Monday, October 31, 2011

Material Girl ATC

ATC Challenge Blog     Challenge 13-Anything Goes or Vintage

Hope everyone who celebrates Halloween had a happy time Trick or Treating.
This turned out to be a small piece of goodness due to some wonderful supplies. I'm going to give a plug to my blog friend Linda, The Funkie Junkie. I met Linda through several challenges and started following her wonderful blog, she has a fabulous vintage style and a generous spirit. She shares tutorials and information so that we can all grow our art. She has an Etsy shop and earlier this year I purchased some great vintage supplies from her. The 2 metal pieces, the beaded pin, and the flower applique are what helps to make this ATC pop.
If you are interested in finding out more about Vintage Style be sure to click on the link above by Linda's name and visit her blog, have a look around and you can also find your way to her shop from there also.
This last week she made some awesome Crinoline Chrysanthemums and as usual gave us the instructions on how to make them too. As I said a generous woman.

Supplies: ATC 2 1/2" X 3 1/2", Papers: Stampin Up-Naturals White Card Stock, Stamps: Crafty Secrets-Material Girl, Autumn Leaves-Flourishes, Ink: Stampin Up-Wisteria Wonder, Sakura Opaque Pigment Marker-copper, The Funkie Junkie Etsy Shop-floral applique, metal bits, hat pin, Amy's Glittering Glue.

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Halloween Night

Gingersnap Creations      GC122: Spicy Supply Challenge-Alcohol Inks

The more I practice with my alcohol inks the more I like them. I have found there is definitely a learning curve with these particular inks, for me anyway. I'm such a want to pick something up and get perfect results first time out of the box, that I find with several of my supplies I have had to slow down, practice, and experiment. Well, that's the fun in art isn't it. 
I used Slate, Pearl, a tiny bit of Pitch Black and I do mean tiny bit and the Blending Solution and I think it gave me this wonderful stormy night sky effect.
I tried to come up with a Poe story to fit this background, but I decided to use this stamp to give us a Poeesque creepy Halloween night, or in the genre in which he is placed with his writing Macabre Gothic.

Supplies: 4 1/4" X 4 1/4" square card blank, Papers: Stampin Up-Peach Parfait, Basic Black, Glossy card stock, Stamp: Stampin Up-Haunted Forest, Ink: Ranger Archival Ink-Jet Black, Ranger Alcohol Inks-Slate, Pearl, Pitch Black, Blending Solution, Sharpie Paint Pen-silver, Copic Marker-YR07,  Stampin Up-Raven Lace, glue dot.

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Autumn Leaves

CAS-ual Fridays     CFC #26-Sketch
Quirky Crafts Challenge Blog     Chalenge 22-Autumn Leaves

We're starting to get a few nippy temps in N. TX so the leaves are just barely starting to change. I've had this ribbon and these staples in my stash for quite a long time, but I have to say the stars of this card are the 3 embossing powders I used. Copper for the large leaf, Aged Mahogany distress powder, and Tea Dye distress powder for the small leaf. Voila, you have a casually elegant card.

Supplies: 4" X 5 1/2" ivory card blank, Papers: Stampin Up-Naturals card stock, Always Artichoke, Stamps: Close To My Heart-D1181 Autumn Splendor, Ink: VersaMark Ink, Stampin Up marker-Always Aritichoke, Judi-Kins Copper embossing powder, Ranger Tim Holtz distressing powder-aged mahogany, tea dye, American Traditional-ribbon, EK Success-copper decorative staples, glue dots.

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥

Friday, October 28, 2011

Boo! Eek!

Try Stampin' On Tuesday     Challenge #38-Sketch
Stampin' Royalty     SR#95-Spooky/Creepy/Halloween!

I'm closing down for tonight with another Halloween creation. I wish the green on the circles had photographed more true to color, it's Green Galore or lime green, which is always a good creepy Halloween color.

Supplies: 4 1/4" square card, Papers: Stampin Up-Tangerine Tango, Green Galore, Designer Series Paper Frightful Sight, Stamps: Stampin Up-Spooky Bingo Bits, Ink: Ranger Archival Ink-Jet Black, EK Success-1 1/2" circle punch, Stampin Up-1 3/4" scallop circle punch, ribbon unknown.

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥

Skeleton Distress Tag

Studio L3     GM24-Perfect Distress
Do You Stack Up Challenge Blog     DYSUC #43-Halloween
Splendiferous Creations     Bloggers Challenge-Happy Haunting 

I wish you could see in the photo the true goodness of this Perfect Distress technique of Tim Holtz's. Before I tell you about this tag and if you like the looks of it be sure to click on Tim's name to go to his web site for complete instructions, he's got a great video on how to do this.
I used Peeled Paint to lay down the first color on the tag, then I stamped the circles with Spiced Marmalade and painted them with Forever Violet Perfect Pearls, stamped the skeleton, bats, spiders, and sentiment, hit the edges with Dusty Concord and Fired Brick distress ink. I added the ribbons and the brad to finish off this SPOOKY creation.
When you hold the tag in your hands it's almost like a holographic effect because when you turn and twist the tag you can really see the purple pearl shine.

Supplies: Manilla tag, Stamps: Stampers Anonymous-Grunge Cirque, Little Yellow Bicycle-Frightful Collection, Stampin Up-Dark & Dreary, Piece of Poison, Ink:-Ranger Archival Ink-Jet Black, Distress Inks-Dusty Concord, Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint, Ranger Perfect Pearl-Forever Violet, Studio G-brad, Stampin Up-Raven Lace, ribbon unknown.

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Tell Tale Heart

Gingersnap Creations     GC121: Chestnut Challenge-Horror Stories
The Order Of The Opus Gluei     Challenge #116: Something Wicked This Way Comes

This is really my favorite way to start a card or project. A good sketch and at least 2 themes.
October is Stuck on Poe month at Gingersnap Creations and with Horror Stories as the challenge I couldn't pass up trying to depict The Tell Tale Heart. 
We've got the creepy house and even though I've got the heart behind Poe's picture frame I've got a wood plank behind it to remind us that the heart was really under the floor boards. A good classic creepy story to cuddle up with on Halloween night, so that's where Something Wicked This Way Comes at Opus Gluei, because every good horror story has a wicked beating heart in it somewhere.

Supplies: 5" X 6 1/2" Black card blank Halcraft, Papers: Stampin Up-Certainly Celery, Designer Series Paper Well Worn and Frightful Sight, Stamps: Michael's Craft Smart-creepy house, Hampton Art-spooky tree, Stampers Anonymous-City Central, Ink: Ranger Archival Ink-Jet Black, Sharpie Marker-black, Stampin Up marker-Basic Gray, Stickles-Black Diamond, American Traditional-ribbon, Stampin Up Sizzix-Bigz L Peekaboo Frames, Stampin Up dimensionals.

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Beautiful Face

Card Patterns    CPS #138-Sketch
Our Creative Corner    Fabulous Faces
I took the card sketch from Card Patterns and turned it horizontally, that way it fits this set of stamps from Seaside Stampin Ink just perfect.
Several ladies have put out instructions on their blogs about using border punches to go around circles or other shapes by punching the strip and then cutting notches to give it some ease. Who knew you could do with paper what you can do with material. Thanks ladies for sharing with us all how to put our tools to more uses. 

Supplies: 3 1/2" X 6 1/2" card blank, Papers: Stampin Up-Not Quite Navy, Sahara Sand, Baja Breeze, Stamps: Seaside Stampin Ink-DaVinci Image set, Ink: Stampin Up-Sahara Sand, Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze, Fiskars Inside Out Big Circles templates, Martha Stewart-Lacy border punch, ribbon unknown, glue dots, Scor-Tape.

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥


Rogue Redhead Designs     Rogue Crew Member Post

I've got a little sneak peak for you all this morning. 
Some new stamp sets are soon to be released at Rogue Redhead Designs. This is one of the stamps and sentiments from a set called Milliner Misses. Shar has lots of fun surprises up her sleeve for all of us in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for announcements and be sure to come over and participate in all the fun.
Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥

Monday, October 24, 2011

Polka Dot Ornaments

CAS-ual Fridays     CFC25-Just add color
Less Is More     Week 38-Polka Dots

I like to combine these 2 challenges because they both require a lot of white space and it is very challenging to keep it CASual and LIM.
I chose to add color with embossing powders-melon mambo, wild wasabi, and cherry cobbler.

Supplies: 4" X 5 1/2" white card blank, Stamps: Stampin Up-Delightful Decorations, Inks: VersaMark Ink, Embossing Powders: Stampin Up-Wild Wasabi, Cherry Cobbler, Melon Mambo, Sakura Gelly Roll Pen-silver. 

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥

Merry Felt Tree

Stamping 411     SSC226-Sketch
Bah! Humbug!     Challenge 42...With Men in Mind
 Jingle Belles     JB43-Softly Falling-(use felt on card)

This one's for all the guys who love Christmas. We know you're out there because you're the one's who help us put up and run all those wonderful over the top out side Christmas light displays. 

Supplies: 4" X 5 1/2" Always Artichoke card blank, Papers: Stampin Up-Designer Series Paper Deck the Halls, Stamps: Merry Crittermas, Ink: Stampin Up-Cherry Cobbler, Hobby Lobby- Make It Christmas Felt Trees, Mark Richards-red glitter sticker dots, Stampin Up-Cherry Cobbler Quilted Satin ribbon, Tombow glue.

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥

Tree of Gratitude

Stampin' Royalty     SR#94-Sketch
DYSU Challenge Blog     DYSU#42-Trees
Splendiferous Creations     Bloggers Challenge-Fall Blooms

You can see from the list above how I came up with the idea for this card. A sketch, and 2 themes.
I used 4 ink pads to create this tree. Starting with the lightest color and tapping the corner of the ink pads in different spots on the stamp, then a light spritz with water and stamp. I got a pretty fall tree.
Usually when you think of fall blooms you think of flowers, but acorns are fall blooms also and the beautiful leaves changing colors are as pretty as any flower to me.

Supplies: 4" X 5 1/2" Always Artichoke card blank, Papers: Stampin Up-Always Artichoke, Naturals card stock, Old Olive, Certainly Celery, Welcome Neighbor Designer Series Paper Pad, Stamps: Stampin Up-Lovely As A Tree, Day of Gratitude, Inks: Stampin Up-Soft Suede, Old Olive, Tangerine Tango, Crushed Curry, VersaMark Ink, Judi-Kins copper embossing powder, Fiskars-Scallop Sentiment border punch, Spellbinders Nestabilities-Labels Sixteen, Stampin Up dimensionals.

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥

Saturday, October 22, 2011


Try Stampin' On Tuesday     Challenge #37
Anything Goes Challenge Blog     Challenge 52-To The Letter (use lettering on project)
Gingersnap Creations      GC123: RANDOM REDHEAD CHALLENGE-Ravens 

Anything Goes Challenge Blog is a new challenge for me. They look like a fun place to play so I've added them to my sidebar, be sure to check them out.
I pulled out some letter tiles a friend passed to me, the icky goo border punch, and Tim Holtz's tree embossing folder, for a few of the elements on this card. Stampin Up papers and my new set of Stampin Up frame stamps helped to give Edgar a nice sinister apperance. I printed his free Google image on some card stock that I had sprayed with some Mahogany pearl spritz that I had mixed up(might be a smattering of blooood)
Are you all getting ready for a Spooky Halloween?
Before I close I have to give a big THANK YOU to the gals at Gingersnap Creations-I was awarded another Ginger Gem badge for challenge #119 Shared Moments, ever since I started playing at their site they have given me and my art many opportunities to shine--can you hear the clapping girls ;-)

Supplies: Black card blank 5" X 6 1/2" Halcraft, Papers: Stampin Up-Lavender Lace, Calypso Coral, Wicked Fun Specialty Paper, Designer Series Paper-Cast-A-Spell, White Confetti card stock, Stamps: Stampin Up-Dark & Dreary, Frame It, Ink: Ranger Archival Ink-Jet Black, VersaMark Ink, Stampin Up-Soft Suede, Stampin Up clear embossing powder, Sakura Gelly Roll Pen-Clear Star & White, Sizzix Alterations Texture Fades-Branch Tree & Tall Pines, Martha Stewart-icky goo border punch, letter tiles unknown, Tim Holtz distress tool, glue dots, Stampin Up dimensionals.

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥

Friday, October 21, 2011

Pink Cake Lady

Tuesday Morning Sketches     TMS#116-Sketch

Tuesday Morning Sketches is continuing to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month. There's going to be prizes at the end of the month for all who participated in every sketch this month. Melissa is one generous gal.
I haven't been able to get a sketch made every week so far, but I'm entering this pink confection for this week's sketch. 
I just love this digi from Squigglefly and couldn't resist balancing her on the fluffy pink ribbon I've had in my stash for awhile and have no clue where I picked it up at.
Fortunately we have had no breast cancer in our family yet and hope that holds, but my thoughts, prayers, and hopes go out to all with this disease, and congratulations to all who have survived.

Supplies: Confetti White card blank 3 1/4" X 6 1/4", Papers: Stampin Up-Confetti White card stock, Melon Mambo, Designer Series Paper Patterns Pack-Subtles, Stamps: Stampin Up-Celebrations, Birthday Bliss, Itty Bitty Backgrounds, Squigglefly digi-Cake Lady, Ink: Stampin Up:Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette, Stampin Up markers-Melon Mambo, Blushing Bride, Pink Pirouette, Pretty In Pink, Regal Rose, PrismaColor Pencils, Spica Glitter Pen-orange, ribbon unknown, glue dot, Stampin Up dimensionals.

Thanks for viewing and visiting,
Beverly G ♥

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Witchy Mask

Studio L3     GM22-A TimHoltzian Halloween
Quirky Crafts Challenge     Challenge #21-Something Spooky or Recipe-Black-Gold + Glitter

Linda Ledbetter is back from her wonderful cruise with Tim Holtz and Gang. We hear she had an exciting time and since she's home we're all ready to get back to Grungy Monday, and since we're doing Spooky I thought I would pair this card with the challenge at Quirky Crafts Challenge--more Spooky--that's what October is all about.
I pulled out my Tim Holtz masks and Texture Fades embossing folder for this spooky creation. I already had some Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink mixed up with Perfect Pearl-Pearl for a sparkly spray. I used a piece of Pick You Poison designer paper, embossed the tree, and sponged some Soft Suede ink over it to bring it up. I laid on the pumpkin mask and spritzed with the spray, let dry, peeled off the mask, then laid the witch mask in the sky and sponged around with Soot Distress ink being careful not to get on the pumpkin, was going for a spooky sky effect. I had the little bats left over from another project, they come out of the bat border punch I have. I stamped the sentiment on Peach Parfait card stock, cut it out, sponged around the edges with Soot ink, and raised it with SU dimensionals and last but not least I ruffed up the edges with Tim's distressing tool. 
While you're here I'll give you a link to Tim's web site and you can look at some of his newest products and projects, he's got some yummy new stuff.

Supplies: Peach Parfait 4' X 5 1/2" Card Blank, Papers: Stampin Up-Peach Parfait, Designer Series Paper Pick Your Poison, Basic Black, Stamps: Stampin Up-Piece of Poison, Ink: Stampin Up-Soft Suede, Ranger Archival Ink-Jet Black, Distress Inks-Soot, Spiced Marmalade, Perfect Pearls-Pearl, Sizzix Texture Fades-Branch Tree & Tall Pines Set, Tim Holtz idea-ology Seasonal Masks, Fiskars bat border punch, SU dimensionals, Tim Holtz distress tool.

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Shared Moments

Card Patterns     CPS136-Sketch
Gingersnap Creations     GC119: Random Redhead Challenge-Shared Moments

I've paired this bold silhouette stamp with this pretty designer paper. The berries in the top right corner seemed to go perfect with these brushes these 2 are having some fun in. A late summer afternoon of berry picking. 
I stamped the image with black ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder then sponged the inks around for a super resist effect. You have to remember to wipe off the embossed areas before you start putting your card together because the extra ink sits on this and you could have an inky mess.
Two of my favorite challenges sharing a wonderful vintage moment on this card.

Supplies: White Card Blank 4" X 5 1/2", Papers: Stampin Up-Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Designer Series Paper Botanical Gazette, Stamp: Hero Arts-In The Garden, Ink: Ranger Archival Ink-Jet Black, Stampin Up-Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Baja Breeze, VersaMark Ink, Stampin Up-clear embossing powder, twine and vintage unknown, Stampin Up dimensionals.

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥


Less Is More     LIM36-One Layer card with Hearts

I'm a collector of heart stamps so when this challenge called for a one layer card with hearts I rose to the challenge by picking this large background stamp from Hero Arts, some Riding Hood Red ink and marker and viola lots of hearts.

Supplies: White Card Blank 4" X 5 1/2", Papers: Stampin Up-Whisper White, Stamps: Hero Arts-Country Hearts, Ink: Stampin Up-Riding Hood Red, and marker of same color.

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Autumn Day Dream

Rogue Redhead Designs     Design Team Post

Good Tuesday Morning Everyone!
Yes, today I'm day dreaming of autumn because we have actually had a little bit of autumn weather here in N. TX. We have finally had a significant rain and I spent a good portion of Saturday afternoon reading a good book.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Musical Hello

Card Patterns     Sketch 135
The Paper Players     PP66-LeAnne's Musical Theme

A good sketch and a good theme never fail to get the creative gray cells churning.
1 background stamp, a little singing bird and my favorite musical brads made this a 10 minute wonder.

Supplies: 4" x 4" Black Card Blank, Papers: Stampin Up-Basic Black, Whisper White, Stamps: Local King Rubber Stamp-Noteworthy, Stampin Up-Swirls & Curls Verses, Ink: Ranger Archival Ink-Jet Black, Fiskars-Scallop Sentiment border punch, and corner rounder, ribbon-Offray, Hot Off the Press-Music brads.

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥

Monday, October 3, 2011

Boys Toys

ATC Challenges     11th Challenge-What Little Boys Are Made Of/Anything Goes

With a huband, 2 boys(now men), grandsons, and lots of nephews(now men), I have lots of knowledge about boys and their toys. As I illustrated on my card these are 3 favorites of boys and surprisingly their favorites don't change much as they become men.  

Supplies: Navy ATC, Papers: Stampin Up-Not Quite Navy, Whisper White, Stamps: Stampin Up-Toy Box, Alpha unknown, Ink: Stampin Up-Not Quite Navy and marker, Stampin Up dimensionals, glue dots.

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Bee Happy Jungle

Quirky Crafts Challenge Blog     Challenge #20-In the Jungle-the Mighty Jungle
{Freshly Made} Sketches     FMS4-Sketch
Since I'm entering this at Quirky Crafts Challenge I decided to go a little quirky with the jungle theme. 
I'm allergic to bee stings so they qualify for danger in my jungle of life. I created the sentiment on the tag on the computer with the Brody Font and printed it on Barely Banana card stock and then cut out the tag, stamped it, inked around the edges and tied the cord knot. I used my water brush and ink pad to do the shading on the bee hive after I had stamped it with Soft Suede on the Banana card stock, cut it out and popped it up with dimensionals.

Supplies: 4" X 5 1/2" Soft Suede Card Blank, Papers: Stampin Up-Barely Banana, River Rock, Designer Series Paper Botanical Gazette, Stamps: Local King Rubber Stamp-Bee Wax, Busy Bees, Ink: Stampin Up-So Saffron, Soft Suede, Ranger Archival Ink-Jet Black, Ellison Thick Cuts-Tags, Traditional, cord unknown, Stampin Up dimensionals.

Thanks for visiting and viewing,
Beverly G ♥