Friday, September 30, 2011

Owl Love You

Tuesday Morning Sketches     TMS#113-Sketch
The Order of the Opus Gluei     Challenge #114-Owl Always Love You
This has been one of my favorite stamp sets ever since I found Gina K Designs. So when The Order of the Opus Gluei called for Owl Always Love You, this was the set I had to pull out. It even has the exact sentiment to go along. 
Then, we have the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches. This cute pair fit just perfect in this oval for the focal point of the sketch. 
Since my hubby and I just celebrated our 43rd these 2 are kind of like us two chubby buddy sweethearts.

Supplies: Ivory Card Blank 4" X 5 1/2" Halcraft, Papers: Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, Specialty Designer Series Paper Autumn Spice, Stamps: Stampin Up-Sprinkles, Gina K Designs-Owl always love you, Ink: Stampin Up-Soft Suede, Daffodil Delight, Stampin Up markers & blender pen-Old Olive, Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake, Wild Wasabi, Crushed Curry, Soft Suede, Basic Gray, Coluzzle shape cutter template-Oval, Stampin Up dimensionals.

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Celebrate The Numbers

Mojo Monday     #208-Sketch
Our Creative Corner     Numbers

Closing down for tonight with a Happy Birthday card. This is a great example of how I like to spread the love around. I used several different stamp sets and papers from different companies. I get an idea and then start shuffling around in my stash and sometimes come up with a winner.
2 Great Challenge sites, be sure to check them out and if you don't play this week they are both challenges you will want to add to your challenge lists.

Supplies: 4 1/4" Square Card Blank, Papers: SU-Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Lucky Limeade, Cameo Coral, The Paper Studio-Birthday Extravaganza, Stamps: SU-Celebrations, Itty Bitty Backgrounds, CTMH-Alphabet Set, D1257-Make It Count, Hampton Art-Happy Birthday, Ink: Ranger Archival Ink-Jet Black, SU-Lucky Limeade, Black Sharpie Marker, Spica Glitter Pens, SU dimensionals.

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Beverly G ♥


Bah! Humbug!    Challenge 38...Rudolph/Reindeer

Black, Cream, and Red--when this paper and set of stamps came out at Hobby Lobby year before last I just fell in love with it and am still creating cards with it. It's such a striking combo to me. I know, I know, black snowflakes--maybe right up there with the pink, lime green, and purple ones? ;-)

Supplies: 4" X 5 1/2" Black Card Blank, Papers: Hobby Lobby-Magic of the Season, SU-Real Red, Stamps: Hobby Lobby-Christmas 2009 Peace & Joy, Ink: Ranger Archival Ink-Jet Black, Fiskars shape cutter template-Ovals-1, Magic Matter 1/8" disc, Michael Richard's-red Glitter Dome stickers, The Paper Studio-gemstone stickers, Martha Stewart-snowflake punch, ribbon-Offray, SU dimensionals.

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Beverly G ♥


Forever Night     Freaky Friday Challenge 310-World of Hogwarts
The Paper Players    Challenge #65-Anne Marie's Sketch

Well, I'm finally getting to post this card. I made it yesterday morning, but with all the general living and car maintenance needing to be done I'm just now getting back into my studio.
Dumbledore is a digi from Bugaboo Stamps, and my friend who has read all the Potter books and is a big fan looked up this quote for me and I created it on the computer to fit the Modern Label punch. I printed Dumbledore on Peach Parfait card stock and colored the rest of him with Stampin Up markers, a white gel pen, and Spica Glitter pens. Spiders, cats, and a tiny bat finish this off for a Hogwarts look.

Supplies: Ivory Card Blank 4" X 5 1/2" Halcraft, Papers: SU-Peach Parfait, Dusty Durango, Designer Series Paper Frightful Sight, Stamps: Bugaboo Stamps-Dumbledore digi, Ink: Ranger Archival Ink-Jet Black, Sakura Gelly Roll Pen-White, SU markers-Sahara Sand, Basic Black, Basic Gray, Spica Glitter pens-clear, gold, turquoise, olive,Tim Holtz distress tool, Fiskars shaper cutter template-Circles-1, SU-Modern Label punch, The Paper Studio Spare Parts-tiny silver brads, SU dimensionals.

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Snow Hugs Gift

Rogue Redhead Designs     Design Team Post

Good Tuesday Morning!
Even though Fall is in the air, I decided to make a Christmas card today with a little surprise inside, just a bit of a jump start on some Christmas gifts.  I say a Christmas card, with this charming couple on the front it could also be an anniversary card for people who got married in December.
The stamp set is called Snow Hugs. 
This is a 4 1/4" square card so it will fit inside a 4 1/2" X 5 1/2" envelop and you won't have to pay extra postage for a square envelop. I didn't think that up on my own. I was surfing around the other day and was bad again and didn't write down who gave that tip, but thank you if you read this.
To make the inside gift card holder, cut a piece of 4" X 12" card stock, score at 4", 6", 8", the 4" and 8" are valley folds the 6" is a mountain fold. Cut a slit in the mountain fold to hold the gift card, tape the bottom of the mountain together, this creates the pop up gift card holder when the card front is attached.
There are 8 stamps, 1 background, and 3 sentiment stamps in this set, so you too could get a jump start on some of your gift giving needs for the holidays.

Supplies: Papers: SU-Baja Breeze, Stamps: Rogue Redhead Designs-Snow Hugs, Ink: VersaMark, Sharpie Paint Pen-silver, CTMH silver embossing powder, Craf-T Products-metallic rub-ons, Cuttlebug embossing folder-Snowflakes, SU-Vanilla Smooch Spritz, The Paper Studio Spare Parts-brad, ribbon-Offray, SU dimensionals.

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥

Monday, September 26, 2011


Card Patterns     Sketch 134
Jingle Belles     JB39-Here Comes Suzy Snowflake

A card inspired by a Rosemary Clooney Christmas song, for all you youngsters, that's George's Aunt. 
When Christmas songs were fun to listen to and sing along. Suzy's coming along to help us all build a Snowman. Maybe somewhere, but probably not Central Texas. We had a white Christmas last year, but that was very rare.

Supplies: White Card Blank 4" X 5 1/2" Halcraft, Papers: SU-Brushed Silver, Baja Breeze, Stamps: CTMH-D1226 Magical Season, Fiskars-Winter Wonderland, Ink: SU-Baja Breeze, Sharpie Paint Pen-silver, Martha Stewart snowflake punches, Recollections-brads.

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Beverly G ♥

Love Enclosed

Less Is More     Week 34-Sketch
CAS-ual Fridays     CFC21-Mostly Monochromatic 3 + 1- 3 shades of one color + brown

Clean and Simple cards are great fun. With some thought, ink, and stamps you can create just as dynamic a card as you do with a lot of supplies.
Take for instance: a punched or cut out 2 1/4" square mask, some sponge daubers, 3 shades of pink, one stamp set, and a couple of markers, you've got yourself a very attractive Love You card.

Supplies: White 4" X 5 1/2" card blank Halcraft, Stamps: SU-Valentine Defined, Ink: SU-Chocolate Chip, Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride, SU markers-Melon Mambo, Chocolate Chip, Coluzzle square shape cutter template.

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Beverly G ♥

Medallion Bling

Lily Pad Cards     Simon Says Stamps Presents a Bling Challenge
Stamping 411     SSC 222     Sketch
Another exciting event over the weekend. I opened the post box to find I had been published in Fall 2011 Volume 23 issue of Just Cards!  I was clapping for that and then my hubby came in with a huge bouquet of flowers and roses for our anniversary, so an all around fantastic weekend here.
This Peach Parfait  paper and Rich Razzleberry ink went together with Old Olive ink and a green Sharpie pen to color the rhinestones with just a touch of gold made a pretty fall combo. (Can't do without my Sharpie pens ;-)

Supplies: 4 1/4" square card blank, Papers: SU-Peach Parfait, Very Vanilla, Stamps: Day of Gratitude, Soft Swirl Background, Ink: SU-Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Sakura Gelly Roll Pen-gold, Sharpie Paint Pen-gold, Sharpie marker-olive, rhinestone swirls unknown, American Crafts-ribbon, SU dimensionals.

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Bon Voyage

Stampin' Royalty     SRC #90-Sketch
Splendiferous Creations     Explore-Bloggers Challenge

I haven't played at either one of these challenges for awhile, but they fit together beautifully for me today.

Supplies: 4" X 5 1/2" card blank, Papers: SU-Basic Gray, Naturals White, Designer Series Paper Nautical Expedition, Stamps: SU-The Open Sea, Ink: SU-Basic Gray, Sahara Sand, SU punches-Word Window, Modern Label, SU-Bakers Twine-Cherry Cobbler, The Paper Studio Spare Parts-button brads, SU dimensionals.

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Witch Candy?

DYSU Challenge Blog     DYSU#38-Duo
{Freshly Made} Sketches     FMS #3-Sketch

I'm closing down for tonight with news--I got published again in Vamp Stamp News Oct 2011 Volume 19 #10. Yes, it's the Halloween issue, my Halloween card made the back cover. Lots of great articles and fellow artists with some great cards and projects.
DYSU is having a design team call also, so I'm entering the card above. They already have some wonderful entries so I don't think I'll make it on this team, but you never know unless you try.
Since Halloween is a favorite holiday of mine, I consider my Halloween cards some of the best I create. This stamp is another new addition to my stash and a friend of mine gifted me the oh so cute bat border punch. 
I embossed the pumpkins with Tangerine Tango on black card stock, and colored these cute legs with SU markers and blender pen.
The 2nd sketch at Freshly Made Sketches was supposed to be square and I didn't full fill that part last time so strangely(and isn't that so Halloween) this time I've a square card for them ;-)
Supplies: 5 1/2" square card blank, Papers: SU-Peach Parfait, Basic Black, Confetti White, Designer Series Paper Frightful Sight, Stamps: Stampabilities-Dotted Circles, Northwoods Rubber Stamps, Inc., Little Yellow Bicycle-HW-210, SU-Fang-tastic, Ink: VersaMark, SU-Tangerine Tango, Ranger Archival Ink-Jet Black, SU markers-blender pen, Blushing Bride, Sahara Sand, Dusty Durango, Early Expresso, Lucky Limeade, Calypso Coral, Concord Crush, Basic Gray, Wisteria Wonder,Peach Parfait, Daffodil Delight, SU-Tangerine Tango embossing powder, Fiskar bat border punch, SU dimensionals.

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥

Treasure Life

Card Patterns     Sketch 133
Less Is More    Week 33-1000 Challenge-Anything CAS Goes
The Paper Players    PP64-Ann's CAS Theme-Animals or Plants

Less Is More is trying to get 1000 entries this week so this is my entry for that and tried to keep it as clean and simple as possible.
An embossing folder, a die cut with some very old staples, and a border punch lend what could be a very plain card some interest.

Supplies: White Card Blank 4" X 5 1/2" Halcraft, Papers: SU-Basic Black, Basic Grey, Whisper White, Stamps: CTMH-D1306 Treasure Life, Ink: Ranger Archival Ink-Jet Black, Nellie Snellen die-MFD 013, Cuttlebug embossing folder-Stylized Flowers, Fiskars shape cutter template-Ovals-1, SU-Scallop Trim border punch, EK Success fasterners, Recollections-silver dots, SU dimensionals.

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Friend To Friend

Lily Pad Cards   Hero Arts... Sketch Challenge
Gingersnap Creations     GC117: Chestnut Theme Challenge-Gal Pals

Another long day of therapy exercises with my Mom and lots of general living.
It's always nice to have a gal pal that you can lean on in good times and bad.

Supplies: Ivory Card Blank 4" X 5 1/2" Halcraft, Papers: SU-Very Vanilla, Garden Green, Pretty in Pink, Designer Series Paper Springtime Vintage, Stamps: SU-Simple Stripes, Nice and Easy Notes, Ink: Ranger Archival Ink-Jet Black, SU-Pink Pirouette, Old Olive, SU-2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch, Fiskars Shape Cutter template-Circles-1, rick rack unknown, SU dimensionals.

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Up & Away B-Day

Our Creative Corner     Not Big On Pink-Blue with a touch of pink, some texture, and a metal piece

Finishing up the evening with 2 challenge entries.
This is a pretty straight forward card. Some stamping, a little sponging, a little masking, and viola╦Ő you've got a cute breezy birthday card.

Supplies: White Card Blank 4" X 5 1/2" Halcraft, Papers: SU-Blueberry Crisp Designer Series Paper, Confetti White, Stamps: SU-Up, Up, & Away, Ink: SU-Marina Mist, Baja Breeze, Pink Pirouette, Ranger Archival Ink-Jet Black, The Paper Studio-rick rack, Recollections-cloud brad.

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Beverly G ♥

Jazz B-Day

The Order of the Opus Gluei     Challenge 113-Dancing

I must do a quick edit and I'm sure you can hear the clapping--the Team at Try Stampin' On Tuesday awarded me a Top 3 for Challenge # 31. I've Thanked them over on their blog, but I'm giving them a big Thanks here also. They've got great sketches to get your creative mojo sparking.
I've had my eye on this stamp set for a little while and just added it to my collection last week. I love jazz music and when I saw the challenge at Opus Gluei I knew these were the stamps I would pull out, and this was the perfect sketch from Try Stampin' On Tuesday. 
When I was much younger I loved to dance, still do in my dreams. 

Supplies: Real Red Card Blank 4 1/4" X 5 1/2", Papers: SU-Real Red, So Saffron, It Takes Two Vellum Papers, doodlebug design, inc-stripes, Stamps: Hampton Art-Cling Curtain Call, SU-Happy Moments, Ink: Ranger Archival Ink-Jet Black, Crafts-Too-Musical Notes embossing folder, Stampin Up punches-ticket punch, lg. tag punch, ribbon-Offray, glue dots.

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥

Friday, September 16, 2011

Anniversary Hearts

Tuesday Morning Sketches     TMS#111-Inside, Outside
City Crafter Challenge Blog     CCCB-Week 74-I "Heart" You

This week at Tuesday Morning Sketches is a judged challenge and at City Crafter we're to make a card with hearts on the front. I most always finish the inside of my cards I just don't always take a picture. It's easier to finish the whole card at the time I'm making it then I can either send it off to From Our Hearts or submit them for publication. 
We're finally getting some rain this evening, such a blessed relief.

Supplies: Ivory Card Blank 4" X 5 1/2" Halcraft, Papers: SU-Love Letter Designer Series Paper, Very Vanilla, Stamps: Outlines Rubber Stamp Co., SU-Something to Celebrate, Strength & Hope, Ink: Ranger Archival Ink-Jet Black, SU-Riding Hood Red, SU markers-Cherry Cobbler, Riding Hood Red, Ruby Red, Fiskars border punch, ribbon-Offray, glue dots, SU dimensionals.

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
 Beverly G ♥

Lots of Heart

ATC Challenge Blog     10th Challenge-Anything Goes or Something that represents you
Quirky Crafts Challenge Blog     Challenge 19-2011-ABC (Anything But a Card)

When I talk about something that represents me I have to use hearts. Not only do I collect hearts of all kinds, but I consider myself a woman of great heart. I've been to some mountain tops and through some valleys of darkness in my 62 years and I'm still steppin' and loving life.
I used a white textured ATC and some red handmade silk paper from Marco's Papers on this little piece of art.
A word to the wise, when attaching silk paper, don't use a tape runner, I used Scor-Tape to attach this piece after a sticky learning experience.
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend filled with Love!

Supplies: ATC 2 1/2" 3 1/2" Marco's Paper, Papers: Red silk handmade paper-Marco's Paper, SU-Whisper White, Stamps: Hero Arts Design Block-Country Hearts, SU-Tiny Tags, Ink: Ranger Archival Ink-Jet Black, SU-Jewelry Tag punch, Sharpie Paint Pen-gold, Fiskars corner rounder punch, The Paper Studio Spare Parts-gold tiny heart brad, Scor-Tape.

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Halloween Window

Our Creative Corner     Wonderful Windows

Continuing the Halloween theme today, I've made this Wonderful Window card.
It's not a 10 minute card, but it's not that hard to make either. Once you get the 4 windows cut through the card stock and the card it's a snap to stamp, color, and decorate.

Supplies: Ivory Card Blank 4" X 5 1/2" Halcraft, Papers: SU-Naturals Card Stock-White and Ivory, Soft Suede, Old Olive, Stamps: SU-Woodgrain, Rogue Redhead Designs-Beach Babes background stamp, Stampendous-Pumpkin Plaque, Art Gone Wild-Cluttered Cabinets-Halloween, Clear Art Stamps-Halloween Fun, Ink: SU-Wisteria Wonder, Early Expresso, Tangerine Tango, Ranger Archival Ink-Jet Black, SU markers-Pear Pizzazz, Sahara Sand, Calypso Coral, Ruby Red, Poppy Parade, Wisteria Wonder, Dusty Durango, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Tangerine Tango, Concord Crush, Lucky Limeade, Peach Parfait, Sakura Gelly Roll Pen-white, Fiskars -Windows 1 shape cutter template, The Paper Studio Spare Parts-orange button brads,  SU-dimensionals. 

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Pumpkin Stack

CAS-ual Fridays     CFC19: Use paper piecing on you Fall Themed Clean and Simple project

Fall is my favorite time of year and even though we've only had a few days in the 80's I always get in a Fall mood as my anniversary 9-24 approaches. My husband and I got married in Norfolk, VA and it just so happens that the weather that year was just as hot as it is this year, but in VA the leaves were already starting to turn. We didn't have a car then and my bus rides and walks to the library are some very fond memories.
This wonderful pumpkin stack is stamped on the card then on different pattern papers, cut out, inked around the edges of each piece and glued on. I added the green at the bottom so they wouldn't be floating, some very light splots, and my handwriting sentiment.
Clean, simple, and fun.

Supplies: Ivory Card Blank 4" X 5 1/2" Halcraft, Papers: SU-Designer Series Prints Pumpkin Pie, Specialty Designer Series Paper Autumn Spice, Stamps: Northwoods Rubber Stamps, Inc-Pumpkin Stack, SU-Itty Bitty Backgrounds, Ink: SU-Old Olive, Early Expresso, SU markers-Old Olive, Early Expresso, glue pen.

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥

Nautical B-Day

Stamping 411     SSC220-Sketch
DYSU Challenge Blog     SYSUC #36-Texture

I've got a great guys birthday card for you today using some great nautical papers. I pulled the twill tape across an ink pad with a sponge on top to dye it for a bit of texture through the middle. 
I stuck with clean, fresh lines and let the papers with their faux textures carry this card.

Supplies: Not Quite Navy Card Blank 4 1/4" X 5 1/2", Papers: SU-Not Quite Navy, Designer Series Paper Nautical Expedition, Naturals White, Stamps: SU-Happiest Birthday Wishes, Inks: SU-Not Quite Navy, SU-1 3/4" circle punch, SU-twill tape, silver brads unknown, SU dimensionals.

Thanks for viewing and visiting,
Beverly G ♥

Warm Wishes ATC

A Great Good Tuesday Morning Everyone!
Rogue Redhead Designs is having Rebel Challenge #3-Think Outside the ATC.
I've been dabbling a bit with ATC's lately so this was a perfect opportunity for me to create (I hope) a little bit of inspiration for you to join in on the challenge. We are to create an ATC with something hanging off the sides or sides. 
These images in the new Beach Babes stamp set remind me of vintage postcards and tin type photos. Most of the tin type photos I remember in our old albums are in sepias. 
I used Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, and Sepia ink with the wonderful background stamp in this set to create the worn look around the edges, with the little heart brad and starfish charm attaching the sentiment just off the edge. 
I'd love for you all to come over and join in on the challenge. You've got til Oct. 9th with the winner be announced on Oct. 12th. You don't have to use Rogue Redhead stamps, but if you have them be sure to show us you wonderful ATC's, and then whoever wins will either add to their stash or be the proud owner of some very versatile stamps. Good Luck to all who come and participate!

Supplies: ATC 2 1/2" X 3 1/2", Paper: SU-Naturals Ivory, Stamps: Rogue Redhead Designs-Beach Babes, Inks: SU-Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Ranger Archival Ink-Sepia, SU-Decorative Label punch, Sm. Circle punch, The Paper Studio Spare Parts-mini heart brad, K&C0.-star fish charm, Scor-Tape.

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Botanical B-Day

{Freshly Made} Sketches     FMS1-Sketch
City Crafter Challenge Blog     CCCB Week 73-Easy as 1 2 3-1 ribbon, 2 or more words, 3 or more Butterflies

{Freshly Made} Sketches is a new kid on the block of challenge blogs and it looks like it's going to be a good one. Lesley Croghan from Always Playing With Paper has put together a great team of talented ladies to give all of us challenge junkies a fresh place to play.
I am also entering this at City Crafter and as you can see above I have 1 burlap ribbon, 2 or more words, and 3 or more butterflies. 
I'm still using this package of Designer Series Botanical Gazette paper. I don't think I'm quite ready to put it back on the shelf yet.

Supplies: Ivory Card Blank 4" X 5 1/2" Halcraft, Papers: SU-Designer Series Paper Botanical Gazette, Stamp: SU-Vintage Labels, Ink: SU-Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Fiskars square shape cutter template, SU Sizzix Embosslits Beautiful Wings, Recollections-pearl stickers, burlap ribbon-unknown, pop dot, glue dots. 

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥