Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Ten Minute Tuesday

Here is another Ten Minute design using the adorable Happy Halloween set from Chicken Girl Design, available at i {heart} papers. It is on sale right now for a fabulous $7 price!
I stamped on Kraft using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and then embellished with banners, punches, glitter globes and my favorite little flower die from Memory Box: Small Pinwheel Posie. I used the beautiful Lilac Felt for my flower.

Check out all the cute designs in this stamp set, and then head over to IHP to get it while supplies last!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

One Layer Sympathy

Today I am sharing a one-layer card --- the hardest kind for me to make!
And a sympathy card at that!

I masked my card and sponged on the beach colors, then stamped my images from Rubbernecker Stamps with Crumb Cake and Sahara Sand inks. 
I added a few Kaiser pearls for embellishments.

The sentiment says "May time bring happy memories instead of present sorrows."
I like how calming this is.

Stamps: Rubbernecker Stamps
Paper: Very Vanilla (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Crumb Cake, Sahara Sand, More Mustard, Bashful Blue, Bliss Blue, Tempting Turquoise (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories: Chino Pearls (Kaiser)
Techniques: sponging, masking


Friday, September 21, 2012

I'm the King of New York!

Welcome to "Broadway Bound!" sponsored by Hambo Stamps! Today Hambo customers and the Bacon Bits Design Team are bringing you fun creations that depict Broadway show titles! It might be our favorite, or just one that was fun to design. If you arrived here from Loll's blog you are in the right place! If not, you might want to start back at the beginning at the Hambo blog to make sure you are eligible for the hopper prize!

A prize will be awarded to one participant whose Broadway-themed creation tickles the Bacon Bits’ fancy in a hammin’ jammin’ way!  Another prize will be awarded randomly to a hopper who comments on all of the blogs along the way. The winners will be announced on the Hambo company blog, Talk to the Ham, on Tuesday, September 25. We love comments anytime, but the deadline for prize entry comments is Sunday, September 23 at 5 PM CST. Don't miss it!

This summer my husband and I took a wonderful anniversary trip to New England. One of the highlights was seeing "NEWSIES." That has always been one of my favorite Disney movies and I was thrilled to be able to see the original Broadway cast, and meet most of them after the show!
So, it was a no brainer for what show I would choose for today's hop! NEWSIES! 
Newsies is a musical based on the New York City newsboys strike of 1899. The movie came out in 1992 and starred a young Christian Bale (and yes, he sings and dances!), Bill Pullman and Robert Duvall. The Broadway musical just opened in March of 2012.
My Paper Boy is colored in with Copic markers. The Skyline (0433) is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. 

It was a great day in the sunshine seeing that show. We sat on Row F, right in the center. When they started their first jaw-dropping dance, I just almost burst out crying from sheer joy of the perfection -- and sitting so close made it all that much better!
My favorite song of the show was "I'm the King of New York." It was my favorite in the movie too. Take a look at some of the highlights:

You have officially completed the hop! Be sure to comment on the entire hop route for a chance at a Hambo shopping spree! Thanks for joining us today!

Hop Route:
Talk to the Ham - Hambo blog
Judy <------You are here!

Stamps: Paper Boy digi and Skyline (0433) by Hambo Stamps
Paper: Kraft, GP White, Sidewalks DP (October Afternoon)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics
Accents: On the Sunny Side chipboard (October Afternoon)

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Bling

Do you LOVE bling? So do we! This month the i {heart} papers design team and the team from Zva Creative are celebrating the love of beautiful bling! Since each of our teams have designers that are also Paper Craft Planet Super Novas, we asked the PCP team to host some special challenges throughout the week. There will be lots of beautiful, blingy inspiration!

You should have arrived from Lisa Somerville's blog...if you missed the beginning, head straight to Kate's blog so you won't miss a single gorgeous project!
i {heart} papers retails the industry's best paper crafting supplies from your favorite manufacturers while offering stellar customer service and super fast and FREE US shipping with any $60 order. (We also ship internationally.) We are proud to offer our exclusive i {stick} papers redline tape, which is manufactured just for us in long-lasting 60 yard rolls, at an amazing price! We also provide a publication incentive for our three private stamp lines, Mint Motif, The Petal Press and Chicken Girl. Visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and our blog for news, sales, coupons and more!

Zva Creative produces many beautiful color groupings of high quality pearls, flowers and crystal embellishments that can be used on scrapbooking, card making and mixed media projects. Visit Zva’s gallery or blog for great project ideas and to find a list of stores and online retailers that sell Zva click HERE.

Zva Creative will be selecting one lucky winner who comments along the blog hop to win a Zva prize package worth $30. All comments must be received by 11:59 pm on Wednesday, September 19th. Winners will be announced on Zva’s blog on Thursday, September 20th.

My card today is made using my favorite Flourishes set that i {heart} papers carries: Poppy Patch. I stamped my images in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, then used a brush and reinkers to watercolor the flowers. My designer paper is from the Nightfall Collection by Memory Box. There are so many gorgeous, rich autumn papers in this 6x6 pad. The finishing touch is the beautiful flourish (CRW-05CB-153) by Zva Creative. My layers are popped up using the Zva Adhesive Dimensional Squares. I love the different sizes in the dimensionals package! The rest of the layers are held together using  i {stick} papers redline tape. All of those supplies are available at i {heart} papers.

From here, you're visiting Nicole Martel. Thanks for stopping, and enjoy the hop! We hope to see you and your creations this week on Paper Craft Planet!

Hop Route:
Kate Baldwin, ihp owner
Amy Sheffer, ihp guest designer
Robin Shakoor, Zva Creative design team member
Carolyn Mustopa, ihp design team member
Andrea Ewen, Zva Creative design team member
Deb Felts, ihp challenge coordinator, Paper Craft Planet Super Nova
Lisa Gregory, Zva Creative design team member
Gretchen Belknap, ihp design team member
Lisa Somerville, Zva Creative design team member, Paper Craft Planet Super Nova
Judy Rozema, ihp design team member <-------You are HERE!
Nicole Martel, Zva Creative design team member
Lori Tecler, ihp design team member, Paper Craft Planet Super Nova
Tracy Schultz, ihp design team coordinator
Windy Robinson, Zva Creative design team coordinator

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Hopping with Really Reasonable Ribbon!

 Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon September Blog Hop!
If you arrived here from Linda's blog, you are in the right place! If you just happened along, be sure to start at the beginning at the RRR Blog (I am the fourth stop, so you don't have far back to go!) so you don't miss out on the awesome projects, fun news, and a prize from Really Reasonable Ribbon! Our hop goes live at 6:30 AM CST.
Each 13th of the month it's the Really Reasonable Ribbon blog hop where we highlight the Ribbon Club! I LOVE Bonnie's choices for the September ribbon club package. If you really love ribbon and would like to have a wonderful assortment of ribbons sent to you automatically each month, just join the Really Reasonable Ribbon Club! Monthly ribbon club assortments are selected and pre-packed to reflect a specific theme, color, or holiday season. The assortments vary from month to month, but an average assortment has 5-8 different ribbon styles and consists of 10-15 yards of ribbon.  You will love it! Take a peek:
My card today is made using Frankie's Girl, one of the adorable Halloween images at Whimsie Doodles. Designer paper is from Basic Grey's Eerie Paper Pad.
I printed her out on X-Press Copic Blending Cardstock and then colored in using these Copics (incl. Clear Spica Glitter and BV29 and E33):
I added some glittery die cuts from K & Co., rolled flowers in black, green, and purple felt, and some of the beautiful black and white ribbon in this month's RRR club assortment. The inside is decorated with a Martha Stewart web punch and more K & Co. glittery goodness:

Now off to BONNIE'S blog, for some amazing inspiration from our fearless leader!

Stamps: Frankie's Girl (Whimsie Doodles)
Ink: Copic markers
Paper: Basic Black, Wild Wasabi, Marvelous Magenta (long retired!), Eerie Paper Pad (Basic Grey)
Accessories: floral gem (Hero Arts), Halloween die cuts (K & Co.), felt (Stamp School), September Ribbon Club black and white ribbon (Really Reasonable Ribbon), paper piercer

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Trick or Treat!

I love Halloween. I think it comes from being in theater and loving to wear costumes and acting like someone else! So it's definitely not too early to be making Halloween cards!

Today I want to show you one of the several new releases at Whimsie Doodles this past week! Each month on the 5th, Melyssa will release her adorable artwork and here is one of the new ones for September:

I LOVE having cute sentiments that are versatile for cards 
and packaging and gift items, and these 
new Halloween Sentiments 2 surely fit that description!

I printed my sentiment on designer paper (from my LSS who decided to cut off the name and collection - sorry!) 
and then added Mint Spica Glitter pen to the letters. 
You can see all the sparkle and shine here (click for a close-up!):
I think that last little ghost on the left thinks he is getting pulled along too hard and is trying to keep up with the rest of the group!
The inside sentiment, house, bat and ghosts are by K & Co.
The fence punch is from Martha Stewart.

Here is the simple inside:

 Be sure to check out the Whimsie Doodles Store for more ADORABLE images!

Challenges for this card:
Pile It On - Patterned Paper 
The Squirrel & the Fox - Anything Goes 
Send a Smile for Kids - Cute Fall or Halloween card 
Avadares – Make It Sparkle
Papertake Weekly
- Anything Goes
Loves Rubber Stamps
- Anything Goes
Natalie and Amy
- Anything Goes
Unique Crafters
- Anything Goes (3 entries only)
My Mums Craft Shop
- Anything Goes (3 entries only)

Saturday, September 8, 2012

A French Garden of Blues

I have always loved the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers. It can be interpreted so many ways and it's fun to see where the inspiration pieces take people on their paper crafting journey. Today's site for inspiration was called French Garden House. I chose this tole painted tray as my inspiration piece and focused on the flowers.
Memento Tuxedo Black ink is my choice for black when coloring with Copics. The Copic Blending Cardstock by X-Press has such a lovely finish and prevents bleeding. Here are the Copics I used on this project today (BG09 and G94 are the Ciaos):
My flowers are from Flourish's With Gratitude set, available at i {heart} papers. After coloring I cut out with a Spellbinders die and added a mat of a larger size with some patterned paper from my stash (Oh my goodness, I have a LOT of paper -- and I love it!).
The pearl flourish is from Zva Creative. I found such a variety of designs in the Everyday Eclectic paper collection and the black and white vintage panel comes from that fun 6x6 pad by Echo Park. it's all held together with i {stick} papers tape and dimensionals from Zva. All those supplies can be found at i {heart} papers! Click on the photo for a close-up!  This card is standard A2 size and opens on the right, like a book. 
Other challenges for this card: 
Allsorts - Layers
Stamps: With Gratitude (Flourishes) 
Paper: Not Quite Navy, Basic Black, Bashful Blue, X-Press Copic Blending CS, Everyday Eclectic DP (Echo Park) 
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics B000, B21, B23, B34, BG09, G12, G24, G94, V15 
Accents: pearls & pearl flourish (Zva Creative), Spellbinders die cuts, velvet ribbon, Cuttlebug EF

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

A New Rubbernecker & Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge!

There is a new challenge at the Rubbernecker Stamps' blog! And YOU could win a stamp set of your choice! Come play along -- this is an easy one! Here is the inspiration picture:
 And here is what I came up with, using the colors and ruler for my inspiration:

My images are Hot Diggity & Dog from Rubbernecker Stamps. I stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored in Dog using Copic markers. I once had a dog named Blue, so I decided to color my dog blue. :)

My trims are available at Really Reasonable Ribbon. I used Orange Mini Pom Poms and Hemptique's Garden Party Baker's Twine.

Really Reasonable Ribbon's new challenge is Back to School so you can get double the bang for your buck if you play along there too!! Bonnie's gift certificate prize will buy you some lovely ribbons! Read all about that HERE.

You can read all about the Rubbernecker challenge HERE. Come play along!! You just might win a stamp set!

And be sure to check out the GREAT sale going on through tomorrow at Rubbernecker!
Other challenges for this card:
The Pink Elephant - patterned paper  
365 Cards - Imagine this: "Smart"  
Fashionista Challenge  - Card for a Child  
Incy Wincy Designs - Back to School  
Love to Create - Back to School  
Stamp and Create - Anything Goes 
Doodle Challenges - School Days      

Stamps: Hot Diggity & Dog by Rubbernecker Stamps
Paper: X-Press Copic Blending CS, Real Red, Life of the Party DP (Basic Grey)
Ink: Copic markers and Memento Tuxedo Black
Accents: button (WM), Pennant, Oval and Scalloped Oval, Circle and Scalloped Circle dies (Spellbinders), Orange Mini Pom Poms and Hemptique's Garden Party Baker's Twine (Really Reasonable Ribbon)

Monday, September 3, 2012

Double Gate 3x3

Today at Splitcoaststampers, I am challenging Technique Lovers to make a little Double Gate 3x3 card. They are fast and easy to do, and make great little gift enclosures.
Here are the instructions on how to make this:
You will need a double-sided piece of 6x6 designer paper, and whatever you want to embellish the front.

1. Score your 6x6 paper at 1 1/2" and 4 1/2". Fold to the center as a gate fold.
2. Turn your paper sideways and score again at 1 1/2" and 4 1/2". Fold to the center, as a double gate fold.
3. Open up and you have a grid of six squares. Prepare the inside as you wish, but keep it flat. I used a piece of cardstock, designer paper and another piece of cardstock for my sentiment. SEE THUMBNAIL BELOW.
4. Embellish A SEPARATE little design for the front. This piece needs to be unattached to the folded 3x3. Attach with a clip to keep closed. Easy peasy!

Here is a photo of the front design separate with the "card" opened.
My images are from Rubbernecker Stamps: Giraffe and Top to Bottom. The sentiment is cut out with a Spellbinders Circle die and then pierced around the edge. I added some Natural Jute Ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon and Mandarin Baker's Twine from The Twinery, and held it all together with a little orange paper clip. Try it out!

And be sure to check out Rubbernecker Stamps' LABOR DAY SALE! The new website has literally HUNDREDS of awesome accessories and the sale goes through Wednesday! (And be sure to check out that sweet little Giraffe!

Other challenges for this card:
Paper Pretties - Create a Square Card  
Stamp with Fun - Button   
Creative Craft World - Mini, smaller than 12x12 
Natalie and Amy's Challenge - Anything Goes 
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything Goes
Dream Valley Challenges - Something Old, Something New

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Featured Stamper Sunday and Hambo Stamps!

It's Featured Stamper Sunday at Splitcoast today and one of my sweet team mates for Hambo Stamps is this week's honored stamper! Carolina Little has such a fun, creative style, and I was excited to case one of her cards.
My images are Wishing Well and Wishing You Well by Hambo Stamps. I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink for the well, and then colored in with Copic markers. The sentiment was then stamped in Blue Bayou ink (I love and miss that color!). Here are the markers I used:
With the Featured Stamper Challenge, you are to change at least two things from the original. I kept the same layout and images, but changed colors, die cut, and added some extra embellishments and layers. My designer papers are from the Sidewalks Collection by October Afternoon and Dots & Stripes by Echo Park (Can you see that striped green layer? I thought it added some whimsy!).
One of my favorite designs that Bonnie carries in the Really Reasonable Ribbon Store is this sweet Floral Satin:
It adds such a nice delicate look to your projects and comes in five beautiful colors: Hot Pink, Daffodil, Aqua, Blue Topaz and Light Orchid. On today's card I used the Aqua Floral Satin, which is my favorite of the five. The other trim I used from Really Reasonable Ribbon is the Hemptique Lime/White Baker's Twine. It comes individually as a spool, or as part of the Tutti Frutti set. I wrapped it around the bottom of my Spellbinders die to accent the lime crocheted flower. Click on the photo for a close-up!

There is a new challenge on the RRR Blog too! It's all about Back to School & Ribbon!

I hope you will come on over to SCS and play along! Congratulations, Carolina!
Other challenges for this card: 
Catch The Bug - Anything Goes 
ATCs & Cards With Attitude - Anything Goes 
QKR Stampede - Anything Goes
Copic Marker Europe - Summer card
Waste Not Wednesday - always "use your forgotten stuff" (Sizzix die)
Paper Crafting Journey - Anything Goes
Stamps: Wishing Well - 2905 and Wishing You Well - 2904 by Hambo Stamps
Paper: Dots & Stripes DP (Echo Park), Sidewalks DP (October Afternoon), X-Press Copic Blending CS, Sage Shadow
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Blue Bayou, Copics
Accessories: crocheted flower, paper flowers (Prima), silver half pearls (Mark Richards), Sizzix leaves die cut, Spellbinders die cuts, Aqua Floral Ribbon and Hemptique Lime/White Baker's Twine (Really Reasonable Ribbon)