Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Color Throwdown #62

Happy Hump Day! I am participating in a Color Throwdown Challenge for the first time. I had stumbled upon it last week, and I thought it was such a cool challenge blog! Each week, you need to create a project using the required set of colors. This week, you need to use Grey, Rust, Olive and Razzleberry. Perfect for Fall!

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I have had this stamp for years. It’s from Stamps Happen (coincidentally, it isn’t Tonya’s shop!). I love to use it with all different color combinations. I used a grey cardstock from Prism for the card, and I colored in the stamped image (which I embossed) with my EK Watercolor Markers. I threw on a couple of Dew Drops and voila! It’s a simple enough card, but the image really makes a statement.

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These markers blend so beautifully, as you can see from this close up. I decided not to color in the background completely, I think less is more in this case.

Inspired? Maybe you should check out Color Throwdown too! I will certainly be participating in this awesome challenge again!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

TTIC #48 Bond Between Brothers

Happy Tuesday! It’s time for another fantastic Twilight Tuesday Inspiration Challenge! This week’s challenge is brought to us by Jacquie. Here’s the scoop:

As New Moon movie release approaches we are seeing amazing pictures of the Wolfpack who become Jacob's Brothers. In New Moon the wolf pack play an important part in Jacob's life and the effect they have on the Quilute community. This also affects the Cullen family, they have a treaty with the Cullens and in time see that they all need to work together to rid Forks of the bad Vamps. This week we will be focusing on the Bond between brothers and how we apply that to our human lives. Women can lean on each other and we are strong all on our own but now and again we need that males presence as a brother, husband, best friend as a grounding force...as a safe place to be. We see that in Bella's need for Jacob.
Craft Portion: Make something that refects brotherhood... Be inspired by the wolf pack, Edward and Jasper/Emmitt, even the relationship between Bella and Jacob. Make a scrapbook page, a card for your brother or maybe a book for that special guy in your life. Celebrate brothers in any way you would like. (this would be a good chance to find those awesome pictures of the New Moon Wolfpack)
Comment Portion: Talk about the brotherhood in your life... Do you have an amazing brother that has been there for you thick and thin? Do you have the best guy friends that have your back when times get rough?

I don’t have any brothers. But, Miss Rhi does! So, I decided to make a layout showcasing the first time Big Brother Phoenix met his Little Sister Rhiannon.

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Please click on the photo to see it bigger. There are so many sweet things in this picture, and I used a lot of cool stuff on my layout that you can’t really see in such a small photo. Here’s a close up.

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Phoenix was really uncomfortable being at the hospital. Unfamiliar territory and all… But when he finally got comfortable enough to hang in my room and even get on my bed; this was one of the first times he really took a good look at his baby sister. No, you can’t see his face here, but he’s got his “security blanket” pink Miracle Gro hat on, and he’s sitting with his Obasan (Japanese for Aunt; that’s what he calls my sis Monica), holding on to her. So, that tells you what’s going on in his mind a bit. He’s a bit nervous and uncomfortable, but he knew everything would be ok. He was really looking forward to becoming a Big Brother. I love this picture. And I think the layout is pretty cute too!

And as always, our Design Team has fantastic projects to display for this week’s challenge – please go and check them out!

Dani ~Donna ~ Erica ~ Eve ~

Jacquie ~ Jen ~ Julie (is out sick this week) ~ Margie ~ Rebecca

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Rhi’s Baby Blessing Favors

Rhiannon’s Baby Blessing is tomorrow! I am so excited. Gene and I worked very hard (along with our fabulous minister) on her ceremony, invitations and favors. Those that are attending are certainly in for a magical celebration in honor of my baby girl.

So I mentioned her favors. I have to say, they caused me a great deal of stress. I knew that I wanted to create favors similar to the ones I made for Phoenix’s Blessing… so that part was easy. I had originally used pressed wood disks (intended to be a mini scrapbook) by Kaiser. I had edged the disks with a paint pen, and Mod Podged patterned paper on both sides. Then, I glued on a photo of Nix on one side then I stamped this awesome image of a dragon and phoenix on the other. They were super cool.

For Rhi, I started off the same way… everything was fine until I got to the stamped image on the other side. What could I use for her? Her name is too long to spell out, even if I used a tiny font, because then it just looked super small with a lot of leftover space. I tried using a Heidi Swapp stamp that said “Baby” and then adding “Rhi” to it, but that looked bad… what kind of image could I use? Rhiannon is the Goddes of inspiration and the moon. So a moon then? Nah… I’m using such cute photos, a moon wouldn’t work. She is also said to have riden a horse that no one could catch up to. A horse then? I don’t have any horse stamps… Go fig!

So, Gene came up with a great idea! Use her feet. They turned out to be too big so we used her hand instead. After a 10-15 minute traumatizing experience for the 3 of us (turns out Rhainnon is NOT a fan of having her hand painted!), we finished the disks shy the ribbon to hang them with. Here is the (almost) finished favor:

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It was fun to pick out the photos and the paper. I love all of her HUGE smiles and the bright, happy paper.

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The color is a little off in the photos… but you get the idea. Our guests will love them I’m sure, as we still see the favors I made of Phoenix hanging in our families' homes.

Wish us luck for tomorrow! I hope it is a beautiful day and that Rhiannon has a beautiful Blessing Ceremony!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Diana’s Necklace

Diana is my family’s “adopted” sister. She lives 5 houses away from us (4 from me actually), she was born 1 week after my middle sister Pam, and the 2 have been best friends practically since then. She is one of us. The closest thing to being a sister without actually being one. I usually give her gifts from The Pyramid Collection catalog, because of their unique qualities, their bit o’ magic and their pure coolness factor. But this time, I decided to make her a gift.

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I had shown you these crystals in a post a week or so ago in a necklace that I had made for Julie. I had shown these crystals to Diana many moons ago when I had first bought them, and she loved them. I had wanted to make her something with them since then… but just never sat down to do it. Then I misplaced them.. and so on and so forth… But, I finally made it for her and I am happy to say that she loves it.

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Her birthday is in August, hence the peridot colored beads. I used orange beads as well, because I liked the contrast with the green. It’s a little unexpected… kinda like Diana! I also used some clear glass beads to accentuate the quartz crystal. All of the components are from Fire Mountain Gems, with the exception of the crystal, which I had gotten at a bead show.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

TTIC #47 Mary Alice Brandon: Her History

Happy Tuesday Everyone! This week’s challenge is brought to us by Julie. Here is the challenge:

Today’s Twilight Tuesday Inspiration Challenge is about the character that every Twilighter seems to love — Alice!

Our theme is specifically about Alice’s past, before she met the Cullen family and was known as Mary Alice Brandon. We don’t know too many details about Alice’s life before the events of the Twilight saga occur, but if you would like a refresher on her past, visit the Twilight Saga Wiki here and read!

The craft portion is to depict an aspect of Alice’s history. You can take your inspiration from what we know from the actual Stephenie Meyer text, or you can use your imagination to depict something that could have happened in Alice’s past.

The comment portion – talk a bit about Alice’s gift. Would you like to possess her ability to see the future? Do you think that that would be a blessing or a curse?

So I had so many ideas for this challenge. Originally, I wanted to do something with a straight jacket. I was going to take some crazy picture of me (my face would be obscured by my hair, and blurred), but I didn’t think that would make a “fun” layout. Then, I thought that she could have been a jack of all artsy trades, so I’d make her a business card. A little boring…would require me to use my computer for fonts and such, and well… I wasn’t a fan of doing that either. Then I was trying to narrow down an occupation for her. Stylist (did they have those back then?), floral designer, interior decorator, fashion designer??? I could see Alice doing all of these things. So, I decided to go with artist/accessories designer. Here is my project…but alas, it isn’t finished.

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This is a drawing Alice created and is painting for what will eventually be a handbag. I had started this some time ago (no, I didn’t draw it; it’s a transfer), and I unearthed it recently as I was cleaning my craft room. I thought that this was right up Alice’s alley. Eventually, it really will be a handbag. That was what I was making it for. But, I could totally see Alice toting her around.

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As you can see, I still have a lot of work to do. I really thought that I would get it done for today… but, she has a lot of detail on her. Her hat still needs a lot of attention, and I need to dig up some of my other fabric paints to finish off the flowers. But, I think that she’s perfect for Alice none the less.

As far as the comment portion of this challenge…. Alice’s gift… hmmm, touchy subject with me. How do I say this as tactfully as possible without sounding crazy??? I am not a vampire. Yes, I know… no shock to you. Therefore, I am not “enhanced” like Alice is. However, I do have premonitions from time to time. Natural disasters usually. That volcano that errupted a couple of weeks ago? I was a bloody mess. Do I think that this type of thing is a curse? I used to… Not anymore. With the case of natural disasters, obviously, there isn’t much I can do to affect the situation, but in other cases, there are things that I can do- and I have. And, it has helped. I promise, I’m not crazy. I honestly wasn’t even going to discuss the matter… but, I have nothing to hide. So now you have insight not only on what I think Alice was like, but a little bit about me too!

Now, go and check out the other designer’s amazing work!

Dani ~ Donna ~ Erica ~ Eve

Jacquie ~Jen ~ Julie ~ Margie ~ Rebecca

Friday, September 18, 2009

Introducing FANDOM FRIDAYS & the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

I am really excited about this! Beth, one of my many Book Buddies over at Twilight Tuesday, recommended the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by JR Ward to me a few months ago. Well, let me tell you!!!!! This is one of the greatest series of books (if not THE greatest…shocked, I know you are… I DO believe that there is more to life than Twilight ya know! ;} ) that I have ever read. It’s a vampire series, and my is it YUMMY!!! Here is what Beth about the new goings-on for Fridays at the TTIC site:

Dark LoverWelcome to our first installment of FANDOM FRIDAYS here at TT.  We will be visiting various areas of Pop Culture that are reminiscent of The Twi Saga, and then some other things that we just think are cool and you might enjoy given our similar tastes.  Come back each Friday to see what we have in store for you! This week we have a new challenge, and an amazing book recommendation!  Read on:

Twilight did a wonderful job at capturing our hearts and minds, and bringing us into a world we may not have ever dreamed of before.  Who knew a vampire could be so loving, caring and passionate?   As an avid reader of paranormal romance, I know first hand how wonderful it is to immerse myself in a world so similar and still so different from my own!  Twilighters ache for Edward.  Now I offer you a new series that has gripped several of our faithful readers in our Books With BITE forum (focusing on paranormal fiction & romance), the Black Dagger Brotherhood, by JR Ward.  If you have read the series, you know what I am talking about.  While this series is similar to Twilight in a few obvious ways: vampires living in current-day America, living on the fringe of society but not ‘known’ to them, and passionate characters.  This is not your teenager’s Twilight, though.  These are adult vampires, using adult language and living very grown-up lives.  While I loved Twilight as much as anyone, I can only relive my high school years so long before I start to feel old!  The BDB books captured the ‘feelings’ I got from Twi, and I can honestly say that these are my favorite series books.  The writing is unique and vivid and the characters are to die for.  You will get to know each Brother as though they were real.  If you have not read this series, I highly recommend that you visit our BDB forum for links, reading order and ‘ratings’.

Having made my suggestion, I am excited to offer up the first Black Dagger Brotherhood challenge.  As I mentioned before,  after I recommended this series in the BITES forum, we quickly got a passionate following.  And, really, this series has *the* most passionate fans I have ever seen!  Our debut challenge will be simple and based upon the first book, Dark Lover, the story of Wrath, the reluctant king of the Race.  Until you have the opportunity to read this first novel, please enjoy the challenge and the artwork of our faithful readers!

Theme: Dark Lover. This is the first book in the very unique and intense series of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, by JR Ward.

Dark Lover tells the story of Wrath, reluctant king of vampire race.

Challenge: Create a project that captures the essence of Dark Lover – be it Wrath, or the Brotherhood in general, as this is our introduction to their world in modern-day Caldwell, NY. Explain what it is about the series that ‘grabs’ you ~ since the vast majority of the BDB fans are fiercely passionate about their Brothers!

Beth (and Tia!) ~ Jacquie ~ Alison ~ Donna

Ok, So here is my creation!

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Now, if you didn’t read this book, you may not want to read on… I’ll have some spoilers!

This card I created is the Announcement of the Ascension of King Wrath, as created by the glymera. I used the actual Old Language writing for the Announcement, (although, alas, I don’t know what it says as I don’t own the BDB Guide that has a translation yet.) and I used a simple silhouette of  a crown (though Wrath would NEVER wear one!) which I also drew. I used a stamp from Artful INKables, and some gilded paper… ‘cause that’s the way of the glymera!

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I made this because I think one of the most important points in this book is the fact that Wrath decided to finally take the throne.

Now, why did this series “grab” me??? Let me count the ways…

1. Vampires! duh.

2. The romance…and what hhhooottt romance it is! And I had not read “paranormal romances” before. Now, I’m kinda hooked!

3. The Brothers themselves. They are just AMAZING! I’d love to hang out with them.

4. JR Ward’s writing style. She is incredible. You believe every word of it… You feel like you know these characters…she’s just so damn funny!

5. Uhhh, this list could take a loooong time, and I think my post may be long enough. So, why not just grab these books for yourself? I have already recommended the series to 5 people, and they have ALL loved the series!

If you have read it… then come and play along!!!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Happy Birthday Daddy

Today is my Dad’s Birthday. He would have been 62 today. As I mentioned in yesterday’s TTIC post, it’s a wonderful coincidence that the theme was motorcycles, since my Dad was SO into bikes.

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I got this sweatshirt for him on what was his last Christmas with us. My Dad was really tough to shop for, but that year, I found so many wonderful things for him…

My Dad had a ton of biker buddies. And they all LOVED my Dad. I mean LOVED. If you ever wanted to see a bunch of grown tough guys cry, talk to these dudes about my Dad. They tear up like they were cutting a bunch of onions. My Dad was so much to them… I’d like to think that he still IS so much to them.

About a year and a half after his passing, many of his buddies decided to do a Tribute Run for him. They gathered together and rode around our block three times in memory of him.

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Forgive the pictures, they are all pictures of pictures. Scanners are not usually my friends!  There are over a dozen bikes out in front of our house. Some of the guys couldn’t make it out that day. But those that were there, sure had a fantastic time setting off car alarms as they road past on their machines!

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Here is my Mom, my sisters and I in front of  the bikes. We were so happy to see them all. So thrilled that they wanted to do this for my Dad. So sad that he wasn’t there…

But the coolest thing? They had special patches made up in memory of him. Here’s what it looks like.

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But I have to say, when you flip it over… and the color is gone, it REALLY looks like him!

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I thought that this was one of the nicest things they could have done for him. Now, they all wear him on their vests and jackets. So he rides with them wherever they go. Of course, Gene was there for this event so he has a patch too. And I keep a patch not only on my riding jacket, but in my pocket book too.

This day was beautiful. It was an amazing tribute to him. I decided to not make a project today… and just let this post be about my Dad. Here’s to you Daddy… until we ride together again! I love you.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Twilight Challenge #46: Motorcycles and Friendship


It’s Twilight Tuesday Challenge time again! This week, we have a challenge that I could write and scrap about for days… It’s brought to us by Dani and here is what she writes:


Have you ever worked with someone and an unexpected friendship developed? In New Moon by Stephenie Meyer we watch such a friendship bloom between Bella and Jacob as they rebuild a pair of old motorcycles. I love seeing them change from good acquaintances to having a deep, loving friendship.


I also love hearing about the motorcycles! There is just something them. While the Cullens had their fast cars, Bella and Jacob had their motorcycles!


Now for the challenge of the week!


The challenge portion: I am going to do something a little bit different today. You can choose between these 2 challenges:


1. Make a project involving motorcycles.


or


2. Make a project that you work on with a friend.


The comment portion: Again you can choose either of these 2 to comment on:


1. Tell us about any motorcycle experience you have!


or


2. Tell us about a friendship of yours that came about from working together.


This is a challenge near and dear to my heart! I love motorcycles. Always have. I really hope to eventually get my motorcycle license and a bike of my own one day. I can’t remember when I first went on a motorcycle with my Dad. I really don’t know how old I was… I could only guess that I was about 5 or 6. My sisters weren’t born yet, so I was pre-age 7. But no matter when that first ride was, I was hooked. Now on to my project…


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Please click on the photo so that you can see it bigger. This is me and my Daddy. It’s pretty amazing that this was the challenge for the week because his birthday is actually tomorrow. He would have been 62. Being on a bike with my Dad was one of my fondest “category” of memories. We did it- not as often as I would have liked- but enough for me to not want to call just one memory to mind, but many.


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This is a close-up of the little tag. I was 18 when this picture was taken. He passed 5 years later.


I used a lot of products that are no longer available. I really wasn’t sure what type of paper I wanted to use… I was having a hard time figuring out what colors I wanted to use. But then I found the stripe and the paisley. My Dad was a pretty damn snappy dresser when he was going to work. His suits were beautiful, his ties were unique and distinguished. And the paisley just reminded me of how much I loved to see his outfit everyday. He had such great combinations… never dull. He would have never been caught in that yellow and bright blue combo that so many “Suits” wear. My favorite was (now go with me), a deep, dusty purple that had grey undertones to it. It was subtle but beautiful. And it actually was really masculine. He looked so handsome in that suit…


Now that I have gone completely off topic… I will be sure to bring you some more motorcycle stories later in the week. I have a lot of them! But for now, why not go and check out the other designer’s projects?


Dani ~ Donna ~ Eve ~ Erica


Jacquie ~ Jen ~ Julie ~ Margie ~ Rebecca


&


Tonya!


Happy Birthday Daddy!!!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Crystal and Blue

Making jewelry has always been a passion for me. It is my favorite thing to create. Yes, even more than cards and scrapbooks (although they are very close behind!). I love that you can show off the craft wherever you go. Carrying a 12x12 scrapbook isn’t easy to do! But a necklace, you can wear proudly and exclaim “I made this!’

So sometimes I don’t have the “mojo” as so many of you call it, to play with jewelry… and other times, it’s just not a good idea to lug my bead boxes downstairs to try and create while my son is playing with his trains and my daughter is trying to stick her hands in to everything that she’s not supposed to. So sadly, my beads and things have to sit in my craft room and wait for me to find a few spare moments to play with them. But yesterday, not only did I have inspiration, but I had the time and energy to make a couple of pieces! Here’s one of them:

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Those are real pieces of quartz crystal! Aren’t they stunning? I have had them for years… and never got around to using them. But there are a couple of gals I wanted to make necklaces for, and I thought the crystals would be up their alley.

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This was a necklace that I felt I “built” rather than just strung. I made it from the center out… something that I don’t often do. It took a lot of time to plan out the where’s and why’s of it all, and a lot of effort went in to making it just right. Sometimes pieces can practically get thrown together and they are perfect, while others need time, and a little extra energy. I “built” this baby from the ground up, no outside inspiration here, and I am really happy with it. I just hope that it isn’t too over-the-top for the recipient! I have a gut feeling though that it will be just fine.

Aside from the quartz crystals, the necklace is comprised of glass pearls, czech crystal, and other glass beads. I chose a color story of frost, blue and a hint of magenta. I am totally inspired to play with some more of my crystals now!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Aventurine and Moss Agate Necklace

I wanted to make a necklace for one of my friends. Sorry, once again, I cannot tell you who as she has not yet received the gift. The last necklace, by the way, (the blue and purple one) was for Donna. She’s got it now and I think I picked out the right colors for her! :}

Anyway, I had a basic color palette in mind… I just needed the beads. I borrowed some from my sis Pam, since I surprisingly didn’t have what I needed. Here’s what I came up with.

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The color is slightly off in the photo…not sure why. The colors really look nice together; the have a nice contrast. Here the orange looks a bit brighter than what it is.

For this piece I used Aventurine nuggets, Moss Agate, forest green glass pearls and orange glass beads. The orange beads is what I needed from Pam. I especially love the Moss Agate. The range of colors you can find from this stone is marvelous. Here’s another shot to show what I mean.

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See all of the beautiful hues that differ so greatly from one bead to the next? It’s one of my favorite Agates… and I love a lot of them! So, overall, I think it’s a pretty and clean necklace, but the color palette is a bit sophisticated. However, since I find that green (especially this many shades of green) tend to go with everything, so the receiver of this necklace shouldn’t have a hard time coordinating an outfit for it!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Baby Blessing Invitation

I know… I said in my teeny tiny post yesterday that I was going to try and have up another one of the TTSC challenges… I’m sorry. I just couldn’t get to it. But I have a reason! It’s a good one I promise! It’s actually the subject of this post. Gene and I have finally set a date for Rhiannon’s Baby Blessing…we even have a place! My wonderful friend James (he was the second friend I ever made! We go waaaaayyy back!) has come through for us yet again and managed to squeeze us in to have our little ceremony at his beautiful country club. So, since the event is coming up fast, I needed to quickly come up with and create the invites for this very important event.

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I think it came out really nice. If you’re thinking… this doesn’t look like a Baby Blessing Invite… well, then you should go back several posts and check out what other “baby” stuff I do… no baby pink here! This invitation is very much our (gene and my own) style. We love the rich colors of Fall, celtic knots are huge for us… and you ALL should know how much I love to tear paper and then ink the edges! And of course, there are three little Stickle blobs to give it some more oomph! I think it came out perfectly! And I must mention, Gene offered to assist in making the invites. I gave him the job of the inside… sorry I have no pics of that for you but he did a fantastic job! Thanks for your help, Love!

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In this close up you can see the ink colors I used for the edges. All of the ink I used was Color Box’s Chalk Inks. LOVE!!! I love how the colors soften when they dry, and I love that they are dry instantly! When you are trying to get things done quickly, you don’t want to worry about smudging your ink!

So there ya go. I was so busy with these yesterday, but once the inside is printed and added in, I can mail them off to our family. It will be a small crowd, but one of the most meaningful events that someone can be present for.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Twilight Tuesday's Day Off

Hello all!!! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! I just wanted to remind you that Twilight Tuesday is taking a week off from challenges, but we will be back next week with a new one for you! Meanwhile, I will try and get a post up of a TTIC sketch challenge later today. But in the meantime, please visit www.twilighttuesday.com to catch up on any challenges you may not have seen!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Harvest Moon Altered Art

Fall is fast approaching, my favorite season. I was inspired to play with a few items as I was cleaning up my craft room. One, my favorite brass template. Two, Glimmer Mist, though I never need an excuse to work with that! Three, I had a cardboard box that had one of the flaps ripping off… I saw it hanging there, and I decided to rip it off and create some altered art. It’s something that I love to do, but never get around to doing it often enough. So I made something that I think came out quite magical. I love it.

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I could see it just sitting on a shelf to celebrate my favorite season, or perhaps I may make it in to a book cover. I used FIVE colors of Glimmer Mist for this piece! I also used some Amazing Glaze, a Glimmer Screen (also from Tattered Angels), some fibers, a brass corner piece, and a couple of beads hung from jumprings.

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It looks much prettier in person… When you see all the amazing colors of Mist blend together… and the shimmer that the whole piece has… love it! See what you can do with a little piece of cardboard??? Now I have the bug to do more altered art pieces. Time to start playing!!!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

TTSC #9

So, After making Tuesday’s Card with TTIC #10, I felt inspired to do #9. Dani is always coming up with wonderful sketches for us to play with, and there are several that I have not yet tackled. So, I am trying to get to a few of them this week. Here’s the sketch for TTSC #9:

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And here is my version:

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I made my dimensions a little different because I wanted to base the sizes around the stamp I used. All of my paper is from Prima (so in love with these papers!), except for the turquoise, which is from Prism. The ink is from Color Box, rhinestones from Westrim and I cannot forget to mention that I used Amazing Glaze from Judikins. That’s one of my all-time favorite stamp/scrap items. Can’t live without it! Here’s a close up so that you can see why I love it…

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See how thick it is? After just one application! It’s so glassy… absolutely my favorite embossing powder ever! But back to the sketch… I think it was a great one and I look forward to completing them all! Wanna play along???

Twilight Tuesday Sketch Challenge Guideline:

1. Have fun! This is a no pressure, do it when you can challenge.

2. This sketch will not limit your creativity in any way. Use it to create and have fun!

3. Make anything you want – card, bookmark, scrapbook page, quilt, drawing…

4. It can be Twilight themed and be based on the 5 books, movies and or soundtracks.

5. Tell us where your inspiration comes from. We want to know!

6. Let us know where you post your pictures of your project. If you upload to SCS (or anywhere else).

7. Our Basic Challenge Rules also apply.

So I can’t tell you who will be receiving this card… but it is one of my Twi-Girls. Hope she likes it!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

TTIC #45: Welcome Back, Margie & Name Your Challenge!

After almost being on a computer hiatus last week since my husband took off some days from work, I am back now with a new Twilight Tuesday Challenge! But first off, some completely AMAZING news!!!!

The fantabulous girls at Twilight Tuesday have asked me, Donna and Jacquie to become PERMANENT designers for the team! Yes, I said permanent! Like…forever! I cried. I really did. No, you may not laugh. The girls in this group are so incredible, and I have had the absolute BEST time working with them. I did NOT want it to end. So when they asked me to stay… it was like…DUH! Does Edward love Bella??? Of course I want to be a PERMANENT Designer! So, to all of my Twi-Girls… I love you, you all rock my world and I am thrilled and honored to not only work with all of you, but to have you chics as my friends. Truly. I don’t know what I would do without all of you.

But, before I make this entire post about me gushing about how happy I am (oh, don’t worry, I will be gushing in other posts!!!), here is what our fearless leader Tonya wrote for this week’s TTIC:

Wow! This summer has flown by hasn’t it? The kids are all starting back to school and I’m exhausted! How about you all? This week, we have some major announcements so I’d like to begin with those.

  • Next Tuesday, September 8th, will be a vacation day for the TTIC team. We’ll return to our scheduled challenges the following Tuesday. Everyone have a safe and happy Labor Day!
  • Design Team Changes! I am very pleased and excited to announce that the entire guest design team has been asked to become permanent members of the TTIC DT. They have all accepted and we’re very excited to continue as a team together!
    • Additionally, Jacquie has been asked to be the design team manager and she has accepted. Thank you, Jacquie! We’re excited to have your help!!
    • Finally, both Beth and I are going to serve as more “honorary” type design team members than permanent ones. So this means we won’t be playing along each week. We have good intentions to play along, but as most of you probably know by now, we’ve both started business ventures that are demanding our immediate attention. You can check out our personal blogs for more info on that if you’d like.
    Now on to the reason you came here! The challenge for the week! :-D

We are excited to welcome Margie back from her hiatus! So much is happening with school starting back that we’ve decided to do a “free day” for our challenge this week.

The challenge portion is simply to create any Twilight themed project you desire and share it with us! No hard thinking this week!!

The comment portion is to tell us if you are getting excited about the New Moon premiere coming up and if you are making any special plans for it.

So, I am very excited about this week’s challenge… I have plenty of “Twideas” that have not quite fit the challenges. So, I am going to try to take this week as an opportunity to do just that. However, I am now fighting a head cold (and so is Nix, plus, I think Rhi is finally cutting her 1st tooth!) so I don’t know how much I’ll get to… but I am going to try to do as much as I can this week!

I decided to take the newest sketch that Dani came up with for today. It’s Sketch #10.

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I used my Lion and Lamb stamp from Dragonfly Curls. The paper is from Basic Grey, Provo Craft, and The Paper Company. Plus, I used a little bit of yarn and a Ghost Heart from Heidi Swapp. And of course, I inked the edges a bit and sprayed some Walnut Gold Glimmer Mist over the white of the card to tone it down a bit. Here’s a close up:

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Inspired? Then get crafting! And as always, our Design Team has fantastic projects to display for this week’s challenge – please go and check them out!

Dani ~ Donna ~ Eve ~ Erica

Jacquie ~ Jen ~ Julie ~ Margie ~ Rebecca

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Tonya!