Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy 2012

Wicked Wednesday Weekly ATC Challenges     WW#12-New Year's Celebration

This will be my Happy New Year post. 
The 2 little hearts have Peace and Love lettered on them(still working on that tiny hand lettering)
Thank you to the team at Wicked Wednesday for embracing me and my art so warmly in the short time I've been playing at their challenge. 
This is a  digi from Dilly Bean Stamps, Megan's art captured my heart from the moment I saw her work, lots of cute and quirky personalities. I printed her on watercolor paper, colored with Stampin' Up markers, chalked around her for some softening, and a little bit of glaze pen on the hearts for shine. 

To all the Team's that I have played on their challenges this year THANK YOU, THANK YOU, for giving all we budding artist's a place to stretch our artistic wings and display our creations. 

To all my followers, HUGE THANKS for all the wonderful comments you leave for me here on my blog and in emails, you continue to help fuel my creative spirit(otherwise known as a voracious ego). ;-)

I have a lot of successes and met a lot of my goals in 2011. I'm looking forward to 2012 with much anticipation. I don't write down new year's resolutions, but I do make some silent goals in my mind and heart and strive to achieve them to the best of my ability, if a few don't get accomplished that's o.k. because I have given my best efforts.

I will enter 2012 with my Grandmother's mantra singing in my head--
Stiffen your backbone, hold your head up straight, look forward, and keep steppin'. 
She lived to be 95, still living by herself and driving. A woman born in 1901, strong and gritty to the end. 

I wish you all Peace and Love and many successes in the coming year.
I'll be back on January 1, 2012--
Happy Creating--
Beverly G ♥

Friday, December 30, 2011

Starry Night

Gingersnap Creations     GC129: Chestnut Theme challenge-Starry Night

It looks like the New Year is going to ring in with a starry sky here in N. TX. tomorrow night. For you snowbound people the high tomorrow is supposed to be 72 degrees. 
When I first saw this challenge at Gingersnap Creations this row of houses and this starry, sparkly stamp came into my mind. I've been wrestling with what to put with them. I dug around in my stash and came up with this blue card blank and what sentiment, my, my so many would have fit this, but I opted for these little words that go so well with starry nights. There was a time when we could lay out in our back yards on the grass without getting eaten up by chiggers and look up into the night sky to dream all kinds of possibilities. 
I'm having my New Year come and go dinner tomorrow night with BBQ Ribs, Potato Salad, Blackeyed Peas, and Cornbread and various other goodies, so as you ring in the New Year 2012, don't forget to keep the laughter, imagination, and beautiful dreams first and foremost in your new year's resolutions if you make them, or just strive to make 2012 a Happier Year than you had this year. 

Keep Creating, 
Beverly G ♥

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Grid Flowers

Rogue Redhead Designs     RC006: Get Griddy

I hope you're all recovering from the holiday celebrations. With this card I'm reminding you to stop and smell the flowers along your busy paths. 
I would like for you to hop over to Rogue Redhead Designs and play in our 6th challenge. Get Griddy, that is to make some kind of grid on your project. One of our entrants so far has used a diamond grid. The challenge closes on Jan 8th so you still have time to get some stamping done in your studios and use some of those Christmas presents and who knows you might be the one to win the prize of some Rogue Redhead Designs stamps. 
I've used one of the stamps and sentiments from the Floriculture set, and the background stamp from the Beach Babes set (which, I have to say is one of the most versatile stamps I've ever seen). I've colored the focal image with PrismaColor pencils and blended with a blending stump and Sansodor Low Odor Solvent. 
Don't miss out on the fun, take some time out for yourself and join in on our 6th Get Griddy Challenge.

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥

Monday, December 26, 2011

Thank You Notes

Gingersnap Creations     GCSP10: Once In A Blue Moon-Thank You Notes

Going along with the theme of this challenge I have to thank Gingersnap for inspiring me to start on my thank you notes before the New Year rings in. 
I found these cute bottle caps with the flared edges and they just begged for some ribbon around them. I love this color combo, brown, cream, black, copper, and gold. 
Thank You Gingersnappers for all the badges, wins, and the month long guest spot I had earlier in the year. I'm looking forward to all the cool challenges you'll have for us in 2012. 

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥

Friday, December 23, 2011

Bright Ideas


A quick post to enter one last challenge before I start cooking and entertaining tomorrow. 
Wicked Wednesday has given me a chance to use a couple of the stamps I got from Scrolls Works before they went out of business. I'm a big Steampunk fan, so with an embossing folder, some Metallic Rub-On, and gear embellies from Jolee's Boutique, we've got some Bright Ideas turning in this gentleman's mind.

Enjoy the holidays and happy stamping,
Beverly G ♥

Spread Some Love

ATCs With Attitude     Challenge #3-Anything Goes

Good Morning again--has everyone got their morning cuppa?
I'm back with our sister Challenge Blog--ATCs With Attitude. You see we're still keeping it simple for you--Anything Goes on a 2 1/2" X 3 1/2" creation.  ATCs are small enough that you can whip one up in probably less 30 minutes after you get your idea settled in your mind. Quick and easy, you enter the challenge and have a chance to win a prize. Now that's what I call starting the new year off right. 
One of our sponsors this week is Fresh Brewed Designs and she generously let some of our Design Team play with a couple of her images. I chose Spread Some Love. I can hardly ever pass up a chance to use hearts. Some of the other Design Team members played with some digis from Stamp Insanity, isn't that great, 2 sponsors that means 2 prizes--YEA!
I printed the digi on Bashful Blue card stock, colored it with Stampin' Up markers, and cut out the houses, trees, grass, and clouds from a retired paper pack from Stampin' Up-Welcome Neighbor. They were just the right size to set this cute butterfly in the foreground spreading some love. For the finishing touch I dot and dashed a border with a white gel pen.
Take some time out of your busy schedules this fortnight for a little breather in your studio. I know you can WOW us with some fantastic creations. Be sure and hop over to check out my Team members creations from some great inspiration. We look forward to starting the New Year out with our loyal fans and some new challenge players.

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥ Design Team Member

Window Shopping

Fat Pages With Attitude     Challenge #3-Anything Goes

Good Friday Morning Everyone! 
When you have recovered from the stress of cooking for large groups and opening all those presents Santa left----
You can go into your studio and join in this next fortnight with the 3rd Challenge at Fat Pages With Attitude. 
Our sponsor this round is Stitchy Bear Stamps, they've got lots of digis and digi papers to choose from, but as you can see above we're keeping things as easy going as possible for you--Anything Goes as long as it's a 4" X 4" page of goodness. 
I've used this Victorian lady Window Shopping digi from Stitchy Bear Stamps. As soon as I saw her I wanted to do something with a Dickenson feel to it. The background is a free Google image which I tweaked to fit my 4" x 4" page, then stamped and heat embossed in silver embossing powder the sentiment. 
I sized the digi to the appropriate size and perspective to fit the Fat Page, printed it on Whisper White card stock and colored it with Copic markers, cut out and attached. That's one of the neat things about digis you can make them different sizes, very versatile.
After I used Scor-Tape to attach the cording around the edges, there was some tape showing, so I sprinkled some very fine clear glitter and bingo, the perfect finishing touch.
We already have a few repeat players and we hope to see more of you joining in our challenge as we ring in the New Year.

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥ Design Team Member

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

White Christmas

The Order Of The Opus Gluei     Challenge #120-I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas
City Crafter Challenge Blog     CCCB#88-Winter White
Shopping Our Stash     SOSC#31-Soft as a Snowflake or Use A Day for Daisies image!
Try Stampin' On Tuesday     Challenge #46-Sketch

I don't usually combine this many challenges anymore, but after I shopped my stash for the striped and swirl paper (bottom layer & snowflakes), and the sentiment stamp both of which I've had for a couple of years, I decided that the Opus Gluei and the City Crafter Challenge were a perfect fit also. I used the sketch from Try Stampin' On Tuesday, but took just a tiny bit of artistic liscense, there's supposed to be a square where the snowflakes are, but the girls over at that particular challenge seem to like some thinking outside the box, which I like. My new Decorative Strip Northern Frost is my current favorite snowflake die and you may not be able to see it in the photo, but after I put the whole thing together I spritzed the whole thing with Vanilla Smooch. 
If you're dreaming of a white Christmas this card will put you in the mood.

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Rooster Crows

Gingersnap Creations     GC128: Color Challenge-Yellow, Red, Brown

Sorry I'm not to chatty today, haven't been feeling very well. The weather here is all over the place. One day cold and rainy, the next sunny and 65, but that's N. TX for you, just wait a few minutes and it will change again.
November was Down On The Farm at Gingersnap Creations, so for the color challenge I decided to keep the head Rooster the focus of this card today. I tapped the markers on the stamp to get the mottled look, sponged some sunny yellow around the medallion because you know all roosters are up at dawn, and tied him down with some bakers twine that I found that has some sparkle to it (even though you may not be able to see that).
Hope to get some more studio time later this evening. 

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A Merry Tag

Anything Goes Challenge Blog     Challenge 56-Anything but A Card
Shopping Our Stash     SOS Challenge #30-Tag It Krafty

I'm closing this evening with a Krafty Anything But A Card Tag. I shopped my stash and came up with some Evergreen embossing powder(never opened), but thought I had to have it, and my go to flourishes by Rhonna Farrer. Tiny rhinestones colored red with a Sharpie marker and the holly cut from last years Stampin' Up Christmas paper, but the ribbon is the new Cherry Cobbler quilted satin, it is so rich and elegant. 
I've had a busy productive, fun day in my studio. 
Happy Stamping to all and to all a good night.

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥

Yuletide Greetings

Wicked Wednesday Weekly ATC Challenges     WW#10-Christmas or Winter Holiday

I didn't put a lot of hardware or bling on this ATC because I liked the simple elegance of it. 
I'm really loving the Stampin' Up Cherry Cobbler embossing powder, heats up very crisp. 
We're coming into the home stretch for Santa arriving. I can smell all the cookies baking from here. Whatever you celebrate this season have a Happy!

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Fireside Greetings

Card Patterns     CPS#145-Sketch
Our Creative Corner     All Ruffled Up Theme Challenge

It's the home stretch now for Christmas. If you haven't mailed your cards you will probably have to hand deliver them. No matter what the weather is outside a cozy decorated fireplace always makes the season seem brighter. 
I started with a great sketch from Card Patterns and used Cherry Cobbler dotted ruffled ribbon, gathered it and sewed down the middle to hold it in place. I used PrismaColor pencils to add a touch of color to the fireplace, a Martha Stewart border punch and a Making Memories poinsettia are the final touches to a warm inviting card.

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥

Skelikinz Christmas

Forever Night Challenges     FFC#20-A Skelikinz Christmas

This is the last challenge for 2011 at Forever Night. They have wished us all Happy Holidays and we wish them the same. They are a quirky different kind of challenge that I've had fun playing at. 
This digi is from Bugaboo Stamps they have a wide variety of fun digis to play with. 
I broke out my fun flock, Spica Glitter pens, and Copic markers. I wish you could see the sparkle. 
Even all of us quirky, different people enjoy the holidays.
I know the DT at Forever Night will have some fun challenges for us in the new year, so rest up and be ready to play in 2012.

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥

Monday, December 12, 2011

Naughty or Nice

Dilly Beans Designers & Friday Challenges     Twisted Christmas Challenge

Well, we're back to Christmas.
I love to combine stamp companies and to me this was a perfect match up. Dilly Beans digi Christmas Tree and the Dunce Cap Skeletons with the sentiment from Stampin' Up, and a die from Spellbinders.
My hubby saw me cutting the skeletons and wanted to know what's up with those and kind of made a face ;-( , but when he saw the finished product, he said, " Now that's cute !" ;-)
Dilly Beans is a new challenge for me and it might be new to you, so hop on over and check it out. 

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥

Livestock Wishes

Gingersnap Creations     GC127: Random Redhead Challenge-Livestock

Today we have gone from snowy Christmas to a bright sunny day on the farm. The famers livestock are gathering to wish him a Happy Birthday. 
Some stamping, fussy cutting, and die cutting made this easy to put together. I've got a friend, Farmer Fred, who's waiting for this card to go in the mail.

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥

Snowflake Christmas

Less Is More     One Layer Card-Let It Snow
Stampin' for the Weekend     Challenge #22-Christmas

A simple, but pretty Christmas card. 
I dry embossed the snowflakes on Confetti White card stock, sponged Bashful Blue ink lightly, heat embossed the sentiment with Night of Navy ink for a little boldness, and topped it off with just a few rhinestones. Easily reproduced many times to send out to all family and friends.

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Snowmen ATC

Quirky Crafts Challenge Blog     Challenge 25-Snow
CAS-ual Fridays     CFC31-In The Mist

This little portrait of cuteness fulfills 4 challenges today. A generous blog friend Melissa from What Do You (Th)Ink, generously stamped a few of these images off for me last year and popped them in the mail. One of the nicest things about blogging is that you make such nice friends all over the world without ever having to leave home. 
I colored the Snowmen with Stampin Up markers and spritzed the backgroud with the Stampin Up Color Spritzer Tool and a Bashful Blue marker. The snowflakes I cut out with the Northern Frost decorative strip with the Bride Specialty Paper, which I think is discontinued. It's a great resist paper. That's how I got the little bit of sparkle when I inked it with the Bashful Blue ink. 
So, as you can see, I've got the misting, the snow, the snowmen, and if that doesn't add up to Winter Fun, then what can I say--"Party Poopers" ;-)

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥

Friday, December 9, 2011

Fat Pages With Attitude Challenge #2

Fat Pages With Attitude     Challenge #2-Anything Goes

The 2nd challenge at Fat Pages With Attitude starts today and will run for 2 weeks. Our sponsor is The Cutting Cafe. If you are not familiar with them you'll want to hop over and have a look around, they've got lots of cutting files and printable stamps, but don't get to caught up over there and forget to come over and create a Fat Page for our 2nd challenge. You just might be the lucky winner of some of those neat things you were looking at. 
They let our team play around with some files for this challenge and I chose this wonderful sentiment about Hope. I found the background image at free Google images and added the white heat embossed branch for the I Will Survive Birdie from Doodle Pantry. I printed it on some pink polka dot paper and colored it with Copic Markers. I used a White gel pen to make the dashes around the edges and I had to add a little bit of bling just to sparkle things up. I also made sure that there is room to punch 3 holes in the left side if this ever goes into a book. 
I will look forward to seeing some of your names over on the entry list as you take the plunge into creating some Fat Pages with me and our talented team in the next 2 weeks.

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥

Thursday, December 8, 2011

ATCs With Attitude Challenge #2

ATCs With Attitude     Challenge #2-Anything Goes

Today our second challenge starts at ATCs With Attitude, it will run for 2 weeks and with the theme Anything Goes we should get a few more of you playing along. We're sponsored this challenge by Floppy Latte Designs.
You can find a large variety of digi stamps and digi papers to play with. I've chosen the Playing in the Snow digi.
I dry embossed a piece of mulberry paper and attached it to a white ATC then rubbed White Sparkle mettalic rub-on on the high spots and around the edges. I printed the digi on Whisper White card stock and hit it with the heat gun just to make sure I didn't get smears, colored it with Copic Markers and Spica Glitter pens, cut it out and popped it up on the ATC. One of my favorite supplies is Liquid Applique, a little bit goes a long way, and white is my favorite color they have. As you can see, it makes great snow. I just love the way it puffs up when you heat it. 
I know you are preparing for big holiday celebrations, but we all need a breather in our studios between family stuff, so come on over and enter in our 2nd challenge. You could win some digis to add to your stash.

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥

Gingerbread Kids

Try Stampin' On Tuesday     Challenge #44-Sketch
The Order of the Opus Gluei     Challenge #119-Gingerbread
Yum, can't you just smell the gingerbread fumes coming from the kitchen. Not this year, only on paper. Most of the girls at Opus Gluei don't even like gingerbread, but gingerbread kids and gingerbread houses have always been a part of our Christmas and they are just as cute as can be. 
I got into my scrap stash for this one and you can't see it in the photo, but I got out my Souffle pens for the cheeks and the white frosting. I paper pieced the girls dress to keep in the polka dot theme, my diagonal bows are a little challenged. I may have to add some strategically placed glue dots later so it can go in the mail.

Happy Christmas preparations.
Beverly G ♥

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Garden

Rogue Redhead Designs    Rogue Crew Member Post
CAS-ual Fridays     CFC30-A Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge

Good Tuesday Morning! Hope you've got a hot cup of coffee this morning if it's as cold where you are as here in N. TX. We had a few snow flurries close by but not here. 
However, I've got a pretty spring card for you this morning. 
I used the sketch from {Freshly Made} Sketches, but was to late to enter the challenge. With my birthday and all the holiday prep going on I'm running behind on some of my favorite challenges. I can still make it into the CAS-ual Fridays challenge and on the Tic-Tac-Toe board I chose diagonal from left to right, which is Scallops, Kraft, and Aqua. 
I went with the Kraft card blank, and a Die-namaics die for the large scallops, and I chose to go with light aqua. With a Pool Party ink pad and a sponge I pulled the vanilla taffeta ribbon between the sponge and pad til I got the hue I wanted. I stamped the flowers from the Floriculture stamp set from Rogue Redhead Designs with Soft Suede ink onto Pool Party card stock, then glued the Beveled Windowpanes on with Glossy Accents. You all know there is still time for you to hop over to Rogue Redhead Designs and take advantage of the great Bundle Sales for our 1st Anniversary that Shar is having and treat yourselves to some great Christmas presents. (Shameless plugging ;-)
That's it for me this morning. Hubby is taking me to lunch and a bit of Christmas shopping. 
Hope your day is filled with Happy Stamping!

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥

Monday, December 5, 2011

Speckled Hen

Gingersnap Creations     GC126: Spicy Supply Challenge-Raffia

The month of November was Down on the Farm at Gingersnap Creations. I was  looking for some chicken wire paper, but never came up with any. I found an old vegetable bag in my stash, but it was red, it kind of looked like chicken wire. Nope, I didn't make it to the local hardware supply. So I thought I would lay the veggie bag on the paper and use it as a stensil. When I started dabbing the green ink pad on it came out like you see, no chicken wire effect, but I kind of liked what I was getting so I decided to go for sky and grass. 
I cut the nest out by hand and stamped it with my wood grain background stamp and sponged the edges. 
I have to give credit to Susan of Cat's Ink*Corporated, she made a card 8-31-10 with a felt chicken made with punches. That is where I got the idea to make this Speckled Hen with part of an Oval, the tip of a star, and 3 different hearts. I glued a tiny black bead for the eye, went around it with a fine black marker, and dabbed the hole with my white gel pen. Thanks Susan--my chick is a little different than yours, but your idea is fantastic.
And Thanks Gingersnappers for all you fun challenges.

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥

Sunday, December 4, 2011

B & W ATC

Wicked Wednesday Weekly ATC Challenge     WW#8-Black & White

Oh My, the holidays are upon us and I'm scrambling this week to enter all the challenges I would like to enter. We've got lots of family birthdays on top of the regular holiday parties so December is always interesting here at our house.
Here's my entry for Wicked Wednesday this week just getting in under the wire, I hope. A great unmounted stamp from Artful Ilusions stamped in black on white, torn, sponged and a couple of really cute tiny dragonflies I picked up somewhere but can't recall where glued on the corner flourishes. 
Ever onward, hope you all have a great week.

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Technique Junkie Newsletter Blog Hop

A Great Good Tuesday Morning to Everyone and Welcome to Stop #4 on the joint Rogue Redhead and Technique Junkies Blog Hop! We are all having loads of fun with the new Technique Junkies 3D and Fun Folds CD!

The Technique Junkies team has joined us to showcase the numerous great techniques on this new CD. As you may know,the Technique Junkies Newsletter has been publishing rubber stamping technique tutorials since 2002. The 3D and Fun Folds CD contains 70 step-by-step technique tutorials in PDF format - perfect dimensions, perfect directions and great pictures for every step. Visit www.techniquejunkies.com for more details about the CD and the Technique Junkie Newsletter.

A fantastic group of design team members from both Rogue Redhead Designs and the Technique Junkie Newsletter, have helped put together this fabulous Blog Hop to kick off the 3D and Fun Folds CD. Not only will the talented Technique Junkies team be hopping with the Rogue Crew today, they started hopping yesterday with Classy Cards N' Such and will be hopping again all the way through Friday one day each with PaperTemptress, Mark's Finest Papers, and Sweet n' Sassy Stamps. Check
The Technique Junkie Newsletter Blog for more details.

After visiting me, you can head off to see Jean Franks Beck at Bluebird Paperie for your next stop. But, before you head off here are a couple of  little gifts I made using the great instructions from the 3D and Fun Folds CD and Rogue Redhead Designs stamps. The first one is the Flower Box which will hold some nifty small writing supplies for a writer friend of mine and the second one is a Goodie Purse and it will hold 2 chocolate nuggets for another special friend.

If you get lost along the way, here's the whole list of hop stops for your convenience.
1. Technique Junkies--http://techniquejunkies.blogspot.com/2011/11/3d-and-fun-folds-joint-blog-hop-day-two.html
2. Rogue Redhead Designs--http://rogueredheaddesigns.blogspot.com/2011/11/technique-junkie-rrd-blog-hop-stop-2.html
3. Jackie Kalchert--http://jackiekalchert.blogspot.com/2011/11/3d-and-fun-folds-joint-blog-hop-day-two.html
4. Beverly G--http://gottheartart.blogspot.com/2011/11/technique-junkie-newsletter-blog-hop.html
5. Jean--http://bluebirdpaperie.blogspot.com/2011/11/rogue-redhead-technique-junkies-blog.html
6. Holly--http://www.glitterstampsandink.blogspot.com/2011/11/tj-rogue-redhead-designs-blog-hop.html
7. Jane--http://janesaddiction.typepad.com/janes_addiction/2011/11/all-week-long-the-technique-junkie-newsletter-designers-will-be-hopping-with-some-of-our-favorite-vendors-to-show-case.html
8. Laura--http://ashappyas.blogspot.com/2011/11/t-j-blog-hop-with-rogue-redheads.html
9. Joanne--http://www.madebyjoanne.blogspot.com/2011/11/rogue-redheadtechnique-junkies-blog-hop.html
10. Chris--http://www.chrissyd723.blogspot.com/2011/11/3d-and-fun-folds-joint-blog-hop-day-two.html
11. Stephanie--http://ingeniousinkling.typepad.com/ingenious_inkling/2011/11/rogue-redhead-technique-junkies-blog-hop.html
12. Sharon--http://illtemperedink.blogspot.com/2011/11/technique-junkie-rrd-blog-hop-stop-12.html
13. Pat--http://patstamps.blogspot.com/2011/11/blog-hop-day-2-give-it-whirl.html

Have fun along the way!
On Saturday, December 3, Pat from the Technique Junkie Newsletter will announce the winners from each company. Be sure to hop along on each day! There will be Five Winners! On Monday, December 5th, Pat will announce One Lucky Winner with a Grand Prize with a bundle of prizes from all of the participating businesses.

Thanks for visiting and viewing--Great Hopping!!
Beverly G ♥

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Read ATC


I was going to say closing down for tonight, but I'm already into Monday morning--so Good Morning everyone.
I'll start your day with an aged ATC. When I saw this challenge I just couldn't resist pulling out my Rogue Redhead Designs Relish Reading stamps and the background is from the Beach Babes set. I wanted this to have a parchment feel to it and I think I achieved this with the Crumb Cake ink and the background stamp on an ivory ATC blank and then stamped the rest with Always Artichoke ink. Very bookish.
I must take a short nap before my day actually begins. Happy Day Everyone!

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Countryside

Gingersnap Creations     GC125: Chestnut Theme Challenge-Farm Fresh

At Gingersnap Creations for the month of November they are challenging us to visit down On The Farm.
I found this wonderful paper stack from The Paper Studio and these Rooster stamps from TPC Studio and decided to title my card Countryside. I would say you can just smell the sweet country air, but if you've ever lived on a farm or visited, the air isn't always sweet smelling. I have never wanted to live on a farm, but I do like to partake of those fresh eggs that come from there, and yes, I know they don't come from Roosters ;-)
Before I leave you this evening, I have to tell you I'm clapping again. The wonderful team at Gingersnap Creations has awarded me with another Ginger Gem. It is for GC124: Grays and Blacks and that was my Macbre Wedding card I entered. That was a fun one to create so it is really fun to win a recognition for it.
Thanks Team!!!

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥

Friday, November 25, 2011

2 New Challenge Blog Launches and...

ATCs With Attitude     Challenge 1-Flowers

With clapping and excitement and much honor, I made the Design Team on both of these new challenge blogs.
The first blog is ATCs With Attitude. Meljen's is our first sponsor and she has some very cute digi stamps of all kinds. As you see above our first challenge is Flowers. So, please click on the link above and come over and play along to get in on the prize of some digis from Meljen's Designs.
If you haven't been making ATC's they are fun little 2 1/2" X 3 1/2" pieces of art. Just like baseball cards and so much fun to trade around. 
Don't be shy now, come on over and play at our new ATCs With Attitude challenge blog, the blog runs for a fortnight in American that's 2 weeks, so you've got plenty of time to mull over your design and enter for a great prize.

Supplies: 2 1/2" X 3 1/2" Island Indigo ATC blank, Papers: Stampin Up-Island Indigo, Whisper White, Stamp: Meljen's Designs-Too Sweet Kitty, Copic Markers, Sakura Gelly Roll Pen-silver, chalks, Black Sharpie Marker, EK Success-tag punch, Creative Impressions-tiny heart brads.

Now on to the 2nd Launch

Fat Pages With Attitude     Challenge 1- Christmas
 
Fat Pages are something new for me and they may be new for you also, so a little explanation.
A Fat Page is a 4 X4 creation with lots of embellishment on the front of the page and a little bit on the back of the page with you detail information like on the back of an ATC. Generally, you leave about a 1/2" area on the left of the front so that some kind of holes can be punched and after you've created and swapped a Chunky Fat Book can be created. Or, you are free to turn them into hangings, or cards, the main stipulation is that they are 4 X 4 and sturdily created because when you are finished they are very tactile and people will love to handle them for their viewing pleasure.
Now, that all that has been said, on to our first challenge here at Fat Pages With Attitude. As you can see above our first challenge is Christmas. Kenny K Designs and Dezinaworld are our two sponsors and Kenny K will be giving away some digis for our randomly drawn winner. 
I used Kenny K's Sleigh digi for this Fat Page. As soon as I saw this stamp this song came into my head. I had this great paper from The Paper Studio and I immediately knew I wanted to use the new Mica Flakes I had ordered not to long ago. Sometimes here in N. Texas we have to create our own snow. We get lots of ice, but not much snow. 
This is the first Fat Page I have ever created so if I can do it, you can do it. Don't let anything hold you back from coming on over and joining in on the fun at these 2 new challenge sites. I know there are other challenge junkies out there besides just me ;-)
This challenge will run for a fortnight or as I said before in American, 2 weeks, so even with all the holiday preparations going on you've got plenty of time to fit in these 2 new challenges on you challenge lists. We'd love to have you come over and play, hope to see you soon.
Happy Holidays.

Supplies: 4 x 4 piece of Kraft card stock, Papers: The Paper Studio, Stampin Up-Whisper White, Vellum , Stamps: Kenny K-Sleigh digi, Copic Markers, chalks, Sakura Gelly Roll Pens-silver, gold, white, Sharpie Paint Pen-gold, Stampin Up-Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine, Stampin Up-tiny silver jingle belles, Stampin Up-Mica Flakes, Art Quest-Perfect Paper Adhesive Matte.

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥
 
 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Flowers ATC

Wicked Wednesday Weekly ATC Challenge     WW#6-Flowerful ATC's-Dilly Beans

This week the girls over at Wicked Wednesday are using a stamp from Dilly Beans and it's the prize also. I've never been to enamored of the big eyed girls and boys, but Dilly Beans has won me over with some of her creations. I would love to win this prize.
The girls also inspired my style of ATC with their graphic renditions this week. I created the bold black and white border then masked it of and with VersaMark ink and clear embossing powder, sponge daubers, and this bold flower stamp set, with a few tiny flower sprinkles added in I got a very flowerful ATC ;-)

Supplies: White textured ATC-Marco's Papers, Stamps: Stampin Up-Flower Fest, Sprinkles, Ink: VersaMark Ink, Stampin Up-Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Lucky Limeade, Wisteria Wonder, Stampin Up clear embossing powder, Black Sharpie marker, sponge daubers.

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Beverly G ♥

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Imagination

Rogue Redhead Designs     Rogue Redhead Crew Member Post
Stampin' for the Weekend     Challenge #20-Sketch

Good Tuesday Morning Everyone!
I found another new to me challenge blog Stampin' for the Weekend and they had the perfect sketch I needed for my Rogue Design Team post. 
I decided this morning since Rogue Redhead Designs is celebrating our first anniversary, I would harken back to the beginning and use the very first set of stamps Shar released, Relish Reading. This was a perfect set of stamps for me to purchase because I do love reading and I do love to use my imagination. 
Shar also has the 5th Challenge up and running--Dress Down-Use only one designer paper. I hope this card will help to inspire you to come over and play in our 5th challenge and possibly do a little shopping. Shar is offering some fantastic savings on all stamp sets right now. You don't have to use our stamps to play along, but if you have them we'd love to see you use them, and everyone loves a prize so you might even win and add some fantastic Rogue Redhead Design stamps to your stash.

Supplies: Soft Suede card blank 4" X 5 1/2", Papers: Stampin Up-Soft Suede, Designer Series Paper Well Worn, Naturals White, Brushed Gold, Stamps-Rogue Redhead Designs-Relish Reading, Ink: Stampin Up-Night of Navy, Ranger Archival Ink-Coffee, Stampin Up-Watercolor Crayons, Stampin Up-Word Window and Modern Label punches, Fiskars Oval shape cutter template, The Paper Studio Spare Parts-tiny heart brads, Stampin Up dimensionals.

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥

Monday, November 14, 2011

Mona Tag Card

The Paper Players     TPP#72-Colour Challenge-Riding Hood Red, Always Artichoke, River Rock
CAS-ual Fridays     CFC28-Tag You're It
Studio L3     GM27!-Tim's 12 Tags of Christmas, 2007, Day 6

I wish my chipboard flourishes had turned out more red in the photo as they are in real life, but other than that I'm pleased with this arty creation to cover these 4 challenges.
In Tim's instructions for his tag he uses a mask to start with. I didn't have a mash that I wanted to use, so I took this Mona stamp and created a mask of her face and hair. I stamped her first in black, then sprayed the tag with Old Olive mixed with Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearl, then went on with the instructions

Supplies: Riding Hood Red Card Blank 4" X 5 1/2", Papers: Stampin Up-Riding Hood Red, Designer Series Paper Patterned Stack-Regals, and Neutrals, Ranger Manilla Card Stock, Stamps: Stampers Anonymous-Mini Classic CMS 062, Ink: Stampin Up-Always Artichoke, River Rock, Perfect Pearl Sprays-Heirloom Gold, Fired Brick, Old Olive, K&Co-chipboard flourishes, Sizzix texture plate-Flourishes, green hemp cord unknown, Coluzzle tag shape template, hole punch, Tim Holtz distress tool.

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Angel ATC

Wicked Wednesday Weekly ATC Challenge     Getting Angelic on Wicked Wednesday

First, I want to say thanks to Jenn at Wicked Wednesday and her team for bestowing a Top 3 Badge on me the first time I played at their challenge. It's always so good for the ego when your peers acknowledge their confidence in your work. If you haven't tried ATC's or haven't made any for awhile, you need to check out Wicked Wednesday and come play along for a fun time and some prizes along the way.
My Angel ATC is simple stamping and heat embossing on a textured ATC blank, and as you can see I just can't seem to make hardly anything without outlining it with one of my Sharpie Paint Pens. I also liked the rounded corners on this one to go along with the clouds.

Supplies: White textured ATC blank-Marco's Papers, Stamps: See-D's-Magical Christmas, Ink: Brilliance-Galaxy Gold, Stampin Up-Basic Gray, VersaMark Ink, Stampin Up-pewter embossing powder, Sharpie Paint Pen-gold. 

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Beverly G ♥

Leaves

Less Is More     LIM41-One Layer-Leaves

Instead of going for a fall leaves look this time, I've opted for a monochromatic look with four greens inside a frame. Simple, but effective.

Supplies: White card blank 4" X 5 1/2", Papers: Stampin Up-Whisper White, Stamps: Stampin Up-Watercolor Trio, Ink: Stampin Up-Always Artichoke, Old Olive, Kiwi Kiss, Pear Pizzazz, Always Artichoke marker, Fiskars shape cutter template-Rectangles-1.

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥

Give Thanks

Try Stampin' On Tuesday     Challenge #40-Sketch
Our Creative Corner     Pumpkin/Pumpkin Pie Challenge

I used Pumpkin Pie pattern paper, Tangerine Tango Ink, and dry embossed Cajun Craze then hit it with Copper metallic rub-on paste, and some copper sewing thread to make this stacked orangalicious card.

Supplies: Cajun Craze card blank 4" X 5 1/2", Papers: Stampin Up-Cajun Craze, Designer Series Paper Patterns Stack Brights Collection, Stamps: Inkadinkado-Autumn Foliage, Will 'n Way-Autumn Leaves, Ink: Stampin Up-Tangerine Tango, Old Olive, Cuttlebug embossing folder-D'Vine Swirls, Craf-T Products-copper metallic rub-on, copper sewing thread, Stampin Up dimensionals.

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Beverly G ♥

Circle Thanks

{Freshly Made} Sketches     FMS10-Sketch
City Crafter Challenge Blog     CCCB#82-Thanks*Giving
Stampin' Royalty     SR#97-Picture Inspiration Challenge

Continuing in the red, white, and blue theme this weekend. I am eternally grateful for the freedoms that our Veterans provide us with each and every day. 
I pulled my color scheme and circles from the picture inspiration over at Stampin' Royalty. 
Supplies: Cherry Cobbler card blank 4" X 5 1/2", Papers: Stampin Up-Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Basic Black, Bashful Blue, Stamps: Stampin Up-Circle Circus, Swirls & Curls Verses, Ink: Stampin Up-Cherry Cobbler, Bashful Blue, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig.

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Beverly G ♥

Discovery

Tuesday Morning Sketches     TMS#119-Sketch
Shopping Our Stash     SOSC#25-Stickers, rub-ons, chipboard

While shopping my stash I found these quote stickers and this one brought to mind this eye stamp in my stash and this nautical paper also in my stash. I really like this red, blue, and gray theme going on here and since it's Veterans day and I'm an old Navy wife, ha, pretty cool how I picked the nautical paper. I'm being clever here, it wasn't that well planned, just thought I'd pull some legs. I am an old Navy wife though ;-)

Supplies: Cherry Cobbler card blank 4" X 5 1/2", Papers: Stampin Up-Cherry Cobbler, Naturals white, Designer Series Paper Nautical Expedition, Stamps: Hampton Art-Small Face Frame, Ink: Stampin Up-Not Quite Navy, Stampin Up marker-Cherry Cobbler, Fiskars super size circles template, Cloud 9 Design-Quote stickers, American Traditional Designs-ribbon, Martha Stewart- zig-zag border punch, The Paper Studio Spare Parts-tiny gray brads, Stampin Up dimensionals.

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Oh Xmas Tree Tag

Studio L 3     GM26!-Tim's 12 Tags of Christmas, 2009, Day 7
DYSU Challenge Blog     DYSUC #45-Inspired by Song

The song that inspired this tag is Oh, Christmas Tree, Oh, Christmas Tree. I've already started humming Christmas Carols. 
This was a fun process to build this tag. Of course, Tim's tags always come out bold and special because he always has just the right stamps. I'm still pretty pleased with my results except for my gold image in the bottom left corner. It should have been more bold, but when you hold it in person it's pretty. I like my little white shrinky dink snowflake charm I made, it sets off the white flourishes.

Supplies: Manilla tag, Lucky Squirrel Poly Shrink, Stamps: Stampin Up-Season of Joy, Local King Rubber Stamp-Noteworthy, Ink: Ranger Distress Inks-Pine Needles, Bundled Sage, Aged Mahogany, Antique Linen, Soot, Wild Honey, Adirondack Lights Snow Cap Paint Dabber, Brilliance-Starlite Silver, VersaMark, Close To My Heart gold embossing powder, Stampin Up-1 1/2" circle punch, ribbon-Offray, gold cord unknown, Black Sharpie marker, 1/16" hole punch.

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Too Many Hats

Card Patterns     CPS#140-Sketch
The Order of the Opus Gluei      Challenge #117-What's on your head?
Quirky Crafts Challenge Blog     Challenge 23-Attitude
The Paper Players     TPP#71-Anne Marie's Recipe Challenge-3 different patterned papers, 2 different ribbons, at least 1 punch, and a sprinkling of glitter

Before I get into my little story to go along with this card it's very purple and probably won't be anyone's favorite of anything I've ever done, but it got made yesterday and for some reason couldn't bring myself to chuck it. The Paper Players may kick me off because there is no actual stamping on this one, I got the girl from free Google images. 
Which brings me to my story--I'm many things to many people, so what's on my head are many hats. Most days there are at least two and a lot of days many more than that. As you can see by my girl's face, being needed is a blessing and a curse, but alas, you rise each morning, put on your sparkiest clothes, can't forget your jewels, and grab your purse because you know that contains all your important papers and strike off to do the bidding of all who love you. I also remind myself daily while I'm striding through life I try to take time to smell the flowers along the way.

Supplies: Perfect Plum card blank 4" X 5 1/2", Papers: Stampin Up-Perfect Plum, Whisper White, Designer Series Paper Patterns Stack Subtles, Ink: Stampin Up-Wisteria Wonder, Copic Markers-BV02, V17, Sakura Gelly Roll Pen-Clear Star, Suze Weinberg's Pure Glitz Stickles-Grape, Stampin Up-Glimmer Brads, Fiskars Scallop Sentiment border punch, The Paper Studio-ruffled ribbon, Close To My Heart-Sassy Strands, Prima Flowers, Stampin Up dimensionals, glue dots.

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥

Monday, November 7, 2011

Scattered Time

Wicked Wednesday Weekly ATC Challenges     Alice In Wonderland

Wicked Wednesday is a new challenge for me. One of my most loyal followers, Sharon, as I am one of hers, has led me to this challenge. I've found a lot of cool challenges through her. She's got a quirky sense of humor like mine, but she let's hers show more than I do, but she's inspired me to get on the Quirky band wagon more.
As you can see with this oh so scattered white rabbit digi from The Octopode Factory. I think he's one of the cutest in a creepy way that I've ever seen. I know just how he feels, I'm always running out of time.

Supplies: Navy textured ATC-Marco's Papers, Papers: Stampin Up-Whisper White, Stamps: The Octopode Factory-white rabbit digi, Ink: Copic Markers-R29, R27, V17, Y17, Y32, E13, B05, BV04,W1,W5, C5, C7, Sakura Gelly Roll Pen-gold and silver, Sharpie Paint Pen-silver, Craf-T Products-Metallic Rub-ons, Tim Holtz Alterations Texture Fades embossing folder, Stampin Up dimensionals.

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Beverly G ♥

Mermaid

ATC Challenge Blog     Challenge 14-Anything Goes or Mermaids

I finally bit on some digis from CS Designs. I love all the faces she does and she almost always has several faces and sentiments to go with them in a group. This is from, yes, you're right, The Mermaid Series.
This is also a test for a spot on the Design Team at ATC Challenge Blog. Hope you girls like my work when you come over to visit. Would love a spot on the team.
I wish you could see the sparkle with the Clear Star pen on the fish, her eye shadow, and on the star fish.

Supplies: Blue textured ATC-Marco's Papers, Papers: Marco's Papers-mulberry paper, Stampin Up-Whisper White card stock, Stamps: CS Designs-Mermaid digi and sentiment, Ink: Copic Markers-B00, B95, BG10, BG72, Y38, YR61, E21, YR02, E00, E000, RV42, G82, Sakura Gelly Roll Pen-Clear Star, Stampin Up-Crumb Cake, Bordering Blue, Stampin Up-1 3/4" Scallop Circle punch, The Paper Studio-pearls and gemstones.

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥

Sky's the Limit

Less Is More     LIM40-Red and Orange

I'm creating one challenge at a time today. I have to admit when I first thought of this challenge I thought of using flowers then I decided to take a look at my stamps and what could be prettier than some colorful hot air balloons in the sky?

Supplies: Confetti White card blank 4" X 5 1/2", Paper: Stampin Up-Confetti White card stock, Stamps: Stampin Up-Up, Up, & Away, Inks: Stampin Up-Poppy Parade, Calypso Coral, Peach Parfait, Soft Suede, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig.

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Beverly G ♥

Creep On Over

Forever Night Challenges     FFC#16-Anything Goes-Evil Dark & Creepy

Forever Night Challenges is still giving me the opportunity to use up my piece of alcohol ink background paper. Stormy, Dark, and Creepy is the feel this background creates for me, so what better sentiment than "Creep on Over" ;-)

Supplies: Gray Card Blank 4" X 5 1/2", Papers: Stampin Up-glossy card stock, Naturals White, Basic Black, Stamps: Stampin Up-Howl-o-ween Creeps, Spooky Bingo Bits, Deadbeat Designs-tree,  Ink: Ranger Archival Ink-Jet Black, Ranger Alcohol Inks-pitch black, slate, pearl, blending solution, Sharpie marker-black, EK Success-bat border punch, Stampin Up dimensionals.

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Daring Adventure

DYSU Challenge Blog     DYSUC #44-Teal
CAS-ual Fridays     CFC27-Over the Edge
Splendiferous Creations      Bloggers Challenge #237-Sketch

At Do You Stack Up the challenge is Teal, but I've thrown in a little Apricot Appeal and Blush Blossom for a smidge of adventure. The smidge of adventure would also apply for CAS-ual Fridays. This may be a little bit to adventuresome for them, but it's me all over, always stepping off the edge just to keep life interesting. I've always said that's why I have my Mom and my hubby, they hold my strings and keep me grounded. ;-)
Of course, when you're making a wonderful card you need a wonderful sketch to start with and today I got mine from Lisa Somerville. 
Supplies: Taken With Teal Card Blank 4" X 5 1/2", Papers: Stampin Up-Taken With Teal, Apricot Appeal, Blush Blossom, Tempting Turquoise, Basic Black, Stamps: Stampin Up-Daring Adventure, Ink: Stampin Up-Taken With Teal, Blushing Bride, Tempting Turquoise marker, Stampin Up spritzer tool, Tim Holtz distress tool, Stampin Up-2 1/2" circle punch, Fiskars circle shape cutting template, Stampin Up-Very Vanilla seam binding dyed with Taken With Teal ink, Stampin Up dimensionals.

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Medallion Thanks

Try Stampin' On Tuesday     Challenge #39-Sketch

When I saw this sketch I immediately thought about this die in my stash from Clear Dollar Stamps. There are 3 dies in the set so that gives you several configurations. 
As usual I like to spread the love around and I have used American Crafts, Stampin Up,Sharpie, and as mentioned above Clear Dollar Stamps.
Check out Try Stampin' On Tuesday Challenge Blog to see how this sketch can be used so many different ways.

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥

Buckin' Birthday

{Freshly Made} Sketches     FMS #9-Sketch
Shopping Our Stash     SOSC 24: Cowboys/Country/Western/Sports
Our Creative Corner     Masculine Card/Project

Tui at Our Creative Corner wanted us to make a masculine card or project, but try a little twist using some different colors. I've used Crumb Cake, Bravo Burgandy, So Saffron, and Peach Parfait, I don't know if those will be different enough for her or not. I also have to say I had the same cowboy theme in mind that Linda, The Funkie Junkie had. My card is just not as fancy as hers, but here's to you Linda with a little bit of real and faux stitching.
I shopped my stash for the burlap ribbon, the paisley texture plate, and the antique brads to give this card a buckin' good punch up.

Supplies: Crumb Cake card blank 4 1/4" X 5 1/2", Papers: Stampin Up-Crumb Cake, Bravo Burgandy, So Saffron, Peach Parfait, Stamps: Close To My Heart-B1305 Yeehaw, The Paper Studio-Wild West, Ink: Stampin Up-Soft Suede, Peach Parfait, Stampin Up marker-Bravo Burgandy, Sizzix texture plate-paisleys, Stampin Up-Antique Brads, sew machine, Scor-Tape, Stampin Up dimensionals. 

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Tri-Fold Birthday


Our Creative Corner     Fancy Folds
Anything Goes Challenge Blog     Challenge 53-Stitches Real or Faux You Decide!

Here's the thing,  fancy fold cards are so cute and really fun and challenging to make and also very difficult to photograph. This one's a Tri-Fold, I got the instructions from Splitcoast Stampers, it's called Cami's Trifold Card.  Just a little explanation, you fold the far left panel down on top of the middle panel then fold that whole sandwich on top of the far right panel and the little tab holds the whole thing shut. I brought in the red stitching to go with the red sprinkles and the red cherry and then had to cover up all the back of the stitching, worked out pretty good though. Love that 1/8" Scor-Tape.

Supplies: Papers: Chatter Box double-sided card stock, Stampin Up-Marina Mist, Lucky Limeade, Naturals White, Designer Series Paper Just Add Cake, Stamps: Stampin Up-Itty Bitty Bits, Create a Cupcake, Ink: Stampin Up-Marina Mist, Not Quite Navy, Lucky Limeade, Stampin Up markers-Real Red, Wild Wasabi, Stampin Up-slit punch, Build a Cupcake punch, Fiskars circle shape cutter template, Spellbinders Nestabilities-Lg. Classic Inverted Scallop Circles, ribbon-Michael's, sewing machine, glue dot.

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥