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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Nap Time!

Quilting has always traditionally been a craft for using up scraps of cloth. My wonderful MIL ("Granny") was a master of creating beautiful quilts from leftover pieces of cloth. I could look at one of her quilts and be reminded of the many beautiful dresses she had sewn for my daughters and nieces. Penny Black's challenge this week calls for patch work and so I made one of "Granny's Quilts" ("hand stitched") for my sweet little PB kitty. The squares are dry embossed so they are puffy and fluffy and just right for a nap. Ahh, I think a nap is a good idea -- see you all later!
Other stuff: Martha Stewart border punch, McGill Deckle square punch, Stampabilities, and Hero Arts stamps for accompaniment. Pop Dots, toothpick, gold pen, ribbon
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Friday, June 25, 2010

On the Road

The Penny Black challenge this week is "Vacation -- or Holiday." This lovely Holstein gal is taking her favorite chick friends on a road trip and although they are happily trodding down the road, they haven't decided which sign to follow for their vacation from the farm. I think I would choose the mountains since it was 110 degrees where I live today. Some details: image colored with water color pencils mounted on a red panel with embossed metal copper tape -- background is an "aged" cut from a map. A bit of pop dot mounting (cow's head and sign post) added for extra dimension. I am anxious to get on the road to blogland to see wonderful new creations you've made -- leave me a comment so I can return your visit.

Rubber stamps: Main image-Penny Black,
mini alphabet-Stampabilities, sign: Plaid; background trees- All Night Media.
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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

A Cameo Appearance

What a great sketch by Eiglas for the C.R.A.F.T. challenge this week. The sketch reminded me of a cameo so that
was my inspiration. The DCWV paper helps with a victorian kind of look. And I guess you could say that I like gold! -- gold flourishes, medallions and such to follow the sketch. For the label or tag element of the sketch, I tried many different labels and bits of lace but nothing seemed to fit for the period look I was trying to achieve -- so there sits a little dimensional butterfly for that element. Thanks for coming for a look - please let me know what you think.

Stuff I used: MS punch, cuttlebug embossing folder, nestabilities, Emginations punch, Craft punch, Sizzix die cuts, gems, sequins, and heart from stash. Stamp: unknown (but adored).

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Just words

Just words? Stampin' Sisters In Christ by DT member, Candace, presents a scripture: Psalm 119:105 "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." Her challenge is to use only words -- no image in a creation this week. Because the verse I used was to dominate the card, I decided to make a tent card to draw extra focus. The design paper is from a
pad (Two Scoops) I cut into for the first time sent to me by Kelly at KL StampinNscrappin (random prize draw at a House Mouse challenge). Kelly has a new challenge every Saturday and among her DT tutorials is one for a tent card.

Stuff I used: Northern Lights Embossing Powder, Birthstone Kaleidacolor stamp pad, Nestabilities, Cuttlebug embossing folder, MS Border punch, Emaginations punch, ribbon, flowers, heart from stash. Stamps: Embossing Arts and Stampendous. Sometimes it just amazes me how much stuff it takes to make just one card! I feel so lucky! (to have lots of stuff).
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Monday, June 14, 2010

A Grand Old Dad

Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenge hostess and DT member Lisa presents the verse for this week: 2 Timothy 1-6 and the challenge: make a project or card in a masculine style for Father's Day or other acknowledgement. Father's Day is just around the corner and Magical Crafts, Cupcake Craft Challenge, Cards for Men and C.R.A.F.T. also have father/masculine challenges. I encourage you to visit these links for great inspiration and a wonderful display of creativity. The image I used for this card is another of ever so many that have never been inked. But, it is not an every day kind of stamp so I was delighted to ink it here for the very first time to honor a "Grand Old Dad." Features cuttlebug embossing folder with gold metallic rub on, stamped background paper, blue metallic tape, sizzix die cuts, and metal charms from stash. Stamps: Judi-Kins and PSX. My DH is a "Grand Old Dad" and in fact, he is an "Old Grand-Dad" too- so yet another card for him. Thanks for visiting.

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You're My Type

These days, manual typewriters are probably only in museums and would only be used by these cute little mice -- but that is exactly what I learned to type on!
A Penny Black challenge presented by Janneke -- with one of her favorite sketches:

A delightful Penny Black image with the "Love" stamp all the way from Nashville, Tennessee (Michael's store) used for the text on the paper inserted in the typewriter. The "paper" is appliqued and lifted with pop dots for dimension and then I put diamond glaze and my favorite Art Institute Glitter on it for a little shine. Cuttlebug textures and sizzix extras. Saving this one for my DH -- he is my Love always and forever!

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Ledge Sitter

Another great Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenge with Kathy Winter's scripture selection Genesis 1:26 And God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness, and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth." Kathy's challenge? Create a project that has some kind of animal on it; i.e., a fish, bird, land mammal, or a creeping bug. "Creeping bug?" When I looked at all the creatures great and small that are on my stamping wall, this little kitty jumped at the chance to pledge, to sit upon this charming window ledge. Features stamping on acetate, Amy's flakes, toled kitty. Other stuff: punches by Martha Stewart, McGill, Diamond Glaze, water color pencils. Stamps: Penny Black, G-Rated, Stampa Rosa. Now you have the story of how this was made, it's your turn to tell me what you think.
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Wednesday, June 9, 2010


Welcome to my pad! The Penny Black challenge to use swirls was the inspiration for this one. This delightful Penny Black image has been hiding out in my drawer for sometime just needing some inking! The gold leafed flowers in the background are also a Penny Black. The qualifying swirls are from a Cuttlebug embossing folder, Sizzix die cuts, and a swirly fingerprint background. (I wanted to "swirl" some more but my son edited me!) Please visit the Penny Black challenge blog to see the beautiful contributions by the design team. I'm so happy you came by my "pad" and I'd just leap with delight if you leave me a comment.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Every Heart

Every heart beats true... One of the best parts of the Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenge is the weekly Bible verse choice and the inspirational commentary included by the design team member presenting the challenge. This week the Lovely Linda Lucas has chosen Hebrews 11:6 and asks that a heart be included in the challenge project. This was a great challenge and an opportunity for me to commemorate once again the iconic famous Kiss in Times Square which appeared on the cover of Life Magazine. The stamp is from The Stamping Ground. What goes with a heart -- but a kiss? Thanks for coming by and I would "heart" a comment.

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