Friday, September 30, 2011

Belated Wishes

Happy Hellos Everyone:

Thank God it's Friday! Right. I'm so glad to welcome the weekend in. No big plans, I'm just ready for weekend of relaxation. Aren't you? Today's card is for this week's challenge over at Waltzing Mouse. Just below is the sketch and a little further down is my card.

I have to admit, this isn't what I pictured; however, I really wanted to participate in this week's challenge. Perhaps I'll do better next week. As always, thanks for visiting The Peddler's Gallery and come back real soon.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Rock On

Happy Hellos Everyone:
I hope all is well in your part of the globe. The other day I mentioned something about sharing something that may interest you in an up-coming post. Well, today's the day. My son is an avid rock collector. Orignally, I thought collecting rocks was somethings boys just did until something else came along to collect, but that hasn't been the case. Kevin really enjoys collecting rocks in their natural state.This has interested him every since he was five years old. Kevin proclaimed then he wanted to be a palentologist or a geologist. So, I began to place him in circles that would stimulate his interest including space camp and attending gem & rock shows.

Now, here's the part that may interest you. This past weekend we attended a local the gem & rock show in Howard County, Maryland. While there I came across several gem & rock vendor and dealers that not only sold gems and rocks, but they had several charms for sale at great prices. I had to pace myself since I hadn't planned on purchasing any thing. However, I managed to buy forty key charms and forty crowns, ribbons and more for $6 a tube. Take a look...

You may want to take note the next time you hear of a rock & gem show in your town.

I also wanted to show you the beautiful rock my son bought for me. I'm not sure whether you can see the faint purple hue surrounding the rock.

Isn't it just beautiful?
Well, as always, thanks for visiting the gallery and come back real soon.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Seasonal Mosaic

Happy Hellos Everyone:

Today's card is all about the season. Autumn is here and I guest I'm just feeling it--cooler days, mosaic colors, family, friends, and holidays. It's just a terrific time of the year. Last year I created a few cards for the Autumn and the Thanksgiving holiday. I feel in love with one color combination I selected. I miked brown, orange and teal together. That color combination was wonderful. So, I decided to do a repeat--that is use the same color combination this year.

This week I decided to enter my card in the challenges listed below. All are which a first for me.

Just below is my entry....

I thought I would provide you with a sneak peak first.

Now a little more...

and now, the finish product...

 I hope you like what you saw and if you do feel free to become a Follower. There's always something to see at The Peddler's Gallery. Thanks for taking the time to stop by the gallery and be sure to come back real soon.

What's In It?

Cardstock: Papertrey
Stamps:Waltzing Mouse Stamps
DP: An Assortment
Ink: Memento
Embellishments: Ribbon, Button, Dimenisionals
Equipment Used: Paper Cutter, CuttleBug, Spellbinder Dies, CuttleBug Die, Sewing Machine

Sunday, September 25, 2011

My Very First Stampin' Up Stamp Set

Happy Hellos Everyone:

I hope all is well with you and yours.There's so much going on in the Baltimore area this weekend and I hope to participate in at least one activities. I won't say which one. However, if I'm able to get what I looking for, I'll be sure to share any and all information uppon my return because I think you'll be interested in knowing if you can take advantage of this activity in your areas.

Today's card is all about the challenge over at The Ribbon Reel. There's a new challenge every fortnight. Sidebar--I just love using this English term. ;)  So, anyway, when a get a look at the inspirational photo I took a mental gasp. I was stumped for a moment. Participants are to create a birthday card. It wasn't the normal hues I used, though it caused me to set oustside my comfort zone. I liked that fact and I didn't all at the same time. Then I thought to myself, 'Okay, this is a true challenge.' By the time I finished my card, I absoulutely love the challenge. BIG thanks to the DT over at The Ribbon Reel. Take a look at the inspirational photo.

...and this is what I drew from the photo....

I really like everything about this card from start to finish and I hope you do too. I used the very first stamp set I purchased from Stampin' Up. Please forgive me, I do not remember the name of this set. All I know is I loved it when I purchased it, but I do not believe I have ever used it until now.  I used several little goodies to achieve this effect. I think my favorite was the Glossy Accents and I think my favorite technique was paper piercing the birthday cake. I'm not sure whether this is visible to you, but I filled the well of the stamped shape chipboard with Glossy Accents. In person it looks absolutely goregous. If you're interest in the other items used be sure to checkout the 'What's in it?' section below.

As always, thanks for visiting the gallery and come back real soon.

What's In It?
Cardstock: Papertrey
Stamps:Stampin Up and Papertrey
DP: My Minds Eye
Ink: Memento and Ranger Inks Distress Inks
Embellishments: Perals; Ranger Inks Pearl Accents; Chipboard, Glossy Accents; glitter; Ribbon 
Equipment Used: Paper Cutter, Computer/Printer

Friday, September 23, 2011

Royal Purple

Happy Hello Everyone:

I needed a birthday...purple of course. Okay, maybe not purple, but who could go wrong with the color purple. So, I thought I would used the sketch over at WMS. I loved this week's sketch. It's simply wonderful....take a look.

...and this is what I came up with...


Thanks for visiting The Peddler's Gallery and come back real soon.

What's In It?
Cardstock: Mark's Finest Papers
Stamps:WMS: Fancy Phrases
DP: My Minds Eye-Carefree Collection
Ink: StazOn-Timber Brown
Embellishments: Recollection  Floiwers,  Pearls, Ribbon
Equipment Used: Paper Cutter, CuttleBug, Spellbinder Dies, Sizzix Nesting Dies

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Thank You...ColourQ

Happy Hellos:

I just wanted to share  my lastest card with you. I made it for a friend and I thought it went well with this week's challenge over at ColourQ. Just below is the inspirational photo....

...and from the inspirational photo, I created this....






Thanks for stopping by The Peddler's Gallery and come back real soon.

What's In It?
Cardstock: Mark's Finest Papers
Stamps: PTI: Turning  A New Leaf, SU: Occasional Quotes and Inkadinkado (Background)
DP:   N/A
Ink: Momento and Ranger Ink's Distress Inks: Dusty Concord, Peel Paint, Spice Marmalde, and Fired Brick
Embellishments: Recollection Signature Especial Floiwers, White Gel Pin, Brads, Pearl Spritz 
Equipment Used: Paper Cutter

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Did You Miss Me--

Happy Hellos Everyone:

I know. I know. I know. It's been a minute or two since my last and I must say I have truly missed you. I thought I would have posted well before now. It's hard to believe more than half of the September has already happened. My son has started eighth grade. Summer is unfolding into Autumn and the holidays are so near. A lot has happened since my last post. Too much to even consider typing. :)  I hope all is well with you and yours. I'm in the process of responding to my mountain of emails, so if you have e-mail me in the past few weeks, I just want you to know I am working on turning that mountain into a molehill.

I decided to participate in my first challenge in what seem as if it has been since forever. I love the challenge color combination over at CR84FN. Don't you?

This is what I came up with....

Thanks for visiting The Peddler's Gallery & come back real soon.

What's In It?
Cardstock: Mark's Finest Papers
Stamps: Flourishes and Waltzing Mouse
DP:   An Assortment including papers by Teresa Collins
Ink: Momento; Stampin' Up
Embellishments:Twine, Ribbon, Pearls
Equipment Used: Paper Cutter, CuttleBug; Stampin' Up Embossing Folder, MFT scallop die, Spellbinders die
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