Wednesday, August 29, 2012

WOYWW? #169

Good Morning! Well, it's going to be a rainy kind of week as Hurricane Isaac pushes through the South. Last week I had a week off and spent it in the mountains in NC with friends. So this coming weekend I hope to get some work done....if you're curious as to why I am sharing my workspace go check out Julia's spot over at Stamping Ground. Every week we get to take a peek at everyone's desk and see what's going on...

I had cleaned my desk off before leaving on my trip. So, I pulled out all my scrapbook stuff for my Munich trip I took back in December 2009. The pink file folder contains all the memorabilia like ticket stubs, etc.., the blue file folders contains all the pictures (I take a ton of pictures and will probably fill up 2 CM albums. And I usually put 3/5 pics on a page depending on the LO.). And the clear 12X12 folder contains paper I have accumulated for the album. You can see at the top there are some smaller die cuts. I've found a cute website (pre-Cricut) that will laser die whatever word, etc..that you want. Scrap Your Trip has all kinds of themes for almost any occasion and trip. I also bought the Storybook cartridge to print out title pages for my album.

Can't wait to get started....and share some of my pages with y'all. 

Now off to slowly make my way through everyone else's desk. Just woke up and enjoying my coffee and it's off to work I go later on....enjoy your crafting week!!!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Christmas Penguins

Will be off for a little get away next week so no crafting for me...I do hope to pop into a rubber stamp store while I am gone and see what they have... :-) 

Here's another Christmas card. I saw an idea for it on Pintrest. Love that place. 

Three little penguins playing in the snow! 

Penguins cut with Cricut Create a Critter at 1 1/2". Black Diamond stickles for eyes and Glossy Accents on nose and feet.
Randomly cut snow banks and added Glitter Ritz "white" with Tear-iffic tape. Added Stampendous Fran-tage Shaved Ice along edges for added texture. 
Stamped trees with Savvy Stamps "feather tree" using evergreen bough distress ink. Also used versamark to stamp to trees and emboss with Sparkle n Sprinkle Christmas Green embossing powder.
Used Iced Spruce distress ink around edge of paper along trees. 
Pop dots added to bottom snow bank and top penguin for dimension. 

I am submitting this to the following challenges:

Celebrate the Occasion - Challenge #75, Christmas in August

Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Animal Antics

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

WOYWW? #167

Hello! Hello! Welcome to another week of travelling across desks and seeing what everyone is up to....or not! :-) It's another week of What's on Your Workdesk (space, etc) Wednesday? hosted by Julia over at Stamping Ground

Not much has changed on my desk. I do have a project in the works on the left side of the desk. I have to submit it my the end of the month and waiting on some goodies in the mail. Wish me luck! If I am lucky, I will share the good news. Had to bring my laptop up this morning and actually get some stuff done for a condo I am selling. (Also wish me luck!) 

Last week I showed you "the other side"! LOL...let's take a closer peek....

I bought a smash journal a few weeks ago. I kept seeing it all over blog land so I got some inspiration to put some old momento's in there. Such as concert stubs that you see. I also have some old concert t-shirts that are just a wee bit too small now so I want to use the pics on the front/back of the shirts and make small decorative pillows. I also bought a bunch of fall/winter material to create some projects. I want to make those small doorknob pillows that you may see for sale in stores...I've never made one, and am not much of a sewer but really want to try some new stuff. Can you see the patterns in the top right corner? The kitty kat? I'm trying to find some other patterns like that than I can stitch onto muslin...does anyone know of any websites? I bought some felt too to work with and cut out leaves or xmas trees, etc. And leaf stencil to possibly dab on some paint. Lots of stuff rolling through my head.

Will it get done? That's the big question!!!! LOL. 

Time to hit the road and see what y'all are up to...sometimes it takes me several days to try and get around to as many as I can...I have a wonky work schedule. My work week runs Tuesday-Saturday and I start off working evenings and end up with day shifts. 

Enjoy your week!! Is anyone else going through Olympics withdrawal? I was disappointed by the network coverage of the Olympics here in the US. Especially the closing ceremonies!!! 

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Are You Ready For Some Football?

Well, football is fast approaching...actually, preseason has already begun and my Chicago Bears are NOT off to a great start!!!! :-(

Anyhoo...I'm trying to expand my horizons and join in on some challenges to try new things, card layouts, etc...

This week over at Die Cuttin Divas the challenge is a Sketch with a Twist. The twist is that it has to have child's theme since August 5th was National Kid's Day.

Here's the sketch....

Here's my version:

The little football kid and his mouse for a ref is a digital stamp from Pink Cat Studio. Pretty simple card. I printed out the sentiment. Blue and orange ribbon and some football brads. Used pop dots on the boy, mouse, and sentiment. 

**Oopsie...I realized after posting to the challenge that I didn't use a die cut like I planned. I'm blaming tiredness....worked a day shift on Friday followed by two midnight shifts. Sleepy!!

Not sure if I am totally satisfied with the card...feel like it is empty. Too much open space. I don't know...what do you think?

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Warm Winter Wishes

Well, it's still pretty hot here in the South! I was searching all over the internet for a cute Santa stamp on the beach. Finally found one!!!! And I gussied up a palm tree stamp for Christmas too. 

Stamps - 
Santa and Sentiment - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Palm Tree - Art Impressions
Inks w/ sponge for background
Twinkling H20's for extra shimmer on sun.
Copics for Santa
Mudd Puddles "Cabana Beach" for sand texture
Seashell brad
Glossy Accents
Stickles Diamond glitter glue.

The palm tree didn't have the Christmas lights so I drew them on myself and colored. Added glossy accents to the lights.
Cut the Santa stamp out and used pop dots for added dimension. Added Stickles to the white part of hat. 

I so love the way this card turned out. I haven't made the same card yet for this Holiday season, but I think I'll be using him again!!! 

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

WOYWW? #166

Happy Wednesday Everyone!!! It's Wednesday again, time to take a trip and see what everyone is up to in their little crafty corners. Julia over at Stamping Ground hosts this whirlwind tour. 

Here's my desk this week...a little cleaner than last. Also, I had a bunch of lovely comments on my picture frame I had sitting on the desk waiting for a couple last minute touches. If interested, I have finally finished it and you can see it in more detail here.

This week I have a leftover project for Halloween. I cut out the words "Trick or Treat" that were welded together on my Cricut and now I am working on putting it all together. The small containers you see hold all my brads. I have several shaped ones that are just too cute! And several stickers to choose from too! 

Now I'll show you something a little more scary....don't scream in horror....LOL.

This is the other side of my craft room. As you can see, it's still a work in progress. It continues on into my closet. I am wanting to get a second workdesk to put my sewing machine on and use it for those kind of crafts and leave my other one for the paper crafts. You can see my pile of napkins in front of the bookcase (some of which I used on my frame) and the blank frames and birdhouses against the wall which I plan on collaging eventually. I bought some supplies this weekend to start on some sewing projects that have been sitting for EVER!!! 

Hope everyone has a great week and is enjoying all the Olympic fun!!! Right this minute I am pulling for my Lithuanian's to beat the Russian's in basketball!!! My family is all originally from there so I root for them in whatever sport they are playing. :-) I even painted my toenails this week with the Lithy flag. Go LTU!!!! (And Team USA of course!!!)

Monday, August 6, 2012

Beach Life

The end of June I went to a class at my local stamp store and learned how to collage a wooden frame from paper napkins. The class was taught by Joe Rotella over at Create&Craft. The next time I went into the stamp store, a couple ladies who were also in the class showed up with their creations --- so I have some NEW ideas!!!!! Here's my finished version on a frame -- 

It's really not that difficult!! Quite fun too!! The challenging part is finding the napkins. 

Wooden frame (or whatever, birdhouses!)
Light colored paint, paintbrush
PPA (Perfect Paper Adhesive)
Crystal Effectz glitter sprinkles
Two small paintbrushes

You can go to Joe's site and see how it's done!!

Some close up views of the frame -- 

Sunday, August 5, 2012

I Scream, We All Scream, for Ice-Cream!!

I've used items for this card that I haven't used yet or haven't used in a very long time. :-) 

I used the Cricut Carousel cartridge for the ice-cream and banner. (Never used this cartridge up to this point.)
Sentiment is Hero Arts 
I added some texture to the ice-cream by using puffies from The Rubber Cafe. I bought a couple bottles at the scrapbook expo (they were already all sold out of most!) and their website is out of stock on most colors. :-( I think I used a little too much of it that's why there is more texture...when I tried some at the expo it was smoother but puffier. But still looks neat I think. 

I also used sequins by Hero Arts and some baker's twine. 

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

SNOW in July!

I keep crafting away on my Holiday cards. Hopefully I'll get them all done early so I don't have to worry about 'em at the last minute...

I used a Cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder on a piece of white cardstock and than sewed the edges to some blue cardstock.

Cricut letters from Storybook cartridge. Snowflake "o" from Joys of the Season cartridge. 
Blue and white glitter on letters and snowflake.
Diamond stickles on some of the snowflakes on embossed sheet. 
Goosebumbs Shimmer texture spray all over's hard to see in a picture but it gives it a shiny wet look all over the card. Like drops of dew! 
Gem on one snowflake. 
Ribbon along bottom underneath the lettering. 

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Poinsettia Tag

I've been seeing so many crafty creations with tags that I decided I would try them out this year for Christmas. 

Ha, don't mind the little itty bitty white teddy bear you may have seen in the top left corner! My dog likes to walk around with them and than drops them outside in the yard. :-)

Anyways....I used vellum paper on the poinsettia's. The stamp is Memory Box and stamped with versamark and used Stampendous Shabby White embossing enamel. Looks really cool in person...little gold flecks. I stamped twice, and cut out the inner smaller flower and the larger one. The background stamp is also Memory Box. A pine punch for the branches. Festive Berries distress ink. Inka Gold by Viva Decor for the gold smudges you see....oh and I colored the back of the stamped poinsettia using Red Pepper alcohol ink and Fired Brick distress stain. Xmas red stickles in center of poinsettia. 

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

WOYWW? #165

What, you ask does that stand for??? What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday...hosted by Julia over at Stamping Ground. Folks from all over share what's going on on their's fun..come join the in!!

Last week I had a pretty tidy desk. Everything was mainly put away except for some projects off to the side. Well, some of that is still there off to the left side of the desk. And new projects are covering the rest. :-) I went and did a bit of shopping this weekend and spent Sunday making cards and working on the picture frame you see on the right side. All while watching the Olympics!! 

I bought some alcohol inks which are on the right side of the desk and have been playing around with that. The poinsettia's (red and white) were done on clear acetate paper and I used glitter stickles on the back side to color it in. It looks great on darker paper not so much on lighter paper. The picture frame is a collage of beach themed scenes from paper napkins. I learned this technique at a class I took a few weeks ago. I need to add a few more pieces and than will be done. (I thought I was done, but realized a couple areas look to blank). 

Anyway, that's what's been happening over here over to check out everyone else's. Enjoy!! Thanks for stopping by and thanks to Queen Lightwell for a great tip last week reference by paper storage sitting on top of my plastic containers..the weight might ruin the will be changing them out eventually. :-)