Monday, April 30, 2012

Doily Friends

This is my completed preview challenge card.  It combined a couple of challenges where you had to stamp a border on your card and have a wrinkled, torn piece of black cardstock.  I switched my cardstock to gray because the first challenge allowed you to stamp in black, gray and one other color for the border of the card.  

This was the first time I used the doily die.  It actually worked pretty well.  I did it with a piece of vanilla cardstock and this coral piece.  It went through the coral well, but you would definitely need a shim for the vanilla.

Stamps:  Vintage Vogue
CS:  Calypso Coral, Basic Gray, VV
Ink:  Calypso Coral, Basic Gray
Misc.:  Large Paper Doily and Lots of Tags dies, dimensionals
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Monday, April 23, 2012

VC Rocks Challenges

There is this fun group that I'm a part of that runs for several months out of the year.  They (VC Rocks) just started up again a couple of weeks ago.  There are daily challenges, some of which I anticipate and get a head start on (i.e., clean up your stamp area, re-ink your pads, get adhesive, etc.)  In all the years I've been a part of the group, I never get the challenges completed.  It looks like I just may make it this year.  I say that only because I have made it a week now.

Here's the deal with this card.  One challenge was to pick 3 colors, cut the cardstock in half and fold.  One has a stamped background, one a stamped border and one has a cut border.  Another challenge we had to pick 5 pieces of scrap cardstock and an embellishment for each scrap.  Saturday we had to use the cut border cardstock, with 2 of the colored scraps/embellishments we chose and make a birthday card.  Overall, I think it turned out okay.   I really like turquoise and razzleberry together.

Stamps:  Apothecary Art
CS:  Pear Pizzazz, Tempting Turquoise, Rich Razzleberry, WW
Ink:  Pear Pizzazz, Rich Razzleberry, Tempting Turquoise
Misc.:  Pear Pizzazz pleated ribbon, rhinestone jewels. edgelits, adorning accents, textured impressions embossing folders adorning accents

As a side note, I was delightfully surprised with the edgelits and the embossing folders.  I had read that they were challenging and shifted but I think it went well.  Knowing that they shift, I kept the pressure on the area.
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Saturday, April 21, 2012

SUStars Blog Hop: Spring Has Sprung!

This is your first stop on the blog hop.  For the complete listing, you can go to the SUStars blog.  I looked as I was posting and saw the list up and a project that uses flashing.  It just so happens that I bought some recently . . . now to decide what I want to make with it.
The colors in the picture are slightly off due to lighting.  It was POURING when I took the picture.  The occasional flash of lightning did nothing to enhance the picture.  I made a card and post-it note holder using an acrylic picture frame for the holder.  I was going to stamp a sentiment for the card using the framelit dies but I couldn't decide who I'm giving it to, which determines what I want it to say.

Surprisingly, I didn't use any stamps, yet the list of what I used, for something so simple looking, is long.

CS:  Early Espresso, Sahara Sand, Perfect Plum, Blushing Bride
Embossing Folders:  Perfect Polka Dots, Elegant Lines
Punches:  5 Petal, Boho Blossom
Misc.:  Filigree designer brads, pearl jewels, fun flowers Bigz L die, pear pizzazz pleated ribbon

Thanks for stopping by.  Your next stop is Carol at C.J. Stamps.

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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Easter Doings

We had an activity at church yesterday that took the kids simply through the life of Christ.  There were 9 stops along the way, 8 of which had a handout.  Amazingly, I never took a picture of the handouts, which I am surprised by since I spent at least 30 hours on them.  We planned for 110 people between kids, teachers, presenters and a handful of parents.

I wanted to make something to thank the presenters for their help in the activity because they made it a success.  I wanted more than a simple ribbon and tag but at 2 AM, you just come to grips and settle.

Stamps:  Well-Scripted
CS:  Baja Breeze, Cherry Cobbler, WW, Digital Twitterpated
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler
Misc.: 1-3/4" and 1-1/2" circle, flower punch, pearls, Baja Breeze seam binding, linen thread, Jumbo scallop punch (sorry for not looking up exact names on punches)

I saw these cute chocolate dipped Peep bunnies and pinned it on Pinterest.  At a meeting Tuesday, they decided they wanted to have a refreshment.  I mentioned these treats and gave them a go along with the donut bunny at the bottom.  I'll go into why I thought this was better than the donut bunny in a bit.
So, 5 colors, 102 bunnies later.  I have to say, I'm not a huge fan of the Peeps, well marshmallows in general, but these weren't too bad.  Super sweet though.
The white ones were my favorite.  Thanks to my one of my daughters, I have pictures because she was kind enough to take some for me to share.
I was looking for something on my computer and found a picture I had saved of S'more bunnies.  A perfect little treat to give all the teachers and leaders that help with the kids at church.  I made 32 of these last night. I have to say, I under estimated the time it would take to assemble these.  I even entertained doing them this morning so the crackers would be nice and crisp.  So glad I went ahead thinking 12 hours isn't going to hurt.  It took me several hours start to finish.  I have to say, I had a couple left over and we tried them.  Oh my they are gooey and yummy!
This donut bunny is super cute, quick and easy to make.  The only reason not to use it is the use of toothpicks to hold the ears on and well, some of the kids would be jabbing their friends with them or the little ones (3 yr. olds) may not expect a toothpick and bite into it.  I bought those stacker marshmallows for a camping trip over spring break.  I ended up getting another bag for the ears on the bunny. 

If you made it through all of my jumping around, you are awesome!  Happy Easter.
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