Monday, April 25, 2011

More Inspiration for You

Petra and I have posted a little more inspiration for you on the present challenge.  You still have a week to enter "There is a Man in My Life".
My project this time was to made an arch as there were a number of challenges I also wanted to enter.  The main image is from Moonlight Journey. my sponsor for this challenge.  This is one of many images of men they carry.  I distressed all of the paper.  The background paper was distress in walnut and the forground was done in brick.  I used the wrinkle-free distressing method.  The bird is a Tim Holtz die and I highlighted the embossing that was done on the bird.  To give it a steampunk touch, I used one of the Moonlight Journey's butterfly images.  The stars are part of the designer paper.

I am also entering this into challenges at Studio L3, Gothic Arches, and Simon Stamp and Show.

A very good friend of mine has birthday very soon. He is a very enthusiastic glider and vintage aircraft pilot. This stamp from Artemio is just perfect! The base is a square Kraftcard layered with patterend paper. The edges of all layers are slightly distressed with Walnut Stain Distress ink. For the aircraft scene I first stamped the background in Bundled Sage and Pumice Stone Distress ink and then the aircraft with Walnut Stain Distress ink. The sentiment is from Kaisercraft and layered on patterend paper. The finishing touches are some eyelets, some thread and a little heart button.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Challenge # 15 - Are We There Yet?

The weather is getting nicer and everyone is thinking about vacations or just imagining that he or she is headed to the perfect spot  Therefore we turn our attentions to "Are We There Yet?".  This is the question the kids ask everytime they get into the car with mom and dad.  This is the theme of the challenge for the next two weeks.  Your creation can either be different modes of transportation or destinations.  The choice is yours.  You may make cards, tags, or other projects as long as they protray a travel theme.

Here are the different ways the Design Team illustrate this theme.
The phrase "Are We There Yet" often makes you think about the kids in the back seat whining during the car trip. But as I reflected on this theme I realized I haven't had a vacation in a long time so my question became "When Are We Going?"! This led me to my creation which is a mixed media collage on a gothic arch speaking to this theme of travel. I layered several vintage travel images and luggage labels from Twisted Papers then layered on a stamped "diva" image from a Hampton Arts stamp. I layered a bit of a die cut from K & Company and also painted around with some acrylic paints and made fun dots with poster paint as well. When are we going? Enjoy!
Do you remeber the last time when you went on holidays with your children, you were hardly in the car and the first question they asked was: Are We There Yet? I definitely do and my card is a tribute to all those trips and nagging questions (lol). The card base is Kraft card from Pink Petticoat layered with papers from TracyAnnDigital Art. The edges of the patterend papers are slightly distressed. I used stamps from Artemio, Craft Stampers magazine and Vintage Christmas No 4. I did some fuzzy cutting with the images and mounted them on foam pads.

I'm ready for a vacation. I've got my ticket and a world map. Where is this plane heading? I don't know, but are we there yet? All of these stamps are from the Tim Holtz collection. The map is great, and I really love the ticket. It looks so real. Yes, I'm old enough to remember traveling with paper tickets.
 Here it is April already.  Can you guess where I would like to go?  Yes, it is Paris.  I wonder if there is a stamper in Paris who would like to trade a month with me?  Hm... maybe I'll put in an ad..  I tried a new technique in this month's Technique Junkies Newsletter called Foam Stamping.  When I do this again, I think I will put just a little more ink on my foam.  However, I do  admit I like having just a  hint of color behind this  image.  The stamp is by Stampers Anonymous.  The greeting is off my printer.
I am so pleased to have Sweet and Sassy  as my sponsor for Challenge # 15.  Korin's site is noted for her Cocoa mouse designs.   They are adorable.   Both of the owners have a birthday this month and they have a great special waiting for you.  Take a peak at their site and check out the special.  You will really love their stamp designs and they are reasonably priced.
Please make sure your entry follows the theme. The Design Team can't wait to see what you create.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Collage Tag

Here is a tag I made for Bella Creations' Oh La La  using the woman image from Gecko Galz.  The bird nest is from Moonlight Journey and the greeting is by Alpha Stamps..  The  lady's hat is decorated with  pearls and a small inlay stone with a rose on it.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Challenge # 15 - More Inspiration for the "Travel" Challenge

You still have a week to enter "Are We There Yet?' challenge as it closes at midnight on April 17.  Petra and I have made additional cards to inspire you. 

When we travel, we usually take the motorhome across the US or take a cruise to a foreign port.  Here is one place that I haven't made it to yet.  That is Rome.  I am still playing with Foam Stamping, a Technique Junkie technique
The above card uses a stamp from Hampton Arts.  I used Memento ink and the foam stamping was done in lavendar, light blue, and dark blue.  The stamped image and blue mat are on a while card.  The letters are some I recently found.  They are dimensional.

This card also uses Foam Stamping.  The image is by The Stamp Pad.  The colors I used here are a little brighter than the previous one.  Can't you imagine going on a trip in this jalopy?

Below you will find Petra's beautiful card.  She uses a different approach to "traveling".
On the Way to the Party - how far is it? are we there yet?
The transportation is - their own feet but at the end of the road a wonderful party waits for them with lots of treats, games and galores of fun! They might even do some crafting .... (lol)

The background of the tag is stamped with the Hero Arts Clouds stamp, the edges distressed with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. The children group is another Hero Arts stamps, the kite and sentiment are from Elzybells. Because it is always really nice to bring something with you to the party, the little present and cupcake came from the web.

I bet they cannot wait to arrive!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Another Page

Here is another page of the Gluebook that I am working on.  It is a very enjoyable experiment.   I have spent a lot of time on it lately so I haven't done a lot of stamping recently.  On the next page I plan to incorporate a little stamping if possible.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Winner of Challenge #14

The winner of Challenge #14 "Be a Sport" sponsored by Dude Time Doodles was Sharon Rogers.   She has been notified and her entry is posted in the winner's box on my sidebar.  Keep in mind that even though I may not list the winner in an actual post, I always place the entry on the sidebar and notify the winner after each challenge is closed..

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Collage Project

I have been trying new techniques and projects lately to see what I like doing the best.  Below is my first Gluebook.  This is the first two pages that I have been working on.  I'm fairly pleased with the way it has turned out.  Now I have got to work on my photographing a book so the book is straight and there are no shadows. 

Here are a couple of pictures taken at different angels.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Challenge #14 - Be a Sport

Are you tired of basketball? I hope not as the challenge this week is "Be a Sport" Don't limit your creations to basketball now as there are other sports. Soon baseball will take front stage on my TV. What sport will you take part in or watch...maybe it is racing. I can't wait to see what you make.

My card is on the whymsical side again.  I believe this golfer has hit his ball into the rough again.  My image is from Dude Time Doodles, my sponsor for this challenge.  I used it on a zig-zag accordian card which is an expanding easel card.    This card can be found on the "Fancy Folds and Motion Paper Crafts" CD by Technique Junkies.

I tried to made the foreground like the rough that the golf hit his ball into.  Of course, I needed a golf ball.  That was easy to do.  I just punched a circle, ran it through an embossing folder and then highlighted it by the paper direct method.  What rough doesn have high grass.  That was done with a borrowed punch.  Coloring was done with Copic markers.  The greeting was from Dude Time Doodles also.  I wonder how many men are on the golf course today and how many have this problem?.  I hope this card puts a smile on your face today. 
Petra - Bicycle Artistry
My first DT piece for an exciting challenge: Be a Sport. After finding the amazing and intriguing image from Vintage Bicycle the sport of cycling had to be the choice. The card base is a white square card which is layered with Pink Petticoat Kraftcard and patternd paper from 3Bugs in a Rug. Before adding the image I stamped 'creative' words from Stampers Anonymous onto the paper. The sentiment is printed, the wonderful vintage bicycle image is from Hero Arts whereby I couldn't resist to 'improve' the bicycle hubs with snap fasteners. Enjoy the ride and the excitement of the artistic adventure! Petra.
My sport for this challenge is POWER LIFTING! This is one strong guy. The stamp is from Graphic Rubber Stamps of No. Hollywood. I had fun using a Technique Junkies technique called "Warhol #1"

I am so please to annouce that Dude Time Doodles is my sponsor for this challenge.

Dude Time Doodles carries all of your crazy "Dude" card needs. They work exclusively with the artists at Bonibleaux Designs to bring you guy images and ideas for those hard to make cards for the "Dudes" in your life.
Guys aren't about flowers and fluff. Guys are our heroes, our fighters, our beer chuggers and bug squashers.

Dude Time Doodles and Bonibleaux Designs have paired together to bring you Manly Man cards and gift ideas. We'll throw the gals an occasional froufrou image but they are really all about the "Dudes" here.