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 ♥