Saturday, February 28, 2009

House Mouse Challeng #26: Mother's Day

OK!! I seem to be locked into Pink/Brown/Green. I love the colors and I'm completely hooked on them right now :-). I'm running out so I will have to move on soon. Mother's Day Card. A "first" in this card - I had some chipboard elements from Stampin' Up that were about 2 years old - not one piece has seen the light of day until this card. I colored the chipboard with my copics - very easy. So maybe more chipboard will make it in my world. My House Mouse image was Lip Smackin' Relaxin'. One of my latest stamp purchases that I have fell in love with. I would love some great ideas for the marshmellows - I used crystal effects which highlights them nicely but that doesn't turn them white. I used copics to color the image that I stamped with Memento Dew Drops in Rich Cocoa. My cardstock is a mix of Textured Stampin' Up, Stampin' Up Designer Series Paper Raspberry Tart, and the Paper Source Chocolate Brown. The ribbon and fibers are from Michaels. The rub-ons and brads are Stampin' Up. The flowers are Prima. The bling are ZOOMZ that I purchased online from Stamp Galaxy in the UK. The letters are CuttleBug Hippie Chick!!

Mouse Copics: E21, E33, E00, E43, E53, E21, R20

Coffee Mug Copics: YG01, RV02

VSN Day #2 February 21st with SplitCoast Stampers

My second day on the VSN with Darci. We had a great day and enterred 4 more challenges. I found it to be very challenging to view the challenge and the trick for me was to VERY QUICKLY decide on my paper(s) and stamps. Put the basics of the card together as fast as I could to allow as much time in the 45 minutes to add bling. Lots of fun. I will definitely do it again. My only advice to others....if you have large stores of bling, ribbon, paper and other embellishments - I would not go too crazy with the shopping list. Some of the challenges will require you to have followed the shopping list but many work out just fine with stuff that you have piled in your craft room. Also...there are so many challenges in a VSN, if you miss one due to supplies you will still have more than enough challenges to participate in. All of these cards are shown in my gallery on Splitcoast under labs3vt. All the card details are included in the gallery entries.

FEB09VSNM - Celebrity Crush: Make a Card that represents your celebrity crush. I had to go with it - with the stamps that I had packed up and brought to Darci's house. Not the most creative card for a Celebrity but I am a big fan of Charles Schulz and the Peanuts.

FEB09VSNL - Wee Bit 'O Love: Make a Card with Inchies. Pieces of paper 1"x1".

FEB09VSNK - Long Lost Love: Make a Card with an old favorite stamp or something you have hoarded and not used in a long time. My Long Lost Love was my Hodgepodge Hardware.

FEB09VSNJ - See Thru: Make a Card that is see thru or with see thru materials.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

SplitCoast Stampers VSN Friday Feb 20, 2009

First try at VSN last night. I liked it. It was fun to wait for the challenges to pop up. I was happy with my first two cards - but my 3rd card - I was not so happy with due to the time constraint. I will be back at it today. In honor of the House Mouse Challenge - my first card was with a HM stamp :-).
The 7pm Challenge: "USE ONLY NEW"
The 8PM Challenge: "Monochromatic"

The 9PM Challenge: "Split Negative"

Thursday, February 19, 2009

House Mouse Challenge #25 - A Sketch

Many firsts for me in the House Mouse Challenge - my first sketch challenge. Very fun. I had to use my new House Mouse stamp that I won from the Rubber Cafe and the House Mouse challenge - Glitter Hearts. My image was stamped with Memento Dew Drops in Tuxedo Black on Neenah card stock. I colored the image with Copics and Sharpies. Color Combos for the mice below. Stampin' Up Crystal Effects on the jar and Fruit Punch Stickles for the Border. The card stock (which I'm completely stuck on these colors right now) is Stampin' Up - Kiwi Kiss, Pink Pirouette, and Designer Series Raspberry Tart and Chocoloate Brown from The Paper Source. The die is the scalloped circle from Sissix and cut with my Cuttlebug. The ribbon is bargain binfrom Michaels :-).
Grey Mouse Copics: C1, C3, W5, E00, E21, R20
Brown Mouse Copics: E43, E53, E55, E33, E00, E21, R20

Sunday, February 15, 2009

My Valentines Day Creations and New Blog Format

New Blog Format and Updated/Edited Photos. I remain unhappy with the my photo quality versus what I see on the other blogs. Today I post the Valentine's Day Cards that I made yesterday. Lots of spare bedroom looks like a bomb went off...need to clean it up today. Thinking about the Splitcoast VSN next weekend. Haven't tried that yet but I think it will be fun.

The first card was for my husband...he got 4 lottery scratch-offs with the card and a Cold Stone Creamery Cake...he was in heaven. The cardstock was Stampin' Up Maine Blueberry, Raspberry Tart, and Kiwi Kiss. Also from the Paper Source the Chocolate Brown. I had a ton of this paper from my wedding invitations, save-the-dates - finally working it off a bit. The copper embossing powder, the scalloped circle Sissix die as well as the rub-on is from Stampin' Up. Michaels for the flowers and the brad. I think Tom even liked the card :-).

The second card was a birthday card for my neice who's birthday is on Valentine's Day and turned 16!!. The stamped image is from Toodles and Binks. I purchased after I fell in love with it when I saw it used on the PaperMonkey. I bought the stamp online - but then realized I had no supplies for unmounted stamps. After a couple of months I have finally mounted

the stamp and have used it for the first time. I STILL LOVE IT. I colored the stamp with copic markers. The paper is Stampin' Up Raspberry Tart Designer Series and Kiwi Kiss. The rub-ons...becoming one of my new favorite things...are also from the same set as the card for my husband from Stampin' Up. The scalloped circle was done with my Cuttlebug and a Sissix Die. I also used Crystal Effects on her boots - very fun!! Flowers are from Prima and the brads from Michaels. Finally, the Ribbon is from MJ Trimmings.

My 3rd card (my 4th that was sent off to my Valentines was the extras from the card swap from my previous post using the Woodland Elves from Pollycraft) is also using a stamp colored with Copic Markers from Toodles and Binks. How can you order a stamp from across the big pond and only pick one - I picked two - I thought is was very cute. Not sure if really a Valentines stamp but I think my niece Kiersten will love it. The cardstock is Stampin' Up and the Paper Source. The flower is PRIMA. The brads and ribbon are from Michaels. The stamp is from a Stampin' Up set and the ink is '07 InColor Vintage Violet.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

House Mouse Challenge #24 - Tall and Thin

Tall and Thin. Great Challenge. Not sure how this card would ever get in the mail but fun to make. Happy Hopper Stamp Yaaawn. It was the first time that I used it - very cute bunny. The image is stamped on Neenah card stock with Memento Dew Drops Tuxedo Black and colored with Copics. The card stock is Stampin' Up Textured In Color Baja Breeze and Kiwi Kiss. The designer series card stock is Stamin' up Maine Blueberry. The ribbon is MJ Trimmings - everyone near NYC should try this store.....tons and tons of ribbon that you can buy by the yard. The flowers are Prima and the brads are Michaels. Once again, I am unhappy with my picture - I will try again in sunlight - during the week I'm just not home when the sun is out :-( work :-(.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

House Mouse Challenge #23 Valentines

I was waiting for a Valentine's Day challenge from the House Mouse team. One of my favorites. A fun challenge and the design team cards were amazing. I keep trying to improve my photos and they don't seem to get much better. I will keep working on it. I do not have a Valentine theme HM stamp :-( so I had to make a modification to "Are We There Yet?". I really enjoyed coloring this and actually colored two images - one with a grey dog and one with a brown dog. I think with each challenge I learn a little more about color blending. For this card, I colored the HM stamp with Copic Markers and I will list at the bottom my colors. From The Paper Source - chocolate brown paper. From Stampin' Up - Kiwi Kiss, Raspberry Tart
Designer Series paper, and the Rhinestone Brad. From MJ Trimmings - rick rack. From Michaels - flowers. Finally - Stickles on the heart.
Copic Markers:
Grass, Fishing Rod, and Leaves: G99, YG01, C3, E43, E33
Dog: E57, E43, E53, YR24, E33
Brown Mice: E57, E43, E54, E33
Grey Mice: C1, C3

Sunday, February 1, 2009

House Mouse Challenge #22 Paper Piercing

A brief post for today as I head out of town overnight to watch the Superbowl. I had a major struggle with the card and left a graveyard of unhappy pierced paper in my spare bedroom.

I love the image and enojoyed coloring it with Copic Markers. The paper is all Stampin' Up. The ribbon is from M&J Trimmings (iron on).