Tuesday, June 22, 2010

June Blast From The Past!!!

Hello everyone.  Sorry it's been so long since my last post, between migraines and BOTH of my computers crashing on me, it's been a long three weeks.

For this month's Blast From The Past Blog Hop, I decided to use an oldie but goodie - Branching Out and Branching Out Coordinates.  Even while on migraine medications, using these two sets can make clean-and-simple look totally cute!

Stamped in memento tuxedo black and colored with prismacolor markers, I stippled Stampin Up! bashful blue and wild wasabi around the edges of the images to fill in the white before adding primas, brads, die cut clouds and punched grass for the final touches.

Don't forget to stop at the rest of the blog hop participants listed below:

Stamps: Taylored Expressions Branching Out & Branching Out Coordinates
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin Up! Bashful Blue, Wild Wasabi
Cardstock: Stampin Up! Riding Hood Red, Baja Blue, Wild Wasabi, MFT Perfect Panels
Accessories: Primas, Prismacolor Markers, Glue Dots, Stampendous Class-A-Peels, Martha Stewart Grass Punch, Making Memories Flower Brads, Sponge, Stipple Brush, MFT Di-namic Cloud Die

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Cracked Country Rooster

Happy Thursday everyone!!!! 

Today I have a country, yet vintage-y (yes I made that up) card for you.  I thought I would ink up a set that a friend of mine rak'd me and I had a blast with it. 

Pulling out a retired Stampin Up! chicken wire background and using a color comb I'm not used to, I started out by stamping the background on so saffron cardstock then sponging the edges.  After that, I stamped my images on vanilla cardstock with memento tuxedo black in and colored with prismacolor markers, blending as needed.  Now this is where I messed up the rooster and almost threw the whole thing in the trash!  However, I decided to continue working with it and I'm glad I did because it finally turned out.  Once my main image was colored, and I was putting the background away, I just happened to stumble across another background from Rubber Stampede I had forgotten was in my stash - a cracked one.  Pulling that one out, and inking it up with Stampin Up! creamy caramel ink, I stamped in off twice before over staming the rooster & chick.  Perfect!  They look like an old piece of art.  So I decided to do the same thing to the bordering blue die cut strip.  It also came out looking great. 

The primas I was adding were a bit too bright for my liking so I sponged Stampin Up! old olive ink over them to darken them up a bit before adding them to the card for the finishing touch.  Perfect!  Clean and fairly simple.

Stamps:  Stampin Up! Country Morning, Chicken Wire Background (retired), Rubber Stampede Cracked Background
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin Up! Creamy Caramel, Bordering Blue, Old Olive, So Saffron
Cardstock: Vanilla, Stampin Up! So Saffron, Bordering Blue, Close To Cocoa, Old Olive
Accessories: Prismacolor Markers, Sponges, Brads, Dimentionals, Primas, Glue Dots, MFT Scalloped Die-Namic, Black Stampin Up! Marker

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

What A Ham!!

Happy Wednesday!!!  I just had to post these pics of one of my cats Squeaky.  She is one of our rescue cats, adopted from the local shelter about 4years ago and will not get any bigger than a 9month old kitten because of being malnourished while she was a kitten before the shelter got ahold of her and nursed her back to health for adoption.

She was laying at the front door on Monday just enjoying the sun, and yes, she knew "Mommy" was taking pictures.  She is such a "ham" for the camera.

Look at this silly girl, just rolling all over the place.  She's just too cute for her own good, but our family loves her and all of her siblings.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Mother Teresa

Happy Tuesday everyone.  Today's card features a phrase that a lot of us speak frequently and probably don't realize who we are quoting. 

" I know God will not give anything I can't handle.  I just wish that He didn't trust me so much". Mother Teresa

The phrase is part of the Mother Teresa stamp set offered by Our Daily Bread Designs stamps.  For me, this phrase carries extra meaning since I've been going through so much lately besides my migraines which I won't get into here. 

For my card, I was inspired by a previous Our Daily Bread challenge on SCS making sentiments the focal point of the card.   I also decided to use a color combo I don't normally use as well.  Pulling out, and dusting off,  Stampin Up! Boho Blossoms backgrounder then stamping in turquoise and again in orange, I finally added my die cut yellow piece with the Mother Teresa saying on it.   For the final touch, sponged primas, brads, and dew drops were added.

Stamps: Stampin Up! Boho Blossoms, Our Daily Bread Mother Teresa
Cardstock: Stampin Up! Yoyo Yellow, Tempting Turquoise, Only Orange
Ink: Only Orange, Tempting Turquoise, Memento Tuxedo Black, Yoyo Yellow
Accessories: Primas, Bold Brights Brads, Glue Dots, Dew Drops, Top Note Die Cut