Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Did Ya Hear?

Rogue Redhead Designs     New Releases!

Aah, an appropriate title for this post. So, have you heard? We've had two new releases at Rogue Redhead Designs. These are 3 stamps from the full-size stamp plate Just Sayin'. It's full of quirky vintage charm with focal images, sentiments, decorative elements and a full-size background. 
The second release is a mini stamp plate featuring the art of new England artist K. Dunn. It features free-flowing images of love, enchantment, and a joyous spirit just in time for Mardi Gras and Valentine's Day. 
The link I've left above is for our main web site for you shopping pleasure and where you can find all the information on prices, sales, and new products. Now, I'll leave you a link to the Rogue Redhead Designs blog where you can go over to see the rest of the design teams creations using our new releases and our oldie but oh so goodie stamp sets also. We have a Rebel Challenge each month where you can win Rogue Redhead product and anytime you'd like to be featured on our blog you can create a fabulous project then let Shar our owner know and bingo you'll get a feature spot.
Thanks for stopping by today, come on over we'd love for you to enter in the challenges and be one of our featured Rogue Redhead Rebels.

Happy Creating--
Beverly G ♥

Monday, January 23, 2012

B W B D

Clean & Simple Stamping     FTL 174-Sketch
CAS-ual Fridays     CFC#36-Penquin Suit-Black & White Only
The Paper Players     TPP#79-Tag It

I've gotten one card made today, guess that's better than none. Getting my Hubby officially retired has turned into quite a job. Yes, I know, that's an ironic statement. We're having to make a lot of phone calls to make sure all the paper work is flowing through in a timely manner to be able to get our final retirement check to get it over to the investment people. You'd think the people still drawing a paycheck who are supposed to know how to do these things would do them correctly. Ho Hum---onto the fun part of the day.
Totally black and white. I created the sentiment panel on the computer, used a dot stamp, got to use my pinking heart border punch, and this cute little tag with the polka dot ribbon to match the dot stamp. 
Clean, sharp, and effective. 

Happy Creating--
Beverly G ♥

Sunday, January 22, 2012

F for Friend

{Freshly Made} Sketches     FMS #18
Gingersnap Creations     GC133: Chestnut Theme Challenge-Use a Set

I not only used the set of stamps Vintage Vogue, but I used a paper set Paisley Petals Designer Series Paper, both by Stampin' Up. One of the first things that attracted me to Stampin' Up from the very beginning was they had a actual true burgundy and so far they have kept that in their color palette. 
The only thing not Stampin' Up on this card is the tiny copper heart brad in the middle of the flower.

Happy Creating--
Beverly G ♥

Springtime Smiles

Try Stampin' On Tuesday     Challenge #49-Sketch
Stampin' Royalty     SR#107-Color Challenge!- Luchy Limeade, Tempting Turquoise, Pumpkin Pie, Crumb Cake
Quirky Crafts Challenge Blog     Challenge 2-2012-Silhouette
Shopping Our Stash     SOS 35!- Across the Border-use a border punch or create a border detail

I listed the challenges in the order in which I worked up this card. I just love it when challenges fit together. 
Some challenges limit how many other challenges you can enter other than theirs, but I think I'm under the limit on this one at each of these.
I shopped my stash for this cute silhouette stamp that I acquired last spring and when Stampin' Up came out with  the Lacy Ribbon Border punch I just thought I had to have it. I've punched it a couple of times, but couldn't quite decide, so today I broke it out again, punched the Tempting Turquoise, cut in half and used it to frame the silhouette.
All Stampin' Up products except for the ribbon that's Offray.

Happy Creating--
Beverly G ♥

Which One ?

Wicked Wednesday Weekly ATC Challenges   WW#15-Dresses/Dress Forms

Wow, what a day. First, I learned that the photo editing program I've been using is going away as of April.
I have all my pictures saved in 3 different places so I won't loose anything, YAY for that. Trying not to be a last minute Nellie, I thought I better get in gear and see what I could find to replace that tool. I found a free photo editing program, downloaded it with Hubby's help, and proceeded to try to learn how to use it. This is the first picture that I did. There's going to be a learning curve, but after watching some YouTube videos, and playing around for a couple of hours, I don't think I did to bad for an old lady. Ha--you can teach an old dog new tricks.
Now, on to my ATC for Wicked Wednesday. When I showed this to my Hubby and said, "Do you get it?" He said, "No, that must be a girl thing." So I decided to title the post Which One?, even though I bet all you girls out there got it right off. 
Then he said, "Oh, does that mean you're supposed to pick a dress?" I've always said it's a good thing we didn't have girls, they would have been doomed. 
I love those little hanger brads, except for the kind of big holes they made, I'll have to practice with that next time I use them.

Happy Creating--
Beverly G ♥

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Yellow Birthday

Gingersnap Creations      GC132: Color Challenge-Soft Yellows and White
Tuesday Morning Sketches     TMS #129-Sketch

After not feeling well for a few days I'm back up and running. I seem to be either at full stop or full go. Hitting a happy medium doesn't seem to be in the cards for me. 
I'm squeezing in at the last minute on both of these challenges, so if you haven't already found them you won't be able to get in on this particular challenge, but they are both fun places to play and Gingersnap gives you almost a whole month at a time on their challenges. It's only us last minute Nellies that can't seem to keep up ;-)
These are all Stampin Up products except for the little crystal dots. 

Happy Creating--
Beverly G ♥

Friday, January 20, 2012

Hatchet Lizzie

Fat Pages With Attitude     Challenge #5-Anything Goes

I'm back because each every other Friday I'll be posting back to back posts for the sister challenges that I'm on the design team for--Fat Pages With Attitude and ATCs & Cards With Attitude.
You probably just got through reading the post for ATCs & Cards With Attitude, but I'm going to be doing a little bit of repeating so bear with me. 
As of February we will be adding Themes to our challenges just to help spark a little bit more interest out there, we hope. Abbie our fearless leader has worked very hard and arranged for at least one sponsor and sometimes more for each challenge for the rest of the year, that means prizes for every challenge. We all love to win prizes, I know I do. So I'm putting out a call to all my faithful followers old and new to come over to these two challenge blogs and play along with our fun challenges and check out our very talented Design Teams. 
O.K. enough unabashed begging, or in posher circles, promoting 2 fun challenges that you may not have known about.
For my Fat Page today this is a digi stamp from Limited Runs Stamps, they've got about 22 catagories of digis to choose from and this fortnight the prize will be Winners Choice. How cool is that? You get to pick.
Our sponsors are generous with the team each challenge and give us a digi to play with to give our entrants some inspiration, well, when I saw this little gal, she's got some attitude going on doesn't she?
I couldn't get a certain little rhyme out of my head. If you're not a history buff you may not catch on to my tongue in cheek creation, so I'll give you a little story--
Back in the late 1800's there was a young lady named Lizzie Borden, she was accused of killing her parents, it was quite a scandal and a horrific crime scene. The newspapers as they do today jump on stories like this and sensationalize them, so they came up with a rhyme to sell more papers and keep people all head up about the story--
Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mother 40 whacks.
When she saw what she had done, she gave her father 41.

I've always been fascinated by the author and artist Edward Gorey, so maybe this is my quirky, creepy side showing ;-)

Thanks for hanging in for my long posts and we hope to see you playing at our sister challenges in the coming months.

Happy Creating--
Beverly G ♥

Sprocket Fairy

ATCs & Cards With Attitude     Challenge #5-Anything Goes

Good Day Followers and New Followers. Today begins the fortnight for our Challenge #5 Anything Goes at ATCs & Cards With Attitude. 
Yes, you see a little change in our title. We're expanding to add cards to our challenges in hopes of attracting some added challenge buffs. Also, starting in February we will be adding  themes to our challenges. We'll keep the Anything Goes, but add a slash theme, sometimes it's easier to create something if you have a theme to spark the little gray cells creativity. You will be able to do one or both if you feel really creative on any given fortnight. Our fearless leader, Abbie, has lined up wonderful companies to sponsor us through the rest of the year so there will be prizes with each challenge. Now come on you guys who doesn't love prizes?  
I'm trying to encourage you all to come over and play along, we've got a great design team and we encourage all talents and we love to see all the diverse favorite techniques you guys love to create with.
I've named this fairy Sprocket, she's working the midnight shift in her workshop tinkering with some time pieces. She's a digi from Delicious Doodles , they are offering a choice of 4 digis for the prize this time around. 
I've embossed a Navy piece of card stock and hit the high points with Metallic Rub-ons. I printed the fairy to the appropriate size, colored her with metallic art pencils and a Clear Star Gel Pen on her wings for just a touch of sparkle, cut her out and popped her up on dimensionals. I happened to have a tiny gear that just fit on her earring, and I added the other tiny gear and watch pieces with clear drying glue. She would be perfect to enter in a Steampunk ATC swap.
We look forward to seeing you over at ATCs and Cards With Attitude--you have until 2-2-12 to enter the challenge. 

Happy Creating--
Beverly G ♥

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Flying By

Splendiferous Creations     Wing and Things-Bloggers Challenge
Less Is More     Week 50-One Layer-Birds
The Paper Players     Challenge #78-Colours from LeAnne-Calypso Coral, Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz

I haven't been feeling very well today, so all I got made is this one very simple card. I've always loved this little birdy stamp, seems like a Happy Fellow.
Some black ink, 2 stamps, 3 markers, a white card blank, an envelope, and a 42 cent stamp, a very easy way to stay in touch with a friend.

Happy Creating--
Beverly G ♥

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Vellum Spotlight

Rogue Redhead Designs     Rebel Challenge #7: Frosty-Use Vellum

Good Tuesday Morning Everyone!
This month at Rogue Redhead Designs we're using vellum. Don't be intimidated by not knowing how to attach it without the adhesive showing. Where there's a will there's a way. On my card, after I stamped and colored on the back I attached the vellum circle with a glue dot behind the dragonfly. The mat I made with the border punch, purple pattern paper, and the bow is wide enough to catch the bottom part of the circle and that helps to anchor it also.
This is one of the stamps in the Milliner Misses stamp set. If you haven't been over to Rogue Redhead Designs store yet it's well worth the visit. Shar has been tweaking the site so it's very user friendly and she's got some great deals going on.
In the coming days you'll be seeing some sneak peaks for some new releases, and who doesn't love new rubber?
Each month we're adding to our challenge entrants so I'd love to see you come over and join in for some fun and prizes.
Happy Creating--
Beverly G ♥

Monday, January 16, 2012

Frosty Friends

Card Patterns     CP#148-Sketch

I've got a Frosty card tonight with some sparkle and bright colors instead of the usual blue, white, and silver. I've been using this paper for a couple of years and it's still some of my favorite Christmas paper. This was the perfect sketch for showcasing these strips and using the last of my resist paper snowflakes.

Happy Creating--
Beverly G ♥

Pink Scallops

DYSU Challenge Blog     DYSU #54-Pink!!
CAS-ual Fridays     CFC#35-High & Lows-create with scallops

I'm not completely enamored with this card, but I'm going on with it because there are no right and wrongs in creating art. I was experimenting with a scallop border stamp I have that is all one piece. Since I wanted 3 different pinks I colored it with my markers. 
You can't get much more Casual than this, a nice plain card from a creative heart.

Happy Creating--
Beverly G ♥

Rosie Skellie

Forever Night Challenges     Freaky Friday Challenge #22-"A Little Strange"

I got this great stamp last year at the Mesquite, TX. Rubber Stamp Show. I couldn't resist the Take Time To Smell The Roses sentiment, and if I had friends who liked quirky, creepy things like I do this would even make a good sympathy card, but not for the faint of heart.
Oh well. 
I used my watercolor pencils and gave this a good coloring and then a little swashing. I think Rosie is enjoying her flowers. 

Happy Creating,
Beverly G ♥

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Springtime Vintage


I have taken the title for this post from the papers and fabric I've used to create this card. Springtime Vintage from Stampin' Up.
Here in N. TX. we're enjoying sunny weather, but I know in other parts of the world it is cold and bleak. Even though we need seasons for the earth to function properly we all seem to long for Spring and Fall the most of the two seasons. I think because they bring a time of mildness, before it gets too hot or too cold. 
I've torn and twirled the fabric onto 3 different sizes of sticky circles and added a flat backed pearl to finish them off. The Martha Stewart leafy vine punch fit just perfect across the middle. I ran it through the Swiss Dot embossing folder and hit the high points with Always Artichoke ink. The Thinking of You from the Swirls & Curls Verses stamp set was a good fit for this card because of the tiny flowers on the words.
I've just squeezed under the wire at Stampin' Royalty on this one so you probably don't have time to enter this challenge, but you can hop over and take a look at all the entrants uses of fabric.
Happy Creating--
Beverly G ♥

Received An Award


Today I found out that my new blog friend and Team Leader at ATCs With Attitude and Fat Pages With Attitude has given me a great honor.
The Liebster Blog Award

First, I have to say Thank You so much Abbie. When you're in your own little world just creating away, then you look up and find that you are actually touching lives in positive ways, that is a very humbling experience for me. To be appreciated and valued by someone whom you've never met is amazing. The internet has brought so many people together that would never had the opportunity to meet, again just amazing.
Second, a little bit about the award and how to pass it on:
The idea of the Liebster Blog Award is to spread the love from one small
blog (under 200 followers) to other small blogs. This helps to spread knowledge
and readership.

"Liebster" in German means "dearest", part of the Liebster Award tradition is to 
pass this award to 5 Blogs that I value, that have both inspired and motivated me.

To accept the award you must do the following:
1) Link back to the persons blog who gave it to you and thank them for thinking of you.

2) Post the Award on you Blog.

3) Give the Award to 5 Bloggers (with less than 200 followers) that you appreciate and value.

4) Leave a comment on the blogs of the 5 people you have chosen to let them know.

Now I will reveal the 5 people that I have chosen to pass this Award onto:
2) Jenn Borjeson
3) Sharon
4) Dr. Mary
5) Jack (Jacqueline)

These ladies inspire me in many different ways and since I have gotten to know each one personally and through blogging I have come to appreciate their talents and positive attitudes. Wish I could meet all of them in person. 

Happy Creating--
Beverly G ♥

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Under The Sea ATC

Wicked Wednesday Weekly ATC Challenge     WWC #14-Ocean/Aquatic

How lucky, I already had one of the sea nymph digi designs from the sponsor C.S. Designs at Wicked Wednesday this week.
I printed her on Bashful Blue card stock, colored with Copic Markers, added the pearls, and some real sand, and then couldn't resist spraying the whole thing with a product called Goosebumps, a clear texture spray. It gives it an underwatery look. 
This has been a long day of general living, so I think I'm giving up for tonight.

Happy Creating--
Beverly G ♥

Friday, January 13, 2012

Grand Times


Gingersnap Creations     GC131-Random Redhead Challenge-Candelabras, Chandeliers, and Candles
Tuesday Morning Sketches     TMS #128-Sketch with a twist-Vintage

I treated myself to this set of Hero Arts stamps and dies combined for Christmas. It's such a treat to be able to stamp a stamp like this and not have to fussy cut it out, just run it through the machine. 
I'm squeezing in at the last minute on the Gingersnap challenge, but with this great sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches I was able to pull this off and use this wonderful vintage embellies that I got from The Funkie Junkie. I liked how they went together so well with this rich Mocha Morning designer paper. 
I had to show the inside of the card tonight to make the title of this post make sense. I created the sentiment on the computer and ran some more of that Mocha Morning designer paper through the printer. I've got a special couple in mind to pop this in the mail to next week.

Happy Creating--
Beverly G ♥

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

HB Glitters

Card Patterns     CPS #147-Sketch
CAS-ual Fridays     CFC34-Chip Off The Ol' Block-use chipboard
Mark's Finest Papers     Speedy Fox & Friends Challenge 89-use brads or eyelets
Shopping Our Stash     SOSC 34: All that Glitter Sparkles, or Shines

I have to make a quik edit this mid day--I guess I was more tired than I thought last night because I left off the Shopping Our Stash challenge and that was why I added the Dazzling Details to the chip board letters so they would shine and sparkle for their challenge. Hope you gals don't consider this back linking just an old lady blunder.
I've got a 5 1/4" square card for my closing project tonight. 
I started with the sketch from Card Patterns and decided to pair it with the CAS-ual Fridays and Mark's Finest Papers challenges because I immediately thought of my favorite button brads and the sketch had 2 dots in the left hand corners so it was a perfect placement for eyelets. Instead of either or, I chose both.
This was an easy one. After I got the card set up with the 2 mats, added the eyelets, the ribbon, and brads, it was just a matter of covering the chip board letters with designer paper,cutting off the extra bits and filing around the edges to smooth out the roughness. I went around the edges with a Sharpie White Paint Pen to give them some depth, then for the final touch I spread some Dazzling Details over the letters for just the right amount of sparkle. Hope you can see it when you click on the picture to make it bigger. 
Hope you've had a great Tuesday--

Happy Creating--
Beverly G ♥

Flower Tagged

Splendiferous Creations     Sweet Simple Things-Bloggers Challenge-Color Challenge-Green,Black, Purple, Blue, Vanilla or White
Anything Goes Challenge Blog     Challenge 58-Anything Goes at Anything Goes
City Crafter Challenge Blog     CCCB#91-Back to Black (use a silhouette something)

I started out with the colors from the Lisa Somerville's challenge and then began to think about how to go from there. I had been wanting to use the Fabulous Florets stamp set, but so many Stampin' Up ladies had used it so wonderfully I couldn't quite get a handle on it. I pulled it anyway and still thinking I pulled a sketch from Mojo Monday from last year then that brought to mind the Too Terrific Tags stamp set which was one of the first stamp sets I bought from Stampin' Up, stamped with Marina Mist ink and punched with the Lg. Tag punch. The striped paper is from Making Memories, but very old because I want to start using more of my stash. I pulled the waxed black string and the 3 black rhinestones with 1 small black rhinestone on the silhouette just to set it off. I don't think it's to noticeable in the photo, but it shows up in real time. 
3 great challenges, give them a go.

Happy Creating--
Beverly G ♥

Monday, January 9, 2012

Framed For Love

Forever Night Challenges     Freaky Friday #21-"I've Been Framed"

This is one of Meagan's digis from Dilly Beans, I told you I had fallen in love with her digis. She has some macabre and some cute. 
When I saw this challenge at Forever Night I knew exactly which digi in my stash I wanted to use.
I created the sentiment on the computer, then stamped one of my new frame stamps over it. I got it a little off so the red heart brad was the perfect touch, and there is actually a skull in her hair, so I couldn't resist attaching this skull charm, I had gotten back around Halloween, with a baker's twine bow.
I'm signing off for tonight--

Happy Creating--
Beverly G ♥






Do Not Open

Jingle Belles     No time Like The Presents!

Jingle Belles are giving us 2 weeks between challenges so far this year and since most of us don't take time to stop and smell the roses little own make Christmas cards ahead of time, we will still get a bunch of cards and projects made if we follow Stef and Lauren this year. It's easier than falling off a cliff (sorry, couldn't resist.)
This card is a mix of 2 companies--Stampin' Up,Designer Series Paper Deck the Halls, Cherry Cobbler and Always Artichoke ink, + Close To My Heart, D1177 No Peaking, one of the first stamps I bought from them. 
Don't forget, anytime you can't find any of the products I'm using on my projects these are hopefully inspiring you to dig around in your stash and use the products you have that are similar. You can recreate the look and feel of a card or a project without using the exact same stamps and ink.
It's early in the new year, so stretch those wings, leap off your perch and CREATE !

Happy Creating--
Beverly G ♥

Magical

deconstructing jen      Deconstructed Sketch #33
DYSU Challenge Blog     DYSU #53-Let It Snow
Dilly Beans Designers & Friday Challenges     Winter Wonderland Challenge

Today has been a day filled with lots of general living chores. I'm trying to spend the evening in my studio. 
deconstructing jen is a new challenge blog to me, but it looks like she's got lots of fun things going on over at her place. Dilly Beans I just found at the end of last year and I fell in love with Meagan's digi designs and I've been playing at Do You Stack Up since about mid summer 2011. 
Silver and white is a favorite of mine to do snowflakes. I kind of compressed and instead of a border punch at the bottom of the sketch it's a little different, but basically the sketch is still there. Pop over to jen's place and see what you think. 

Happy Creating--
Beverly G ♥

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Luscious Cake

Quirky Crafts Challenge Blog     Challenge 1-2012-Food Glorious Food
Clean & Simple Stamping     Sketch #172

What could be more glorious than a luscious cake which makes for a very Happy Birthday. 
You start with a good sketch, then a theme, you go to your stash and baadah bing, you've got a great card. 

Supplies: All Stampin' Up

Happy Creating--
Beverly G ♥

Button Thanks

The Order of the Opus Gluei     Challenge #121-Out with the Old in with the New
Stampin' Royalty     SRC#105-Sketch Challenge

I'm going along with a couple of the girls on the Opus Gluei team, I'm grateful that 2011 is over and I'm thankful for all the blessings that we are already experiencing in 2012. 
My Hubby will be officially retired Jan. 11, my Mom has recovered almost back to where she was before the stroke in March 2011, I'm feeling energized and ready to win some more challenges and get published some more in 2012. 
I'm returning to some of my favorite challenges that I neglected in the later part of last year and Stampin' Royalty is on the top of my list. Sandra, the head goddess, was one of my first followers and gave me some tips to make my blog better. She and her team have always been very supportive of my creativity and their challenges are always interesting and encourage us to create out side our comfort zones. I like that. If you haven't played at either of these challenges give them a try, I bet you'll have some fun.

Happy Creating--
Beverly G ♥

Bottlecap Purple

{Freshly Made} Sketches     FMS #16-Sketch
Less Is More    Week 49-Colour-Predominatly Purple

Purple is one of my favorite colors, so starting out this year we've got a lot of purple going on. When I saw this sketch at {Freshly Made} Sketches my went to the bottle caps I had purchased last year thinking I just had to have them. They have been waiting patiently in my stash and these little stamps from Stampin' Up Clearly For You stamp set fit just perfect stamped with Elegant Eggplant ink. Even though I don't have a sentiment on the front I think I'll be using this card for a birthday. 
If you don't have these two challenges on your list start out the new year by giving them a try, I guarantee you'll have fun.

Happy Creating--
Beverly G ♥

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Cruisin' Along

The Three Muses     TTMS-Song Lyric

This a stamp from Shirley's 2 Girls who are no longer in business, unfortunately, they had some really cute stuff. 
When I saw this challenge at Wicked Wednesday and the one at Three Muses I went straight to this stamp in my stash. I have taken a little poetic license with Chuck Berry's song Ridin' Along in my Automobile, but I think you get the jest.
Picture this--summer 1967, on my way to N. Texas University, where my mother and Aunt had attended and Aunt had graduated from. Their colors are green and white. My Dad had helped me buy this cute little black Volkswagon (I didn't have a dog), and I was still blonde in those days. I met my hubby to be that summer on a blind date. By the time I had finished 2 summer semesters and one fall semester, hubby to be and I had decided to get married. He was in the Navy stationed in Virginia, I wanted to drive my cute little Volkswagon to my new home, but in those days you didn't buck the parents. My Dad decided that was too far for me to drive alone, so he kept my car, which I think he secretly wanted from the beginning, he and I were the wild ones in the family. I'd been in Virginia about 3 weeks when I got a picture of my car covered in hot pink flowers saying, " This is what it should have looked like when you were driving it." My Dad and my sister, who is 6 years younger than me had a blast with that car. Oh yeah, and my sister had a gray poodle. 
After this long story, that brings up another song--Those were the days my friend, we thought they'd never end...

Happy Creating--
Beverly G ♥

Friday, January 6, 2012

Stacked B-Day

Shopping Our Stash     SOSC 33: Rewind or a Meljen's Image
Tuesday Morning Sketches      Sketch #127

I've chosen one of the first Meljen's digis I bought last year when I first started learning how to use digis, Topsy Turvy Cake. I had to shop through my stash to find these dark purple brads and I used some paper that I had just opened over the holidays Stampin' Up Designer Series paper Just Add Cake because I need to start working on a new stash of birthday cards. Of course, you recognize the frosting, Liquid Applique, it just makes the best frosting I've seen so far. 
With the beginning of the new year I'm recommitting to some of my favorite challenges, so hello again Melissa and team at Tuesday Morning Sketches. I've won many times over at Melissa's place and even been a guest designer. Tuesday Morning Sketches is a fun place to play with some very talented and supportive people.
You can't go wrong with a good sketch and some fun products.

Happy Creating--
Beverly G ♥

I'm No Angel

ATCs With Attitude     Challenge #4-Anything Goes

Friday is a big day, another great challenge for you at ATCs With Attitude. Our challenge is young and just getting up and running in the last weeks of 2011 so we're still keeping things simple for you to get into your list of challenges this new year. Anything Goes, any products, but of course, you can always hop over to the sponsors place and pick up some thing to play with or wait until the winner of the challenge is chosen and see if you've added some new digis to your stash. Either way digis are a great way for instant stamp gratification + you can size them to fit perfect on ATCs. 
I liked this angel with her hands in her pockets and some attitude going on from Limited Runs Stamps, so the Mae West quote seemed to fit her perfectly. Copic markers, chalks, souffle pens, and a medium point Sharpie pen (next time it will be a fine point), brought this ATC into being.
We look forward to seeing lots of entries this fortnight over at ATCs With Attitude, so come on over and join in on the fun.

Happy Creating--
Beverly G ♥

Fantasy Frame

Fat Pages With Attitude     Challenge #4-Anything Goes

Lots of general living going on here at my house yesterday and today, so I'm behind on some important commitments. 
This fortnight at Fat Pages With Attitude is our 4th Challenge and we're still keeping it simple for everyone to enter with another Anything Goes Challenge. You can use any products you like or you can go over and visit our Sponsor Delicious Doodles and pick up a digi that sparks your fancy to create a great Fat Page to enter for a prize. This frame is one of the digis that the design team got to play with. As soon as I saw this I could just envision looking through the page of a good fairy tale book into wonderful fantasy story. 
I printed the digi onto Crumb Cake card stock, cut it out and sponged the edges and around the inside of the frame that I cut out with a craft knife, then rubbed my sponge all over which finished the great shading already there with Early Expresso ink. I found the fantasy city at Google images(free), printed the text on top, sized the whole thing to fit in the digi frame, all done in Open Office (also free), glued the whole thing onto a piece of light weight chip board for stability, and edged it all with a copper metallic paint pen. I'm thinking of creating a little Fat Book with pages of some of my favorite fairy tales. This page will make a great cover page. 
We hope to see you over at Fat Pages With Attitude this fortnight to enter one of your first creations of the new year. 

Happy Creating--
Beverly G ♥

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Calendar B-Day

City Crafter Challenge Blog     CCCB#90-Save The Date

When I saw this challenge the stamp that is the main focal image here came straight to my mind. This is a Paula Best stamp and the circle face in the middle is a set of 6 faces that will fit in this circle to change it up a bit. I've had these stamps for 3 years and today is the first inking. 
You know you just have to have things and then they go to the bottom of the pile for some reason. Well, new year, new inking :-)
The Happy Birthday is from Stampin' Up-Swirls & Curls Verses and I colored the date with a yellow highlight marker, and the rest with Stampin' Up markers. Oops, except the face and that was colored with a PrismaColor pencil.

Happy Creating--
Beverly G ♥

Happy 2012/Art Journal

Take A Word     TAW-A New Year

As you can see above the challenge is A New Year. 
I surrounded my Happy Clock that I got from free Google images with some positive thoughts for the new year, 3 quotes about beginning, a happy rainbow chalked background, some glitter, and a stamp inked with a multi-colored ink pad to fill in the holes, and when I stepped back and took a look I think it's a Happy busy page. 
I know this year is going to be busy, and since I'm a glass half full kind of gal, I know it's going to be happy. 

Happy Creating--
Beverly G ♥

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Fashionable Friends

Rogue Redhead Designs    Design Team Member Post

Oh Boy, have I had some fun playing with a melting pot, some clear beeswax, a great stamp set, scrap paper, ink, and micro beads.
One of my goals this year is to use some of the products that I just had to have and haven't taken the time to use. I spent some time last year reading up and watching YouTube videos on using melted wax on projects. This is using the leftover wax from the previous post.
This is a 3 3/4" X 4 3/4" canvas. I painted it with some Claudine Helmuth paints. The scrap paper I had picked to use led me to the use of these colors. I tore around the edges of one piece distressed the edges and glued it onto the canvas and stamped the sentiment along the bottom. With another piece of the scrap I stamped the Ladies in Sepia, dry brushed some of the paint onto their hats to pick up the colors on the canvas, and distressed the edges with Old Paper distress ink, then popped the image up with dimensionals. I used an old brush dedicated to wax use only and with the warm wax began brushing the wax around the edges of the canvas and around the edges of the popped up image. I let the wax run and puddle in some places. With the micro beads close at hand I brushed some wax on and poured the beads on and mashed them in slightly. You have to work in one area at a time, the wax cools very quickly. When I got all of that looking kind of like I wanted it to, I brushed Blue Patina Perfect Pearls around the edges to pull the whole thing together. 
I know this is going to sound very bragging, but I just love the way this canvas turned out. If you've bought some products lately that you haven't used I hope this will inspire you to get them out and with a little bit of reading and watching videos for some tips you too can create some fantastic projects.
I'm feeling very led to do a series of projects, different techniques, different mediums, but all with the Theme: Friendship. This is the second in the series. The previous project was the first.

Happy Creating--
Beverly G ♥

Monday, January 2, 2012

Waxed

Gingersnap Creations     GC130: Spicy Supply Challenge-Wax

Second day of 2012 and I have stretched my wings with supplies that I've had in my stash for awhile, but haven't had the courage to pull out and use.
1st-I pulled out my little flat iron, one you quilters would recognize, and heated some crayons and mushed them all over a piece of glossy card stock, even used the tip and got some pretty decent hearts in the background.
2nd-I pulled out the melting pot and melted some clear bees wax and first I painted the wax on with a brush, the 3rd rose fell in the wax, you have to have a pair of tweezers you want to dedicate to this technique. They looked kind of blobby after I got them attached with Scor-Tape to project so I carefully hit them with the heat gun, carefully I say, or else everything will start to move and remelt. 
I kind of like it---it's not a card, but it could be, I'm thinking I might attach it to a frame of some kind and so a series on friendship. I wish I had gallery space.

Happy creating--
Beverly G ♥

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Art Journal-Print Works

I have pulled out my first art journal again. In late 2011 I started to become interested in art journaling. I have done some internet searches, bought some books on art journaling, and some magazines. I have not quite decided to put any personal feelings in a journal just yet, but the year is young.
There is a challenge blog, Take A Word, each week you get a new word prompt, and that is what inspired me to start this particular journal. I thought I could do some practicing with different techniques, lettering, mediums and all the other cool things you can do to a journal and still not spill to many personal beans.
The word for last week was PRINT. I missed the deadline on entering the challenge, but I wanted to start the new year with working on something just for the pleasure of doing it.
In my reading up on this subject, I've read there are no rights and wrongs, so all you art journalers out there, please be kind if you happen to venture here and see these attempts. If you don't try, you don't improve.

Happy Creating,
Beverly G ♥