Friday, June 11, 2010

Stampaholics 10 Minute Challenge

This just might be my last post - especially if  my daughter Amber sees I used one of her wedding pictures for the 10 minute challenge this week!! Well, we actually get 20 minutes for a scrapbook page.  Did I make it in 20 minutes??  Not a chance.  It took me 55 minutes and it was worth every minute to make this page.

Since Big Tex is not allowed in my stamping/computer/guest room, I had to use the clock on my computer to keep track of time.  I used My Digital Studio for this challenge.

Okay, so here's the sketch we were to use - Thanks, Sage, I copied this from your blog... hee...hee...
And here is my scrapbook page...

This is just the bride's side of the family.  I'll have to do another page for the groom, but I'll have to find that other CD of pictures, first!!  LOL  I was planning to do a scrapbook for my sweetie for Christmas last year, but I didn't get it done - too little time - and no, I didn't procrastinate.  I was having designer's block and other issues...hee hee..

Ok, that's it folk.  No humor, no funny stories...just the facts ma'm, just the facts!  Thanks for stopping by.
Leave me a comment to let me know what you think!!

Friday, May 21, 2010

10 Minute Challenge - A Color Challenge

Welcome to my humble abode…ummm…I mean blog…he he

Today is the 10 Minute or Less Challenge with Sandi, Carole’Anne and the Stampaholics. You can find the challenge requirements HERE. So this week’s challenge is a color challenge. We were to use soft suede, pretty in pink, chocolate chip and whisper white for our challenge. I chose to do a card this week, and here is what I came up with.

Stamp set:  Watercolor Trio
Card base: 8-1/2 x 5-1/2 pretty in pink card stock (side fold)
Mat panel: 4 x 5-1/4 soft suede card stock
Mat panel: 3-5/8 x 5-1/16 whisper white card stock
DSP strip: 1-1/4 x 3-5/8 Sending Love DSP strip
Art panel: 2-1/4 x 3-1/4 whisper white, 2-3/8 x 3-3/8 soft suede, 2-5/8 x 3-5//8 pretty in pink, 1 x 2-1/4 Sending Love DSP strip
Other supplies: pretty in pink satin ribbon, soft suede polka dot grosgrain ribbon, chocolate chip button (lbutton atte), linen thread, soft suede Stampin’ Write marker, dimensionals

I used the new Watercolor Trio stamp set from the Summer Mini Catalog (pg. 16). I just LOVE this set! It is so versatile and easy to use. The designer paper is the Sending Love Specialty Designer Series paper from the Occasions Mini Catalog (no longer available). I looked at several different options for designer paper before I settled on this one. Most of the DSP I had that met the color requirement was soft suede, and I just wanted something a little more “Sparkly”!

I stamped the image in pretty in pink and then used my soft suede marker to go over the leaves and stems. The greeting is stamped in chocolate chip ink. I added a chocolate chip button from the button latte collection and tied it on with some linen thread. I layered the ribbon on the left hand side of the card: pretty in pink satin ribbon topped by soft suede polka dot grosgrain ribbon.

The art and greeting panels are mounted on pretty in pink and soft suede card stock and popped up on dimensionals.

I want to say thank you to Sandi and Carey for stopping by last week to see my 3D project. If you missed it last week, you can see it HERE. It was for my niece and she loved it, so I guess I did something right!

I apologize for not being able to respond to everyone’s comments. Unless you have your email or web address set up in your on-line profile, it's hard for me to email you to let you how much I appreciate you stopping by!  But I do enjoy reading your comments! he he...So don’t forget to leave one to let me know you were here.

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, May 16, 2010

Stampaholic's 10 Minute Challenge

I think Master Blaster got his feelings hurt last week.  I couldn't find him.  I looked on the table, I looked in the kitchen, and I looked in my stamp room.  He was no where to be found. So, I had to recruit Big Tex to fill in for this week's 3D challenge with the Stampaholics. So, meet Big Tex:

For the 3D challenge, we were given 30 minutes which I blew, of course. 41 minutes and 31 seconds

My niece, Jenny, graduated from college Friday, so I decided to make this gift card holder for her.  I used one of the skinny tins that Stampin' Up! had on the Clearance Rack earlier this year.
I was at 27 minutes and 40 seconds, when I decided to stamp the image again, color the flowers and mount them with dimensionals!  But you gotta understand, it's for J-E-N-N-Y, and I would say she is my most favoritest niece except that one of my other nieces might see this post and get their feelings hurt! LOL... I used the Elements of Style stamp set on the outside.  I also decided to add some dazzling diamonds and use a little Melon Mambo marker to add a few darker spots to the flowers.  Can you see the pattern from the lattice embossing folder I used on the whisper white pane?

The inside of the tin looks like this.
I took my own pictures this time so some of them didn't turn out too good. Sorry.  This was really pretty on the inside.  Jenny loves pink, and I really love the way the melon mambo, basic black and whisper white look together.  The little pocket on the inside is where I tucked her gift card from Barnes and Noble.  She loves to read, so I'm sure she will find something she wants! (I hate to tell you that I stopped Big Tex from ticking after I finished the front of my project.  I didn't want to EMBARRASS myself by taking 2 hours again.  So all of the inside was done off the clock, umm... I mean timer.) I used Rough Type to spell her name, Elements of Style on the pocket and Well Scripted for the greeting.

I thought you might want to see what my work space looks like after I finish a project so I took this picture for you.  Pretty messy, huh?
 I have two more pictures to share with you of my project.
I've been a little under the weather this weekend, so be kind and leave me a comment.

And YESTERDAY, was my BIRTHDAY, so you need to be extra, extra nice to me, cause I spent almost the whole day in bed!  I have a few things to share later this week so be sure to check back!
Thanks for stoppin' by!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

I'm BAD and 10 Minute Challenge

Well, I guess I better start with the confessions this week.  I was bad. I was REALLY bad! I didn't time my card this week...and I had help... Master Blaster got SO much attention last week (and just for the record, Master Blaster is my timer, not my "hubby") that I made him sit in the corner and just "watch" this week!  And my mom is here this weekend, so she was my help! (She ran one of my scalloped circles through the crimper and helped me decide the colors to use.)  Hee hee....

Okay, so the challenge this week was an inspiration challenge chosen by the fabulously talented Sandi MacIver,  and I was bad again 'cause I just copied this picture from her blog without asking... (Is that okay?  I am still making my Saturday confession here!) Besides, she has an event going on right now and it's not like I'm going to call and interrupt her event!!!!!! (hee hee - I'm sure I'll hear about THAT one!) LOL
And here is my card....

Card Base: 8-1/2 x 5-1/2 (top fold) Sahara Sand CS
Stamp Sets:  Short and Sweet, Sweetheart
Mat Panel: 4 x 5-1/4 Taken with Teal CS
Old Olive Panels: 1-1/2 x 3-3/4
Embossed Panels: 1-1/4 x 3-1/2 Brilliant Blue CS
Bird Panel:  3 x 1-7/8
Mat for Bird Panel: 3-1/4 x 2-1/8
Punches:  Modern Label, Word Window, Bird Punch, Scalloped Circle Punch
Other Supplies:  Versamark Ink, gold embossing powder, old olive ink, old olive grosgrain ribbon, vintage brad

I punched the branch out twice: once in old olive and once in close to cocoa.  I cut the leaves off the close to cocoa one and glued in on top of the old olive branch.  I popped up the matted bird panel, the bird's wing  and the matted greeting panel.

I took my inspiration from the birds in the dark blue curtain panels and the two-tone bird in the pillow on the far left (they are there, you just have to look closely!). I also included a flower in place of the fluffy pillow.  Just don't look too closely or you might see all my imperfections! LOL

I'm still tweeking my blog and learning how to do stuff to my photos, so just be patient and let me know if I break any rules!  hee hee

I had fun, and I hope you did too.  Thanks for stopping by, and don't forget to wish that special someone in your life a Happy Mother's Day!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Yippee Skippy Another 10 Minute Challenge

You don't REALLY think I finished this week's challenge in 10 minutes, do you?  Nope...24 minutes and 55 seconds.  And "Master Blaster" did a little misbehaving while I was stamping tonight!

This week was a color challenge.  We were to use Barely Banana, Cameo Coral, Sage Shadow and Creamy Caramel, all retiring colors this year.  Who the heck picked these colors anyway??  Must have been one of the "more experienced head honchos"...  Maybe someone from Portland, Oregon, hmmmm? LOL

Well, here's my final card for the challenge.  I didn't like my first attempt so this one is a do over!  hee hee

Card base: 8-1/2 x 5-1/2 Cameo Coral CS folded at the top to 4-1/4 x 5-1/2
Stamp Sets:  Embrace Life, Asian Artistry
Embossed panel: 4 x 5-1/4 Barely Banana CS
Image panel: 2-1/2 x 2-3/4 Shimmer White CS
Mat: 2-3/4 x 3 Cameo Coral CS
Ink:  Barely Banana, Cameo Coral, Sage Shadow, Creamy Caramel (sponged), Versamark
Other supplies: Beautiful Wings embosslit, Elegant Bouquet impression folder, black embossing powder, blender pen, sponge dauber, small oval punch, scalloped oval punch

Well, I had this vision of what my first card should look like, and it didn't look at all like what I wanted. Yep, you guessed it... it looked like dogfood (sorry Jack, Lucy and Oscar).  But I like this one.  I may even try to step it up a notch (OMG)!  Are you scared yet?

Now about "Master Blaster".  A simple name would not do because we live in "Texas", and everyone knows things are bigger in Texas!  Well, "Master Blaster" was ticking along real smooth-like when nature called, and I needed a "short" break.  I guess he didn't like that, because when I got back to my stamping table (aka kitchen table), I saw that "Master Blaster" had gone on without me.  Well, thank goodness I wrote down the time when I left for my very necessary break! Next time, I'll wrap HIM in some very important paper before I leave. The nerve of him...just like a man!

Thanks for stopping by, and please leave me a comment to let me know you were here.


Saturday, April 24, 2010

Recycled Card for Earth Day

I've been working on a recycled card today, and it still took me more than 10 minutes!

Last night I pulled out my crate of old greeting cards to look for a card to recycle into a new card.  I'm pretty sure I looked through 300 store bought greeting cards.  I had Christmas, Birthday, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Christmas, Thank You...did I say Christmas??!!!! You get the picture.  The majority were Christmas cards - not easy to work with for Earth Day. I found one card image I wanted to use for my focal point. I set that one aside. I decided to use the colors from the image for my card.

Card base: 5x10 Chocolate Chip folded at the top
Recycled products:
More Mustard layer: 4-3/4 square
Background piece: 4-1/2 square 
Ribbon scrap from my stash
Gold elastic cord scrap
Vintage bead from my bead box (I couldn't find my button box!)

I found a glossy political postcard in my junk mail and decided to use that for my designer paper. I wheeled versamark ink all over the postcard with the Very Vintage Jumbo Wheel.  I heat embossed with clear embossing powder and sponged with More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie, Real Rust (it's retiring), and Chocolate Chip ink.  I mounted the background on a layer of More Mustard.

I tore around the card image and sponged with Real Rust, covered the image with Versamark ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. (The image was on thin cardstock and had a dull finish - I wanted it shiny.)  I mounted the image on More Mustard, tore the cardstock and used my distressing tool on the edges. I mounted it on Chocolate Chip and used dimensionals to mount it to the background layers. I tied the gold cord around the green ribbon, ran it through the bead and tied a knot.  I punched 2 holes in the More Mustard and background layers and tied the ribbon piece to the back of my card.

Ohh! I also pierced the top left corner of the image layer with my paper piercer.  Have you ever tried to pierce card stock after you have raised and mounted it to the card?  Believe me, it was not easy...

Thanks for stopping by today.  Please leave me a comment to let me know you were here!

Friday, April 23, 2010

10 Minute Challenge

I just earned my place in the Stamper's Book of Records for the longest 10 Minute Challenge card EVER.  I think it took me 2 hours to make one card. I know! That's really bad, but give me a little credit here. 

This is the first challenge I have ever entered and it's not like I have all my supplies in one place! I stamp on the kitchen table.  My paper and stamps are in the office/bedroom, and my punches are in the closet.  My stamp pads have their own storage tower, and all my tools are in the basket (except for the ones I forgot to put back after the last workshop I attended.) 

Of course, I needed those tools and had to hunt them up, find a new refill for my tape runner, figure out what size to cut the paper, eat some chocolate ice cream, etc.  (You get the picture?) So, I'm pretty sure it took me about 30 minutes to gather my supplies (yeah, that sounds good).  Then I had to clean and condition the stamps 'cause they're made of rubber (that took another 30 minutes).  I dropped the paper on the floor 3 or 4 times, had to go to the bathroom, find the cardstock I just cut out and immediately lost, answer the phone, and be pestered by the boys...So I REALLY just spent about 30 minutes on the card.  tee hee

Anyway, Sandi and Carole'Anne have the neatest challenge and I decided to join in this week.  So here is the sketch we were supposed to use for our card.  Easy you say?  Well if you've been stamping for ten years it would be, but I've only been stamping for three.   So, I say I deserve a little more time - yeah!  Ok, so here's my card:

Stamp Sets:  En Francais, Vintage Vogue
Ink:  pale plum, perfect plum, mellow moss
Card Stock: pale plum, perfect plum, very vanilla
Other Supplies: circle ice rhinestone brad, mellow moss taffeta ribbon, eyelet border punch, perfect polka dots impression folder

The card is really much lighter and brighter in real life, but I have to depend on my son to take my pictures.  I wanted to add extra light and he kept insisting the flash on his camera was enough light.  Go figure  - he's 31 and thinks he knows it all!

I hope you enjoy my card.  Go check out the other entries and meet the new design team.  You'll be impressed.