity Angel

The angel's not really fruity, but the challenge is.  We hope you'll join us this week at Cooking It Up With Katie for a Fruity Circle and paper piecing challenge.  I love to paper piece, I think that's my favorite technique.  I guess it puts me in the mindset of childhood days and playing with paper dolls.  Do they have paper dolls, anymore?  I did get a book of Shirley Temple paper dolls someplace on-line as an adult but even so that was many years ago.  I used to buy them in the five and ten cent store and I never see those stores around anymore.  I guess with inflation they've been replaced by dollar stores.  The five and dime used to have a section with coloring books and paper dolls.  My allowance was often spent on those books and crayons.  These days I've seen a few coloring books at the local drug store but no paper dolls.  But I digress...
One of the other things I picked up as a kid was a book of embroidery stitches.  It also had instructions for crocheting and knitting in it.  I could barely read the instructions but I was able to follow the pictures.  I learned every stitch in that book and I decorated many things with embroidery.  I guess that was the start of my lifelong love of crafting.  When I was putting these felt buttons together I used a couple of those stitches I learned so many years ago.  If you click on the photo it'll enlarge and it'll be easier to see the blanket stitch, the daisy stitch and chain stitch.  It took a little time to do but time spent crafting is fun time for me.  
I hope you'll come join us over at Cooking It Up With Katie, you can get all the deets about the challenge, get some inspiration from the cards created by the design team and  and you can link up your creation for a chance to win a prize by clicking here

Now about my card, here's the deets:
Image - Digital image Robyn's Fetish "Christy Angel"
Ink - Ranger "Tea Dye" sponged around the white card stock; Ranger "Walnut Stain" sponged around the edges of the dp
Paper - Georgia Pacific cs for the image; My Mind's Eye "Mary, Mary" dp; pink cs scrap; green gingham scrap
Miscellaneous - copics; felt; buttons; DMC floss; Blue Moon star charm; white Glitzy Glitter on wings; pink Glitzy Glitter on the star on the dress; nestibilities

Here's the challenges:
Cooking It Up With Katie  - Get Fruity circles and paper piecing
Cupcake Inspirations #70 - Fairy Cupcakes with green icing and Tinkerbell on them, they look very yummy - funny I've looked at this challenge for a long time and never had a card for it, this week I have two - go figure
Cupcake Craft Challenge 102 - Distressing (sponging on the paper edges)
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Monday, August 2, 2010

WTG Harvesting Girl

Every month My Favorite Things has a challenge where the prize is the following month's stamp release and a spot as the Guest Design team member.  This month the challenge theme is Floral Flair and this is my stab at it.
I used the Who That's Girl stamp that was in this month's VIP package.  Also from that pack are the black cs card base, the black and white ribbon, the mesh ribbon and the Basic Grey dp.  I used for the dp for the bottom layer of the card and to paper piece WTG's blouse.  By the way the body of the blouse, the sleeve and the cuff of the sleeve were each stamped and pieced separately.  Sometimes when you paper piece an item of clothing it has a funny flat and unnatural look if you just stamp it once.  Usually on clothing the prints don't line up that way, occasionally a really good seamstress will match plaid lines at seams but rarely do floral prints get matched.  But I digress...
This stamp set didn't come with a flower stamp for inside the basket so to go along with the theme I dug out some old Jolee stickers to put inside and I hung a rose charm off of the bow in the mesh ribbon.
Because the card was made on a black card stock base I finished off the inside.  It's not particularly fancy but to go with the floral theme I punched the edge of the card stock with a Martha Stewart Hydrangea border punch. 

Here's the deets:
Stamp - My Favorite Things "WTG Who's That Harvesting Girl" image and text
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper - dp Basic Gray Olivia paper pad; green Colorbok card stock; MFT perfect panel for the image; white Georgia Pacific card stock for the interior; MFT black scalloped card stock
Miscellaneous - rose charm; MFT black ribbon and green mesh ribbon; Martha Stewart Hydrangea border punch; EK Success corner punch; Jolee flowers; dimensionals; Hero Arts Sparkle Gems flower

Here's the challenges:
Cupcake Inspiration #70 - photo inspiration of cupcakes with pink paper cups and green icing (they look so yummy)
For Fun Challenges - the colors of summer
Crafty Creations #78 - Summer Lovin'

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Sunday, August 1, 2010

Ship Happens

Ship happens, yes it does, it happens to all of us, it's just a matter of attitude as to how it turns out in the end.  "Ship Happens" also just happens to be the same of this stamp set from the Cat's Pajamas.  It features those whacky lovable penguins Winkin', Blinkin' and Nod, some of the kitty pack have called them Moe, Larry and Curly or Larry, (my brother) Darryl and (my other brother) Darryl.  Oh Lordy, they do remind me of the Darryls and the stooges.  Whatever you call them they sure are fun to play with. 
Since they are off in a tea cup I had to get out my Ranger Tea Dye pad and sponge up the edges of all the papers and the the flowers, those crocheted flowers were once a lovely shade of white.  I also dug out my Deco Color Liquid Gold pen.  I used it for the faux stitching all around the dps and on the tea cup.  My mother always said that tea tasted better in porcelain or china cup and this tea cup looks like it could be china so to mimic a proper fancy cup I paper pieced the cup and then covered the curlicue with gold and lined the rim with the gold.  It's not so obvious in the photo. 
All the details of the card have one challenge or another as its basis.  The sketch is Jen Del Muro's I Heart 2 Stamp SFYTT challenge.  The 3 dp's, 2 flowers and ribbon were picked Stampin' for the Weekend.  I try to use a charm and pearls or bling on all my cards so the "extra credit" for using a charm worked out for me.  The faux stitching is for Paper Sundaes.  
One last detail which isn't obvious is that the I stamped the middle penguin a second time, cut him out and glued him on top of the first stamp so that his little wing could sit over the edge of the cup.  It wouldn't like right otherwise.

Here's the deets:
Image - The Cat's Pajamas "Ship Happens"
Ink - Brilliance Graphite Black; Ranger Tea Dye
Paper - dp My Mind's Eye "Dreamy 2" package, cs Stampin' Up "Kraft"; white cs Georgia Pacific
Miscellaneous - copics for the beaks and cup interior; CTMH crocheted flowers; Prima flowers; TCP twine; May ribbons; Queen and Co. pearls; Decor Color Liquid Gold pen; tea cup charm; cork

Here's the challenges:
The Cat's Pajamas TCP Tuesday 120 - Photo Inspiration
Jen Del Muro SFYTT - Sketch
Paper Sundaes - Faux or real stitching
Stampin' for the Weekend #43 - recipe 3 DP's, 2 Flowers, 1 Ribbon and an added extra of Gems or Charms
Daring Cardmakers - It's a Girl Thing (I love to sit down with a girlfriend over tea)
Creative Inspirations #39 - Anything Goes (those penguins feel that way too)
Simon Says - We're All Going Dotty (I hope they don't get sick of me, I think this is the 3rd card I made this week with dots)
Rosie Dee's #76 - All Creatures Great and Small

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