Friday, July 29, 2011

Christmas in July!

Fridays mean Lisa has a new Bloggers Challenge for us and this week we are Embossing!  All stamps are from I Brake For Stamps, who is just so having a Christmas in July challenge.  This will also be linked to Simon Says Stamp and Show "Anything Goes."

The pine cone collage was embossed with gold, red and garnet.  A little tricky, but worth the effort!  After it was heat set, I colored the open area of the corners and the pine cone.  The printed area was lightly distressed with Pumice Stone to tone it down.  All panels were distressed and shaded with Vintage Photo. 

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.  Not sure what we will be doing, but that is just fine with me!  Thank you for visiting!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Hello Pumpkin!

I learned of an awesome Halloween Giveaway Challenge at Alpha Stamps while visiting LynnAlpha Stamps is also giving away a really nice Halloween college sheet, so go check out what you have to do to get one of these beauties all for yourself. If you are on Facebook, go give them a "like."  The free Halloween Romance collage sheet is really nice!  Simon Says Stamp and Show is having an "Anything Goes" challenge, so guess where she is going?  Here is just one of the images!
The image has been distressed and shaded as well as all the layers. I added some rhinestones and did some highlighting with Spica glitter pens.  For the embossed background, I used the Acrylic Emboss from the Technique Junkies.
Look close and you can see the shimmer!
Now here is the Halloween Giveaway Challenge prize.
Have a great evening and thank you tons for the visit!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Follow the Yellow Brick Road!

I was quite excited to find out that my "Color of Money" received a Ginger Gem award!  WooHoo and thank you!  Speaking of Gingersnap Creations, this tag will be entered into their GC109 "On The Road."  Mine might be a "Yellow Brick Road," but none the less a road!  Anything Goes at Simon Says Stamp and Show, so we are traveling to there!  Last and most certainly not least, Linda our Grungy Monday leader for week 17 has us playing with Tim's Rock Candy.  I used both products on this tag and hopefully the sparkle can be seen.  Do you think the brads were too much?

All stamps are from Artistic Outpost and I used the fabulous OZ Collage stamp set.  Love this set!  My tag will also be entered into Artist Outpost's monthly referral program.  Who does not want a chance at free goodies.  For this an over sized tag was used and I hand cut a second chipboard tag.  My third tag layer is the road, which I wanted to set in, so used a movers and shapers (Tim's) on the first two.  Antique Glimmers from the Technique Junkies was done on the top tag.  Lots of inking fun!

Thank you Lynn for the RAK lovely package!  Lynn has now bypassed 1,000 followers and had a lovely giveaway.  Those of us who posted her giveaway on our blogs were given a little gift and here is my little stash of goodness! 
Have a wonderful day and I hope those of you dealing with heat will soon have a little relief!

Distress Inks:  Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, Stormy Sky, Mustard Seed
Stazon Inks:  Timber Brown, Jet Black, Blazing Red
Stampin Up Markers:  Barely Banana, Pretty in Pink, Creamy Caramel, Blush Blossom, Brocade Blue

Friday, July 22, 2011

GCSP08, Summer of Color and Pink Saturday!

Gingersnap Creations Blue Moon is to use 3 Words, 3 Papers and 3 Buttons. Kristin's the Summer of Color challenge is to use RED!
I caught myself going for the fourth paper, when I had die cut some lovely corners. I have to say this was really a challenge for me and not sure what I think about it!  Tried this canvas with black metal photo corners and lace.  Let me know which way looks better? 

This is my share for "Pink Saturday." I actually was the lucky winner of this most lovely "Pink Fleur de Lis and Roses" bowl from Cindy Adkins. If you love vintage, shabby chic, French and pretty much anything gorgeous, you owe it yourself to visit Cindy's Whimsical Musings. This lady is as sweet as she is talented. Stop by and you will be so happy you did! Thank you again, Cindy.
This is a busy weekend for me.  My sister is driving down from AZ and we are going to a family reunion!  Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!  Thank you for taking the time to visit me!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Artful Dwellings Jazz Banner

Week 16 of Grungy Monday and Linda has us truly grunging it up!  Grungeboard or Grungepaper and anything goes as long as those products are used!  Simon Says Stamp and Show some Embossing and so we have that covered.
Lots of embossing, both dry and powder. Painted Grungeboard with Metallic paints and then applied alcohol inks, until I liked the color. The Artistic Outpost Flapper Girls, where colored with Stampin Up Markers. We added some Copic Glitter pen highlights here and there.  Both Artful Dwellings by the one and only, Tim Holtz, were edged in gold.  

Off to start dinner!  I am so happy I don't have a DH, who demands his dinner at a certain time!!  Thank you for the visit and have a wonderful evening!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Bloggers Challenge Sketch and The Color of Money!

Happy Friday to all!  Tomorrow we go front door shopping.  Today the exact window measurements will be done at 3:00 PM and here I am playing!  Such is life!  Plenty of time to do what I need to do! 

Lisa's Bloggers Challenge this week is a sketch, which I just love sketches.  So here is my take on sketch. Since I love to combine challenges and it is not out of laziness, I went with the "Color of Money."  Gingersnap Creations GC108 is having us show our money colors! 

The sentiment stamp used is from Unity Stamps and the designer papers are Basic Grey.  I did a cuttlebug highlight technique from the Technique Junkies.  The butterflies where punched from leftovers. 

Have a wonderful weekend and thank you for stopping by!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Bags and Tags go Grungy on Monday!

Our lovely Grungy Monday leader, Linda, along with sidekicks, Barbara Washington and Rinda Ontiveros, have us using a technique from the 12 Tags of Christmas 2007, Day 7!  Gingersnap Creation's challenge GC107 is Bags and Tags, with shopping in mind!  Well we are off to the dressmaker!!  After all there was a time that I made most of my clothes, so this just seemed very appropriate.  Simon Says Stamp and Show some Stitching - Faux or Otherwise, and I had stitiched the little tag.  The Color of Summer wants us to use Brown and a Bold color, so I decided my bold would be "Pink" and based around the hand dyed lace that the wonderful Lynne of Adorn sent to me.

All stamps and die cuts are by the one and only Tim Holtz . I die cut shrink plastic using the dressmaker and stamped it using a variety of Tim's stamps.  For the tag I used a technique from the Technique Junkies called "Cuttlebug Highlights."  The dress form, spool and buttons, were stamped and shaded using Stazon.  All other inks and embossing powder are from the man!

Hope you all are having a fun and creative Monday, Grungy or not!  Oh I guess blogger is still not well for some of us.  My followers have disappeared from my page and of course commenting is still a pain.  Links are working for some people and it goes on!  Thank you for taking the time to visit!  Really do love that! 

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Grungy Monday #14 times 2!

Had to practice with the dabber paint resist one more time from Grungy Monday #14! Check out the how to video from Mr. Holtz, who is such an inspiration. For the resist I used the champagne bottles from the Gatsby collection at Artistic Outpost! One of my blogging friends, Lucy, is to blame for my interest in "shrink plastic." I decided to shrink some champagne bottles and the great car that is part of this set. I really like the little tiny embellishments! This was really a lot of fun!

Well this is a little later than I had planned, because we were scrapping up tile (not me).  I did have to supervise!!  Thanks for visiting and have a great rest of the weekend!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Bloggers Challenge and Grungy Monday - Again!

Playing Linda's Grungy Monday on Friday with Lisa's Bloggers Challenge.  For GM14 we are using a dabber resist/Perfect Pearls technique from March 2008, which can be found here compliments of Mr. Tim Holtz!  Lisa, who also happens to be one our Grungy Monday inspiring guest designers, has us on a Floral Frenzy for this weeks Bloggers Challenge!  Now I started working on a couple of tags yesterday, but we had a couple of "house estimate" type distractions, so tag #2 will post later or tomorrow.  The story continues! 

All stamps are from Artistic Outpost the Flapper Fashions plate and will be entered in their July Referral Contest! Who does not like a chance at free stamps??
For this weeks GM14 technique I used the floral border, which was dabbered in snow cap paint.  I love the lacy effect this created.  I used it for part of the sentiment frame and on the tag top.  All edges were distressed and then shaded with Rusty Hinge.  BTW, I always shade/highlight black.  It really does show!  The store bought flowers where also shaded with RH as to tie it all in. Her hat has a little glitter pen color, just because!  The shimmer from the Perfect Pearls is so pretty and I wish you could see it, but I know you know what I mean!

Have a wonderful weekend and thanks so much for stopping by.  Wow, I have 198 followers and want to thank each of you for that!  Sometimes when I go to thank someone for leaving a lovely comment, I find there is no link.  Any suggestions??

Reinkers:  Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Tye Die
Perfect Pearls:  Pink Gumball, Biscotti, Perfect Gold

Friday, July 1, 2011

IBFSCC4, Color of Summer and Pink Saturday!

Double Sided Tag makes three posts for me this week!  Mind you the arm still hurts, but too bad!  So you know, I Brake For Stamps now has a challenge blog and if you use at least one IBFS stamp, you will be entered to win a prize.  This week's challenge is Happy Birthday and I made a double sided birthday tag, which will be used as a bookmark!  I stamped 10 roses for each year that I have known my friend!  This friend is actually the main culprit in my stamping addiction, as it was she who had the first workshop I attended!  We are also linking this to Pink Saturday and the Color of Summer!  All stamps are from I Brake for Stamps.

The flowers were inked with Distress Inks, Worn Lipstick and Forest Moss and then clear embossed.  I added color using markers to the roses and leaves.  I then distress the tag, keeping the center lighter.  Gave a quick spray of Glimmer Mist and then removed the embossing.  This is actually the backside of the tag or could be the front, but that is the side I will write on!  The backside has a Bingo card that I alcohol inked a background and then black embossed.  The tag backgrounds I did using the Antique Glimmers from the Technique Junkies.

My DH is taking all of next week off, so my play time will be limited.  We actually need to get some work done around here.  In fact I was suppose to call the window people for an estimate and I did not do that!  Hope you all have a wonderful weekend and for those who celebrate July 4th, have a safe and happy one! Thank you for the visit and I do enjoy your comments!

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