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Monday, August 30, 2010

Simply Scrapping Crafts Design Team!

 Hello! Remember me? LOL..I have been MIA for most of the last two weeks.  This is going to be a super week for several announcements all week long!  I have been asked to join the Simply Scrapping Crafts Design Team! Wow, that is a mouthful, how about SSC DT!! SSC is the place you want to be if you love learning, challenges, a whole page  of groups outside of SCC. I will be doing the copic challenges! Right up my alley wouldn't you say! Before vacation I was chosen to be a guest designer on Elisabeth Bell Design team for September and October! We will be getting the new digi today and I just can't wait to see it! And, on Wednesday I will have another announcement. Things are looking up!

My card business is starting to pick up pretty good considering it is only by word of mouth at this point! Good days lately!

I made two cards today and  you are going to see red for quite a bit for the next week! I had specific orders on my cards and what can a girl do!

Challenges:
  1. Flutter-by-Wednesday:  Open and there is suppose to be a BIG announcement on Wednesday! 
  2. Alys Sunday Challenge: use pink (I have a pink rose!)
  3. Cowgirls Sunday Challenge: Flowers and embellishments
  4. The Crafty Pad: Pearls (Wedding Card)
  5. One Stitch At a Time:  Girly or color scheme (Wedding, Ivory and red)
  6. The Paper Players: Anything goes
  7. Be Crafty: anything goes
  8. Cinema Saturday: Anything goes 
  9. Crafty Emma's Store: Anything goes
  10. Lexie's Creations: Embossing
  11. Mark's Finest Paper: Friend card ...Red flower card
  12. Our Daily Bread: Embossing
  13. Alphabet Challenge: R for roses! 
  14. Fairy Fun Friday : Pearls and lace...wedding card
  15. Stamping For The Weekend: Anything goes
First Card I do not know where I got the digi from. So sorry and if you know and inform I will list the designer.

Supplies:
  • Cryogen
  • Copics
    • Red: R39, R37, R35, R32
    • Green: G94,YG23, YG24, YG21, YG03.YG01
    • Ribbon: E-bay
  • Friskar Sunburst Punch

Supplies:
  • Karen Doodles Digi: Here comes the bride!
  • White roses colored with copic and alcohol. See Tip of the Day
  • Cream Color Gown: E53, E51, E50
  • Red top: R39, R37, R35,  R32
  • Market Stewart leaf punch
  • Friskar Sunburst Border Punch

Inside

Tip of the day:   Coloring lace, ribbon, flowers. You can use Colorless blender solution or 91-95% Isopropyl rubbing alcohol, which is a LOT cheaper. Pour some alcohol into its lid or very small container. Lay down the copic color you want onto an acrylic block. You do this by pressing the tip of the pen onto the block with gentle pressure. Take a regular small paintbrush and dip it into the alcohol...the more alcohol on the brush the lighter the color. If you want a vibrant color, wipe the brush one time onto a paper towel. Next, take the brush and mix it with your color on the acrylic block and brush onto flower, lace etc. You will see that you use very tiny bit of marker. You can make it as dark or as light as you want by how much alcohol solution you have on the brush. Here is a white rose and white lace I did with R29 in a super hurry to show you!
I hope you enjoyed  looking as much as I have enjoyed creating!! Thank you! It's a good week!

    Friday, August 27, 2010

    An award from Sharon!

    Yippee! It's Friday! I had the most pleasant surprise given to me by my very special friend Sharon! It is an award for beautiful blog with a little bit extra! I am so proud to have received this from someone who is so dear to me. Thank you Sharon!
    Accepting the award you need to do the following:
    1. Thank the person who gave it to me. Sharon thank you! It means a lot!
    2. Put it on my blog
    3. Mention 3 things I love doing. I have more than 3!
      1. I love doing things with my hubby and family
      2. My dogs make me laugh every single day!
      3. We know what this one is! Making cards! 
    4. My favorite picture: Hmmmm hard one. I will have to post it later for my daughter in law has it. In November I had my whole family together...course others are in it also. But, I love seeing everyone in one place!
    5. I have to pass the award to five other people! Well, if I was the one starting it Sharon most definitely would get a spot!
      1. Lisa Haines: Who keeps me updated and gives me encouragement every single day!
      2. Suzanne Dean: She doesn't post awards on her blog, she's getting one anyways! Suzanne has taught me so much and has the patience of a saint. She is the reason I am where I am today! She is also the sole reason I am going broke for she demonstrates and shows new products all the time!!
      3. Danni: blog is entertaining  and full of blogs to visit and challenges to be done. She started another blog called Flutter-by-Wednesdays which requires a butterfly, angel or fairy on your card! I need all the angels I can get!
      4. Party Time Tuesdays; Kristie helps me keep on tract making birthday cards on time. I didn't say mail...I said "made" for each week is a theme around Birthdays!
      5. Elisabeth Bell:  Digi Bells DT  If you love Eisabeth Bell's stamps and digi's as  much as I do then check it out!
     Thank you Sharon for this honor!

    Tuesday, August 24, 2010

    We are home!

    How are you? It feels like forever since I last written! Our plane landed around 6 PM last night and we came home to two jumping, kissie, lickie happy dogs! They were so excited to see us and nothing is greater than to see wagging tails greeting you at the door rather you have been gone nine hours or nine days! We had an awesome time with our children and grandchildren and it just warms your heart when everything goes perfectly! Christian, Abby, Trinity and Olivia were fabulous to be around! It is really special to see how much they have grown and mature. They're no longer babies and never knew how special it would be to talk to them as children instead of toddlers. They are so loving and beautiful and I enjoyed every minute with them!

    There was a T-shirt coloring day at our Resort! Yippee, I was really excited for it allow me to color! Here is what we did!




     This is a book bag Trinity, 9 and I colored together!














    Christian, 11 colored this all by himself!
    I thought I had Bill's T-shirt and mine but it is not on the disc:(











    Trinity on the beach!











    Christian boogie boarding










    Trinity laughing at her Grandpah!  I love this picture of her!  You see the blanket behind her....that is where Christian is!









    He had to get his hat on before I took his picture! His hair was messed up!!










    Reef Ocean Resort is right on the beach!













    On the beach looking back.










    Bill, Trinity and Christian went to find shells for me to place on my cards! They were so sweet and wanted the perfect shells for grandma!









    Our grandchildren in Florida!
    Trinity (9), Abby (8) Christian (11), and Olivia soon to be 5!









    See you tomorrow!! Thank you for allowing me to share my time with you!

    Wednesday, August 18, 2010

    Craft Alley Sketch

    Hello! Let me tell ya... it is hot, hot, hot here in Vero Beach! The temperature was 93 but it felt 20 degrees hotter!   Today we took Christian and Trinity school shopping! Lordy, lordy what an adventure! Guess what? The peace sign is back and the kids love it! Funny how we keep going back to the good old days! Tie Dye T's with the peace sign!!

    This is a card I made before we left home for a sketch on Craft Alley and the prize is an adorable stamp image name Lottie from the Greeting Farm.   My image on the card is a dragon from Dustin Pike. This is the second card I have made using one of his dragons for my grandson's birthdays! I just love them and Dustin has a wide assortment of really cute images!
    Lousy picture!


    Craft Alley: Sketch
     Greeting Farm rubber stamp: Lottie! Is she not adorable. Of course I am going after this one!  I only had two stars though!
    • Copics:
      • G04, G03, G00, G000
      • B04, B02, B00, B000
      • E50, E51, E53 
    • Sorry everything else is from my stash.
    Be safe!

      Tuesday, August 17, 2010

      Congratulations to Elisabeth Bell Digi DT!

      Hello everyone!! Well, as you know I applied to the Elisabeth Bell DT call and was chosen to be a guest designer for September and October! What an honor to say the least!  The following 8 were chosen for  EB Digi DT! Congratulations ladies!
      1. Janiel Corley
      2. Lilian Tan
      3. Patricia Soldenhoff
      4. Lynda Nielsen
      5. Jodi Ann Lee
      6. Tracy Valure
      7. Lisa Futch
      8. Wendy Ramlakhan
      Guest Designers for September and October!
      1. Colleen Holmes (me!)
      2. Lydia Bancroft
      3. Lori Ng 
      4. Crystal Irwin
      5. Angelique Nederpel
      Good luck  DT and GDT and can't wait to work along side of you!

      We are on vacation in Vero Beach and can't believe this is our fourth day! Trinity and Christian, grandchildren are keeping us quite busy! On Saturday we will leave to go to Orlando and will see our granddaughters Abby and Olivia!  We have managed to see and spend time with 8/10 grandchildren within a month! Gosh, that makes me sound old!! I was five when I had my first child!!

      Have a wonderful day everyone!! I have one card to post this week!

      Thursday, August 12, 2010

      Elisabeth Bell DT call

      Hello everyone! Not going to chit chat today for need to make lots of cards before we leave for vacation! Less than 48 hours to beach and seeing the family!! So dang excited! Plus, I received another card order today!! I am finally starting to see light at the end of the tunnel!!

      Remember Elisabeth Bell's DT call ends tomorrow! Have you applied yet? Whatcha waiting for because she is a fabulous artist and a super sweet person. I can't wait until Saturday! Even though we will be on vacation...trust me...I will be online!!  You can apply using the blinker on my side board!

      Today's card is one of Elisabeth Bell's creations called "Carousel Dreams" and you can purchase it here at SCACD! EB has made several exclusive sets for SCACD and can only be bought there. You have to go see these wonderful creations! Elisabeth Bell has started making  digi stamps and I love it for you get them instantly!! YEAH! This is also my granddaughters birthday card! She loves horses and even wants a horsie party for her birthday! Isn't it beautiful. I just love it for I envision summer memories we had as kids. Ah to be that young again....naaaaaa...don't  want to do this all over again!

      Challenges:


      Supplies:
      • Cryogen White Paper:  Best paper for Copics!
      • DP: Stash
      • Ribbon: Olfry
      • Flowers: Prima roses from Wild Orchids
      • Copics:
        • V01, V00, V000
        • YG03, YG00, YG000
        • E53, E51, E50
      • Diamond Stickles
      • Made with my love to my granddaughter!
      TIP OF THE DAY: Adding glitz to your cards. Having beautiful colors can be really highlighted using a transparent glitter glue. You want transparent so you don't cover up your coloring, you want it to be sparkly! I use two products: Stickles by Ranger and Viva Decor and both can be purchased at  SCACD.

      Good luck to everyone who applies to Elisabeth Bell's DT call! Thank you  for all the love you have left on my blog. It warms my heart!

      Wednesday, August 11, 2010

      Wednesday

      Hello!!! Hey can someone please turn off the fast forward! Where did the summer go? Gosh,  I have too much to do before Friday and it's coming rather quickly too! I am so looking forward to this vacation! Can't wait and yet I have a ton to do!!! Sound familiar!

      Today I colored a Elizabeth ODulemba image. Have you ever been to her site? If not you are missing out on super great digi's and guess what? They're free! Yes, you read that correctly she posts her digi's for everyone to enjoy. Elizabeth is an illustrator and author for children books. Her talent is utterly amazing and she loves what she does and shares her talent with everyone! If you are buying children books...I recommend her books and those she illustrates and they are on her blog! I made this card for a student at my husbands place of work, who is leaving to attend law school...well, we know how many books he will be carrying around! I love this paper!!

      Supplies:
      • DP: DCWV; Natural ....this paper is beautiful and has lots of browns, perfect for male cards. I love it!
      • Prima Pearls:  you can buy them here at SCACD. 
      • Stamp: stash ...acrylic
      • Copic markers
        • mouse: C05, C03, C01, C00
        • Green: G07, G05, G03, G00.
        • Red:  R29, R24, R21
        • Blue: B05, B02, B01, B000
        • Brown: E07, E04, E13, E11
        • Diamond Glaze on the glasses. 
        • Gold: YR24, Y11, Y05, Y00
      Challenges:
      Tip of the day:  Bows! Do you have trouble making bows? Don't feel alone...I can't either and use Bow Easy. This gadget is only $5.00 and will save you oodles of frustrations trying to get that perfect bow. Your bow is perfect every single time you use it. It makes 7 different sizes: 3/4", 1 1/4", 1 3/8", 2 3/8 and 2 3/4". You can purchase it at SCACD  .   Suzanne Dean made a great video on how to tie the bow with the Bow Easy and is a must have for me!!

      Monday, August 9, 2010

      Different Skin Colors

      Good Evening!  Did you recuperate over the weekend or did you need one more day off? We  stayed  home except I went to the pool for a few hours.  5 more days and we will be on Vero Beach!! Yahoo!!  Trinity and Christian, grandchildren will be staying with us for a few days. Then we head up to Orlando to see Olivia and Abby, granddaughters! Yes, you read it right..Abby.  I have two granddaughters named Abbie and Abby! We refer to them as states!! Florida Ab and PA Ab. LOL it's crazy!!

      I was asked to make a wedding card for an Afro American Couple. I must admit I really struggle with this one for I just couldn't get it right. I was either too dark, red, yellow.  My problem was not enough area to really blend and I don't like any lines on my skins. The picture doesn't show how pretty this card really is. I love it. The wedding couple is a Karen Doodles Digi! Karen has the cutest images and oodles of doodles!!



      Challenges

      Supplies:
      • Cryogen White for coloring with Copics
      • Bazzill white
      • Ribbon: Olfry
      • Pearls stash
      • Flowers; Wild Orchards
      • Copics
        • Skin: E13, E25, E27, E29
        • Gown: C01, C00
        • Tuxedo: C03, C01, C00
        • Flowers R29, R 22, R 20, G25, G40
        • Highlight/Shadow; BG000
        • Border Punch: Martha Stewart
      Tip of the day: 

      Skin Colors: This is a really a personal choice, but thought I would share what I use. On summer images I use E11, E00, E000 and R20 on the cheeks.  If it is a winter image I don't want a summer tan look and use E02, E00 and E000. E0000 and E00 do not blend together and for some reason have a reaction to one another and will streak and get tacky. Afro Americans: E25, E13, E11 or E27, E35, E31 or E29, E27, E25 and E21. You need to play with them to see which one you like the best.

      See ya tomorrow!

      Saturday, August 7, 2010

      Correcting Copic Mistake

      Hello dear friends! Is it a good weekend so far? Mine has been okay, not the greatest and surely not the worst! I did go to the pool for awhile and  read more of my book "Blood Games" which is a goodie! Irish Johansen is the author and most of her books are mysteries and really intrigue me.  I love good mysteries to the point  me and my hubby have gone to Mystery Dinners, Mystery Train rides and even a mystery weekends which were lots of fun.We arrived on Friday night at a hotel in PA. The hotel is very old and has kept the decor to the era it was built. It has the old heavy doors to the rooms, Carve stairways, dark beautiful wood and you transfer back in time the moment you enter it.  Shortly after we arrived we were invited to have cocktails with the rest of the guest and while we were socializing, a man runs in with a gun and shoots and killed the guest who we were talking with! YIKES  However, when the police went to the killers room, they found him dead in the the shower with a bullet to his head. Blood is splattered all over the walls, broken shower door that was hanging lopsidedly from the frame and lots of other goodies! Yep, we went and inspected it looking for clues! You spend the rest of the weekend trying to figure out "who dunnit" lots of fun!!

      TIP of the day! There are many ways you can correct your mistakes when coloring with Copics. One of course is using the colorless blender. Yet, sometimes it does not remove all the color and this is when I take my white  highlighter pen and carefully go over the spots I couldn't remove the color. I also use it to cover any place where I may have gone out of the lines.  My last resort is to paper piece it. What is paper piecing?  It is when you stamp your image again and cut from it the part you need to cover up your mistakes.  Clear as mud right?? LOL Here is a video by Gina K who really describes and shows  you how to paper piece.  In the video she not only demonstrates how to paper piece, but how you can do it with pattern paper! Much easier to comprehend watching instead of reading about it!

      See you tomorrow!

      Thursday, August 5, 2010

      Happy Thursday!

      Hello there!!  8 more days until we hit the beaches of Florida!! My DH is a true Floridian and two of our children and their families live in Orlando.  I lived there for five years and I went to Disney twice...no lie!  The first time I was visiting my daughter, Amy who lived in Hilton Head and and I in Michigan at the time.  Hurricane Fran was on her way and they were evacuating the island. So we got in the car and headed south to Orlando! We had very little money for things were sorta tough during this time in my life, and so every morning we would go to those horrible time share programs so we could get free tickets to the parks!! Well, I was never to Disney so that was the first park I picked. Let me tell ya...that daughter of mine wore my butt out that day! Amy is 6 ft and I am 5 ft and trust me most of her height is in her legs and she was on a mission to show me the whole park in one day!! Needless to say...95% of the time I felt like I was running to keep up with her and then my purse was stolen while we watch one of the shows. LOL to make a long story very short....Disney gave 2  no limit meal vouchers at their finest restaurant. We ate like PIGS!!! We chose the most expensive 7 course meal they had. I will never forget how dang sick we were when we walked out of there!! You could not pay me enough to eat as much food as we did that day. It hurts thinking about it!!

       (Tip of the day will be after pictures of my card)


      Challenges:


      Do you love her like I do? Is this you for it surely is me!! Except kids got replaced with grandchildren! My image is a Sarah K! I love her stamps. If I had to put my favorite stamps in order of which ones I like best...Sarah K would be tied with Elisabeth Bell for the number one position! And of course 7 Kids College Fund is one of my all time craft store! I could spend all day just looking at everything and then it's I want this and I want that and very hard to decide what you want and what you should only get!! KWIM

      Supplies:
      • Cryogen White paper... Love, love this paper for coloring with Copics. It has a bit of a tooth to it and so easy to blend your colors with.   It blends faster with less ink and has sparkly specks in it. So pretty!
      • Sarah K image: 
      • Copics:
        • Pink: RV09, RV06, RV04, RV02
        • Skin: E11, E00, E000 R20 for blush
        • Apron: C01, C00
        • Shoes: W3, W01, W00
        • Broom: E49, E47, E44, E42
        • Pockets, Kitty Cat, Bottom Shadow: C03, C01, C00
      • Paper: sorry stack
      • Prima Flower
      • Magic Mesh which is self sticking and you can buy it here at SCACD
      TIP OF THE DAY: Another awesome punch.  Deep Edge Doily Lace Trim by  Martha Stewart and I love it. When you want to make a ribbon with regular border punches you punch one side, turn it around and punch the other side. Not with this one!! It does everything for you and you can get at Create For Less. 
      I used it on my card today!


       Thank you for your kind comments!


      Wednesday, August 4, 2010

      OWH.... Operation Write Home

      Happy Wednesday everyone! Please bear with me, and grab a cup of coffee, for this is a super long post.  As many of you know I  love and appreciate our troops and the their love ones who are left behind at home. I belong to a group called OWH which stands for Operation Writing Home. Their mission is supporting our nation's armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them. As of August 2, 2010:   497,071 cards have been sent to deployed heroes!! Tell me that isn't awesome!!  I have a girlfriend, Lisa, The Purple Place, who mailed  42 cards yesterday!! YEA Lisa and thank you!!   Jan Hunnicutt started an OWH group over at Simple Scrapping Crafts  and asked me if I could make a card for the challenge today!  I felt extremely honored she asked! Right now OWH is having an all month Birthday Bash, across the nation to celebrate their September 12, birthday! It is an awesome celebration and I am hoping we can all join in one way or another. All the details are here.  Before I post my card I would like you to read a letter sent recently to OWH and I copied it from here. It is written by a wife of a Sgt. deployed to Afghanistan.
      ______
      Thank you so very much for the wonderful creation of cards that you have made and sent to our troops overseas. I have been the lucky recipient of several beautiful cards that my husband sent home to me from Afghanistan. If I could send you all the joy you have helped in creating by such a gift as this, you would know how truly grateful I am for your efforts. Thank you's don't seem strong enough to express my deepest feelings as to what they bring to my life. I know this sounds overly dramatic and I do ask you pardon for such poetic license in this as I will explain a little in the hope you all will understand, as I don't know if you have or had loved ones who have served in uniform but to me these little treasure are a blessing.

      I am a Proud Marine wife and madly in love with my husband GySgt H.R. currently on a 12 month deployment to Afghanistan. We are stationed at MCAGCC (Marine Corps. Air Ground Combat Center) Twentynine Palms, CA. I moved out here in August of 09 just in time to watch my husband deploy that September, we are counting down the days till he will finally be home and we hope not to deploy again for a year (if we are lucky). Between the both of us we have 5 very strong children who are greatly missing their father right now. We have dealt with the 6 and the occasional 9 month deployments but, this is our first full 12 month cycle. Through out this deployment my husband has had very few times to call home and for the most part communications leaving the base are left to a 15 min phone call also, with the job he does (infantry) he is constantly busy focusing on his job as it should be and when he can he will write a quick note to everyone before he is off again doing what he must. There have been weeks that have gone by that I haven't heard from him, though I am grateful as we live in the technical era where phones, emails and texts exist the fact that I can get a word on his well being with in moments is a true blessing but, I have to say I have it easy as the wives before me would wait months to hear how their loved one was so, I am truly thankful.

      The first card I received was 3 months into this deployment and now I will get one about 1 or 2 monthly. These cards are a welcome gift, truly they are as it allows him to express his thoughts when he feels the impulse to do so allowing me to know im still tucked safely in his heart as he is in mine. I check the mail and find these wonderful cards and I am all aglow telling all that can hear that My husband is the Bomb ..lol and you are all angels. It has been close to 2 weeks now since I last heard from My Henry and wouldn't you know it, there were 4 cards sitting in the mailbox with loving words from a man, stuck in the heat, surrounded by dirty, smelly marines but he took the time to write me and tell me how much he misses and loves me and our children..

      I wanted you to know you have had a hand in keeping us all connected, when words fail us, you have given us a way to get it across so not a moment is lost even when they are so far from us. You not only helped him send his love home but made my day a lot less heavy with worries that can be hard to bare. Thank you and Much Awesome respect to all who have taken the time to participate in this cause.

      Sincerely,

      Mrs. R.M.R. 
      ________


      I have read this letter three times and each time the tears still fall down my cheeks.  Please go to the OWH OWH group at Simple Scrapping or the OWH website and see if you can help with their cause. We make so many cards for the challenges ...lets put them to good use! Those who do not craft they would be more then grateful for donations to help fray the cost of shipping.

      There is one rule in making cards for the deploy and it is no glitter on the cards. A tiny spec of glitter makes a man or woman visible with night vision goggles, this is a risk no one wants to take. On OWH website it does say you can use Stickles. However, I choose not to use anything with glitter. I won't even make my cards at my usual place in fear a flec of glitter would adhere to it.

      Thank you for taking the time to read this:

      My Image today is from Karen Doodles.  Let me tell ya,  I love her images and use them a lot!! If you never been to her site take a quick hop over. I am sure you will be impress!!  I love my card and there isn't one spec of glitter on it!










      Tuesday, August 3, 2010

      Party Time Tuesday!

      Good morning fellow bloggers!   You know every week I brag about doing Party Time Tuesdays challenge blog. This week I was asked to be the weeks guest DT...  Is that not awesome? I couldn't say "yes" fast enough!  I love this blog for every week, no matter what the challenge is your card must have a birthday greeting on it! Good way to build up your stash ladies!

      TIP OF THE DAY: I was asked how I was able to have my cards and blog transferred to Facebook when I do my blogging. Here is the web site to join and you too can have your info transferred to FaceBook right from your blog page!

      If you did not see the tutorial I did on the Fiskar Punch look one blog below. I love this punch! Can ya tell?

      Today's card for PTT is an easel card! I used Sweet Messenger digital stamp from BDS. Isn't she a sweetie. I felled in love the second I saw her. Copic lessons are given by Lisa Futch at  Simple Scrapping Crafts 
      and this weeks lesson is on coloring whites. If you are looking for a blog with lots of friendly people, challenges of all kinds, lots of inspiration, lessons,  and everything else on a blog...then you need to go to Simple Scrappy Crafts for it's all right there!

       These are surely not the best pictures I have taken.


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