Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Coloring Down the Lines -- Cherry Cobbler

Welcome to another Coloring Down the Lines Wednesday blog hop.  You probably arrived from Pam's Blogsite.  Did you enjoy her creation?  She always tickles our creative bones with something nice.   This week our challenge was to use Cherry Cobbler.  The Color Coach gave us a choice of Cherry Cobbler with Daffodil Delight and Early Espresso OR Cherry Cobbler with Night of Navy and Pumpkin Pie.  Well I knew that the Cherry Cobbler and Night of Navy would be a really good combination, and adding Pumpkin Pie would be my challenge.   Uck!  No matter what the Coach says, I DO NOT LIKE Pumpkin Pie with Cherry Cobbler.  I tried to hide it best I could.  I also had in my mind that I was going to do the shaving cream technique.  No matter how many times I tried to put a lot, or a little Pumpkin Pie, or a tiny bit of Cherry Cobbler, there was just no way orange and red were going together -- in my mind.  So my shaving cream panel is only Cherry Cobbler and Night of Navy.  Now, I almost took the Daffodil Delight and substituted that, but it would have been cheating.  So here is my creation, with yucky orange. 

I did about 4 sheets of shaving cream paper, using 2 different pans of shaving cream.  (I was practicing)   I spread my shaving cream on a cookie sheet.  First I dropped the inker drops and mixed around with a toothpick.  That was too slow, so I used the back end of a little paint brush.  That worked better.  By the time I was on my 3rd and 4th sheets of glossy cardstock I had begun to use my fingers, and eventually most of my hand.  I had colored shaving cream all over the sink, and even on my wrists and elbows.  But I sure had fun.  Next time I'm going to start with a big pile of shaving cream and just dig in.  Use cheap, foam, shaving cream and you won't have to worry about wasting any when you get to really playing in it -- Tee hee.   Try it, you'll love playing with this technique. 

The inside of this card is simple, just the bird friends and a little sponging.  Hope you like it.

Now you can hop on over to Teri's blogsite to see what she did with the colors for this week.  Be sure to come back soon.  I've been promising to put a few cards from friends and some swaps from the Salt Lake City Convention.  However, the past 3 days have been so rainy that I can't get any nice pictures.  I need my sunlight.

Until next time.............

Crafty Hugs,

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Morning Chat Challenge -- 3 New In Colors

Most of our Morning Chat friends are out in Salt Lake City at the Stampin'Up! Convention, but a couple of us are still at home living vicariously through them.  They appear to be having a grand time.  And all of those of the chat group are just meeting in person for the first time, yet they tell me it is like old friends getting together.  What fun!

Our challenge for this weekend in the Morning Chat is to use at least 3 of the new in colors in our creation.  I am cheating just a little in this post because it is my convention swap for the chat group.  However, I used at least 3 in colors, so it qualifies, right?   After you finish looking here, be sure to go over to the Butternut Sage blogsite and click on the top bar where it says Morning Chat Challenge so you can see the rest of the entries.  And, it would be nice, if one day you, too, would join our morning chat group from 10:00 to 11:00 Eastern, and then enter the challenges.  We have a great time and have made many long lasting friends. 

Ok, so here is my challenge:

This creation is a fold over holder, and inside is a card and envelope.  On the cover I used Midnight Muse and Summer Starfruit, as well as Birds of a Feather designer paper and Midnight Muse satin ribbon.   The Midnight Muse cardstock started at 8 1/2 x 9 1/2 and was scored at 4 3/4 on the 9 1/2 width (means it is scored in half to fold over).  Then I scored the bottom at 6 inches down from the top and folded the bottom up to form the inside holder for the card and envelope.

Inside the holder is found the main card and envelope.  Here I used the remaining 3 new in colors:  Primrose Petals for the large flower and little flower on the envelope, Raspberry Ripple for the bird's wings and the sentiment cardstock, and Gumball Green for the leaves.  The cardstock used for the card is Summer Starfruit, Midnight Muse and Whisper White.  I also stamped a second large flower and cut a center portion and popped it on dimensionals to give it some depth.  Then I added Dazzling Diamonds for sparkle. 

The inside of the card is a repeat of the bird theme on the Summer Starfruit cardstock.  the extra little touches for this card are rhinestone bird eyes and Dazzling Details here and there.

I hope you like my challenge and my swap.  I assume by now all the Convention gals have received their swaps and so I haven't jumped ahead of their surprise.   Be sure to take a look at the other challenges, and be sure to come back here soon.  I have a bunch of super RAKs (Random Acts of Kindness) that I have been receiving from my friends over the past several weeks, and I am dying to show some of them to you.   I have some of the most creative friends.  So, over the next couple days I will show some of those creations to you.

And, remember, every Wednesday is our Coloring Down the Lines blog hop, using the Color Coach to design our color schemes.

Until next time.................

Crafty Hugs,

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Coloring Down the Lines -- Cajun Craze

We have come to another Coloring Down the Lines Wednesday blog hop.  You probably have arrived here in the hop from Pam's blogsite.  I love to look at Pam's creations, she always has great ideas.  This week our main color selected from the Color Coach is Cajun Craze.  According to the Color Coach we may choose to add to Cajun Craze either Old Olive and Baja Breeze OR Perfect Plum and Always Artichoke.  I took the first option. 

I wanted to do some sponging and so I decided to take the three colors and do a little Cajun Craze closer to the ground, added Old Olive to the ground and then used Baja Breeze in the sky.  This was a really quick card and no matter what I thought I might add, nothing seemed to be right to add -- a ribbon?  No, it looked funny.  Some brads?  No, they took away from the look.  But I did decide to use the Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  It is one of my new purchases and I had to put it to work.  I also used the Papaya Collage and Nature Walk stamp sets.   I hope you like my Cajun Craze entry this week.  Now you need to hop on over to Teri's blogsite.  She has been working on some new techniques, and I know she will have something really nice for you to look at.

Come back here again soon.  I know I have been lax in posting, but I will try harder to post a little more.  And you really should join in our morning chats over on the Butternut Sage blogsite.  We do have a lot of fun, and we have made some really good, and lasting, friendships. 

Until next time....................

Crafty Hugs,

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Coloring Down the Lines -- More Mustard

Here we are again with another Coloring Down the Lines blog hop Wednesday.  This week we were challenged to use More Mustard with Night of Navy and Cajun Craze OR with Old Olive and Bravo Burgundy.   I used More Mustard with Old Olive and Bravo Burgundy.   You probably came to me from Pam's blogsite.  I bet you really liked what she did because she always has something special.

I started my card with a Bravo Burgundy base and some Old Olive on top of that.  The top piece with the crown was done by sponging Bravo Burgundy on Crumb Cake with a piece of netting and then stamped using Black StazOn and the Established Elegance stamp set.  I quickly heat embossed with clear powder.  The crown is colored with More Mustard, and it sure looks like gold to me. 


The sentiment is the From My Heart stamp set on an Apothecary Accents Framelit.  I distressed the Crumb Cake piece with Bravo Burgundy.  You can't see it in the picture, but I also distressed the Old Olive layer by flicking some Bravo Burgundy inker with a paint brush and water.

Stamps:         Established Elegance, From My Heart
Paper:            Bravo Burgundy, Old Olive, More Mustard, Crumb Cake
Ink:                Black StazOn, Old Olive, More Mustart, Chocolate Chip, VersaMark
Accessories:   Adorning Accents Edgelits, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Chocolate Chip
                        Baker's Twine, Dimensionals, paint brush, sponges, rhinestones, Clear
                        Emboss Powder, Heat Tool

I hope you like my card, and now you should hop on over to Teri's blogsite to see what wonder she has created.  Be sure to come back to visit me soon.

Crafty Hugs,

Monday, July 9, 2012

Scored Flowers

I've been a little under the weather the last several days (no pun intended regarding our storms), and so I have not been doing much crafting.  But I found a card I did a couple weeks ago that I have not posted.  So here it is.

I CASE'd the idea from one of my chat group friends, but for the life of me now I don't remember which friend it is.   (I remember now, it was my good friend Pam from our chat group.  Go take a look at her blog and see her nice creations.  She always has nice ideas --- Thanks much, Pam.)   If you recognize this, please let me know and I'll give you credit.  Her card used a different stamp set, but the idea is the same.   I used Field Flowers here.  The background is scored vertically and then horizontally using the Simply Scored scoring board.  Since I started using this board I've begun to leave it propped right next to my table so that it is handy.  So easy to use it even just for the crease in each card. 

If you haven't joined our chat group for one of our daily chats (Mon-Fri 10:00 a.m. Eastern), then what are you waiting for?  We have a great time, we challenge each other to try new ideas, we help one another solve crafting troubles we encounter, and we enjoy knowing a great bunch of gals (and sometimes a guy or two).  So come over to the Butternut Sage blogsite and click on the side bar where it says "Click to Join Us."  We'd love to "chat" with you.

That's my card for today, hope you like it.  Be sure to come back Wednesday for the next blog hop in our Coloring Down the Lines challenges.

Crafty Hugs,

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Coloring Down the Lines -- Old Olive

Yaaay, it's time for our Wednesday Coloring Down the Lines blog hop.  You probably came to my blog by way of Pam's blogsite.  Every week I have fun looking at what nice creations she has, and I always pray that I follow with something half as nice. 

This week we are challenged to use Old Olive.  The SU Color Coach gives us two color options to use with Old Olive, one is Not Quite Navy and Cajun Craze, and the other is Pretty in Pink and Night of Navy.  I  used Not Quite Navy and Cajun Craze.  I haven't used Cajun Craze in a long while and wanted to use it again.  But, I found that I had only 1 (that is one!!!) sheet of cardstock left.  Better order some quick. 

I wanted to play around a little with this one and add some levels of interest, so I used my Papaya Collage stamp set and then embossed over the top with the Adorning Accents Folder.  The flowers are stamped in Cajun Craze and the centers are filled with rhinestones (love the bling).  The flourishes from Everything Eleanor look like they are dark ink but they really are just Versa Mark.  I often use Versa Mark to do a more subtle background, but this time it isn't subtle.  I like it.

 The inside is another flourish, however it is inked with Old Olive, and the flowers are Cajun Craze again.  This time I used Dazzling Details for the centers so there wouldn't be so many rhinestones to fit into an envelope.  Same with the envelopes, green flourish and Cajun Craze flowers with Dazzling Details centers.

I hope you like my challenge this week.  I have been having a great time using the Color Coach to meet the color challenges.   Now head on over to Teri's blogsite to see what she has for you.  My that gal has been doing some wonderful stuff.  I stalk her site a lot, not just on hop day.

Come back to see me again soon.  I hope everyone has a safe and fun Fourth of July.  Eat lots of hotdogs, hamburgers and watermelon.  But don't eat too much.  Enjoy the fireworks, and be sure to thank a vet for all he/she has done to keep this great country free.

Until next time.................

Crafty Hugs,

Monday, July 2, 2012

Birds and Cage

Quick post today.  We had some super storms over the weekend, and although we were lucky and most missed us, our internet connection keeps going in and out.  We only lost power for a couple hours on Friday night, but we understand most of our state is still without power, as well as many areas of Virginia, DC and Maryland.  I hope that all of you are safe, and that you were able to escape most of Mother Nature's fury.

So here is my post for today.  I used the Aviary stamp set.  I've been wanting to ink it up for some time, and finally did.   I've already sent this card out and I don't remember exactly the colors of cardstock, but I think I was trying to use the new in colors, so I think they were Midnight Muse and Raspberry Ripple, as well as Summer Smooches designer paper.  The embossing folder I used is Fancy Fan.  I'm really beginning to like the extra interest that folder gives to any card.  And, of course, I used several more punches and the very versatile Labels Collection Framelit set. 

The inside is a couple more birds, some sponging and same with the envelope.

I hope everyone is safe and cool, and that you have a wonderful Fourth of July.  We already had a picnic and fireworks this past weekend, so we'll be taking it easy this week.   Hope you enjoy whatever it is you will be doing.

Be sure to come back this Wednesday for our continued Coloring Down the Lines blog hop that we do each week.  We'll have another interesting color combination for you to see, and several great creations for you to hop to.

Crafty Hugs