Monday, May 31, 2010

Tweenie Teen Musical

Second Post Today.  For my Guest Designer post, please scroll down.
This week's Wednesday Stamp Club challenge was to incorporate MFT's new Take Note digital papers or any other musical designer papers into our project.  Considering how I've been looking high and low for some sort of musical background paper, it didn't take me long to purchase and download the Take Note collection.  I love all of the choices in the Stephanie Fizer Take Note collection including the hand written and typed text as well.  It sure saves on those big background stamps.

I started out by stamping my Pure Innocence Tweeny Teen twice on MFT Perfect Paper Panel in memento tuxedo black in and colored with prismacolor markers highlighting as necessary.  After cutting out one of my Tweeny Teen images, I popped it up on dimensionals and the MP3 player on mico pop dots.

Taking a sponge, I sponged Stampin Up! lilac dye ink around the edges of the card before layering my Tweeny Teen image over the musical panel.  Once I added some ribbon, prima flowers, and some Stampendous class-a-peel stickers to the centers of the prima flowers, my card was done.

Stamps:  MFT Tweenie Teen Rock On
Cardstock: Stampin Up! Lovely Lilac, Ballet Blue, White
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin Up! Lovely Lilac
Accessories: Prismacolor Markers, Making Memories Baby Brads, Primas, Ribbon, Glue Dots, Stampendous Class-A-Peels, Stipple Brush, Sponges

Fun In The Sun - MFT Guest Designer Challenge

This month's MFT Guest Designer challenge was an open HOT theme.  Well, I based my card on California's well known triple digit temperatures during the summer and wow can they be hot! 

I first stamped the Pure Innocence Beach Bum twice on MFT Perfect Panels in memento black and colored with Prismacolor markers.  Once I had my images colored and cut out, I took the scalloped, jumbo scallop and cloud MFT Die-namics to create my waves, sand and clouds sponging matching ink along the edges to define the cardstock a bit more.  For my beach "sand" I pulled out some cork "cardstock" I had found at Michael's a year or so ago and just never used, however, I knew I just had to have it at the time. ;)

Once I was totally done sponging around the edges of the card, I began assembling everything.  Using pop up glue dots, I added my little Beach Bum first, sponging some Stampin Up! pretty in pink dye ink around the edges of her skin to show the early signs of a sunburn.  After that came the sandcastle, shovel, bucket and seashells with ice stickles to highlight area where water should be "drying off". 

Here is a close up of my little beach bum playing in the sand. 

California get it's hot temperatures because of all of the sunshine we get during the summer, so I pulled out a Martha Stewart sunflower punch and turned my sunflower into a blazing HOT sun by punching through some Stampin Up! scrap summer sun cardstock twice, sponging with the same ink and then popping it up with a pop up glue dot.  Digging through my stash of stuff, I found some of those Making Memories page pebbles (remember those) that I just had to have again and added one to the center of my sun for a little extra dimension.  Another thing I discovered with my MFT cloud Die-namic is that the clouds are a great way to add phrases too.

Well, I hope you enjoyed my tour on the beach.  I also hope someone gets this little urchin some sunscreen soon too. 

Stamps:  MFT Beach Bum
Cardstock:  Stampin Up! Tempting Turquoise, Pacific Pointe, White, Summer Sun Scrap, Cork
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin Up! Summer Sun, Tempting Turquoise, Pacific Pointe, Creamy Caramel, Versamark Cloud White
Accessories: Pop Up Glue Dots, Prismacolor Markers, Making Memories Page Pebbles, Ice Stickles, MFT Die-Namics, Micro Pop Dot, Glue Dot

Monday, May 24, 2010

Sparkling Mermaid

Hello again.  Isn't this little mermaid too cute?  This little underwater scene too me about an hour to color and a week to assemble thanks to another migraine last week and a crazy work schedule. 
My images are digital CC Designs from All That Scraps.  Once the print ink was dry, I colored everything with prismacolor markers then cut them out. Since I couldn't find my water designer paper in my stash (I just know it's somewhere), I pulled out some blue/purple marbled glossy paper instead and attached my cut pieces with glue dots popping a few up for added dimension.  Once ice stickles and may arts ribbon was added, my project was finally finished; a week later.
Stamps: CC Designs Digital Stamp
Cardstock: White, Marbled Designer Paper
Accessories: Printer, Computer, Ice Stickles, Prismacolor Markers, Pop Dots, Glue Dots, May Arts Ribbon 

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Gardening Pixie

Second post for today.  I made this card for a friend who's daughter plays fast pitch softball.  Well, last weekend her team was called cheaters by a bunch of "moms" since the officials deemed one of their players too old for the competition and took some of their wins away.  So these girls battled from the bottom of their bracket back to the top, and some people didn't like it and they were still called names.  Poor sportsmanship on behalf of the parents if you ask me.  What kind of example as parents are they setting for their kids to act that?  Well, I wanted Hailey to know I was proud of her for her play, and for not responding to their bad attitude.

This sweet pixie is from CC Designs digital stamp I've had some time.  Once the printer ink had set, I colored her with my prismacolor markers and then stippled Stampin Up! bashful blue ink around the edges before layering and sponging around the edges.  I pulled two Martha Stewart punches out to create my border and butterflies before adding bling to the bodies and a rolled flower to the card.

Stamps: CC Designs Digital
Card Stock: Certainly Celery, White, Mauve Mist, Ballet Blue
Ink: Celery, Bashful Blue
Accessories: Prismacolor Markers, Glue Dots, Bling, Martha Stewart Punches, Making Memories Baby Brads

Watercolored MFT Jolinne

Happy Sunday everyone.  I hope you have been enjoying your weekend.  Sorry it's been so long since I've posted.  Once again, I've been dealing with some nasty migraines since Mother Nature has decided Central California needs another dose of winter-like weather and has been bouncing the barometer like a basketball.Smiley

This weeks MFT Wednesday Stamp Club challenge is water coloring.  Oh my word!  I haven't water colored since I bought my prismacolor markers from Lauren Meader (aka mytime) and I have lost my touch a bit since I reach for my markers for everything now it seems. 

However, I'm also not one to back down from a challenge either -- migraine or not.  So I stamped my image (twice for boo boos) on MFT Perfect Panels in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and dusted off my Twinkling H2O's and aqua painter.  After heat setting my image with my embossing gun, not to mention scaring the dog and cats, I got to work with my water coloring.  I truly forgot how much fun it is to watercolor and how relaxing it can be as well. 

Once everything was dry, I lightly stippled Stampin Up! bashful blue and celery inks around my Jolinne before layering and stamping my background using an old retired Stampin Up! set and sponging celery ink around the edges of the card. Using the scalloped die-namic and some scrap pale plum card stock, I made a sponged layer to place under the Jolinne as an added embellie and to match the final rolled flower I was adding from Joanne's SCS tutorial from the prior week.  If you haven't tried it here, you really should.  It's easier thank it looks.

Stamps: MFT Fairy Jolinne
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin Up! Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery
Card stock:MFT Perfect Panels, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, Pale Plum, Bashful Blue
Accessories: Aquapainter, Prismacolor Marker, Twinkling H2O's, Gem, Making Memories Baby Brads, Dimensionals, MFT Scalloped Die-Namic, Sponges, Glue Dots

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Jesus Bear

Welcome. I'd like to tell you a true story about a bear I came across years ago called The Jesus Bear.

There was a beautiful, and wonderful, woman in her late 30's diagnosed with breast cancer. After one round of aggressive chemotherapy and radiation, the cancer went into remission. Two years later, she kept getting pneumonia and her lower back kept hurting like she was in a car accident, yet she hadn't. X-rays showed her lower back to be slightly fractured, yet without any trauma happening, her doctor decided to forward the films off for a second opinion with her chest x-rays as well. Unfortunately, her cancer had returned, and it returned aggressively and in several places as well.

The breast cancer had metastasized to the spine, lungs, shoulder and liver. Once again, she went through chemotherapy and radiation to fight back the cancer, however this time it wasn't working. In November 1989, she was given six weeks to live and she flat told the doctor that wasn't going to work because her daughter was getting married in eight weeks. You see, my mother had planned to help walk me down the aisle as well as my step-dad.

The night of my wedding rehearsal, I could see my mom start going downhill. She made it to her goal. She was going to see me married. She was going to walk me down the aisle. My brother had a budding career in computer programming and could take care of himself financially now and she felt she could finally turn the both of us over to the Lord to take care of us as her job her on Earth was coming to an end.

Mom received a gift from either our Pastor, or my step-dad, of a teddy bear with a quarter taped to it's paw. You see, mom had given a bear, with a quarter, to the Pastor's wife's aunt as she was nearing death and was getting scared about it, and told her when she felt her time coming and was ready, all she had to do was take the quarter with her and make a call to Jesus to let Him know she was ready to come Home so He could come and get her. That bear helped the Pastor's aunt so much that she was never scared again.

As mom declined from December 1990 to May 1991, several times I had to move her Jesus Bear out of my way to help her get up out of her hospital bed at home, or to reach for the TV to change the channel for her on the days my employer would give me the day off to help take care of her.

On May 19th, 1990, my husband and I received the phone call I never wanted to receive. "If you want to say goodbye, you'd better get here fast" said my step-dad. Although we lived an 1 1/2hrs away, my husband made it to their house in forty-five minutes. Five minutes from my parents house, I got the impression of someone reaching for something and I held onto my old teddy bear I had brought with me even harder. I found out when we arrived I missed saying goodbye by five minutes. Once again, I had to move mom's Jesus Bear out of the way, only this's quarter was missing!! Mom had taken her quarter and made her call on her way Home. I've had people tell me throughout the years the quarter just fell off, but the quarter never showed up while we were cleaning up once the hospital bed was moved out and even the tape was missing off of her Jesus Bear.

I am reminded of the children's book I'll Love You Forever where the mom is rocking her child throughout the years even into adult hood telling the child how much she loves him saying "I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, as long as I'm living my baby you'll be". When the mother becomes too old to do this, but still tries to, the child/man reverses roles and the phrase: "I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, as long as I'm living my mommy you'll be".

This post is dedicated to Ruth Marion Hart October 24, 1946 - May 19, 1991

Stamps: Taylored Expressions Beary Special, Beary Special Accessories, The Places You'll Go

Cardstock: Stampin Up! Chocolate Chip, Rose Red, So Saffron, Almost Amethyst, MFT Cream Perfect Panel,

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin Up! Chocolate Chip

Accessories: Prismacolor Markers, MFT Scallop Die-namic, Stampin Up! Air Art Tool, Chocolate Chip Marker, Ice Stickles, Vintage Brads, Dimensionals, Sponges, Primas, Glue Dots, Gem Sticker

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Blast From The Past!!!

Welcome everyone!! I hope you're enjoying Taylored Expressions Blast From The Past Blog Hop!!! I know I am.

My project tonight uses one of my favorite TE sets The Places You'll Go. I love this set mostly because I grew up reading Dr. Seuss, Where The Wild Things Are and I'll Love You Forever myself and then to my own kids when they were little.

I stamped my images in memento tuxedo black ink and colored with prismacolor markers before stippling Stampin Up! bashful blue ink around the outside edges and layering my balloon with Stampin Up! sage shadow and pretty in pink cardstock. I matched some Prima Pretties flowers I had in my stash to some Memory Box designer paper and Michael's organdy $1 ribbon with some Stampin Up! pretty in pink ribbon to finish off the front of the card, while the inside I just used the Prima, designer paper, and one of my favorite sayings from this set.

"The more that you read, the more things you will know,
The more that you learn, the more places you'll go". Dr Seuss
Isn't this so true?

Tomorrow I'll be posting a card using my second favorite saying from this set combined with another one of my favorite TE sets.

Now continue on the blog hop for some more fabulous Blast From The Past eye candy!

Stamps: Taylored Expressions The Places You'll Go
Cardstock: Stampin Up! Brocade Blue, Sage Shadow, Pretty In Pink, White, Memory Box DP
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin Up! Bashful Blue
Accessories: Prismacolor Markers, Stampin Up! Soft Subles Brads, Stipple Brush, Prima Pretties, Glue Dots, Stampin Up! Pretty In Pink Ribbon, Michael's $1 Organdy Ribbon,

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Reading Rocks Vintage

Happy Saturday everyone! I actually accomplished two things with this blog post today. One, sent my oldest to his first prom (sniff) and two, completed my Wednesday Stamp Club card before Monday night.

I wanted to try my hand at this week's featured Splitcoast tutorial rolled flowers. However, since the designer paper I chose was a darker, almost vintage color, I decided I would make sure my project would show a little age with it.

I started out by pulling out some Stephanie Fizer digital paper I had already printed out, then pulled out the matching Stephanie Fizer I Heart Books stamp set and the Grow Love Plant A Tree set and stamping my images on MFT cream perfect panels in memento tuxedo black ink before coloring with prismacolor markers. Once I had everything colored, cut out and my card made, I took a small stipple brush and stippled Tim Holtz old paper ink over the entire card and along the edges of my designer papers to "age" them a bit before adding just a little bit of Tim Holtz walnut stain ink as well.

Taking my large scallop die-namic, I ran it through my big shot with two different colors of felt to make the "hilly" grass to complete my scene. Once my felt was cut down to size, I also stippled Tim Holtz old paper distress ink over the felt to "age" it as well so the overall look would match and the felt wouldn't too bright against the distressed background.

For the final touch, I added a ribbon I had tried die cutting with the scallop die-namic but didn't like how it turned out, so instead of throwing the ribbon away, I tied it into a knot and frayed the edges, then distressed the ribbon to match the card.

The inside of the card was distressed with Tim Holtz old paper ink as well before adding my Stephanie Fizer designer paper and matching images.

Following Joanne's tutorial on SCS, I made my rolled flower, added some glitter, then using some glue dots added it to the bottom left hand corner of the card.

Stamps: MFT Stephanie Fizer Grow Love Plant A Tree, I Heart Books
Cardstock: Vanilla, MFT Cream Perfect Panels, MFT Stephanie Fizer Digital Paper, Stampin Up! Chocolate Chip
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Tim Holtz Old Paper and Walnut Stain
Accessories: Prismacolor Markers, Stipple Brushes, Glue Dots, Pop Dots, Making Memories Baby Brads, Felt, MFT Die-Namics, Ribbon, Glitter, Stampin Up! Crystal Effects,

Friday, May 14, 2010

Die-namic Farming!

TGIF!!! Happy Friday everyone!! We made it through the week.

I have a couple of cards from the archives waiting for a major migraine to go away so I could post them. They both feature MFT's new scalloped die. Isn't it the coolest?!! The dies cut through cardstock, cork, felt, and ribbon!! I'm in heaven.

For the first card, I used MFT's set Punny Farm stamped on MFT Perfect Panels in memento tuxedo black and colored with prismacolor
markers before stippling Stampin Up! bashful blue and creamy caramel inks around the images. Using my scalloped die, I cut through some ribbon to create a border for my layers that would match my card.

For my second card, I used MFT's Gardner Flopsey (I just love Flopsey) stamped in memento tuxedo black on MFT Perfect Panels and again colored with prismacolor markers with Stampin Up! bashful blue ink stippled around him. This time I used the die to make two "borders" to layer underneath Flopsey using some apricot cardstock scraps before stamping them with MFT's In The Background stamp set.

For some final embellishments, I dug through my stash for some gardening buttons I knew I had somewhere and added them with glue dots.

Stamps: MFT Punny Farm, Gardner Flopsy, Simple Sayings

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Cardstock: Sage Shadow, Apricot Appeal Scraps, MFT Perfect Panel, MFT Chocolate Kiss Scalloped Card

Accessories: Gardening Buttons, Glue Dots, Prismacolor Markers, Stipple Brushes, Sizzix Fence Die, MFT Die-namic Scallop Die