Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year to all!

May 2012 bring you many blessings!
I found this awesome subway art at the eighteen25 blog.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas Decor - Rosette & Present

This is a project is inspired by this post by the awesomely talented Jennifer McGuire. I chose to make my large rosette (14" diameter) with some beautiful lavender snowflake wrapping paper that I found a couple years ago (i knew it would come in handy someday, lol). The black swirl paper is also a Christmas wrap that was purchased at Hobby Lobby a few weeks ago. Scored with my Martha Stewart scoring board.
I was planning to put words on it, but I just loved the purple glittery snowflake in the center, so I went with that instead. Both this and the faux present hang in my "lavender ice" bathroom.
The faux present is just foam core covered in wrapping paper. easy peasy. Linking these projects up to the Tuesday link party at Today's Creative Blog.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Christmas Card Challenge blog - One layer card

Just a simple one layer card (which is harder than it sounds) for the 1st challenge of 2012 over at Christmas Card Challenge blog.

I used a template to create the unembossed area and ran it thru my snowflake cuttlebug folder. I outlined the area left un-embossed with an old Marvy marker from my stash. Stamp image is inkadinkadoo i think. the maroon card base is from Club Scrap kit called Culinary.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Christmas Card inspired by T!m!

I’m still trying to figure out how I am going to play along with Tim’s 12 Tags of Christmas. I don’t like to do tags (they serve no purpose and I have trouble with art that has no purpose, lol), so I’m working on creative solutions to apply the techniques.

Here is a card that came out of one of my attempts at Day 1 (using the embossing folder/heat embossing technique). It uses browns from Club Scrap kits Autumn Splendor and All That Jazz. Also, the starry starry night sizzix embossing folder and perfect pearls powder in perfect gold over Club Scrap stars stamps from Sparkle (I think) and Christmas 2006 unmounted set (too bad you can’t really see the shine in the photo). The words and nativity are Silhouette cuts that I inked with Brushed Corduroy DI and then sprayed w/perfect pearl water mixture in same gold powder.

I don’t do many religious cards, but I do have some recipients on my list that might appreciate something like this. Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Corner Stamp from Club Scrap

Here's another Christmas Card I made on Friday. Created using one corner stamp from Club Scrap. I stamped it several times and cut out each triangle, then formed them into the tree shape. Added some gold ultra fine glitter here and there...and presto, done. It's simple, but interesting

Color Throwdown #169 - Christmas card

I spent some quality time with a great friend this past Friday making cards. She had a goal of 15 and i think she got pretty darn close. I didn't have any particular goal, but i knew i wanted to make a mix of traditional and non-traditional Christmas Cards. I found this challenge at Color Throwdown and I knew it was perfect!!
All paper is Club Scrap except the snowflakes.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving Day!!!

I am thankful for my many blessings...

my family

my friends

my home

my job

my health

our soldiers

(i could go on...).

Here's the only Thanksgiving Day card I had time to make and I hope the recipient doesn't see it here before it arrives to her doorstep (but that is a possibility!)

This follows a sketch challenge posted by my sister at Club Scrap. I used a silhouette cut I made from the Outlines posies set and inked 3 in different colors (aged mahagoney, mustard seed and orange marmalade), cut them apart and mixed and matched the pieces to form the turkeys feathers. The body of the turkey is a very old punch from my stash of a christmas tree. I found the turkey face/neck online and printed it out then colored it with markers. All Club Scrap papers, but all from my scrap drawer, so I couldn't tell you what kits.

Happy Turkey Day to all....Be sure to let someone know how thankful you are for them today.

Formatting keeps getting all flubbed up on this post. Not sure why. must be turkey gremlins :)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Inspiration Canvas with Hearts

Way back in the Spring, i wrote this post about the wonderful class I took from Jennifer McGuire. Well, some time ago, I finished the project completely but hadn't posted it yet.
Now, I'm taking an online class from Jennifer that is very very much the same, but with some wonderful bonuses and additional techniques. If you ever get the chance to take a class from her either online or in person, I highly recommend it. She's amazing and just so darn sweet!

This time around, I'm doing maple leaf shapes and in fall colors. Stay tuned as I hope to post a finished (or near finished) project in the next week.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Chrissie & Chrissie Creations is on a Summer Hiatus

I hope to check in occasionally with a project or a card or a scrapbook layout here and there, but for right now I have too many other projects going on that need my attention.

Happy Summer to all.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Inspiration Canvas Class w/Jennifer & Shari

I'm not going to bore you with all the details, but here are a few pics from my class yesterday with Jennifer McGuire & Shari Carroll.

It was loads of fun and very very inky. I should have taken a picture of my hands when we were done! My Club Scrap friend Erin joined me (her driving down from Findlay, OH on a lucky whim!). Me driving up from Cincinnati to meet in Kettering Ohio at a delightful scrapbook store called Simply Scrapbooks.

Quick collage of pics from the day:
The finished canvas in the lower right is not my own. It's Jennifer's sample. All of my individual hearts are done, but I absentmindedly forgot the actual canvas, so I need to see if the store can send it to me :(. I may just use a canvas I have on hand and I'll post my completed project soon i hope.

Happy Memorial Day

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Grungy Monday & Squirrely Challenge - Free Standing Pop Up Card & Winner announced

Here's my submission for Nancy's Squirrely Challenge; yes, i finally re-joined the group!
Papers, Stamps & Fibers are from the Club Scrap kit called Castaway, except the beads which are from Into The Wild-which is no longer available :( . You can't really see it, but i put a drop of liquid pearls in pearl for the oyster shell's pearl. Followed tutorial on Splitcoast stampers for the paper engineering and Studio L3's Grungy Monday 08 technique shown here by T!m Holtz.

I may also use this for my GM submission as well. Undecided since it breaks from my norm of 8x8 page w/song inspiration. just rambing no attention.**UPDATE** I have decided to also make this my GM submission since time is running short and I'll be gone all day taking a class in Dayton from Jennifer Mcguire and Shari Carroll and I'm going to use this as my THANK YOU to one of them!! Omigosh, you can imagine my excitement!

Lastly, I wanted to announce the winner of my contest for the Club Scrap Die Cutters Blog Hop. The correct number of Butterflies used was 93, so Myska wins with this comment:
myska said...

I think all 94 of those purple butterflies are gorgeous! Enjoy your class!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Grungy Monday 7 - We Didn't Start The Fire

It has been an extremely crazy week with many demands of my time, so I’m thankful that Miss Linda offered us an easy technique by T!m to follow for our Grungy Monday 07 submission.

My 8x8 technique journal page features photos I took last year while these amazing murals were plastered all over Cincinnati. These are works of art by Shepard Fairey (use google images….I’m sure you’ll see something very familiar). For whatever reason, I think of the Billy Joel song “We Didn’t Start The Fire” when I look at his work. It’s what I like to call “in your face” art and it appeals to me J.

Materials used:
Club Scrap: white from Comics kit, red from County Fair kit.
American Crafts: metal photo corners
Fiskars punch: small tulips
Distress Inks: Barn Door, Black Soot, Pumice

“We Didn’t Start The Fire”

Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnnie Ray

South Pacific, Walter Winchell, Joe DiMaggio

Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Studebaker, television
North Korea, South Korea, Marilyn Monroe

Rosenbergs, H-Bomb, Sugar Ray, Panmunjom
Brando, "The King and I", and "The Catcher in the Rye"

Eisenhower, vaccine, England's got a new queen
Marciano, Liberace, Santayana goodbye

We didn't start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world's been turning
We didn't start the fire
No we didn't light it
But we tried to fight it

Josef Stalin, Malenkov, Nasser and Prokofiev
Rockefeller, Campanella, Communist Bloc

Roy Cohn, Juan Peron, Toscanini, Dacron
Dien Bien Phu Falls, Rock Around the Clock

Einstein, James Dean, Brooklyn's got a winning team
Davy Crockett, Peter Pan, Elvis Presley, Disneyland

Bardot, Budapest, Alabama, Khrushchev
Princess Grace, Peyton Place, Trouble in the Suez


Little Rock, Pasternak, Mickey Mantle, Kerouac
Sputnik, Zhou Enlai, Bridge On The River Kwai

Lebanon, Charles de Gaulle, California Baseball,
Starkweather homicide, Children of Thalidomide

Buddy Holly, Ben Hur, Space Monkey, Mafia
Hula Hoops, Castro, Edsel is a no-go

U2, Syngman Rhee, payola and Kennedy
Chubby Checker, Psycho, Belgians in the Congo


Hemingway, Eichmann, Stranger in a Strange Land,
Dylan, Berlin, Bay of Pigs invasion

Lawrence of Arabia, British Beatlemania
Ole Miss, John Glenn, Liston beats Patterson

Pope Paul, Malcolm X, British Politician sex
J.F.K. blown away, what else do I have to say


Birth control, Ho Chi Minh, Richard Nixon back again
Moonshot, Woodstock, Watergate, punk rock

Begin, Reagan, Palestine, Terror on the airline
Ayatollah's in Iran, Russians in Afghanistan

Wheel of Fortune, Sally Ride, heavy metal suicide
Foreign debts, homeless Vets, AIDS, Crack, Bernie Goetz

Hypodermics on the shores, China's under martial law
Rock and Roller cola wars, I can't take it anymore

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Club Scrap Die Cutter's Blog Hop

Welcome and thanks for “hopping” by!!

Me and my gal pals at Club Scrap have decided once again to share the love of this incredible company and their AMAZING papers and kits. The theme for this blog hop is to use our die cutting tool of choice along with Club Scrap papers.

Anyone who’s ever been to my blog before knows I have mad love for my Silhouette SD. I honestly don’t know how I got through life without it. Ok, that may be stretching it a bit, but it is a huge part of almost every card, layout or art piece I do. So, it should be no surprise that I have cut all of my butterflies (including the LARGE one) on it. I also have mad love for Jennifer McGuire and my butterfly wall hanging pays homage to her heart wall hanging that she did for CHA earlier in the year. If I have the nerve, I may take mine with me to show her in person when I take a class from her next weekend (SO excited!). My last mad love is for the color of PURPLE. It exists everywhere in my life.

I’ve cut 5 different sized butterflies all out of Club Scrap purples (and spayed with glimmer mist) from the following kits:

Additional Club Scrap materials:
Background paper is from Musical Interlude
Sentiment Stamp is from Papillon (seriously my most favorite kit EVER!)
Large Butterfly is cut from an Art Deco grey (sadly, none of that left to link to, sorry)
Clothespins are from Natural ResourcesOther: Special thanks to Nancy for the purple lace around the outside of the 11x14 canvas.
Also submitting this for the Flutter By Wednesday Challenge #155 & Simon Says Stamp Challenge Sparkle & Shine

***If you care to venture a guess at how many cut butterflies were used on this piece; do so in your comment. I’ll be awarding a Club Scrap paper pack to the closest one***

Once again, thank you for hopping by. Your next stop will be real treat indeed and she also happens to be the best sister I know! That’s right; you’ll be visiting my sister Jen and just wait til you see what she has in store.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Club Scrap Blog Hop on May 21

Please stop by On May 21. I will be joining up with some of my Club Scrap friends taking part in a Blog Hop featuring die cut machines and Club Scrap products. You should see lots of great cards, layouts and projects and get some inspiration on how to use your Club Scrap papers with various machines. (Silhouette, Cricut, Cuttlebug, Big Shot etc.)

Grungy Monday 6 - Vincent

My crafting mojo was non-existent this week, but I still wanted to accept Linda's challenge to follow Tim’s paint dabber resist technique like he did here. My inspiration song is Vincent (Starry Starry Night) by Don McLean which has such amazingly beautiful imagery in its lyrics

Starry starry night, paint your palette blue and grey
Look out on a summer's day with eyes that know the darkness in my soul
Shadows on the hills, sketch the trees and the daffodils
Catch the breeze and the winter chills, in colors on the snowy linen land

Now I understand what you tried to say to me
How you suffered for you sanity How you tried to set them free
They would not listen they did not know how, perhaps they'll listen now

Starry starry night, flaming flowers that brightly blaze
Swirling clouds in violet haze reflect in Vincent's eyes of china blue
Colors changing hue, morning fields of amber grain
Weathered faces lined in pain are soothed beneath the artist's loving hand.

For they could not love you, but still your love was true
And when no hope was left in sight, on that starry starry night
You took your life as lovers often do,
But I could have told you, Vincent,
This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you

Starry, starry night, portraits hung in empty halls
Frameless heads on nameless walls with eyes that watch the world and can't forget.
Like the stranger that you've met, the ragged man in ragged clothes
The silver thorn of bloody rose, lie crushed and broken on the virgin snow

Now I think I know what you tried to say to me
How you suffered for you sanity How you tried to set them free
They would not listen they're not listening still
perhaps they never will.

I’m almost sorry I went with this beautiful song as I really don’t feel I did it justice. I’ve loosely followed his work of art with my own spin. I’ve been wanting to add this daffodil flower idea I found here, so I figured I wouldn’t find another song that mentioned them, so I’ll go with it. That led me to start thinking that maybe I’ll use this as my Bloomin’ Diary (another project I’ll esplain some other time. I actually made a “real” artist trading card!! I just created this little guy in Photoshop and printed it onto a Club Scrap white. Very happy with that one element…the rest, not so much.

Paper is from the following Club Scrap Kits: Weekender, Poetic, Autumn Splendor, white (?) but is definitely Club Scrap.
Distress Inks: stormy sky, mustard seed, weathered wood, black soot
Other: pearlescent watercolors, Silver paint dabber, Sparkle stamp from Club Scrap..

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Feelin blessed 2 have shared a perfect mother's day with Mom

I love you Mom, Happy Mother's Day

If I could I’d give you diamonds for each tear you cried for me.
If I could I’d give you sapphires for each truth you’ve helped me see.
If I could I’d give you rubies for the heartache that you’ve known.
If I could I’d give you pearls for the wisdom that you’ve shown.

Then you’d have a treasure that would mount up to the skies,
and would almost match the sparkle in your kind and loving eyes.
But, I have no pearls or diamonds, as I'm sure you're well aware.
So I'll give you gifts more precious; my devotion, love and care.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Squirrely Challenge - Pinwheels

I am a big fan of all things patriotic and when I found this card online, i knew i wanted to copy it and use it for my Squirrely challenge and a sketch challenge over at Club Scrap . The maker of this inspirational card is a a military wife and makes the most beautiful cards for OWH which I've been meaning to do for the longest time. Hopefully this will kickstart me on that journey.

Shimmery blue - Solstice
Shimmery red - Ornamental
Black (base) – Expressions
Plaid – unknown (not club scrap
Center of flower and stem cut with Silhouette

My 2nd pinwheel is another shameless copy of anothers art! This card by a fellow Club Scrapper, Diana (thank you for the inspiration!!). When I saw it, I knew it would be perfect for my Mom who has an entire bathroom decorated with this happy little Kokopelli dude.

All paper and the ribbon is from Club Scrap’s Adobe kit. I even traced the Kokopelli from the kit in my Silhouette software and cut him out. He’s inked with vintage photo distress ink and then given a shine by Copper Memories Mist.

Zindorf birds

This was going to be my Mom's day card until i found new inspiration (which i'll explain later) and is another shameless CASE from the amazingly talented Michelle Zindorf.

Papers are all Club Scrap: Card base is Apothecary, but the rest is from POP's and I'm not sure of it's origin really. The 4 corner squares, the frame and the focal piece all started as a smooth CS white before they got the Distress ink treatment. The black shimmer is from Concrete Jungle

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Grungy Monday 05 - Run For The Roses

The latest challenge(#05) at Studio L3’s Grungy Monday was to use T!m’s niche technique so wonderfully demonstrated here. Since I’m doing all of mine as 8x8 scrapbook pages, I opted not to use foamcore and instead just used layers of thick stock and dimensional adhesive in between to create the look of depth. I hope that’s ok! My niche was cut on my Silhouette in the shape of the state of Kentucky and then filled with Roses!

I am a Kentuckian by birth and that means something very special to me. I truly love my home state and hope to someday soon move back across the Ohio River to once again be home. Kentuckians are also very proud of our thoroughbred horses and the Kentucky Derby. Every year on the 1st Saturday in May, millions watch “the most exciting two minutes in sports” known as the Kentucky Derby. It’s a one and a quarter mile long “Run For The Roses” at Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville Kentucky.

I couldn’t imagine a more fitting song inspiration than Dan Fogelberg’s Run For The Roses.

Born in the Valley
And raised in the trees
Of Western Kentucky
On wobbly knees
With mama beside you
To help you along
You'll soon be a growing up strong.

All the long, lazy mornings
In pastures of green
The sun on your withers
The wind in your mane
Could never prepare you
For what lies ahead
The run for the roses so red –

From sire to sire
It's born in the blood
The fire of a mare
And the strength of a stud
It's breeding and it's training
And it's something unknown
That drives you and carries
You home.

And it's run for the roses
As fast as you can
Your fate is delivered
Your moment's at hand
It's the chance of a lifetime
In a lifetime of chance
And it's high time you joined
In the dance
It's high time you joined
In the dance --

It brings a tear to my eye every time and even more so now that my Dad is gone…he loved horseracing and collected Derby memorabilia. Ok, enough of that emotional stuff….I’ve not used a single rubber stamp on this creation I’m embarrassed to say. The images are from art by Trish Biddle (amazing stuff) and even the racing program page that I made into a background was printed from google images; as was the bottle of Woodford reserve w/mint Julep. The base paper and mini roses are from Club Scrap’s April kit called Welcome. The background is a Claudine Hellmuth technique, although I think T!m also has demo’d it too.

I also want to shout out a thanks to Nancy at Squirrely Art for the lace that I used around the outside. She sent it to me some time ago and I've been waiting for just the right way to use some of it! Thanks Nancy!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Inspired by InkspiredTreasures

When I saw this card on Connie Babbert's Inkspired Treasures blog, I was more than inspired, I was determined to copy it! I just put it in the mail a few hours ago to my BF's sister.

She uses a new Stampin Up punch called Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch. I was in love at first site, so I created a similar (very similar) version in the Silhouette Software and made myself a bunch of bouquets!! I love cutting these kinds of embellishments in white and having them on hand when I'm doing a card. I can grab a handful, use my distress inks, and color them any shade I need!!

If you have a silhouette or any digital die cutter that can use GSD files, I'm happy to share it. Just leave a comment or send me an email and I'll get it to you as soon as I can!

Paper is Club Scrap: unknown white and Poetic yellow.
I think the yellow felt ribbon came to me as a blog candy I won some time ago.
The buttons were all white and I colored them with my Bic Mark Its

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Squirrely Challenge - Foam Stamping

Hmmmm? could it be I'm ahead of a deadline for once? Possibly. Nancy at SquirrelyArt is challenging folks with another Technique Junkies gem called Foam Stamping and it's from the April/May 2011 newsletter. However, it seems that she has not yet posted the challenge, so I'll quietly put mine up here until she rush Nancy....I will wait patiently...just whenever you get around to it....

All Club Scrap Paper - mostly bits and pieces found in my scrap drawer. Teal from Collections, Orange from Salsa, white is unknown.

The top color on my color trio is really orange, but it's coming across as red in this's not. I colored the gems orange with my "redneck" copic (Bic Mark Its) color Sunset Orange .

Saturday, April 23, 2011


I know this is a serious and very important, religious holiday, but I just couldn't resist making this cute little easel card. I hope I don't offend anyone. Have a wonderful Easter!

CYDA #18 - Easter

Papers: Club Scrap Jubilee & Autumn Splendor

Bunnies & Sentiment shape cut on Silhouette

Grungy Monday 4 - Thunder Island

For this week, Linda is having us follow Tim’s technique which involves inking or stamping on a texture fade/embossing folder before inserting your paper as demonstrated here. When I read the challenge, I immediately thought of doing a sunrise or sunset using his rays folder. Simultaneously, I’ve been itching to try a Michelle Zindorf inspired background and voila…the two came together perfectly in this piece. Coincidentally, Simon Says stamp & Show was running a similar challenge to use a Tim Technique.

As I have explained, I initially planned to theme all of my GM submissions around songs. I naively thought that I would come up with the song I wanted to use and then make my piece for it. That has rarely been the case. As I worked on my background and then found the Ralph Burch Mermaid art, I found myself humming (& yes, sometimes singing) the 1978 one hit wonder Thunder Island by Jay Ferguson. I’m very pleased with the way it all came together and may be my favorite one so far. Thanks for looking.

Sha-la-la-la-la-la my lady
In the sun with your hair undone
Can you hear me now calling your name
From across the bay
A summer's day laughing and a-hidin'
Chasing love out on Thunder Island

Distress Inks: Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Spice Marmalade, Barn Door, Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire, Black Soot

Other: Glossy Accents, Pearl Glimmer Mist, Silhouette, Ralph Burch, Mermaid art printed from the internet, Hibiscus shape is Club Scrap with minor alterations

Club Scrap Paper: Paisley Orange, Expressions Black. Sand is from DCWV travel stack

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Squirrely Challenge - Faux Artisan Tile

I joined in on Nancy's Squirrely challenge this week and here's the result. Out of respect for Technique Junkie's I won't give a lot of detail. I'm quite pleased with the way these faux tiles look IRL.

I'm going to add this 8x8 to my album of techniques which so far only has my Grungy Monday submissions.

All papers are from Club Scrap's Memoirs Kit. (love that yummy kraft like color)
The tile stamp is from inkadinkadoo's Bold Damasks stamp set

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Grungy Monday 3 - True Colors

This week, Linda at Studio L3 is having us get our color wash on!! I only own 1 flavor in this yummy lineup (for now?) and it's the sailboat blue. Don't know what to do with these? Have no fear, T!m shows you a few clever ideas here. I'm also submitting this for the Color Throwdown #137 challenge to use teal, summer sun and celery.

I'm making all my submissions 8x8 size so that I can put all of them in an album easily. I've used a variety of mediums on my mini canvases; color wash (teal/sailboat blue), glimmer mist (pearl), claudine hellmuth paint (purple palette) and metal craft paint (celery/bright green). I've sewn them onto a piece of yellow from Club Scrap's Science kit and then mounted that onto the purple from the same kit. The stamps are all from the Raku kit.
Continuing with the song/music theme, I've used True Colors by Cyndi Lauper. I've also chose to feature my wonderful Sister; my best friend in the world! Her birthday is Tuesday and I wanted to celebrate that! Love you so very much sissy.
I see your true colors shining through

I see your true colors, and that's why I love you

So don't be afraid to let them show your true colors

True colors are beautiful, like a rainbow.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Grungy Monday 2 - Hello in there

The technique put forth by Linda at Studio L3 this week for Grungy Monday is a matte medium resist that T!m demonstrates here. I don't own any steel rule dies so I couldn't make my own foam stamp, but I used a stencil instead and it worked beautifully. The base is an actual page from our local phone book business section and the rest of the paper is Club Scrap (of course) from an older kit Autumn Splendor. The phone stamp is also from the Gimme A Ring kit by Club Scrap. The design of the page is from a Club Scrap challenge this month to use this sketch:

My song inspiration is a very sad and touching song by John Prine (a favorite of my family's) called Hello in there. I've used the chorus on the upper right corner of my piece and below:

Ya' know that old trees just grow stronger,
And old rivers grow wilder ev'ry day.
Old people just grow lonesome
Waiting for someone to say, "Hello in there, hello."

I don't fancy myself an artist...I simply like to play with paper, but it's interesting what a journey art can take you on if you are open to it. I created this piece with my brother in mind. He passed away 4 years ago tomorrow at the age of 47. Sometimes I still can't believe he's gone and other times I'm amazed he stayed as long as he did. He had a tender heart, but a troubled soul and although he didn't grow old, he definitely grew lonesome. I just wish he could have heard our "hello's". I hope he has found peace; I love you big bro.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Yet another Christmas Card - yes, i'm tired of these now too!

I think i'm done making Christmas cards for a little while. I can only take so much Christmas cheer when it's not the actual time of the year. Also, I've grown weary of the Comics kit!!

The plaid background was made using a technique T!m showed here . It is great fun, and quite addicting.

All paper is from Club Scrap's Comic's kit (with the exception of the glossy cardstock used for the plaid).

Here are the challenges I'm submitting it to:

Card Patterns Sketch 109 - sketch


A Brand New Challenge

Linda has conceived a new challenge over at Studio L3. We've finished all of the Compendium of Curiosities and have moved on to any and all of T!m's techniques. For the inaugural week, she has chose this lovely creation from 2008 to inspire us:

Along with this challenge, my sister Jennifer and I have decided to challenge ourselves by theming our submissions using Songs as inspiration. She is choosing to limit her choices to the solo and collective works of the Beatles. I'll be placing no such limits on myself, but I will be trying to use songs that mean something to me (altho i may have a random odd choice here and there :) )

My song choice this week is Elusive Butterfly by Bob Lind. It's been done by Dolly Parton & Cher, and I'm sure a number of other artists as well. I was fortunate to be raised with a great appreciation of all kinds of music. My mom and dad always seemed to have music playing and they had varied tastes, so I am thankful that I do as well. This is one i remember quite well, but i won't be surprised if you don't!

Across my Dreams with nets of wonder;
I chase the bright, elusive butterfly of love.

I am also submitting this for:

-The Flutter by Wednesday challenge #48 (use a button and a bow)
-Pals Paper Arts PPA#86 challenge (embossing) - correction: I'm 2 late for that one! maybe next time!

paper: graphic 45 and Club Scrap (Poetry & Adobe)
stamps: butterfly/magenta
Sil cuts: inspired by Tim's gears
distress inks: broken china
other: copper shimmer memories mist,
club scrap copper foil embossing powder,
pearlescent watercolors
netting (bath puff!)

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Another Christmas Card

I managed to eek out another Christmas Card tonight using the Comics kit from Club Scrap. I also managed to meet a couple more challenges. I created the hat cut in my Silhouette, drew the details on and colored and glittered away! This is similar to one of my St Patrick's day designs. I think I may do one for every occasion with HATS! That brings me to the challenges:

Simon Says Stamp & Show: Hats ( i know this isn't really their style, but I hope it's acceptable!)

G' to watch Idol from last night!


Just a random card I made to meet a challenge at The Color Throwdown blog
As almost always, I've used Club Scrap Paper. 3 kits, Comics red & black, yellow bookplate is from Poetry and the cream card base is from Hearth & Home (i think?). The yellow butterflies were just white cardstock (cut with my silhouette) inked with mustard Seed DI and sprayed with Pearl Glimmer Mist. I've also been wanting to try this embossing technique for a while and i really like the results.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

2 challenges 1 card

In between more laundry and homework, I've been working on some Christmas Cards using the Club scrap kit called Comics. This kit isn't a favorite of mine i'm sorry to say, but they can't all be, right? I'm just totally turned off by the graphics, but they make funky Christmas cards, so I'm keeping my promise to myself of completing at least some Christmas cards before December 2011! This particular one also follows the sketch at Clean & Simple stamping blog (a new discovery for me that I love). I'm really not into 8 layers with dimensional adhesives all over the place. Makes for a very mailing unfriendly card and is just a bit fussy for my simpler tastes, so this blog suits me fine!

Club Scrap - use components from 3 2010-11 Club Scrap Kits
FTL 133 from Clean & Simple blog

Saturday, March 26, 2011

5 challenges 1 card

This card was created to meet a few challenges:

Club Scrap - use components from 3 2010-11 Club Scrap Kits

Play Date Cafe Challenge #74 - Teal, White & Purple/lavender Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge #96

Flutterby Wednesday - Include a fairy, an angel or a butterfly

Little Red Wagon - Challenge #73 - use butterflies in your project

Hoping to get a few more done tomorrow. G'night!

Friday, March 25, 2011

PSL Week 7 - Mojo Monday Sketch #183

I've been slacking on my contribution to the PSL (Pro Scrapbooking League) challenges going on over at Club Scrap, but I did manage to eek out a few cards today using my new favorite medium pearlescent watercolors and the gorgeous Lotus Pond collection from Club Scrap. The challenge at Club Scrap was to use components from any three 2010-11 kits which i have done by using Lotus Pond's greetings-to-go along with a dark green from All That Jazz and a sheer organza ribbon from the Sonoma collection.

In addition, I've followed sketch #183 on Mojo Monday. Sorry my photo is so bad, i was losing daylight.

Happy Friday all. It's sure been a long week for me and I'm looking forward to some quality creating time this weekend.

Kit/Papers: Lotus Pond G2G, Sonoma purple, ATJ Dark Green
Ribbon: Sonoma
Other: Follows Mojo Monday sketch #183 Pearlescent Watercolors on LP designs (pad, frog, flower)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day

I made these and the next set for Club Scrap's PSL Mixed Kit Week Challenge

Paper: Club Scrap-Common Threads green, Memoirs brown and white. Dotted is old stuff from my stash
Fiber: Club Scrap-Ornamental
Bling: clear gems colored with Bic Mark It, ultra fine glitter applied with quickie glue pen & perfect pearls (on one only)
Design: scraplifted from Mariana Grigsby
but hat is my own design cut on Silhouette.
Stamp: years old shamrock from stampin up
Paper: Club Scrap-Memoirs kraft and green (inked with peeled paint distress ink to darken), Pure&Simple white (or black)
Fiber: Mirror, Mirror
Celtic Knot cut on Silhouette, Martha Stewart punch used for scallop border.