Sunday, November 21, 2010

Lovely In Lilac

This is my last hurrah until after Thanksgiving.
The challenge at Bah! Humbug! this week is Lovely In Lilac and I have taken lilac to the max. I really like lilacs and purples so maybe that is why it was easy for me to create this card.
The background paper and the poinsettia petals are from the same piece of paper that I created using the leftover ink on my craft sheet when I dyed the hem tape I used a few days ago. Started life as a plain piece of white card stock. I spritzed it with the glimmer mist I made before punching and embossing and debossing the background. I rubbed some silver metallic rub-on paste on the background paper and tipped the Elegant Eggplant leaves on the poinsettia.The silver and purple micro beads in the center really set this off. I hope you can see the silver embossed greeting in the top right .
I have to give credit where credit is due on this beautiful poinsettia. Carla at Carla Scraps-11-18-09 post gives a great tutorial on how to create this beauty. Carla is very talented and has some other great tutorials on a myriad  of other projects.  She uses red of course, and I think she made a white one also. Poinsettias come in all colors these days so  if you get a Martha Stewart 1" rose leaf punch, a small 5 petal flower punch, and a 1" circle punch you'll be able to have yourself quite a poinsettia farm.
I'll close for now. Wishing all of you a Happy Thanksgiving. I know customs are different all over the world, but whatever ethnicity or religion we are it's always a good time to be thankful for family, friends, and the good things we have in our lives. The bad things, well, I've been told what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. That may seem a  little harsh, but, I also try to hang onto the premise that all things only last for a season. Keep steppin', yall!!
1 Challenge:
Supplies: 4" X 5 1/2" Pale Plum card blank, Papers: Stampin Up-Elegant Eggplant, Pale Plum, white card stock unknown, Stamp: Stampin Up-Firside Christmas, Ink: Stampin Up-Elegant Eggplant re-inker, Brilliance-Platinum Planet, CTMH silver embossing powder, Craf-T Products-silver metallic rub-on, Martha Stewart-1" rose leaf punch, Stampin Up-1" circle punch, Stampin Up-Textured Impression Elegant Lines embossing folder, The Paper Studio-5 petal flower punch, ribbon-Michael's, silver and purple micro beads unknown, Amy's Glittering Glue, glue dots.

Thanks for viewing,
Beverly G ♥ 

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Butterfly Blessing


I recently renewed my subscription to Technique Junkies and got the Fancy Folds and Motion Paper Crafts CD also. I have grown in my abilities as a paper craft artist so I think I might be worthy to be a Technique Junkie. I have joined the Yahoo group and will be trying to figure out how to post this card on there also. My computer skills are growing too, so I will probably be able to figure it out.
In the coming weeks the cards I will be posting will be for 1,2, or 3 challenges. Quite a few of the challenge blogs are changing their rules. I guess there was to much piling it on. Oh well, I will get more cards made, just not as many comments per card. A little whine from a comment hog.
Onto the main reason for this post. A Z Fold Card. I wouldn't have chosen these colors together, but that's one reason we do challenges--to challenge ourselves--and after this was completed I think it's kind of pretty.
The sentiment and the main butterfly inside are from a package of stamps I won from Artful Inkables a few months ago. I thanked them then, but another Thank You is in order. They have branched out into digis also, so if you are not familiar with Artful Inkables hop on over and browse around, you might find something you would like to add to your stash.
3 Challenges: 
Supplies: Z Fold card blank, Papers: Stampin Up-Pacific Point, Melon Mambo, Blushing Bride, Stamps: Artful Inkables, Inkadinkado, Ink: Stampin Up-Melon Mambo, Pacific Point, VersaMark Ink Pad, Cuttlebug Fancy Corner die, Stampin Up-Scallop Trim border punch, Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Scallop Circles Lg., Stampin Up-1 3/4" circle punch, ribbon-Offray, Scor-Tape.

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Beverly G ♥

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Thankfulness

Wow, my ribbon actually photographed the color it really is in person. Amazing, it usually comes out looking blue. Seam binding bows are really in, but before I ordered any, I got to thinking, how about some plain old hem tape(not the iron on kind). Soo, I got out the Elegant Eggplant re-inker, put some drops on my non-stick craft sheet(how do we live without those?), spritzed with water, and squished the hem tape all around until it was saturated, scrunched it up and was going to let it dry by itself. However, impatience took hold, because it's kind of slippery and shiny, I took a wooden clothes pin to hold it scrunched and took the heat gun to it. I have to be honest, it smoked a little bit, but didn't melt. I'm very pleased with the result, I like the little bit of shininess.
These are the beautiful Autumn Spice papers and Day of Gratitude stamp set from Stampin Up. Very fun to work with.
1 Challenge:
Supplies: Cream Card Blank 5" X 6 1/2" Halcraft, Papers: Stampin Up-Specialty Designer Series Paper Autumn Spice, Very Vanilla, Elegant Eggplant, Stamp: Stampin Up-Day of Gratitude, Ink: Stampin Up-Rich Razzleberry, Elegant Eggplant re-inker,  Stampin Up-1 3/4" circle punch, The Paper Studio Spare Parts-leaf brad, lace-Offray, hem tape, sew machine, metallic gold sewing thread, Tim Holtz Distress Tool, Stampin Up dimensionals.

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Beverly G ♥

Rudolf & Santa

 Recently I signed up for the Stamp of the Month Club at The Pixie Cottage. One of the artists over there is Artish, and this month the stamp of the month happens to be: Dashing Through the Sky. There are  several artists at The Pixie Cottage that I am one of their fans. If you haven't checked into to this club,  hop over and read all about the particulars, very easy and very reasonable. A great way to build your stamp stash. There is also a great tutorial from 11-13-10, with great pictures and instructions on how to create the cute pop-up Christmas Tree which just happened to be the perfect addition to my card today. A friend of mine gave me some of this embossed paper and I thought it looked like snowflakes. A little sponging, some gold stickles, a star sticker, and a little piece of brown doodled paper for the trunk, some stamps presents and Wah Lah! a very cute Christmas Card.
Before I close today I just have to do a little bit of clapping. I have won an honorable mention at The Shabby Tearoom for my Victoria Dress Form and this morning I found out that I won first place at Gingersnap Creations for the Gothic Arches I created right around Halloween. These are both such and honor because that was the first time I had entered at Gingersnap Creations and only the second time at The Shabby Tearoom. Just a big shout out to both challenge blogs, Thanks to all the very talented artists at both sites, what a confidence booster to be acknowledged at those two sites.












1 Challenge: 
Supplies: White Card Blank 5" X 6 1/2" Halcraft, Papers: The Paper Co., Stampin Up-Whisper White, white embossed unknown, Stamps: The Pixie Cottage-Dashing Through the Sky, Recollections-Christmas Borders, Ink: Stampin Up-Riding Hood Red, Night of Navy, Old Olive, Soft Suede, Copic Markers, Sharpie Poster Paint Pen-Red, Sakura Gelly Roll Pen-gold and silver, Suze Weinberg's Pure Glitz-Champange, Ranger Glossy Accents, Stampin Up-ticket punch, Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic scallop Circle Lg., Stampin Up-Sizzlits Lots of Tags, Michael Richards-red metal stickers, house stencil unknown, pop dots, Scor-Tape. 

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Beverly G ♥

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Haute Couture

I've recently found Gingersnap Creations and The Shabby Tearoom challenge blogs.  A couple of my on line friends have inspired me to stretch my wings and add to my style repertoire. These 2 sites are populated by a lot of very talented people, so I'm finding even more inspiration.
I'm very excited about this project. It is very different for me. A few details: I broke out my foam brush, Mod Podge, and paper mache dress form. I mixed up some homemade glimmer mist(Iridescent Medium, dye reinker, and water), sprayed a white paper towel, let it dry while I was tearing up papers and and mod podging them to the dress form. Some of the blank spaces that were left I filled in with pieces of the paper towel. It turned out looking kind of like net. After the paper towel was very dry, I punched out 3 lg. flowers and 3 small flowers, peeled the paper towel apart, did some inking on the bottom part of the petals, glued the flat pearl to the small petals with Tombow glue, scrunched and attached the lg. petals and scrunched some more. Then, I stamped some words around and a small flower, attached the lace, pearls, sm. hanger brad, pins and scissors. That's pretty much the highlights. I was sticky, inky, and had stuff strewn all over the place, but this was a fun endeavor.
The longer I've looked at her this afternoon, I've decided she's pretty enough to have a name--Victoria.

















3 Challenges:


Supplies: Paper Mache dress form, Papers: Memory Works, DCWV, paper towel, Stamps: Invoke Arts, Just For Fun Stamps,Ink: Stampin Up-Rich Razzleberry, Elegant Eggplant re-inker, Iridescent Medium, Mod Podge, Sharpie Poster Paint Marker-silver, Stampin Up-Pretties Kit, Stampin Up-Fancy Flower Punch, EK Success med. flower punch, Eyelet Outlet-hanger brad, corsage pins, sm. scissors unknown, Prima-Swirly Pearls, Lace-Offray, Tombow glue.

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Beverly G ♥

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Scallop Gate Fold


This card was inspired by the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge--Design Team Inspiration! They have a great bunch of talented girls at their challenge blog. Annette from Studio A Paper Creations really inspired me with her card. She used a Spellbinders Nestability to make the wreath on the front of her card and a Meljen's digi, a very spring like card. My mind immediately went to a Christmas card using these new papers from Stampin Up and this new stamp set Bells & Boughs. However, I do not have the die she used, so after mulling over several ideas, short of ordering the die, this is what I came up with.
A scallop Spellbinder Nestability die that I cut the center out of , a 1/16" hole punch, and a length of ribbon, I carefully threaded the ribbon around the inside of the circle, knotted it at the bottom and tied a bow to go on top of that, hence 4 tails. It looked a little plain to me, so I added the gold metallic dots, which when I stamped and embossed the bells with coffee ink and clear embossing powder, colored with Copic Markers, I added the tiny gold metallic dots and that just set the whole thing off for me. I loved the way Annette attached the long triangles to the inside flaps, so I copied that. This is a 5 1/4" square gate fold card, the left side of the wreath is permanently attached and I put a small amount of dotto non-permanent adhesive to the right side to hold it temporarily closed. 
Hope you like this one as much as I do.
6 Challenges:
Supplies: 5 1/4" square gate fold card, Papers: Stampin Up-Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Designer Series Paper Deck The Halls, Stamp: Stampin Up-Bells & Boughs, Ink: Ranger Archival Ink-Coffee, VersaMark Ink Pad, Stampin Up-Cherry Cobbler, Stampin Up clear embossing powder, Copic Markers, Sharpie Poster Paint Pen-gold, Sakura Gelly Roll Pen-gold, 1/16" hole punch, Fiskars shape cutter template-Circles-1, Spellbinders Nestabilities-Classic Scallop Circle Lg., ribbon-Michael's, Recollections-gold metallic dot stickers, Scor-Tape, dotto.

Thanks for viewing,
Beverly G ♥

Monday, November 8, 2010

The Ants Are Stirring

Laurie Wilson,  from the Doodle Pantry has been creating some really neat digi stamps for awhile now(don't want to get the time line wrong), and now she has started the Doodle Pantry Blog with 2 challenges a month. Lots of neat prizes and freebies. When I lost all my digis, Laurie was one of the first vendors to offer me so much help. If you don't have any Doddle Pantry digis I recommend that you check out Laurie's new blog. You will be able to catch all her new releases on this new blog also.
I paper pieced the ornament and that particular piece of paper already had red dots on it, but in my zeal for extra cuteness I went around the outside edge with the Ruby Slippers stickles. If you've used stickles you already know they require a steady hand, mine wasn't so much today. Sorry for the messyness Laurie. And, you all know I'm not the do over girl because I had already printed, colored, and sponged the pink softy around the edges--I was going in the right direction. I promise I'll do better on the next challenge which is on November 26th, I believe. Don't trust me though, hop over and check out the blog for the whole low down.
3 Challenges:
Supplies: White Card Blank 5" X 6 1/2" Halcraft, Papers: Stampin Up-Whisper White, Marina Mist, Always Artichoke, Specialty Designer Series Paper Candy Cane Christmas, Stamps: Doodle Pantry-Holiday Ants digi, Ink: Stampin Up-Marina Mist, Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, Copic Markers, Suze Weinberg's Pure Glitz-Ruby Slippers, Spellbinders Nestabilities-Labels Ten, Stampin Up-glimmer brads, Sakura Gelly Roll Pen-gold and silver, Stampin Up dimensionals.

Thanks for viewing,
Beverly G ♥

Let It Snow Shaker

I carved a little time in my studio today, YAY!
I saw an idea for this card in the Stampin Up catalog. Same stamp set, different colors, and I got my snowman's head to high over his body, but maybe when he jumped for joy that it was going to snow his head hasn't settled back down. I'm really loving this new color Marina Mist that Stampin Up came out with.
I should have pulled out my treat cups for Halloween, but Christmas is a good time for treats also.
4 Challenges:
Supplies: White Card Blank 5" X 6 1/2" Halcraft, Papers: Stampin Up-Brushed Silver Card Stock, Marina Mist, Specialty Designer Series Paper Candy Cane Christmas, Stamp: Stampin Up-Big On Christmas, Ink: Stampin Up-Whisper White craft, Not Quite Navy, Marina Mist marker, Sakura Gelly Roll Pen-White, Stampin Up-treat cup, Barbara Trombley's art glitter-White, beads unknown, Fiskars shape cutter template-Circles-1, Stampin Up-1 3/4" circle punch, ribbon-Michael's Celebrate It!, Stampin Up dimensionals.

Thanks for viewing,
Beverly G ♥

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Tiny Takeout Box

This is a tiny project, but just as cute as can be. It's a good thing it was tiny because that's how my time has been lately. Just to let you all know if I seem hit and miss for the next few weeks--I'm cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year and looks like we've got quite a few takers so far. That means a house full --Happy Holidays! I also have a stack of cards that I'm trying to get ready to go off to be considered for publication again. I've had such a fabulous year in that department I'm hoping I get published  again in 2011. Thanks to all my supporters and encouragers.
I need to do a little clapping this evening also. I won a Top 5 at Get Sketchy this last week and I won a first place at Blackleaf Studios and low and behold that was 2 weeks in a row, I've never had that happen before--Thank You Ashley. You'll be seeing a card soon with the digis I won. If you haven't given these two challenges a try hop on over and give it a go, well worth the fun.
1 Challenge:
Supplies: Papers: Stampin Up-Marina Mist, Whisper White, Brushed silver card stock, Stamps: Stampin Up-Tags til Christmas, Recollections-Christmas Borders, Ink: Stampin Up-Not Quite Navy, Brilliance-Platinum Planet, Martha Stewart-Snowflake corner punch, Stampin Up-1 3/4" circle punch, silver jewelry cord unknown, ribbon-Michael's Celebrate It!, Crop-A-Dile, glue dots.

Thanks for viewing,
Beverly G ♥

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Tower of Presents
















 This card started life as a white 5" X 6 1/2" blank. With some Stampin Up Candy Cane Christmas Designer Series paper and some ribbons from my ribbon stash, the Stampin Up Tags til Christmas stamp set and the Lg. Tag punch this turned out to be a very cute Tower of Presents.
Tag, you say, where's the tag? That's why it took 3 photos, so you could find the tag.
After I had my 3 presents attached to the front of the card, I cut off the excess around the presents very carefully. I only attached the top present on the bottom and two sides to leave room for the bow tag, it tucks nicely between the card blank and the present so it doesn't show on the inside.

 















10 Challenges:

Supplies: White Card Blank 5" X 6 1/2" Halcraft, Papers: Stampin Up Designer Series Paper Candy Cane Christmas, Real Red, Marina Mist,  Stamps: Stampin Up-Tags til Christmas, Ink: Stampin Up-Riding Hood Red, Stampin Up Lg. Tag Punch, ribbons unknown, Scor-Tape.

Thanks for viewing,
Beverly G ♥