Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Woohoo...Top 5 Badge at All That Scraps

I goofed on the end date for the Hot, Hot Days of Summer Challenge over at All That Scraps then along came an earthquake and a hurricane named Irene and I almost forgot to stop back entirely. So...imagine my surprise when I stopped over just now and see my cute little Pirate Tilda stairstep card sitting beneath top winner (and uber talented) Debbie Dolphin! In case I forget here it is again:

Stop back again soon to see what's new!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Call for Submissions

When it rains, it, not such a good analogy as we are awaiting the arrival of hurricane Irene here on the East Coast but appropriate since this is my second post this week about magazine submissions!

Well, Paper Crafts magazine has a call out for submissions based on a couple sketches for the March & April 2012 issues. The list of requirements is long so I'm sending you to their blog for all the deets. Just keep in mind the first date you need to submit your item is September 12th. Here's one of their amazing sketches:

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Naughty or Nice?????

I finally finished my 5"x7" card for the Cosmos Cricket and Cards Magazine challenge from the cool sketch in my August 21st post. I loved Debbie Olson's card (seen in my post below too) and was inspired by her scalloped crescent because it looked so much like an envelope flap so I incorporated it on my card. My "peppermints" were made using Fire Brick Distress Ink pad and Glossy Accents with a retired Sassafrass Lass clear stamp. The peppermints looked too new for my card so I antiqued them a bit with brown Stazon Ink. The vintage-feel papers are from an 8x8 Cosmos Cricket pad called Wonderland from a few years back. For fun the faerie wings were treated with a dab of diamond Stickles and coated with Glossy Accents. Be sure to click on the photo for a better look.

I made my own "naughty or nice" list which was antiqued and punched with an EK Success punch. My favorite May Arts ribbon was tied around the middle. A pair of cute little friends were colored with Copics and pop-dotted to the front. This wonderful stamp is a digi called "The Larakins" from the Emerald Faerie Garden.

I used these Copics for the stamp:

Hurry over and enter your card...this challenge ends on August 27th with a winner announced on September 3rd.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Cosmos Cricket and Cards Magazine...

...are having a challenge AND the winner will be published in "Cards" Magazine! Check out the fun sketch here. You gotta love this amazing Cosmos Cricket sample card by Debbie Olson... She used lots of yummy CC paper and PTI stamps. I best run see if I can come up with a card myself while the inspiration is fresh.

Hope to see you soon, with my card!

Friday, August 19, 2011

OWH K-9 Challenge Winner!

Hooray! Can't believe but my card won the K-9 Challenge honoring PFC Ciara. Check here and you'll see it's true but be sure to click on the home button at the top of the page to see more about the fun happenings for an OWH September.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Lily Pad Inspirational Challenge

My card was inspired by Pia who was inspired by Janet. I guess mine's about a dead ringer for Pia's! I'm not used to being so inspired :-) Pia's card was just the inspiration I needed for an unfortunate trio of sympathy cards I needed to create but just couldn't muster the inspiration. Everything used on the cards came from my stash on hand and required no shopping trip except for plain white cardstock!

My kraft base card is an A2 size (4.25" x 5.5"). The front of this was stamped with a $1 bin clear single butterfly stamp in Brillance white, the white card stock piece was stamped in an aqua blue to match the printed paper mat beneath.

I finished the card with a vintage black grosgrain ribbon and couldn't find a suitable button so I made my own. Making the button was easy-peasy! I put a epoxy sticker on card stock and punched 2 holes then cut it out and antiqued the edges in black and tied it to the grosgrain ribbon with 1/8" black satin ribbon. What a simple way to avoid a trip to the craft store!

Hurry over to enter the Lily Pad Inspirational challenge. It ends August 11th.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

OWH K-9 Challenge

I'm entering this card, destined for some far off land to help an American soldier stay in touch with home, in the Operation Write Home K-9 Challenge. This challenge honors PVT Ciara who just finished canine boot camp! Go Ciara...I have a couple canine cousins here who wouldn't cut the mustard at boot camp. They like to nap toooooo much.

My A2 size card (4.25" x 5.5") is layered in vintage unknown baseball & striped paper in patriotic colors with a little "Hello" tag slide on red/white polka-dot grosgrain ribbon. The dog is from a TPC set I purchased at Michaels just for making OWH cards but it's sure to get some extra use after my new little grandson arrives this Fall. The dog was colored with Copic markers and eyes & nose were coated with Glossy Affects for a wet look. I fussy cut the dog and adhered him with pop dots...I think it turned out pretty cool!

You needn't rush over to the Stars & Stamps blog...these can be made all year long for our troops.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Mo Manning Birthday Sweet Challenge

Happy birthday darling daughter, Carrie! The good thing about having a stamping mom is you get little girl cards no matter how old you get. Here's the one I made for my special gal...
The challenge over at Mo Manning's blog is "Something Sweet" this time around...hurry over if you're interested. This challenge ends tomorrow.

My digital of Angelina certainly qualifies as sweet but I also added Recollections cupcake paper and a Tim Holtz Sizzix rosette topped with a felt Martha Stewart cupcake. True to form for me...the cuppie was further embellished with diamond Stickles and a pink faux crystal. Lots of Glossy Affects give the balloons & maryjanes life.

Angelina was colored with these Copics: E000, E00, R00, R11, R20 (flesh); Y00, YR21, E13, 0 (hair); RV000, RV21, RV23, RV25, G20, YG03 (dress); RV23, RV25, C3 (shoes); RV000, RV21-23-25, G20, YG03 (balloons); and C1, C3, BG000, 0 (shadows.)

If my confection isn't sweet enough for you, you'll want to check these out! Click here to get yours!! Wish I'd seen them in time to order for my birthday girl :-( But can make them too. Check this amazing blog for the recipe and instructions.