Sunday, July 24, 2011

GM #16 Grungeboard (or Grungepaper) Extravaganza

This week StudioL3's challenge for Grungy Monday was to create something using Grungepaper or Grungeboard as the predominate element in a project.  We could use any technique we wanted.  If you need inspiration or instructions a fabulous place to go is to the King of Grunge . . . Tim Holtz' blog where you will find scores of ideas.  There are links to his archives on his left sidebar and a link to video demos on the right sidebar.

I decided (finally) on making a post-it note holder along with a grunge rose. . .

Last week (GM 15) I only got as far as creating what turned out to be a background for the challenge.  I am happy to say I completed the piece and it is now residing at its new home.

My chiropractor has this AWESOME machine, which has some name I can never remember because I always call it "Thumper".  They always laugh when I ask if I get Thumper.  Now everyone is going to call it Thumper because I made a sign to hang on it!

I found a digital coloring page for Thumper and paper pieced it together, all 25 pieces!   This the AWESOME machine with it's name tag and the FABULOUS Theresa!

Hope you have a great week!


Products used on Post-it holder:

Distress Ink: Peeled Paint, Broken China, Faded Jeans, Rusty Hinge, Barn Door, Forest Moss
Alterations Ticket die
Stamper Anonymous - Tim Holtz Odds & Ends stamps
Staz-on Jet Black Ink
Post-it Notes
Miscellaneous Bling

Products used on Thumper
all the paper was from my scrap piles
Sizzix Tree die for the bushes
Maya Road mini alphabets
Misc flowers
sticklesPublish Post

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Twisted Sketches Card #69

It's looks a little like Christmas in July around here!  For this week's Twisted Sketches Card Challenge, I made a Christmas card! (Clicking on the link will take you to this week's sketch!)  If you know me, you know I LOVE Tim Holtz and this week I went to Tim's products to create the card.

This week the twist is "square".  I used Tim's Stampers Anonymous stamp from the "Santa's Wish" set with Staz-on jet black ink.  Using a blending tools, I added Distress Inks (Aged Mahogany, Fired Brick, Peeled Paint, Pine Needles).  To make the image more of a square shape I tore the top and right side then inked with Vintage Photo and Black Soot.  I used Tim's Alteration's Checkerboard embossing folder on the card. Using Viva Las Vegas tape (I LOVE this stuff), I added the image to the card, then cut the sentiment from Tim's Seasonal Paper Stash, mounted it on a leftover piece of "smooshed" inked paper, added a piece of foam tape and adhered it to the card.  I added some Burgundy Stickles for the holly berries and voila - it's finished!

Hope you play along.  If you do, please leave a comment (either here or at Twisted Sketches) with a link to your  creation!

Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Under the weather and the wire (GM 15)

Earlier in the week I finished the background pieces for GM 15 over at Studio L3!  I checked out Tim's blog, followed the direction and created these:

Unfortunately, that is as far as I got this week. . . check back soon for a completed project!

Friday, July 15, 2011

While wandering . . .

While wandering around blogland yesterday, I stumbled across a blog named Birthday Sundaes.  It's a challenge blog where each Sunday a new birthday card challenge is issued!  I decided to play along with this week's challenge!   As the site says "One can never have too many birthday cards on hand"!

Here is my take on their orange, green and white challenge:

All the papers come from my scrap files, including the green that I had previously "smooshed" with Distress Ink and Perfect Pearls!

They also happen to be having a design team call through July 20!

Hope you get a chance to check them out, play in their challenge and apply for the design team!

Have a fabulous weekend!


Products used:
Orange harlequin cardstock (unknown manufacturer)
White Diamond cardstock
"Happy Birthday" stamp by Image Tree (EK Success)
Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder
Distress inks - various greens, Rusty Hinge, Spiced Marmalade, Dried Marigold
Perfect Pearls "Interference Blue"
Alterations Texture Fade "Collage"
Brads from my stash

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Multi-tasking cards!

Hi!  Glad you could drop by!

My first multi-tasking card used the technique for Grungy Monday Challenge 14 at StudioL3.  Linda had us visit Tim's (Holtz) blog for his March 2008 Technique Challenge.  I finally decided on the only tree stamp I had as the focal point so I could use it for the Operation Write Home challenge 3 "Tie a Yellow Ribbon" from last weekend's card making virtual party!    

This 2nd photo is not that great, but it does show the metallic nicely (upper left corner)!

The 2nd multi-tasking card is for Gingersnap's Color Challenge.   We are supposed to make a card using the color of our country's money.  Which for the USA is green!  I created this card for OWH virtual party's 1st challenge - camouflage

Other cards I finished this week for the OWH

Challenge 14 Color Me Crazy

The intent was to use all three images on one card, but as you can see I made 3 cards!

Challenge 15 Play on Words

Challenge 16 All About Animals

Still need to finish the card for OWH challenge 2. . . the fish bowl is still drying. . . hopefully I will finish it tomorrow (Monday)!

Have a fantastic week!


Saturday, July 9, 2011

Twisted Sketches Card #67

It's time for another Twisted Sketch for cards!  You can see the sketch here  (Please note the web address has changed a bit, the new address is Twistedsketches.ORG).

The twist this week is "green".  I went mostly literal this week and used the color green.  As I was looking for the last element it dawned on me "green" could mean "recycled" too! So I incorporated a bit of packaging in into my card too!  (I think the card looks better in person than it does in pictures.)

If you play along, I would love to see what you create.  Please leave a link in a comment.

Do you like to create scrapbook pages?  Ever thought about being on a design team?  Here's your chance. . . Twisted Sketches is have a design team call!

Hope you have a fabulous weekend!


Products Used:

Tim Holtz "retro" paper stash
Alterations Movers & Shapers - "Hope"
Alterations On the Edge Plaque & Postage ("negative")
Movers & Shapers base tray
Idea-ology Sprocket Gears
Idea-ology packaging (not sure from which product)
Distress inks -various green shades
Black card stock from scrap pile
Green card base - unknown

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Bear your heart winner!

Just used to pick a winner for my "bear your heart" blog candy!

Here are your random numbers:
Timestamp: 2011-07-06 04:13:40 UTC

And the winner  is Amber (!  Congratulations!  Thank you to everyone who played!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

OWH challenges

All in all there were 16 separate challenges for the OWH Virtual card making party!  It's been a busy couple of days!

Here's what I have completed:

Challenge 5 - vintage hosted by Holley's Hobbies

Challenge 7 - Subway Art - summer memories hosted by Essence of Paper

I was so busy trying to figure out what "subway art"style  is, that I forgot the "summer memories" part of the challenge.  This was definitely a new style for me.  And me being me, I didn't do it quite like Marti explained it.  I googled for some additional ideas, found mention of this idea and went with it!

Challenge 8 Photo Inspiration hosted by Scrappily Ever After

Challenge 9 - Easy as 1, 2, 3 hosted by Thinking of Inking

It wasn't easy.  I ended up asking my daughter to pick out 2 stamps and the sentiment because it was beyond me to do so today!  Of course as soon as she gave me the stamps, I came up with a couple of other great ideas!  I may try them at a later date!

Challenge 10 - 2 cards, 1 stamp hosted by It's a colourful world

As soon as I saw this challenge, I knew exactly which stamp I was going to use to create 2 seasons!  A couple of years ago when Hero Arts released this stamp they had a blog hop.  Tim (Holtz) used it and created a card for each season!  I LOVED it then, I LOVE it now!

Challenge 11 - Pinwheels hosted by Hello From Kate

This is not a very good photo - I will retake it in the morning.
This was another new technique! It was fun and quick! I will probably make more of these!

Challenge 13 was mine!  If you didn't see my challenge post, click here to see it!

That's all I managed to finish today.  All in all I made 12 cards (not counting my 2 samples I made for my challenge!)  I have a couple of others in various stages of completion and ideas for a couple of others.  We will see how tomorrow goes and how many I get done!

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you are having a fantastic weekend!


PS - If you have any questions about the products I used, let me know.  I will try to get the list posted tomorrow sometime.

"Bear" your heart for Operation Write Home

Hi and Welcome!

I am honored to be host to part of the Operation Write Home's (OWH) Stars and Stamps Blog virtual card party! Thank you for stopping by and taking a look!   If you didn't get here from the Stars and Stamps blog, you can click on the name above to see all the other challenges (hint:  some of the blogs are offering a chance for some candy including me, but more about that later!).

OWH sends handmade cards to our brave men and women in the military serving outside the borders of the USA so they can send some lovin' back to their families and friends.  If you have questions about OWH, just click on the name above to get information about this AWESOME organization!

From the name of my blog you might guess I have an affinity for bears.  And you would be right!  It might have to do with the 100s and 100s of bears that "live" in our house that my husband has collected over the years, (I may have added 1 or 2 to the collection, too. lol)

My love of bears is the inspiration behind my challenge today!  There's nothing quite like a teddy bear to give comfort whenever it is need.  And nothing says "love" like a heart.   So my challenge for you is to make a card with a bear and/or heart and then send it (and any others you might have laying around) to OWH.  (Click here for addresses of where to send, guidelines and suggestions.)

Here are a couple of cards I made.  I hope you find some inspiration!

The first card features stamps from Inky Antics and a Sizzix frame. Technically, this guy isn't a teddy bear, but I think he is just adorable!  (See below for a complete list of products used, if you have a question about technique please leave a comment or send an e-mail)

The second card features a "tear bear" made out of mulberry paper and background paper by Hometown collection by Moxie.

For a chance to win some blog candy, all you have to do is to create a card that "bears your heart" to send to OWH.  Once you've created a card with a bear and/or a heart, use the link below to add your card.  I will randomly select from all entries left prior to 11:59 p.m. on July 4, 2011.  (OWH is also having a separate drawing too!)   I will announce the winner on my blog Tuesday evening and will post the winner's name on OWH facebook page too!  Good Luck!

My blog candy! 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you get a chance to play!

Happy Birthday America!


List of products used:

Card 1:  Inky Antics stamps, Sizzix Ornate Frame 2, Sizzix Alterations Textured Fades - woodgrain, Kimberly water color pencils, Stazon Jet Black ink, Ace Hardware foam tape, Viva Las Vegas tape.  All papers were from my scrap pile and I do not know who made them.  The hears are brads from my stash.

Card 2:  Mulberry paper by Paperbilities,  the star and plaid papers are "Star Spangled"  from the Hometown Collection by Moxie, Hero Arts stamp (I Miss You), Stazon Jet Black Ink, Hero Arts clear embossing powder, The Stencil Coolections Non Smear Pastels, Sakura glaze pen, sharpie.  The red paper is from my scrap pile.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

A weekend of FUN!


Why a weekend of fun?  Because I get to stay in the AC and PLAY!!!

Studio L3's Grungy Monday Challenge 13 is to play with one of my very favorite-ist (I know, I just created a new word! lol) Ranger product - Alcohol Inks!!!   This week's instructions had us going to Ranger Ink to watch a video with Tim Holtz demoing the use of Alcohol Inks!  

Here's a card I made for the challenge:

This card along with a lot of others I have created will be heading off to Operation Write Home.  They in turn will ship it (along with a bunch of others) to our troops stationed overseas so they can send cards home to their families and friends.

Speaking for OWH, they are having a virtual card making party on their Stars and Stamps blog, right NOW!   Every 2 hours today and tomorrow (Saturday and Sunday), there is a different blog hosting the party.  Each blog has a challenge and some have blog candy!   OWH will also pick a random winner from ALL entries at the end of  July!  

I will be the hostess at 1 p.m. tomorrow (Sunday) and I WILL have blog candy to give away!  Hope you come back and play!

Have a fun and safe weekend!


Products used: 

Ranger Inks Alcohol Inks: Purple Twilight, Sailboat Blue, Raspberry, Butterscotch, Citrus, and a few other greens a (the list I was keeping disappeared)
Memory Box "Whimsy Circle" die
2 clear gem stickers (dyed with Citrus Alcohol Ink)
Hero Arts Clear Designs A (adore)
White glossy card stock
Black glossy card stock