Monday, October 31, 2011

With Gratitude

I'm trying to have a grateful attitude like Webster here.  He's from the Retro Cutie Critter Collection and will be added as a digi to the PMS store soon!  I flipped the digi and omitted the gift that he was holding for my card.  The Digi Makeover Challenge at Paper Makeup Stamps is to use this sketch this week. 

I live in the northeast and we got hit by that freak snowstorm that barrelled through on Saturday.  Five inches of heavy, wet snow fell on trees whose leaves had not dropped off yet for fall, much less changed to pretty fall colors yet even!  And these beautiful trees could not bear all that sudden, extra weight on them.  Many branches and trees snapped and fell and took down power lines with them.  My neighborhood has been without power for 2 days now, and predictions are it won't be restored until end of the week.  Our house is down to a chilly 51 degrees today. 

So, what can I be thankful for?  I'm thankful my family is safe and together.  I'm thankful for the public library where I am at today so I can use my laptop to check in with family, friends and you on this blog post!  {grin}  I'm thankful that the temperatures, while chilly, are not freezing, so our house pipes won't burst while we wait for our power to be restored and we can heat our home again.  I'm thankful that nearby grocery stores and restaurants have power, so we can get daily food.  It's a bummer that I have to throw out food from my fridge and freezer that I just bought last Friday - seems like such a waste, but I'm thankful we can afford to stock it up again when the electricity returns.  I'm thankful my boys have such great attitudes about our "adventure" - we've played lots of board games by flashlight this week while all bundled up at our table.  I'm thankful for warm pj's and blankets when we huddle together at night to sleep. 

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!  I hope to be back again soon! 


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Just Saying Hello!

This week at Flutterby Wednesday, we want you to use Halloween colors like orange, green, purple and black on your creations with your butterfly, fairy or angel! 

I stamped this big butterfly from a retired SU! set called Wonderful Wings on a piece of glossy cardstock with stazon black ink.  Then I used some q-tip shaped foam daubers and swirled ink on and around the image.  Kind of reminds me of a finger painting - I like the swirly look!  :)

Thanks for fluttering by and be sure to check out the rest of the FBW team's creations - you can find their links in my sidebar.  {wink}

Monday, October 24, 2011

Fall Presents

This week we have some fall colors for the Digi Makeover Challenge at Paper Makeup Stamps.  October is full of birthdays around here, so I used Lars' Presents on my card with the latest SCS Sketch Challenge

Remember, if you create a card with a digi image and these colors, then link it at the PMS Blog, you'll be in the running for some free PMS digi images! 

Monday, October 17, 2011

Spotlight on Ally

We have a technique for you to use with your Digi Makeover Challenge this week - Spotlighting!  Check out the fabulous samples the Digi Makeup Artists created - love all the new ideas.  {wink}

I used the digi versiong of Ally from the Beautiful Day Fairies collection.  She'll be added to the PMS store soon, so be on the lookout for her!  My niece loves tea parties and this stamp always makes me think of her.  {grin}

And this is another card for Splitcoaststampers Hope You Can Cling To - Challenge HYCCT1111 Fight Like a Girl.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Flutterby Quilt

This week at Flutterby Wednesday we want to see you use your scraps on your creations ~ along with your butterfly, fairy or angel.  I fished around my scrap bin and pulled out some pieces of pink papers that I had used on this card in February.

I punched out some 1-inch squares to keep them all even-sized and some small butterflies from one of my many scraps of white cardstock.  Even the pink layer that I laid out the pieces on and the burgundy half sheet for my card base were in my scrap box.  {grin}  I really should reach for cut up pieces of paper more and get them used! 

The saying is from the Little Moments set by Paper Makeup Stamps.  I'm also entering this card into the Hope You Can Cling To challenge at SCS Things are Looking Up

Thanks for fluttering by and I hope you are inspired to use up some of your scraps on your next creation! 

Stamps: Little Moments by Paper Makeup Stamps
Paper: Baroque Burgundy, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, Basic Grey Eva and Sugar Rush
Ink: Baroque Burgundy

Accessories: Circle Punches, Square Punch, Ribbon, SU! Embossing Folder, MS Butterfly Punch

Monday, October 10, 2011

Peek-a-Boo Box

We're back with another fun Digi Makeover Challenge from Paper Makeup Stamps.  This time we want to see you use your digi image on anything but a card.  It could be a scrapbook page, a bookmark, a doorhanger, a notebook, a tag, a treat box like I've done - there are so many possibilities!

I've always wanted to try one of these Peek-a-Boo boxes that I've seen on Splitcoast.  It came together pretty easily and I love the little window that gives you a peek of the treat inside.  {grin}  And I love that I can take a big image like the Twisty Tree and size it way down to fit on a little box like this! 

Stamps: Twisty Tree Digi and sentiment from Color It Autumn by Paper Makeup Stamps
Paper: Cranberry Crisp, Neenah Solar White, SU! DP
Ink: Printer, Cranberry Crisp
Accessories: Prismacolor Pencils, 1-1/2" Circle Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Word Window Punch, Modern Label Punch, Clear Acetate Sheet, Scor-Pal, Terrifically Tacky Tape

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Smitten Snake

This month's Paper Makeover Challenge at Paper Makeup Stamps is to use Neon Green!  Use a PMS rubber stamp or digi on your creation and you could win a prize.  {wink}  Check out the details and link up your project at the PMS Blog

I stamped Smitten Snake on some green DP and cut him out.  I used a white gel pen for his teeth and eyes and a pink stardust glitter pen for his belly - love that shimmer!  {grin}  Then I couldn't resist adding pink gems to all the white squares on the DP too. 

The saying actually comes in a straight line, but to fit the circle better I cut the words apart {gasp!} and stacked them on my acrylic block.  I can always line them up straight again on my block if I want.  If you do this, be sure to stamp on a scrap paper a couple times first - just to make sure the words are all straight and {ahem} right side up.  Just sayin' from experience here!  {lol}

The sketch that I used is from the Hope You Can Cling To challenges at SCS.

Additional Challenges:
Crafters Companion - #17 Pink and Green
CRAFT Challenge - #123 Bright Colors
Fab 'n Funky - #93 Die Cuts or Punches
Simon Says Stamp - Sparkle and Bling
Anything Goes Challenge - #51 Die Cuts or Punches
Crazy Amigo Challenge - Animals

Stamps: Smitten Snake by Paper Makeup Stamps
Paper: GKD Black Onyx, Neenah Solar White, SU! Pink Passion, Basic Grey Lime Rickey DP, Cosmo Cricket DeLovely DP
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: White Gel Pen, Pink Stardust Glitter Pen, Pink Gems, SU! Photo Corner Punch, Circle Nesties

Friday, October 7, 2011

Monster of a Hop

Today Paper Makeup Stamps is having a Monster of a Hop featuring PMS monster images with creations from both fans and makeup artists.  {See below for the full line-up of today's hop}  And to further celebrate Katie's having a sale of 15% off all monsters for a week when you use the code "MONSTERHOP"  

My card features BooBoo Monster.  Looks like he's hurting pretty bad, doesn't it?  Sure hope he feels better soon!  {wink}  I used this week's sketch from Splitcoaststampers and just stretched it into a long card.  I'm also entering this card into SCS Hope You Can Cling To challenge "Real Men Wear Pink" to make a masculine card with some pink on it. 

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Just Because

SCS Queen for the Day - QFTD80 Dawn Mercedes
SCS Hope You Can Cling To - HYCCT1104 Only Paper 

Dawn Mercedes was honored as Queen for the Day at Splitcoaststampers and I picked one of my favorite cards of hers to CASE - Black Eyed Susans.  I love the frames she's been using on lots of creations lately! 

I also decided to make this for the SCS Hope You Can Cling To challenge to Have Only Paper Embellishments.  I thought since the cards are being mailed to a Cancer Center in Texas, they might appreciate some Bluebonnet flowers.  {grin} 

Stamps: Multi-Step Bluebonnets and Simple Sentiments by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Paper: SU! Whisper White, DCWV Blossoms and Butterflies DP
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Bashful Blue, Marina Mist, Pacific Point, Wild Wasabi, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Rectangle Nesties, Corner Punch

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Floral Watering Can

Hello again!  It's the start of a new month at Flutterby Wednesday and that means we have a sponsored challenge for you today.  Our October Sponsor is Delicious Doodles!  Be sure to stop by the FBW Blog for all the prize details!  And to participate you just need to have a butterfly, fairy or angel on your creation - it's an OPEN challenge this week!  {wink}

I used the image called Floral Watering Can on my card.  I chose to make a circle card for Beate's Encircled with Love challenge at the Hope You Can Cling To forum at SCS. 

Thanks for fluttering by today! 

Stamps: Floral Watering Can digi by Delicious Doodles
Ink: Printer
Paper: So Saffron, Pink Passion, Neenah Solar White
Accessories: Xyron, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Prismacolor Pencils, Ribbon, Butterfly Circles Nesties, Circle Nesties, CM Cutting System

Monday, October 3, 2011

A Cut Above

This week we have a color challenge for you at the PMS Digi Makeover Challenge!  I used an image and saying from A Cut AboveI experimented with coloring in the image on GIMP before printing it out. 

Be sure to check out the Paper Makeup Stamps Blog for the challenge rules and all the beautiful samples by the Digi Makeup Artists!   I hope you'll play along with our color challenge this week!