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Monday, August 31, 2009

Over The Moon Monday - Pick 3 Challenge

Good morning and welcome to another Over The Moon Monday. We had some pretty bad storms during the night, and the electricity went off often. Which means every time it went off, I had to get up and reset the alarm clock. It's funny that I would wake up when it went off, but I guess with all the rain and lightning and thunder I wasn't sleeping the best. Anyway, I did manage to get up on time this morning.

Several years ago I became friends with a salesman that came into the office where I work, and after he retired, he still kept in touch with us. I'm sorry to say that he didn't get to enjoy his retirement very long before he became ill, and I used to send him cards frequently from all of us here at work. His wife told my brother that he enjoyed those cards immensely and always kept them where he could see them. I'm sorry to say that George passed away recently. He was the kind of person who always had a smile and a joke, and he will be greatly missed.

I wanted to make a special card for his wife, so I chose the Fossil Stone technique for the background. I love the way the background always comes out different, but beautiful. I don't think I have ever seen a bad background, even if you use funky colors. For my card I wanted to use muted earthy colors, so I used browns, yellows, tans, and greens.

I squirted small amounts of those colors of reinkers into my "fossil folder" (a page protector that has been cut upon on one side to allow easy access), closed the folder and squished a bit with my fingers just to gently blend the colors. Then I cut my glossy cardstock into 6 pieces. I put the first set of pieces back to back and put into the folder and pressed, making sure I got most of the cardstock covered with color. I did the same thing with the other 2 sets of cardstock. As you can see, each successive time a new set of cardstock went into the folder, the colors became more muted and muddied. After they have dried, you can use them for fabulous backgrounds.

I like the fact that any imperfections (bubbles, lines, etc.), will show up in the colors, hence the name fossil stone. It looks like little fossils in the paper.

I chose to use the last set I made because of the muted colors.

I used a dark brown cardstock as the base of the card. I stamped a large dragonfly onto my fossil stone background. I mounted this onto a dark green carstock. I tore the bottom edge of the green cardstock, and used a black inkpad to go over the torn edge to give it depth. I stamped "With Deepest Sympathy" (from Hero Arts, I believe) with a pigment ink and then heat embossed it with gold embossing powder. I mounted this onto the dark brown cardstock and I was done.

I hope you have a crafty week!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Over The Moon Monday

Here it is, another Monday. Where does the time go? The weeks go by so quickly, and sometimes it doesn't even seem like I had a weekend. Do you ever feel that way?

The granddaughters started back to school today. I think they were very happy...they were quite bored there at the end. I can't wait to get home and see how their first day went.

I have a new blog award, thanks to my friend Andrea!

A big thanks for the award.

With this prestigious award comes the fine print: In order to accept this award you must:

1. Thank the person who nominated you for this award

2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog

3. Link the person who nominated you for this award

4. Name 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting

5. Nominate 7 Kreativ Bloggers

6. Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate

7. Leave comments on all 7 blogs letting then know you nominated them

Here are my 7 Kreativ Bloggers:

  1. Paper Friendly

  2. Inky Hugz

  3. Amazing Paper Grace

  4. Stampin' with Markie's Mom

  5. Mel Stampz

  6. It's All Rosy

  7. Artistic Extras

And my 7 ”interesting” things about me:

1. I love pizza.

2. I can tie the stem of a cherry into a knot with my tongue.

3. I work during the day as an office manager in an automotive repair shop.

4. I own my own rubber stamp company

5. I met my husband on the internet.

6. I play the piano.

7. Sweet tea is my all-time favorite beverage. (No lemon, please)

Thanks for all the inspiration ladies! Keep it up! Love you all!

I received a beautiful spirelli ornament from a lovely lady who I had the pleasure of doing business with. I ordered some stamps (imagine that!), and she undercharged me on the postage. I sent her a check for the difference, and she told me that nobody had ever offered to pay the difference when she undercharged them. And she sent me this lovely spirelli ornament.

(I didn't get the picture cleaned up too well).

Have a creative week!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Over The Moon Monday - Pick 3 Challenge

Good afternoon! Wow, what a weekend. My dear hubby was ill and I didn't get a chance to stamp all weekend! I think I'm having serious withdrawals. He never gets sick nor complains of being sick, and when he got me up at 3 a.m. Saturday morning to go to Wal-Mart to get him something for the pain, I knew he was really ill. It started with a sore throat, and he stayed home from work on Friday (another thing he NEVER does). He told me later he almost had me take him to the emergency room, that's how severe his throat hurt. He's allergic to doctors, so I can only imagine how sick he really is. He's home again today, but I went to work.

Anyway, on to our weekly challenge. Today is another Pick 3 Challenge. In case you are new, this is how it works. I will list 6 items and it's your job to choose 3 and make a card or project using those 3 items. Todays items are:
  • something night time
  • swirls
  • buttons
  • the color yellow
  • corner punch
  • jewels

I chose something nighttime, the color yellow, and jewels. I stamped the nighttime window stamp from My Paper Moon onto white cardstock. Using copic markers, I colored the moon and sky. I used a glitter pen to color the stars. I stamped the same image again, and cut out the cat, which I adhered with pop dots.

While I was at it, I used tiny jewels to make a collar for the cat. I put crystal glitter glue on the moon, which added a little pizzaz. I matted the image onto yellow cardstock, which I then matted onto light blue cardstock. I stamped and cut out the sentiment (from Sparkle and Sprinkle), colored the star and outlined the banner. I used pop dots to adhere it to the blue mat. I then matted this onto black cardstock.

On the white cardstock, I stamped a swirl stamp from The Angel Company (retired), and mounted the whole thing onto a black card.

It's your turn. Stamp something using 3 of the above items and share your creation with a link in the comment section. I can't wait to see what you come up with.

Hope you have a crafty week!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Over The Moon Monday - Pick 3 Challenge

Happy Monday! I'm glad to see you join me for another Over The Moon Monday Pick 3 Challenge.

But first, I want to tell you about my couple of days with my granddaughters. We had a blast. We went swimming, shopping, had lunch out both days, and saw G-Force, which is a delightful movie. They had a really good time, and they are all set for going back to school, since we got both school supplies and school clothes. Their dad was laid off from his job recently, so I was happy to be able to help out.

Also, I am thinking of renaming the blog. I would like you to submit names and maybe we can have a contest to pick out the new your suggestions to the comment section.

Now on to the challenge.

It has been soooo hot lately, and I wanted to stamp something that was cool. I have these stamps that I got some years ago at a convention, and I have the sheet that goes with them, but there isn't a name on it anywhere (and I didn't think to write it down at the time), so I have no idea who makes these stamps. But they were perfect for my purpose.

For this weeks challenge, pick 3 of the following:
  • acetate
  • lace
  • beads
  • circle punch
  • the color orange
  • brads
Here is my creation, using acetate, the color orange, and beads.

Now, let me tell you how I made it. First I stamped the citrus stamp on white cardstock for the background. I randomly stamped it with yellow ink, orange ink, and lime green ink. Then I colored in the images with their respective color markers, leaving some of the white show (like in real citrus).

I stamped the margarita onto white cardstock, and colored it with markers, cutting off the top part of the image (where it's supposed to be the clear glass). Then I stamped the whole margarita onto acetate, using black staz-on ink. Be careful in this step because it will have a tendency to slide. I let that dry, then glued the colored margarita onto the back side of the acetate. Now it looks like I have a real margarita in a glass.

I applied glue to the top edge of the margarita glass and adhered clear glass micro beads and let dry. This looks so much like the salt on the rim of a margarita.

Next I stamped a section piece of citrus and colored it to look like a lime. I used pop dots to adhere the lime and the margarita to the front of the card, giving it a dimensional look. I matted it onto yellow cardstock and lime green cardstock, and stamped "Cheers" on the inside.

Now, let's see what you came up a link in the comment section to your creation so we can all admire it and get inspiration.

Have a great week!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Over The Moon Monday - Pick 3 Challenge

Good morning! Welcome to another Over The Moon Monday here at the blog.

I was a little disappointed that I didn't have any suggestions for having a fun time with my granddaughters, but we will manage to have a fun time anyway. I plan on taking them to the beach (even though I hate the sand), one day, and to see G-Force and school shopping at the mall another day. That way both are happy. :-) It's sometimes hard because of the age difference (one is 6 and the other 12), but I think we will all 3 have a good time.

It's another Pick 3 Challenge day, so here are the choices:
  • flower
  • scalloped edge
  • the color pink
  • a person stamp (man, woman, child, etc.)
  • newsprint or a page from an old book
  • something lacy
Here is my creation. I used some cardstock by Basic Grey, and although you can't tell it, I sponged brown ink on the left side of the card also. The cardstock already contained the writing.

I love the Rachel stamp, and use it quite often. Today I stamped her on a page from an old book I had previously altered. I used Tattered Rose Distress Ink on the page before I stamped the image, so it would have some color. I colored her in with alcohol ink markers. I stamped a flourish from Cherry Pie Art Stamps and took a tiny hole punch and punched some holes in the flourish so the cardstock underneath would show through. I then stamped "dream", a stamp from My Paper Moon. I also tore the edges and applied brown ink, then matted it on a scrap of cardstock that had previously been run though the cuttlebug with an embossing folder and distressed. (If you visit Cherry Pie, tell Marina I sent you).

I mounted the whole thing onto the distressed Basic Grey paper and adhered a golden rose at the corner. It turned out really nice. I like the way the printed paper comes through the stamped images.

I hope you take some time this week to play. I will be playing with my granddaughters for at least a couple of days, and I'm sure we'll have fun.