Saturday, August 28, 2010

VSN Challenge Cards

Here are my cards for tonight's Virtual Stamp Night (VSN) Challenges over on SplitcoastStampers. I am so excited to play as I haven't been able to play for several years. I have this evening and all day tomorrow open. Nothing better than stamping all day!

I really need a lift too. This past week I started meeting with my career coach since my position at work was eliminated with a restructure. Last Friday, 8/20, was my last day. I received a good severance package so I won't have to worry about income for a while which is quite reassuring. I'm optimistic that I'll find a rewarding position. Keep me in your thoughts, please.

Back to the cards. I missed the first challenge, but hopefully I can start early tomorrow and make a card for it too. My first pictured was for the "B" challenge ( AUG10VSNB); the challenge was to incorporate a window. The second card was for the 'C" challenge (AUG10VSNC); we were to use the wax paper cuttlebug resist technique.

Our challenge on the third card, "D" (AUG10VSND), was to be inspired by the camping theme. I don't really care for camping. Here in the midwest, I get eaten alive by mosquitoes if I stay out past dusk. Plus I'm not a big fan of all the other creepy, crawly things. But I do love nature, the outdoors & I love to stay in the cabins or lodges at the state & national parks. We took our daughters on a 'western states" vacation & one of our stops was the Grand Canyon. How beautiful! We stayed in a cabin there. Each morning right outside our cabin was an Elk grazing on the tree's foliage. That is one HUGE animal; downright intimadating when you are only six feet away. Thus the inspiration for this card.

My last card was for the last challenge for the evening ( AUG10VSNE) and we were to be inspired by summer vacations. We took some vacations when I was a kid, but mostly we stayed home. We rode our bikes everywhere. One of my best girlfriend's family had a tandem bicycle which is what inspired my card.

That's it for tonight! I'll post the rest of the VSN cards on Sunday. Hugs!

AUG10VSNB supplies:
Image: Sweet of You (SU-retired) {I still love this set}
Paper: Pear Pizazz, Rich Razzleberry, White (SU), DSP- Green at Heart (Basic Grey)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Momento), Pear Pizazz, Rich Razzleberry,Melon Mambo, Wild Wasabi
Accessories: 1/2" Pear Pizazz poly ribbon (SU), Cha Ching brad (Brazzill), Velvet flower (7 Gypsies)

AUG10VSNC supplies:
Image: A Little Bit of Happiness (SU-retired)
Paper: Barely Banana, Soft Suede, Glossy (SU)
Ink: Vintage Photo (Tim Holtz-Distressed-Ranger)
Accessories: Wax paper, Iron, Woodgrain Embossing Folder (Tim Holtz), Cuttlebug, Twine.

AUG10VSND supplies:
Image: Yukon (SU-retired)
Paper: Mellow Moss, River Rock, Vanilla, DSP-Fall Traditions (SU)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Accessories: Thread, Twine, eyelets (SU!), oval punches (SU), Zipdry glue.

AUG10VSNE supplies:
Image: Pedaling Past (SU)
Paper: Ballet Blue, Old Olive, DSP-The Paper Stack (DCWV)
Ink: Old Olive (SU)
Accessories: Bling Flourish (Want2Scrap)

Monday, August 23, 2010

Sew Krafty

Hello friends! I haven't posted much this month for several reasons. First, it is that time for kids to go back to school. Since my daughters are in college this means purchases, loads of laundry, packing cars, driving hundreds of get the idea. My second reason for little posts is that we had our family vacation & were gone for a week plus several days of laundry and packing.

The above card was made for the SCS CAS challenge. The challenge today was to use the colors turquoise, kraft and white. I started with a base of Tempting Turquoise from SU! I chose my new stamp from Hero Arts called Make your Own & stamped it on craft paper using black ink. I used a partial doily as my background. My sentiment was computer generated and punched out with SU! word punch. Small pieces of temptine turquoise & white lace hem tape were knotted to a small safety pin with the sentiment. The buttons are from Oriental Trading.

I really like this retro sewing theme that we are seeing in stamping because it reminds me of my Mom and my Dad's mom who were excellent seamstresses. I have a little collection of retro sewing items including my great-grandmother's non-electric, foot powered sewing machine. It is fun to create with the retro images and things when the memories are so pleasant!

Have a great evening!

Image: Make your Own- Hero Arts
Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Kraft, White (SU)
Ink: tuxedo Black (Momento)
Accessories: Doily, tempting turquoise ribbon (SU!), Lace hem tape (Wrights), tiny safety pin, buttons (ORiental Trading).

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Route 66

Hello friends!

We just returned from a wonderful week of vacation at the Lake of the Ozarks. Lots of fun in the water and sun~ amazingly HOT like most everywhere else in the US. Since I don't have anything new, I thought I'd post the card that I made in late July for my BIL. He is my DH's twin so I always spend a lot of time trying to make his cards extra special. He is a car nut ~ he builds stock cars for races & he has completely restored several cars. He loves it like we love our paper artistry.

I am crazy about this Classic Convertible set from Stampin' Up, but I seem to have a hard time with sketches for it. So I turned to my friends at Splitcoaststampers and stalked the SU! Classic Convertible gallery. Well it wasn't hard, I fell in love with the newest one from July. It is from a fabulous artist~ Wanda, aka cullenwr on SCS . You can view her card here on her website. As you can also see, I changed up the colors, but otherwise, I made very little changes to her card. (why mess with wonderful?!) I even had the same DP in my stash which I bought some time ago to match this stamp set.

I'll be back soon with a new creation, a few photos from vacation, and a little bit of personal news. {{{Hugs}}} Marilyn

Images: Car - Classic Convertibles (SU!), Route 66 (free image from internet), Gear - It's About Time (SU!), Rough Texture jumbo wheel (SU!), Happy Birthday (SU!)
Paper: Bermuda Bay, Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, White, Black (SU), DP- Roadmap (paper Pizzaz)
Ink: Black (Momento), Tempting Turquoise (SU!)
Accessories: Red brads (SU!)

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Teacup Birthday

A quick monochromatic card for the Tea Party Tuesday challenge on Splitcoaststampers. I used mostly Stampin' Up products today. The background texture was created with the texturz plates in my cuttlebug. I misted the card-stock lightly with water which seems to do the trick to get a good impression with the texturz plate in the cuttlebug. My sandwich is Plate A, texturz plate, misted card-stock, embossing pad, card-stock as shims and B plate. My bow was made with the bow easy. I cut out the teacup and water colored with melon mambo. I did not want a deeply colored teacup so instead of coloring directly with my marker, I took the brush side of the marker and colored onto an acrylic block, then twisted my watercolor painter into the marked acrylic block to pick up ink.

I really like this Pun Fun stamp set from SU! It is not one of those sets that the minute you see it, you have to have it. {or at least it wasn't for me} But here's the reason I love it ~ it has a variety of images- eight altogether & you can make a quick card that looks great b/c of the image size (aprox 2X2). It is easy to make sets and duplicates. That's about it from me. Have a great day!

Image: Pun Fun, VIntage Labels (SU!)
Paper: White (Neenah), Melon Mambo (SU!)
Ink: Black, Melon Mambo
Accessories: Sizzix embossing plate, MM ribbon, corner punch (all SU); glitter glue, watercolor painter, bow easy, pearl pins.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Plaid Flowers

Isn't this a pretty color combo? It was this past Tuesday's color challenge on SCS. The colors are from SU! new in-colors and new pallet; specifically they are Crushed Concord, Pear Pizazz, and Daffodil Delight. I even included the challenge's dessert option to add dew drops. I combined the color challenge with today's TLC challenge. Joan Ervin shared a new technique called Plaid Silhouette. Joan's has a nice tutorial on her blog.

Have a great day!

Image: Office Accoutrement, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Crushed Concord, Daffodil Delight, White (SU!), DSP- Sugar Rush (Basic Grey)
Ink: Crushed Concord, Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizazz (SU!)
Accessories: Velvet flowers (7 Gypsies-Eggplant), Dew Drops (orchid-Robin's Nest), Oval punches (SU!) Rose leaf punch (MS)