Thursday, April 30, 2009

Colour Create Week 13, Orange, Brown and Green

Good evening once again, I am uploading in bulk tonight.
I finally got a chance to craft this week and was able to make something for
the Colour Create Challenge blog whose challenge is to use green, brown and orange, and as an added challenge, to make the creation for a man.
So here's what I came up with:

It's time for me to start making Father's Day cards and this Changito image is just right for my family of monkeys.

Thanks for looking and any and all comments are appreciated.

Take Care and Happy Crafting, Stephanne

House Mouse challenge #35 Get Well Soon

Hello everyblogger. Hope the night finds you well.

I typed up this great descriptive post and somehow erased it all so now I am just going to give the streamlined version.

I had to think outside the box for this challenge because I don't have any stamps specific to health concerns. This is what I came up with:

It's my first experimentation with the Gruffies, but I can see how they will be just as addicting as the miceys and the Hoppers. I love this stamp, it makes me think of my dad's blue, rusty wheelbarrow that I'll bet he still has, lol.

Hope you'll find the time to leave me your thoughts, they are very appreciated.

Friday, April 24, 2009

House Mouse Monday Springtime Challenge

Good evening to all, I hope all is well with you.
This week over at the House Mouse Challenge Blog, the theme is Springtime. Participants are challenged to create based on what comes to their mind when thinking of this terrific season.

When I think of Spring, Bambi always comes to mind. The whole movie sort of embodies, or perhaps helped mold?? my ideals about Spring. Beyond fancy Disney songs about April Showers and becoming "Twitterpated," which is the basis for my image selection... everything is renewed and restored, blossoms everywhere, new life all around, it's a beautiful time of year. Bunnies abound, birds nests full of freshly hatched chicks, BABIES!!!!

When I was younger, my brother and I believed that if you blew all the fibers off of a dandelion, you could make a wish. My dad will tell you otherwise: you can make a yard full of weeds... Psssshhhh.

Please feel welcome to leave a comment, I truly enjoy feedback.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Bright and sunny PBSC #45 entry

Good Morning fellow crafters, or good evening, depending on what side of the planet you're on. I hope the day (or night) finds you well.

Last night I finished my entry for the Penny Black Saturday Challenge blog. This week there was a sketch kindly brought to us by PBSC design team member Nat.
I decided to make my Mom a Mother's Day card with this layout. I've had the thought in mind since I bought this stamp in February, I've just had the darndest time putting it together.

What I finally decided on doing was to let go of any preconceived notions of what I wanted the end result to be, and pulled colors and papers that I know my mom would like and let the project come together on it's own, with the guidance of the sketch, of course...

And here is my end result, which my mom is sure to appreciate:

The PB stamp is called Poppy Fields and the sentiment is by Great Impressions, I swapped out "friends" for "moms" though.

When I saw this stamp, I knew it was just right for my Mother's Day card. Mom is a bit of a gardener, as much as she can be out in the desert... And we are from the Antelope Valley in California, where poppies bloom in such tremendous glory about this time every year.

You can see them blooming off the side of any road. Fields of beautiful fiery poppies as far as the eye can see, it really is a beautiful place this time of year. There is an annual poppy festival as well, photographers flock to the A.V. to capture this beautiful sight.
poppy happy trail
I have so many memories of poppies, harvesting seedlings in the front yard (which is now illegal, mind you!!), picking a poppy from the side of the road (which is now, also illegal!! PROTECT THE POPPIES!!!) Clearly, this stamp was a must have for me and will be nostalgic for my mom, who couldn't care less about stamping (unbelievable, I know!!) but will certainly like the poppies. Her favorite colors are yellow and orange, thus, the bright pallette.

Okay, enough about me!! Time to post the card!! Enjoy your day Penny Black fans!!

A Karma Award?!?! Really?!?!? Wow!!

The Karma Award: These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind of bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.

This morning, as I sat down on my throne to start my morning ritual of web surfing and coffee consumption, I hopped on over to scrapperjulia's blog
and found a delightful sight. Julia has passed onto me a Karma award!! That is really a nice gesture, I feel kinda warm and fuzzy right now!!

And here is my promise to scrapper julia and all of our fellow crafters out in Blogland:
I will reopen this Karma Award on my blog in 1 month. At that time, I will pass along this karmic torch to 8 inspiring bloggers. (I have to wait, not sure I've been on here long enough to make such a tough decision, gotta get to know my blogger buddies, lol)

So, sometime in late May, I will be passing on the Karma Award to 8 inspiring crafters, stay tuned!!

Enjoy your day, Stephanne

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Colour Creating the night away!! Week 12

Hello to all of you out in Blogland, I hope we find you well!!
Tonight I bring you a card that I'll stick on the Colour Create Challenge
this week, as the colors are black, white and pink,
with the optional challenge of adding in polka dots,
and well, I love ALL of those components, so... had to give it a whirl.

As I see this card, it is a mess.
I misaligned the stripes while gluing,
I flocked Fluffles, which made my piercing less than precise,
my hand-made sentiment is not really that impressive,
I CHOPPED into a circle.
So, sort of a mess. It speaks to my being a rookie, lol.
Despite its imperfections, I captured what I set out to capture,
and I've been working on it for A LONG TIME,
so I'm gonna share!!!

Usually, I like home-made, but in this case, I might have taken away from the card. In fact, I might yank the sentiment off!! This card is for a friend of mine who, once or twice a year, I send a box of goodies. With shipping as high as it is, semi-anuually is the best I can do!! Anyhoo, we call them Magic Boxes, or majick if you are feeling up to it, a magic box packed full of little pick-me-ups and home-made goodies, Magic Boxes would put a smile on anyone's face.... The colors are her favorite, so this seems like the card challenge I needed to get me to crank out a card for the next Magic Box.

I had a hard time with Fluffles, I wasn't sure just what to do with the image ((Frilly Fluffles))I decided on layering the hat, created a faux feather and added ribbon, flocked Fluffles, glazed the box, colored with watercolor pencils, If you happen to be curious about papers or accesories, drop me a line and I will get the specifics for ya.

Thanks for looking at my creation, hope you didn't get a headache or anything, I know it's a bright and busy one. If you feel so inclined, leave a comment.

I love them, they makes my day =)


Saturday, April 18, 2009

Sweet little gift!! PBSC #44

Good evening to all.
I know that this little gifty is a little late
to add to the challenge over at
Penny Black Saturday Challenge,
I hope no one minds that I still intend to post it!!
The challenge was to create gift for someone special,
using at least one Penny Black image.
Could be a bag or a tin or a tag, or any other awesome gift you might concoct.
I decided to make a gift card holder.
Not like it's anything hi-tech, but I made it from scratch.

I used a stamp called Sweet Love for this sweet challenge.

And, of course, the gift card that needed something

to be delivered in is for See's, which is, in my opinion,

the BEST chocolate on this side of the Pacific!!!

There were little mice and choco treats along with this image,

but they will be saved for a later date (recycled images!!)

I hope I didn't give anybody chocolate cravings at this hour of the night!!

Happy Crafting to all of you out in Blogland!!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

My coffee, creamy, chocolaty dream!!

Good Afternoon to all,
I am happy to say that I am done with this weeks House Mouse challenge,
brought to us by America: Multiple Images.
The concept is to use multiple images, either by restamping the same image multiple times,
splicing up an image into several frames,
using different images in one project, etc.
I also intend to submit this card in this weeks Colour Create Challenge,
as their colour pallette is Chocolate, coffee and cream
with the optional challenge of adding distressing to the enrty.
For my mousies, I went with a chocolate theme and since chocolate is
my favorite thing in the universe,
I really had to take this project seriously!!

I used 3 HM images, Chocolate Truffles (Stampa Rosa!! '97),
Peppermint Delight, and Chocolate Delight.
I stamped Chocolate Truffles about 70 times (j/k, 4 times) and layered its components to make
an actual chocolate box and for lots of dimensional chocolates!!
Sorry Mudpie, I know this stamp was all about you, but.... I covered Mudpie so I could have
all the mice in there...
Chocolate Delight has been pierced out and scattered about the project.
Peppermint Delight is how I got Monica in here, I cut her mint out and
gave her a truffle instead.

I used watercolors on the images,
put a little diamond liquid over the chocolate.
For depth, I glued Monica directly
on the choco pile,
Mudpies feet are glued onto a truffle and
I raised his head and candy up with a
foam mount (wanted him to look like he was
REALLY into that chocolate!!)
Maxwell and Amanda are resting on
3-D glue dots.

For the box, I used craft card stock,
layered it over the stamped image, added a little bit of structural elements,
and heat embossed the lettering with clear powder, then coloured it in with
watercolor pencils.
Thank you for stopping by and checking out my card.
Leave me a comment, I LOVE feedback from
my fellow crafters!!
Enjoy your day, Stephanne

Sunday, April 12, 2009

House Mouse Monday Challenge #32

Happy Easter to everyone!!! I have finally completed my card for this weeks House Mouse challenge. The challenge was to create "something sweet," sentiment or flavor...

So here is my project, it is a housewarming card for a friend of mine. I've incorporated sweet into this one in both respects. I used watercolor pencils on the HM image (((Raccoon Helpers))), you can see I have lots of practicing to do with the pencils, but still, not too bad. Wanted to stick with the homemade feel so I wrote my sentiment rather than more elegant strategies.

I am once again grateful for the challenge blog helping me to complete projects. I stamped this image weeks ago and didn't quite know which direction to go in. Alas, something sweet. Ah ha!!

If you took a look, then leave some evidence that you were here!! I am feeling a little lonely in Blogland, and feedback is ABSOLUTELY appreciated!!

Friday, April 3, 2009

House Mouse Monday Challenge #31

Good evening to all, fellow crafters and random bloggers. I've been working on getting my Easter project finished so I can 1: Take pix, stick it in a blog and join in on the fun at the HMMC, and 2: Send these little candy bags out in the mail before I lose my timely edge... This week the challenge is Bags and Boxes; use one, make one, decorate one, do something with a bag or a box.

There is a very thin line between not enough embellishments and TOO MANY embellishments... I may have crossed the line. Too late. Of course the bags started out white, so dressing them up was mandatory.

Most everything was peiced together by me, except for some flower stickers.

Well, the bags too. Didn't make those...

My micey's are painstakingly colored with my magic box of Crayola's. I'd love to get into the wonderful world of Copics but can't afford any more crafting addictions.

Welp, those are the bags, and no, still not sick of that stamp!!

If you checked it out, please feel free to leave me a comment, even if it's just to tell me to lay off the adornments.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!! Stephanne