Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A Treemendous Card

Happy Hellos Everyone:

All I can say is "Football. Football. Football and more Football." I feel like I haven't made a card in-like forever. Don't get me wrong. I love the fact my son is enjoying his first season of organized football. He's watching less television and not playing too many video games and having fun in the process. He's trimmed down a bit and exercising all at the same time. That's the part I'm lov'in. I miss not being able to craft as much. When I have time to get to the craft table, I feel too tired to even lift the paper, so I gaze at the papers instead. With all that being said, football practice was cancelled do to inclement weather. (YIPPE!!!). I got home before dark. I couldn't believe it. I went directly to my craft table. Okay, may not directly, but it didn't take me too long to get to the table. I wanted to begin working on my Christmas cards. I recently purchased some beautiful papers from the BoBunny Line that I just fell in love with from the moment I saw the DP.

I don't know about you, but during the Christmas season I send approximately 70-80 holiday cards. It's the one time of year I try to contact everyone to let them know, 'Although we may have not talked to one another as often as I would have liked to, you're always in my thoughts.' So, I try to send a nice card I can reproduce fairly easy. Without further ado, this is what I came up with for this year's holiday greeting card to send to my friends and family.

About the card...

As I mentioned the DP is from the BoBunny line; the tree stamp is a stamp from Hero Arts and the wording is from Inkadinkaddo collections. I embellished the tree with a few purple rhinestones and purple, green and white ribbon.

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Changing Seasons

Happy Monday Hellos to Everyone!!!

Another weekend has come and gone so very fast that I haven't had time to rest up this week. I wanted to start the week with a challenge I'm normally not able to participate with until later in the week. I learned this past weekend one of my neighbor's lost her brother over the weekend. With that being sad in itself, my neighbor's health will prohibit her to travel to Georgia for the memorial services scheduled this week. That sadden me. I knew neither sibling had visited one another in quite some time do to the condition of both their health. Prior to the failing health condition, they visited one another often. As I began to ponder over this week's challenge at Waltzing Mouse, I came up with an idea for a card. I know I wanted to make something to celebrate the season. Something to celebrate life and change.  So I came up with this....

I layered my card and ran the top layer through the crimper that my good friend, Chris gave me. I used Hero Arts, real leaves. I stamped five maple leaves onto white paper. I used several of Tim Holtz's distressing inks to color the leaves before I cut them out. I enhanced each leave with regular stickles and distressing stickle. I think I mentioned in a eariler post, how much I loved the distress stickles. I'm just saying it again because I really love this stuff. I didn't want my greeting to begin with 'With Sympathy' but, I did want her to know I was thinking of both she and her family. Lastly, I embossed and cut the sentiment out using Spellbinders and there you have it. I was done. I hope you like it and I hope you find inspiration in my little creation.

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Friday, September 17, 2010

Stamping with Stacey

T.G.I.F. Everyone!!!

I don't know about you, but I'm so happy it's FRIDAY. Original, I had very few things on my agenda to complete, but something happened between Monday and Thursday, and now I have quite a few things to do. I won't bore you with the list, but trust me--all of these things were not on my list on Monday.

The last challenge I plan to participate in this week is one over at Stamping with Stacey. This is the first time I have participated in any of her challenges. I actually made this card while I was watching Monday Night Football--the Baltimore Ravens vs. the New York Jets.

I just hadn't uploaded the picture until today. I like the card I created: however, I felt like something was missing. Perhaps, that's why I held of posting the card until now. I think I'm so use to layering my cards. When I have a card with little to no layers, it always feels as though something is missing. I didn't want to continue to layer my card with embellishments, in fear of it becoming too gaudy. As you can see, I embossed the background with a Cuttle Bug plate; stamped my embossed imaged onto half of a SU top note paper; applied a ribbon treatment, a sentiment; and topped it off with pearlized water (of which I do not think the camera captured.)

Thanks for taking the time to look and I hope your weekend got off to a fantastic start!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Two Postings in One Day

Hello Hello Everyone!!!

I can not believe two Waltzing Mouse Challenges slipped by without me being able to participate. The last two challenges were really neat too, but that's okay. I was pleasantly satisfied when I clicked on WMS challenges late Saturday afternoon to see this week's sketch. I exhaled and starting thinking about the theme; the occasion; what I could create that would; and if it would stand out. Five days came and went. I had lots and lots of ideas; however, nothing materialized until today.  I thought this card was apropos for this week's challenge, since the weather in Baltimore is feeling more and more like autumn. Below is the sketch challenge participants were provided for inspiration.

And this is what I came up with:

Now, about the card....

The designer paper is from Basic Grey. I scalloped punched both the edge of the card and the craft background that supports the pomegranates. I colored the image with COPIC markers--offsetting the leaves with two different shades of green. I was trying to achieve the effect that the leaves were beginning to dry out. I complete the leaves by applying a layer of Tim Holtz Distressing Stickle--Rock Candy over the leaves. I'm not sure whether the camera captured what I see in person. I applied ribbon treatments (from Prairie Bird Boutique) and a SU brad to the branch of the pomegranates; and embossed a sentiment onto an oval punch of craft paper. Well, what do you think?

I hope you like what you've seen and
perhaps you were able to draw some inspiration.
As always, 'Thanks' for stopping by The Peddler's Gallery
 and come back soon.

Rainbow Trio

Happy Hump Day All:

Can you believe it? Schools has been in session all of a week, maybe a week and a half and today Kevin recieved his first party invite of the new school year. I think this is the most social generation of children. From September until June there's at least one or two and sometimes possibly three birthday celebrations a month. I think I had one birthday party when I was growing up. I had a birthday party when I turned thirteen years old. My mother made me wear a dress and every thing. All my guest came dressed in their jeans--Mothers. All my other birthdays were celebrated with the family and any of the neighborhood kids within shouting of someone yelling something like, 'birthday cake & ice cream.' My son's eleven years old and this will be his second or third sleepover in a hotel suite. I'm still waiting for my invitation for a birthday sleepover at a hotel. :)

Enough of that....

I have decided to participate in a couple of challenges this week. Yesterday, I participated in the PDCC and the day before that it was the Mojo Monday challenge. Well, today I am sharing a card I made for a challenge over at ScrapMasters. Participants were charge with using the colors just below for inspiration.

And this is what I was able to draw from the colors.....

My card is very simplistic. Which isn't bad because there are times when I simple love the idea of simplicity. Don't you? Let me tell you a little about the card. I embossed my image on water color paper. I applied three different hues of Tim Holtz's distressing inks to the canvas and aggravated the sides of the paper. I sprayed the embossed image with pearlized water to achieve a shimmery effect. I'm not sure if you're able to see what I can from this photo. I embellished the image with a beautiful strip of purple (of course) ribbon.  I did something I had not done before. I applied the inspirational colors to the sentiment to achieve a rainbow effect.

I really liked the finished project. I hope you like it too.
Hopfully, this has been an inspiration to you as much as you are to me.
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Come back real soon.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Spoiled Rotten

Good Morning Everyone:

I just wanted to share my entry for this week's challenge over at the Play Date Cafe.  Here's this week's inspirational photo. I love the colors, plus I actually had some matching designer papers. I used it before. Which means you'll get a repeat. I was pretty happy with the out come of my card. I created my flower blossom by combinding two Prima Flowers, but not before I tinted them with my COPIC markers and an airbrush. After I assembled the two flower blossoms, it still wasn't where I thought it should be. So, I began adding. I found some metalic pink netting and some soft metal wire. I'm not sure if the camera capture the flower blossom close enough for you to see, but I topped off the flower by applying a coat of Tim Holtz's Clear Rock Candy Distressed Stickles. I absolutely LOVE this product!!! If you haven't try it, it's a must. I applied some ribbon and I was finished.

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